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Saranne Gehring – January 16, 2018

Saranne Gehring peacefully departed this life to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.  She was born to G. Edwin Smith and Dorothy Davis Smith on May 13, 1926 in Amarillo and was a 1942 graduate of Amarillo High School.
Saranne was very active in her church, participating in Altar Guild and Daughters of the King.  She loved genealogy and was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames, Daughters of 1812, Magna Carta, and the Jamestown Society.  Saranne was gifted at needlepoint, cross-stitch, and knitting.  She also loved watching kids’ sports, especially baseball.  As her husband coached YMCA baseball, she would sit on the dugout bench keeping the scorebook and making sure everything ran “correctly”.  Saranne loved her family, her church, and God.  She was a lifelong member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and also a member of St. Mark’s Anglican Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Herman Gehring; her son, Larry Gehring; and a brother G. Smith Jr.
She is survived by her son Kurt R. Gehring and wife Greta of Amarillo; a sister, Dorothy Smith Green of Houston; three grandchildren, Dr. Taylor Gehring and wife Chelsea of Waco; Dr. Reid Gehring and wife Natasha of Amarillo; Lauren Eames and husband Andrew of Amarillo, eight great-grandchildren; three nieces; and two nephews.
The family would like to thank all of the friends, who were so kind and helpful to Saranne, especially those at St. Andrew’s, St. Mark’s, and at Brookdale Senior Living.  Memorials can be made to St. Andrew’s, St. Mark’s, or your favorite charity.
Services will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1601 South Georgia Street, Amarillo, Texas.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.


  • Bill and Sue Muir Posted January 19, 2018 9:57 am

    Our condolences to you and your family.

  • Louise Posted January 19, 2018 12:14 pm

    I don’t remember where or when I met your loved one, but Saranne and I sat and drank our punch and visited — I remember it was when my daughter, Sara-Allyson,now 50 yrs old, was a little girl and we talked about the similarities of names. It doesn’t matter about the when and where — I remembered her! I ran into to her occasionally and we visited for a few minutes and I thoroughly enjoyed our conversations. She was delightful, charming, and truly memorable. The world is diminished with her absense, and I am saddened by her death. My condolences to all those who love her.

  • Bruce E Carter Posted January 19, 2018 9:10 pm

    To Kurt and Greta – My heart goes out to U both on this sad news – God Bless Saranne – Peace..

  • Rex and Michele Wilt Posted January 20, 2018 12:35 am

    We enjoyed listening to Saranne tell stories of her childhood, husband and children. She loved to dance and was a joy to visit. So glad we got to meet her. Our condolences and praying for your family.

  • Judy Harp Lassiter Posted January 23, 2018 11:44 pm

    My mother, Gwen Harp, and Saranne were bridge-playing buddies for many years. Saranne was a good friend to my mom. I remember lots of laughter when the two of them were together. I am sending happy remembrances and warm thoughts to Kurt and family.

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