Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Christine Compelube “Tine” Gann

Born: 12/5/1924

Died: 5/5/2004

Maiden Name: Compelube

Honorific: n/a

Christine Compelube “Tine” Gann, 79, of Mountain Home, Idaho, passed away May 5, 2004, at home with her family. She was born December 5, 1924, in McAlester, Oklahoma, the daughter of Ethel (Pace) Compelube and Nicholas Compelube. An original enrollee of the Choctaw Nation, Christine was one of five children, Cecil, Jesse, Audrey and Dorothy.

Christine was a high school graduate and a member of the VFW 1965 Women’s Auxiliary. She resided next door to her sister, Dorothy Jenkins, throughout most of their adult lives. She met and married Paul C. Gann in January of 1943. Together they had two sons, Kenneth R. Gann and Paul Truman Gann. Paul Truman passed away at the tender age of two years of diphtheria and is buried in Pima, Arizona. Paul, Christine and Kenneth moved to Wasco, California, where they resided for more than 50 years. Due to health reasons, they then moved to Mountain Home in 2002 to live with their son, Kenneth, and his wife, Letha, and was cared for by her granddaughter, Tammy Presley.

Christine battled a severely debilitating stroke in 1969 and her husband, Paul, and sister, Dorothy, cared for her for many, many years. Christine never gave up and with determination and perseverance got back on her feet. She was and always will be an inspiration to us all. She was a treasure, with admirable strength and will. Christine collected beautiful dolls and loved a good practical joke. She will be greatly missed and loved by all whom she touched.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Cecil and Jesse Compelube; a sister, Audrey, and son, Paul Truman Gann.

Survivors include her husband, Paul C. Gann; son, Kenneth Gann and wife, Letha; sister, Dorothy Jenkins; granddaughters, Tammy Presley and Stacey Knight and husband, Jimmy; great-grandchildren, Jamie and Kyle Knight and Paul, Shellie and Holly Presley, and five great-great-grandchildren.