Guylia Colleen Thompson
Every love story is beautiful, but this is my favorite. In 1969, Guylia Colleen and Rex Leroy commenced in a lengthy courtship of 38 years. On January 17, 2007 they tied the knot at the courthouse in Woodward, OK. They thought they were being sneaky, however; some of the children found out there was going to be a wedding and much to the couples surprise their children were waiting at the courthouse when they arrived. The look on their Momma's face was priceless. When Guylia's very good friend, Evelyn Woods heard the news of the marriage she said, "All she ever wanted was for Rex to marry her. I am certain that he has just made her the happiest woman alive." Dad always told his children he married the most beautiful woman in Vici.
On March 8, 2020, Dad was helping Momma to bed when she collapsed in his arms. She passed shortly after when her heart stopped beating and she entered into heavens gates.
Guylia Colleen Randolph was born to Stella Mae Young Randolph and Daniel Guy Randolph in a small doctor's office in Vici, Oklahoma on August 27, 1940. She was welcomed home by her big brother Marlyn. In the years to come, two little sisters, Danetta and Jarene arrived to complete their family. As a toddler and young child Guylia had gorgeous curly blonde hair, stunning blue eyes and a smile that would light up a room. In time she grew out of the blonde hair, but her other features remained through the rest of her life. The family lived in Enid for a short time before moving to Vici. They lived in town for several years and eventually moved to the family farm just West of Vici.
Guylia attended church along with her mother and other siblings at the First Christian Church. She surrendered her life to Jesus and was baptized on December 11, 1949.
She also attended the Vici Public Schools for twelve years graduating in 1958. Guylia enjoyed playing sports and was a member of both the Fast Pitch Softball team and the Basketball team. She was the catcher for the softball team and her senior year she was instrumental in leading the Fast Pitch Softball team to the State Tournament. Guylia was also honored to be named FFA Sweetheart her senior year. After High School Guylia began college at Northwestern State University in Alva. At some point she decided she wanted to be a Beautician and completed Beauty School in Enid, OK. She earned her license and began her career working for Dot Conine in her Beauty Shop in Vici.
Before beginning their courtship in 1969, Guylia had two children Stephen Craig and Alisa Adele, she had also lost a daughter Guylia Jean at birth. Rex had two children as well, Rita Carol and Denise Dawn. When they decided to blend their families, there was no turning back.
They started their life in Vici, OK living in a small house on Broadway Street. In 1971 they bought 5 acres of land just North of Sharon, OK. They moved their family into a mobile home with a dream to eventually build a brick home on the property. They also built a large shop on the property, purchased some trucks and a dozer, and opened Sharwood Materials specializing in building oilfield locations. Guylia began working at the Fruit of the Loom Factory in Woodward, OK. Rex drove a red and white stock car with the number 50 on it at the Crystal Beach Race Track for a couple of years in the early 1970's. On those summer nights, Guylia would pack up Steve, Lisa, Rita and Denise and they would go to the races to cheer on their favorite driver. They would sit in the stands and chant 50, 50, 50 over and over. In April of 1974, the mobile home caught fire on a very windy day and within a few minutes their home was a total loss. They rented a home in the town of Sharon for a little over a year, while construction began on their new home.
In the midst of all the changes, Chester Cody was born on December 7, 1974. The option of calling the new baby Chet or Cody was given to the older children. They unanimously chose Cody.
Construction on their brick home was moving right along, but in an effort to save money they would section off a corner in the shed for living quarters and move in there. Winter came quickly and it was very cold living in the shed. The house was not completely finished inside but since there was electricity, hot running water and one working bathroom they moved the family inside to the much warmer house. The rest of the work on the home was slowly completed while the family continued to live inside.
Rex and Guylia were expecting the arrival of yet another child in January. However, Guy Randolph had a different idea and he made his appearance early arriving on November 23, 1976. Then on May 5, 1978 twins were born to the couple, Brooke Ann and Todd Lee. The twins also arrived early and had very low birth weights. Todd passed away the day after he was born. Brooke was the most precious little baby bringing so much joy to the entire family even though she experienced a lot of health problems and spent a huge part of her life in and out of the hospital. The family was blessed to have Brooke in their lives for 13 very short months at which time she too passed away.
When Steve began playing High School football, Rex and Guylia spent their Friday nights in the fall chasing him around Northwest Oklahoma watching him play. As soon as Cody and Guy started playing football the chase was on again in the fall to watch their games.
In the early 1980's Rex and Guylia made the decision to sell Sharwood Materials and they used the money they made for a down payment on a section of land 7 miles west of Sharon. The piece of land served as a small farm where they planted and harvested a small wheat crop and raised a small herd of cattle. The land had an area of trees in which the couple made a picnic area. Lots of Easter Sundays and other gatherings were celebrated there. Easter was one of Guylia's favorite holidays. She loved stuffing plastic eggs with money and candy for the grand children to hunt.
