A Celebration of Life for Ginger Nordyke will be held on Saturday, February 8, at 11:00 am at Evergreen Baptist Church, 10301 E. 111th St. South, Bixby, OK, 74008.
Ginger Nordyke passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on January 26, 2020, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was 82 years young.
Ginger Honn Hawley Nordyke was born on July 22, 1937, in Hutchinson, Kansas. She was the fourth oldest of 12 siblings, 6 sisters and 6 brothers. At 18, she married Bill Hawley in Tulsa, and they had four children. Bill and Ginger were married for 29 years. Later, Ginger was a loving wife to Jim Nordyke for 27 years.
Ginger’s beautiful life of joy and service to others will forever be cherished by her children, Kathy Fleig of Edmond, OK, Kristi Razack and husband Tareek, of Peoria, AZ, Billy Hawley, Jr., and wife Amy of Tulsa, and Kerri Thompson and husband Randy of Peoria, AZ. Special memories with “Grams” will live on with her 10 grandchildren: Blane Rhoads and wife Charlotte of Portland, OR, Brett Rhoads and wife Ella of Sacramento, CA, Stephanie Moses and husband Sam of Tulsa, Christopher Schedler and wife Rebecca of Mission, KS, Cory Schedler of Tacoma, WA, Collin Schedler and wife Katie of Woodinville, WA, Adam Hawley of Tulsa, Sarah Cloud and husband Michael of Hot Springs, AR, Josie Hawley of Tulsa, and Sedona Thompson of Peoria, AZ. Great-grandchildren include Ruby and Ada Rhoads, Tristan Schedler, and George Schedler. Ginger is survived by 4 brothers and 5 sisters: George Honn and Joyce Robison of Oklahoma City, Dixie Lee Willis of Hugoton, KS, Jack Honn of Oklahoma City, Carolyn Burton of Vista, CA, Sonja Findley of Skiatook, OK, Nancy Thornburg of Midwest City, OK, Toni Honn of Santa Maria, CA, Phil Honn and wife Debbie of Tulsa, and Rick Honn and wife Pam of Tulsa. Ginger will also be missed by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Ginger is preceded in death by her husband, Jim Nordyke, her father, Knowlton Charles Honn, her mother, Jeanne Honn Runyon, and two brothers, Richard (Dick) Honn and Casey Honn.
Ginger often told her children that all she ever wanted in life was to be a mother, and when her children grew up she relished her role as Grams to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who all adored her in return. Her love of children and babies flowed over into extended family where some nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews called her “Aunt Gingerbread,” and she was also known among family as “the baby whisperer.” At family gatherings or in the church nursery, Ginger could take a baby or small child and have them calmed and sleeping just with her gentle touch, rocking them, and humming or softly singing.
Ginger and her family faithfully attended and were active in church all her life. Serving the Lord through serving others was always her priority, evident from her years teaching Sunday school, working in the nursery, and many other acts of selfless service.
Ginger’s hobbies included gardening, growing African Violets, and collecting teapots. At one time, she had a collection of well over 100 teapots in her home.
Ginger was a breast cancer survivor and regularly took part in Susan G. Komen 5K races. If not participating herself, she cheered on her children and grandchildren. She was passionate about ending breast cancer, as it has affected so many women in her family. In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates donations in Ginger’s memory to any organization benefiting breast cancer awareness, prevention, and cure.
Link for Susan G. Komen: https://ww5.komen.org/Donate/Donate.html
Link for Breast Cancer Research Foundation:
Saturday, February 08, 2020
Evergreen Baptist Church
10301 E. 111th St. S.
Bixby, Oklahoma 74008