Eleanor Gayman Oakley

CHATHAM - Eleanor Gayman Oakley, 92, of Chatham, died on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis as a result of medical complications.


            Eleanor was the beloved wife of and is survived by David R. Oakley, by their daughter, Lois O. Pfister and grand-daughter, Laura H. Pfister, both of Cortland, New York.  She is also survived by their son, Robert B. Oakley, Robert’s wife, Lori L. Oakley, their four children, Lisa R., Bethany L., David J. and Maria D. Oakley, all of Pennsville, New Jersey; except for Lisa who lives in and teaches school in Guam.  


            David and Eleanor had been married for 67 years.  They were predeceased by their son, Stephen A. Oakley, in 1963 at his age five, and by her two brothers George G. Gayman, Jr. and Philip E. Gayman.


            Eleanor was born on April 25, 1927, the daughter of the late George G. Gayman, Sr., and the late Helen S. Gayman of Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.


            She was a 1949 graduate of Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics majoring in Textile Merchandising. Later when they lived in Moorestown, New Jersey, she served in several High School secretarial roles for over 20 years.  


            She was also a one-time member of the American Association of University Women, The Daughters of the American Revolution, and a Fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society.  


            Over their years together, Eleanor and David travelled extensively in all 50 states, within many Western and Northern European countries, and in much of the Western Hemisphere from the Yukon Territory to Cape Horn.


            Following retirement with her husband to Chatham in 1994, she became a Chatham Garden Club member and was also deeply involved for some years with the Chatham Historical Society’s 


            Costume and Textiles Committee and as a docent at its Atwood House Museum.  She also loved classical music, gardening, and needlework.


            In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts will be welcomed by the Chatham Historical Society, P.O. Box 709, in Chatham, Massachusetts 02633.  Services and interment at the Union Cemetery, Chatham will be private and at the family’s convenience.  


            For service details please contact Nickerson Funeral Home, 508-945-1166 and for online condolences please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.