ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Gwendolyn Poteat. Please feel free to share your memories, pics, videos, songs or links etc. Click on the tabs above and add a story, tribute and invite others by clicking the Facebook or e-mail link on the page! Help celebrate her life in Christ!

Her homecoming will be celebrated
WHERE: Midwest City Free Methodist
                6500 E Reno
                Midwest City, OK 73110
WHEN:    22nd February, 2020
TIME:      10:00 A.M.
As we celebrate her life's work in Christ OBHC/HOPE/LIFEWIZE are still reaching out for one more soul! We are asking in lieu of Flowers etc, Please feel free to make a donation to the work she loved! Here is a link for that! www.obhc.org/Gwen
https://secure2.convio.net/obhc/site/Donation2?df_...

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Posted by Dimples Carson on February 27, 2020
Gwen, it is hard to imagine walking into God's house and not seeing you sitting in your chair at the front of the church, hearing your voice greet me as I walked to my seat with enthusiasm and the joy of the Lord in your voice. We met not so long ago, but our bond was instant. Our love for organization, a fashionable pair of shoes, taking meticulous notes, studying the word while enjoying a good cup of Gevalia coffee revealed even more of our kindred spirit. Your challenging and thought provoking questions heightened my desire to learn and want to be prepared for each Sunday School class. Your belief in me to lead the class during your absence has strengthen my relationship with the Lord. I did not and do not take that honor lightly. Your personal stories, struggles and triumphs touched my heart in many ways. Though our season together on earth was short; 4 years, our precious time left an everlasting impression on my heart. You are home now with The Father, and I could not be happier for you. I Love You and Miss You. Until we see each other again...
Posted by Susan Agel on February 24, 2020
I remember my first conversation with Gwen as she and Pastor Al came to their first annual conference meeting of the Mid-America Conference of the Free Methodist Church. They broke the diversity barrier in our conference and I will forever be grateful for that contribution to God's church in Oklahoma. Gwendolyn was a warrior and a servant. My life was blessed to have known her.  Peace to you, dear Gwendolyn, and to you, Pastor Al and Niki.
Posted by Katie Holt on February 22, 2020
I met Gwen through a phone call in 2008. She answered the phone and I thought she was the call center lady. So I was more than pleased to tell her about the sucky commercial. I had just seen on TV. She was working with KEEP at the time. I even told her that the stupid commercial was unrealistic. No one was waiting until marriage to have sex! She respond with telling my her daughter Nikki did and she married a guy who had too. After I wiped the egg on my face off. She invited me to for the third time in the 30 minute conversation we had, I thought I was out of it by responding "I would go but i live on the eastside". To which she said "That's just great, it's right on my way. I live in midwest city". She told me To ask my mom. I thought for sure my mom would be like "No way stranger danger" to my shock my mom goes "Sure, I don't mind." If it was a boy my mom would have said "no way, quit being fast" but a perfect stranger and she was like sure! That was 12 years ago and now I am more than happy to say that stranger was the best mentor and God-mother I could have hoped for. I can sum up her legacy in my life:
1.God's word is truth!
2. You have to have God's word written. On your heart already because when the battle comes you can't be flipping through the Bible trying to find the appropriate word.
3. Have a good skin care routine. Because black don't crack. But you got to take care of it.
One of her favorite verses to say was Ephesians 2:10 Which was the verse of the day the day after; she passed away. We are God's workmanship created new in Christ Jesus for good works that he predestined before the foundation of the world.

