NORMAN — Loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and mother-in-law, Sonia Seabrook Gans passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Norman. 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 World War II. Sonia and Harold resided in Santa Fe, N.M., for more than 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 more than 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; her grandson, Michael Robinson and his wife Jodi; and two great-grandchildren, Zachary and Rachael Robinson, all of Middletown, Md.
The family extends their thanks to her many caregivers, including Arbor House of Norman, Good Shepherd Hospice, Grace Rehabilitation Center (Bridges), Norman Regional Hospital doctors and staff and Home Instead Senior Care.