Oma Gean Capps Holt Geis was born on May 2, 1935 in Altus, Oklahoma, to Raymond and Sarah (Red) Capps. Oma Gean died on January 9, 2022 in Blanchard, Oklahoma, at the age of 86. She was the youngest of 4 children and grew up on a farm northeast of Blair, Oklahoma. She graduated from Blair High School in 1953 as a valedictorian and played on the Blair High School Girls State Championship Girls’ Basketball teams, Class B 1952 and Class A 1953.
Oma Gean was selected to the Oklahoma All-State Girls’ Basketball Team in 1953. Subsequently, she accepted a scholarship offer to play women’s basketball at Wayland Baptist College in Plainview, USA. Texas for the Flying Queens Women’s Program.
She was part of a 131-game winning streak from 1953 to 1958 and was part of 3 national championship teams. Wayland Baptist gave to her lifelong friends and she has always been grateful for the opportunity. Oma Gean married Delbert Holt on May 27, 1956 and lived for 50 years of marriage. They were lucky to have 2 children, Cindy Jo and Hal Dean. She completed her BS in Business Education at Southwestern in Weatherford, Okla. She then completed her Masters in Language Arts from Southwestern.
She retired after 28 years in teaching, teaching most of her years in Blair, Oklahoma. During their retirement years, Oma Gean and Delbert enjoyed attending sporting events and traveling with her sister Norma and husband Bob Stephenson. Oma Gean was a member of the Jackson County Retired Teachers Association for many years. She was also inducted into the Jackson County Sports Hall of Fame. Oma Gean was a member of Blair First Baptist Church for many years and loved to sing with friends and in the choir. Oma Gean enjoyed music, needle pointing, athletics, and spending time with her family. She loved telling stories about her childhood in her family’s orchard east of Blair and time spent with her best friend Sue (Pryor) Todd. Oma Gean loved the community of Blair and Blair School. She always said she was so blessed when she talked about where she grew up and her family. Delbert passed away in 2006 and Oma Gean married Dale Geis and moved to Norman, Oklahoma. She then transferred her membership to the NorthHaven Church in Norman, Oklahoma. Oma Gean has lived in Norman since 2007. Oma Gean and Dale have traveled for several years to see their families and have enjoyed attending OU sporting events. Dale passed away in 2012. In 2013, the Wayland Baptists women’s basketball teams that Oma Gean played with were inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee as the game’s pioneers. same women’s basketball program Wayland Baptist Flying Queens was also inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield, Massachusetts in September 2019.
Preceded in death by her parents Ray and Sarah Capps. Brothers Onzel Capps and his wife Bonnie, and Verl Capps and his wife Helen. Husband Delbert Holt and husband Dale Geis.
Survived by daughter Cindy Jo Rieger and husband Sid de Blanchard and son Hal Holt and wife Marla from Sentinel, four grandchildren, Christa Geary from Norman, Ray Rieger and wife Robyn from Norman, Alyssa Wald and husband Jantz of Hobart and Bryan Holt of Weatherford and fiance Laci Friesen of Thomas, also four great-grandchildren; Lofton Taylor of Norman, Everly, Scarlett and Deacon Wald of Hobart. Sister Norma Stephenson of Norman. Stepchildren Stephen Geis of Houston, Texas, Marilyn Chappelear of Houston, Texas, Ruth Dyer of Manhattan, Kansas and many other relatives and friends.
Oma Gean had a competitive nature but she was generous. She set a high standard for everyone to follow. She trusted God in all circumstances with abundant faith in her Lord Jesus Christ.
Request from the family instead of flowers that donations be made to:
BEA / Blair Educational Association
P.O. Box 428
Blair, OK 73526
Visiting: 9 am to 8 pm, Tuesday, January 11, 2022. Ray & Martha Funeral Home. Hobart, Oklahoma. Cemetery service: 2:30 pm, Wednesday January 12, 2022. Blair Cemetery. Blair, Oklahoma