My personal prayer Is that we remember her legacy.
Posted by Diane Loser on February 22, 2020
What can I say? She lead me to the truth. She was my mentor when I went through the worst time of my life. She thought me to leave my comfort nest and seek more of Gods truth. She invited me to my forst Christian Womens Club meeting. Always will be my mentor. I will never forget. Loved you more than you'll ever know.
Posted by Dian Larson on February 21, 2020
Gwendolyn. My sister, my friend. Oh the times we had together... laughing, talking, crying, working, collaborating, getting into mischief, praying, philosophizing, dreaming of the world as a better place... and doing our part to make it so. I am thankful that God saw fit for our paths to cross in this world, Your absence leaves an unspeakable void. You are in my heart forever.... until we meet again. Al, how fondly I think of you and Gwen. Phil and I are thinking of you at this time with great compassion.
Posted by Sue Damlo on February 19, 2020
I met sweet Gwen about 8 years ago while volunteering at Hope Pregnancy Center North. Her office was just outside my work area. We had wonderful talks about family and the Lord. We would even pray together. I was so excited to reconnect with her at the Baptist Building. We picked up where we had left off! She was such a blessing to me and I already miss her smiles and all the hugs we would share. Looking forward to seeing her again when I go home!
Posted by Eric Chaffin on February 19, 2020
I had the pleasure of working alongside Gwen for a year during my stint with the Oklahoma Family Policy Council. I loved working with her. Such a joyous spirit and such a sweet, compassionate heart for both God and for people! It saddens me to know that she is gone, but I am encouraged by the knowledge that Gwen is now in the presence of the living God! We will see her again someday. What a glorious day that will be!
Posted by Julia Seay on February 18, 2020
What a treasure, what a life-changer! What an honor to get to work alongside Gwen getting Life Wize into schools in Canadian County. She overflowed with encouragement and excitement for what the Lord could do! I will greatly miss spending time with her. What a blessing she was to so many.
"That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God." Colossians 1.10
Posted by Tyritta Dixon on February 18, 2020
I can’t believe you are gone! I know it’s been a while, but you have had a huge impact on my life and I’m grateful I got to know you! I remember when you first started checking on me and I know you’ll be so proud of how far I’ve came! I love you always and forever Ms.Gwen! You are a beautiful and one of a kind soul! May you Rest In Peace in heaven! God will say well done!!! You are touched many people in certain a unique way. You have feed strangers and much more! You lived life from the purest of hearts! RIP!! Love you and watch over me!
Posted by Larry Barrett on February 18, 2020
Gwen is one of the bravest women I have ever known. Throughout the years that I have had the privilege of knowing her, I have witnessed some of her battles. In the midst of her struggles, one of her favorite sayings was "God’s got this." 2 Corinthians 5:8 talks about being absent from the body is being at home in God’s presence. I can imagine Gwen entering God’s presence with that big smile and saying " I knew you had this." Gwen, you will be deeply missed.
Posted by Yolanda Roberson on February 17, 2020
Roots and Wings that's how I remember my mother. She gave me roots in my faith and she taught me how to hear the voice of God for myself. Then she gave me wings to go out into the world to become the woman God had designed for me to be. She was a strong woman of faith who wanted to share the message of Gods hope with everyone she came in contact with. I will forever miss my mother but there is so much peace and joy that comes from knowing she is with the Lord. ❤❤
Posted by Gail Jenkins on February 17, 2020
I met with Ms. Gwen on a few occcasions always in breif but always meaningful always ready to fellowship and spread the good news sharing that beautiful smile that she passed on to her lovely daughter whom I get to visit with everyday and threaten to give her a whoopin
Love You Dalonda I am going to stay on that Ms. Gwen. You are Loved and Truly Missed Our Prayers are with the Entire Family.
Posted by Shannon Robertson on February 17, 2020
The Spirit of God was so vividly manifested in this woman. Sometimes it takes years to get to know someone intimately. For us, it was love at first phone call just a year ago. I've had the honor and pleasure of teaching the LifeWize program under her guidance and blessing. I will miss her dearly, but rejoice knowing she's where she was always meant to be. Hallelujah!
Posted by Duston Lambakis on February 17, 2020
I met Gwen 3 years ago when I contacted her about starting Lifewize at our middle school. She was such a pleasant sole to be around. Working with her these past few years has been a joy. She was extremely passionate about Lifewize and sold me immediately in bringing it to our middle school. Gwen was always easy to work with, she was always in a good mood and always complimentary. Whenever Gwen called, that is one phone call I always answered. She definitely brightened my day even through a 10 min. phone call.
Gwen will definitely be missed, but heaven gained a beautiful angel.
Posted by Demetrice Kelly on February 16, 2020
Gwen, a God fearing lady with dignity and class.When she walked into a room her presence was noticeable. Her red lip stick, hair never out of place and her smile. To know Gwen was to love her. Al and Niki my prayer is that the Lord with comfort and strengthen you. A beautiful Angel earned her wings. ♥️
Demetrice
Posted by Kristi Jones on February 16, 2020
