SONIA SEABROOK GANS 1919 - 2014 Loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and mother-in-law, Sonia Seabrook Gans passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 in Norman, Oklahoma. She was born to Archibald Hampton and Ivy Marjorie (Twin) Seabrook in Ilford, Essex, England. Sonia grew up in Tampico, Mexico, prior to being educated at the Tower School for Girls in Hastings, Sussex, England. She met her husband, Harold Julius Gans, while he was a student at the University of Southern California and she was attending Cumnock Junior College in Los Angeles. They were married in June 1942 prior to Harold leaving for the military service in WWII. Sonia and Harold resided in Santa Fe, New Mexico for over 60 years before moving to Oklahoma City in 2006. Sonia was a member of the Santa Fe Garden Club, having served twice as its president; a charter member of the Santa Fe Junior Welfare organization; a member of the Church of the Holy Faith Episcopal Church having been brought up in the Church of England; and was an active member of the Santa Fe Women's Golf Association. Sonia was a talented homemaker with a special flair for cooking, gardening, floral arranging, and intricate needle work. She was an accomplished mahjong player and a member of a duplicate bridge group for over 50 years. Sonia was particularly proud of holding a "pinch-hitter" certificate as an extra safety precaution when flying with her husband Harold. Sonia was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Susan Gans Robinson; three infant children; and grandson, Kyle Richard Robinson. She is survived by her daughter, Lindy Gans Ritz and husband John Ritz of Norman, Oklahoma; her grandson, Michael Robinson and his wife, Jodi; and two great grandchildren, Zachary and Rachael Robinson all of Middletown, Maryland. The family extends their thanks to her many caregivers, including Arbor House of Norman, Good Shepard Hospice, Grace Rehabilitation Center (Bridges), Norman Regional Hospital doctors and staff, and Home Instead Senior Care. Memorial service for Sonia will be held on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, Norman, Oklahoma. Memorials may be made in memory of Sonia to St. John's Episcopal Church renovation fund at 235 W. Duffy, Norman, OK 73069, Center for Children & Families, Inc. (CCFI), 1151 E. Main Street, Norman, OK 73071 or a
. Arrangements for Sonia and her family were placed in the care of the Vice family at the Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman. Online condolences may be shared at www.HavenbrookFuneralHome.com.
Havenbrook Funeral Home
3401 Havenbrook Street Norman, OK 73072
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on June 8, 2014