After the four older kids moved out and started their own lives, the oilfield moved Rex and Guylia to the Houston and Longview, TX area for several years. The kept their home and 5 acres in Sharon because they knew they would eventually end up back there. Guylia was excited that Steve and Brenda followed them around for a few months because that gave her special time with her first grandchild, Craig.
In the late 1980's they returned to their home in Sharon. Guylia decided to pursue her career as a Beautician. She took a few classes to reinstate her Beautician license and she began working part time at Bonnie's Townhouse in Vici. Guylia was now enjoying spending extra time with all of her grandchildren.
Guylia was incredibly talented and creative. She enjoyed sewing and crafting. She had an uncanny gift of just looking at something and then figuring out how to make it. She made everything from clothes to curtains to quilts. She made all sorts of crafty items.
For many years Guylia and Rex had a fairly large garden. They grew your normal everyday vegetables, but on occasion they also planted and harvested a peanut patch or a strawberry patch.
Friendships were a significant part of Guylia's life. Rex was her partner and friend. She cherished her time with him and her family. They loved taking their family camping and fishing at the lake or to Colorado for a summer vacation. One of her most treasured trips was when they went with their grown children and their grandchildren to Colorado. They rented a huge cabin and spent the week together making memories floating the river, cooking, fishing, playing games and hanging out. Her sisters Danetta Fogle and Jarene McDowell were also among those she called friends. They would take a day or weekend trips and explore what Oklahoma had to offer. This too was a cherished time for her.
Guylia thoroughly loved and enjoyed all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. In the past 14 months three new great grandbabies were born into the family. Her face would light up when any of these grandchildren entered the room. She would flash her beautiful smile and would motion with her arm to bring the baby to her. She relished the time when a grandchild would get in her lap with a book. After her stroke she would read the book to them in her own little language and they would just listen and help her turn the pages. Great Grandson Ben may have said it best when he said, "Grandma Guylia don't talk like us. She says Doot Doot Do."
Pat McCoy was a great friend and neighbor to Guylia, whom she loved dearly. They were always making cherry, apple or peach pies and freezing them. If they weren't making pies, they were making jelly. Many times, they would go to Pat's hometown in southeastern Oklahoma and crack pecans and put them up. While there they would shell cowpeas for hours on end to put in the freezer. Raising and butchering chickens was not out of the ordinary for them. They would take turns every other weekend helping each other clean their houses. They made work fun and were always laughing.
Guylia also shared an irreplaceable friendship with Evelyn Woods. They bowled together for many years traveling the states on their many bowling adventures. They were both active members of the Vici Classy Lions Club and enjoyed serving the community together through various events. Bingo was another favorite activity for these precious friends. But most of all they enjoyed sharing their friendship over a cup of coffee or lunch.
Guylia had recently made a new friendship with her beloved friend and caretaker Kay Manues. They enjoyed their outings together, whether it was to grab a burger, get a haircut or turn the radio up in the car and sing and laugh and laugh.
Guylia suffered from two strokes in April of 2005 which left her right arm paralyzed, her right leg with a sensory impairment and affected her ability to express her speech. However, her mind and her memory remained very sharp. Upon her release from the hospital we brought her home where Rex took amazing care of her and she was able to stay in their home until the time of her passing. She loved going to the Vici Senior Citizen Center. She would spend her days there putting together puzzles, playing pitch and or dominos. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
In her heavenly home she is reunited with her parents, Daniel and Stella Randolph, her sister, Danetta Fogle, her brother, Marlyn Randolph, her precious babies, Guylia Jean, Todd Lee and Brooke Ann, her in-laws, Orville and Leone Thompson and JC and Delores Thompson and other dear family.
Her memory will be forever cherished by her devoted husband and best friend, Rex Thompson, her children Steve Randolph and wife Brenda, Lisa Branson and husband Ryan, Cody Thompson and wife Misty, Guy Thompson, Rita Day and husband Joe and Denise Dauphin. Her sister, Jarene McDowell and husband Tommy, her aunt Wilma Lee Williamson, brother-in-law Glenn Thompson and wife Jeannie, twelve grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, other family and a host of friends. Until we meet again . . . Doot, Doot, Do!
Memorials may be made to the Vici Senior Center in care of Shaw Funeral Home, P.O. Box 276, Vici, OK 73859.
Services were held Thursday March 12, 2020 at 1:30 pm at the First United Methodist Church, Vici, OK with burial following at Vassar Cemetery, Vici, OK. Condolences may be made to the family at shawfuneralhome.net. Shaw Funeral Home of Vici
Published on March 11, 2020

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