I had the honor of working with Miss Gwen in 2005 when I worked for an after school program serving inner city OKC youth. I picked up the students from school every day and brought them to her church for tutoring, counseling and activities. You would have thought all of the kids were her biological children! She loved them fiercely and treated them as her own. She was involved with their school work, their families and was a moral/spiritual guide. I was pregnant with my first child at the time and she was a great support for me as well. I became a stay at home mom after that and lost touch but I’m thrilled to learn she worked with OBHC and continued to impact so many lives there. Her passing is very unfair and the world won’t be the same without her in it! My sincere condolences to her loved ones especially Pastor Al and daughter Nicky
Posted by Robert Fulton on February 16, 2020
As I was thinking and reflecting about my mom's last sister's homecoming service from last Saturday, I saw Al's post on Facebook about Gwen's homegoing when I got home from McGuire AFB, NJ. Words are so hard to come by. I needed a day to be able to find old photos and summarize my thoughts to be under the length of "War and Peace." So many things that could be said. The Poteats (Al, Gwen, and Nikki) where like my 2nd family shortly after I arrived Tinker AFB, OK & became a member of Living Word Missionary Baptist Church back in May 1983. We spend a lot of laughs, some tears, fellowship (at and out of church), enjoying laughter while helping with stocking inventory at Dillards at Crossroads Mall, Gwen jokingly threatening us with her swords (aka nails - LOL!), and so many more memories during your (and my) first tour of duty at Tinker AFB. My heart is broken for her absence, rejoicing with her remembrance, and praying for Al, Nikkie, and your entire family. Love you guys in Christ! Rob
Posted by Linda Cobb on February 15, 2020
I just wanted to say how much I love her and that she was a blessing in my life. I will always cherish our times of prayer and the word. No matter what she was going through she walk by faith and not by sight. Our last talk she told me when you cant trust His hand trust His heart. And they have brought me so much comfort. I thank Daddy for you and Niki you all are truly Warriors of Christ. SO REST IN THE ARMS OF OUR FATHER!!! ‍♀️‍♀️‍♀️‍♀️
Posted by ADAM DILLEY on February 15, 2020
Cindy and I are lifting you and your daughter up in prayer both now and in the future. We give God the glory for your wife and her work for the Lord. She was a blessing to so many. May the Lord comfort you in the days and weeks to come.
Posted by Isaiah Sierson Sr. on February 15, 2020
To my beloved brother, Pastor, husband, friend, & father: Ann and I share in your loss during this time. However, we know as does you, the reunion your beloved wife is now having with He Who rescued her in times past. I cannot forget that day that I met the both of you at Heritage Park Mall, and shared with the both of you what we were doing at Living Word. I remember the first time you guys entered the doors; the sunglasses and French roll. The both of you were such a phenomenal blessing to the Living Word family, and how ironic is it, that after all those years passed, God saw fit for you guys to return. What a warrior the both of you were and is, and the love you two shared so consistently, and how she embraced the weekly Wednesday Scripture memorization nights. She has shown us all how to endure until He comes. We might question His methods, but never His motives because it is always, "now unto Him Who doeth all things well." A void has been left that can only be filled by His presence, and knowing the man that you are, in those difficult moments that surely will come, you will welcome Him to enlarge Himself in your heart. We love you and will surely feel the absence of her presence in this life, but, in this life, she has blazed a trail for many to follow and has proven by tested faith, we can all endure. Grace and peace be multiplied in your life and Nicole's. We will always be here for you.
Posted by Michael Garcia on February 15, 2020
Love you Gwen I miss you. You were always there for my mom and helped my family grow in Christ including me. I know your by Gods side and he is stating how well you have done as his daughter. Gwen and Al I love you with all my heart Pastor Al, you were like a dad to me and guided me when I was on a horrible path if you weren't there for me who would I be. Gwen made an impact in my family that I will forever treasure, goodbye and see you soon!
Posted by Janice Buffalo on February 15, 2020
Beautiful lady inside and out Gwen use to come to the Enid church to lead a ladies bible study all the ladies looked forwarded to the meeting she was just overflowing with the love of God She will be missed
Posted by Denise Abston on February 15, 2020
I shall never forget the day I met Al & Gwendolyn. It was a glorious day! I can remember sharing hopes for the future. Gwendolyn was a beautiful woman, a loving wife and mother. She was an amazing woman! I can't remember a time she ever spoke a word against anyone. She was truly a saint. Thank you Sister Gwen for your faithful work to the Lord - for your voice for children and women! For your being a great advocate. I can hear the Lord meeting you and saying "Well done Gwendolyn, my daughter! You did the work of the Father! Well done!"
Posted by Keri Childress-Garcia on February 15, 2020
Gwen, I loved her and didnt like her at times. She was extremely hard on me and never put up with my "justifications" or as she would say," don't make excuses for doing wrong Keri. " She discipled me for what seemed like 3 longs yrs. She would drag me at times kickin & screaming down that path of discipleship.
She never put up with me or my manipulation tactics. She told me one time she had to buy hair dye because of me. And I can still, hear her say to this day, " I know that I know that I know". Which I say 22 years later, when speaking to people today. SHE MADE ME the strong, confident Christ follower that I am today, able to hear His Voice. God gave her to me for just a time as this. My beloved mentor, I know that I know that I know, she has heard those words, " Well done my good and faithful servant." I will greive her loss but not without hope because of her guts and courage I too will hear, " Well done my good and faithful servant" and see her again. Love you Gwen with all my heart.
Posted by DAWN ROANE on February 15, 2020
You will be forever in our hearts. We love and miss you dearly!!!
Thank you for always leading us to the Word.

"Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates. Prov. 31:29-31
Posted by Angela Brewer on February 15, 2020
Gwen was a great mentor and instrumental in helping shape my walk with Christ and pulling more of my spiritual gifts out to be used for the glory of God.  She was the driving force to name our youth ministry God’s Masterpiece and use this scripture as our mission. 
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
Ephesians 2:10 NLT
Posted by Moe Kilmer on February 15, 2020
I will miss her very much. It had been some time since I last saw her but she was one of those people you just can't forget. Her heart and fire for Christ was always radiating throughout the room anytime she was near. Her along with Pastor Al helped build the faith I I try my best to grow on constantly. Until we meet again, much love. -Mo
Posted by Kari Hughes-Wood on February 15, 2020
I am devastated by this news! Mama Gwen was always there for my family. My son Colton was a part of her youth group at First Free Methodist Church of OKC. She meant so much to him and to me. He passed away almost 3 years ago. I bet he was there when she got to Heaven and I bet he gave her a big hug! We love y'all and we are praying! We love you Mama Gwen!
Posted by Albert Poteat on February 15, 2020
"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." Jer. 29:11

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Posted by Dimples Carson on February 27, 2020
Gwen, it is hard to imagine walking into God's house and not seeing you sitting in your chair at the front of the church, hearing your voice greet me as I walked to my seat with enthusiasm and the joy of the Lord in your voice. We met not so long ago, but our bond was instant. Our love for organization, a fashionable pair of shoes, taking meticulous notes, studying the word while enjoying a good cup of Gevalia coffee revealed even more of our kindred spirit. Your challenging and thought provoking questions heightened my desire to learn and want to be prepared for each Sunday School class. Your belief in me to lead the class during your absence has strengthen my relationship with the Lord. I did not and do not take that honor lightly. Your personal stories, struggles and triumphs touched my heart in many ways. Though our season together on earth was short; 4 years, our precious time left an everlasting impression on my heart. You are home now with The Father, and I could not be happier for you. I Love You and Miss You. Until we see each other again...
Posted by Susan Agel on February 24, 2020
I remember my first conversation with Gwen as she and Pastor Al came to their first annual conference meeting of the Mid-America Conference of the Free Methodist Church. They broke the diversity barrier in our conference and I will forever be grateful for that contribution to God's church in Oklahoma. Gwendolyn was a warrior and a servant. My life was blessed to have known her.  Peace to you, dear Gwendolyn, and to you, Pastor Al and Niki.
Posted by Katie Holt on February 22, 2020
I met Gwen through a phone call in 2008. She answered the phone and I thought she was the call center lady. So I was more than pleased to tell her about the sucky commercial. I had just seen on TV. She was working with KEEP at the time. I even told her that the stupid commercial was unrealistic. No one was waiting until marriage to have sex! She respond with telling my her daughter Nikki did and she married a guy who had too. After I wiped the egg on my face off. She invited me to for the third time in the 30 minute conversation we had, I thought I was out of it by responding "I would go but i live on the eastside". To which she said "That's just great, it's right on my way. I live in midwest city". She told me To ask my mom. I thought for sure my mom would be like "No way stranger danger" to my shock my mom goes "Sure, I don't mind." If it was a boy my mom would have said "no way, quit being fast" but a perfect stranger and she was like sure! That was 12 years ago and now I am more than happy to say that stranger was the best mentor and God-mother I could have hoped for. I can sum up her legacy in my life:
1.God's word is truth!
2. You have to have God's word written. On your heart already because when the battle comes you can't be flipping through the Bible trying to find the appropriate word.
3. Have a good skin care routine. Because black don't crack. But you got to take care of it.
One of her favorite verses to say was Ephesians 2:10 Which was the verse of the day the day after; she passed away. We are God's workmanship created new in Christ Jesus for good works that he predestined before the foundation of the world.

My personal prayer Is that we remember her legacy.
her Life

Gwendolyn's Purpose

Gwendolyn spent her life reaching others with the HOPE of Christ! Her desire was to reach the most vulnerable and innocent among us. The Children! She herself constantly witnessed the loss of hope many young people were experiencing due to the circumstances in life that run us all over. She felt while all of us get hit, the most vulnerable are those young ones among us! She wanted to let them know "BUT GOD"! She felt God had given her a desire and calling for these young ones. And it was also very personal, close to her heart.

She herself was a teenage mom at 17. She witnessed first hand the difficulties of this. As she grew in Christ, her passion to help young moms and dads know that there was hope in Christ continued to grow! Through her work with OBHC, LIFEWIZE, OFPC, KEEP, HOPE, DAPA, Cherokee Hills and others she drove that point home! Hear her in her own words!  https://youtu.be/CEygqxPosU0
Recent stories
Shared by April Merrick on February 22, 2020
I first got to meet Mrs. Gwen when i was 15 years old about to be 16 years old and pregnant with my oldest daughter daisy. Everyone was trying to tell me what to do and won't listen to me but Mrs. Gwen she was there for me and told me its my decision not nobody else has a say in the matter it was my baby and not theirs she said I could choose adoption or keep the baby and I end up keeping the baby that it wasn't For Mrs. Gwen i wouldn't of been able to know what to do. And I'm so greatful that she was a part of my life and will miss her so much.

Resolution in Memory of Mrs. Gwendolyn Poteat

Shared by Albert Poteat on February 22, 2020

Ms. Terri Hurte
5116 N. W. 163rd Street Edmond, OK 73013
thurte@aol.com
Resolution in Memory of Mrs. Gwendolyn Poteat

February 21, 2020 

Be it resolved that on February 10, 2020, Mrs. Gwendolyn Poteat gazed at the Pearly Gates, standing on the street of gold, totally amazed!Her heart full of joy, leaving this life, embracing her new eternal life with the Father!She basks in the glory of El Shaddai, God Almighty! Oh, the peace and comfort that comes from being with the Lord.There is nothing greater!

I met Mrs. Poteat while working for City Care’s THE CLUB Afterschool Program.We hit it off right away! Both of us sassy, fun-loving and following our heart’s passion, working with teen moms.I was one of the privileged people who taught life skills class with Gwen at Putnam City Academy and ventured to Arizona with her to Young Lives Teen Moms Christian Camp. Yes, our team flew to camp with five moms and 7 babies.Drove 2 or 3 hours to the campsite in the mountains of Arizona so that our teen moms could have a week to be regular teens for a while during the Summer.It was so rewarding.It’s one of my fondest memories.What I love about Gwen is her can do attitude.We are both creative and love pushing a few limits…teamwork at it’s best!

Even after we no longer worked together in the teen mom ministry, I always considered Gwen my mentor and spiritual mother.I would call Gwen when my career path was changing, when I was considering running for an office in my sorority, when my teen cousin started having children and I was overwhelmed trying to assist her, when I thought I had met someone who could potentially be the One…he wasn’t. Gwen would let me get it all out! Tilt her head to the side and start her sentence with;” Now you know that doesn’t make any sense.”She always shared Godly direction and sound spiritual advice.I’m going to miss having her support, unconditional love and understanding.Gwen always had HOPE!

She believed in breaking generational curses and transforming lives, restoring hope to people while empowering them to change.That’s why I love her so!

Family and friends let us take up Mrs. Gwendolyn Poteat’s charge which is embodied in Psalm 78:4 Tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.

Lovingly Submitted,



Ms. Terri L. Hurte

Let a copy of this resolution be given to the family as a testament of fondness for the departed.

She was a teacher!

Shared by Katie Holt on February 15, 2020
She was the first person to teach me how to memorize scripture. As a matter of fact, Isaiah chapter 50 verse 7 was the first scripture I ever memorized. She also taught me that scripture was the sword we needed when the battle comes.
My story is: 
I was at work and I was called into the office. I was told that they were deciding whether or not they should fire me. I was left in the office with someone else a manager, she was talking about something to I guess keep me nice. My mind was racing and I reminded myself to speak the truth and at that time it was psalm 112:7-8 I personalized it. Stayed calm and ended up with my job spared and I have been there for 2 years on the 3rd of next month. Gwen was right knowing God's word is what will change our perception on hard situations. When I was quoting that verse I was able to tell the Lord "it's cool whether I lose this job or not. I'm going to shake their hands and say thanks for letting me work here". When they told me I wasn't going to be fired I felt so much relief and thanked them and God. She taught me really well I could not have asked for a better Godmother.