Jaycee Jo (Goss) Elliott, 33-year-old former Maud resident and current Poteau resident, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 7, 2018, surrounded by her loving family at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

Jaycee Jo (Goss) Elliott, 33-year-old former Maud resident and current Poteau resident, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Saturday, July 7, 2018, surrounded by her loving family at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

She was born May 31, 1985, in Shawnee to Gregg and Joan “Joanie” (Kitchens) Goss.

What a blessing God gave us. Jaycee was born with a congenital heart condition, having her first surgery at just 3 months old. She went on to face 30 more surgeries and heart procedures throughout her life. Jaycee was determined that this was not going to define her life.

Jaycee graduated from Perkins-Tryon High School in 2004 and went on to earn her degree in communications and marketing from Oklahoma University in December 2008. While attending OU she was a member of Theta Sorority. Since she had spent so much time in the Oklahoma Children’s Hospital she was also very dedicated to two special organizations, “Mended Little Hearts” and “Camp Cavett.”

On March 14, 2009, Jaycee married the love of her life, Travis Ryan Elliott at the Oklahoma State Capital.

The couple made their home in Poteau, where they were members of Cross Community Church in Poteau.

Jaycee was a homemaker or as she would laughingly call herself a “Domestic Goddess.”

In Jaycee’s short 33 years she has touched so many lives and has shown so many that even in the face of adversity, joy can be found. She always had a sparkle in her eyes and had a contagious smile.

Jaycee leaves to cherish her memories her husband of nine years, Travis R. Elliott of the home; parents, Gregg and Joanie Goss of Perkins; mother-in-law, Dee Dee Mitchell and her husband Walt of Yukon; father-in-law, Tommy Elliott of Pink; one brother, Jake Goss and his wife Ginger of Little Elm, Texas; one niece, Timber Goss of Little Elm, Texas; one brother-in-law, Scott Elliott and his wife Laura of Lagrange, Texas; two nephews, Jackson Elliott and Dylan Elliott both of Lagrange, Texas; a sister by love, Kandace Weisenfels of Ft. Smith, Arkansas; her special little dog, Zoey Belle; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and other family and dear friends.

Jaycee is preceded in death by her grandparents, Billy John Goss, Martha (Root) Goss, Neil and Vivian Kitchens, Elmo and Mary VanMeter and many of her friends who shared the heart and children’s hospital experience and preceded her in death,

The family will be receiving friends at Swearingen Funeral Home on Thursday, July 12, from 6 until 8 p.m.

A celebration of Jaycee’s life will be held Friday, July 13, at 1 p.m. at Seminole First Baptist Church, located at 420 Reid Street in Seminole. Rev. Marvin Kehl and Rev. Danny Cavett will officiate the service. Interment will follow at Cummings Cemetery in Maud.

Casket bearers will be Travis Elliott, Gregg Goss, Jake Goss, Tom Jackson, Dr. Edward Overholt, Dr. Kent Ward, Derwin Gist and Ricky McConnell.

Honorary bearers will be: Dr. Ron Elkins, Dr. Jerry Razook, the 2000-2001 Spiro baseball team, the dear church families who have supported us through the years, Maud Trinity Baptist Church, Pocola Trinity Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Perkins, Cross Community Church Poteau, the many dedicated educators who have stood with us during this journey, and the many physicians and medical staff who have given their expertise to see Jaycee through her 33 years.

“Your potential is as great as your surrender.”

The family has requested that donations in Memory of Jaycee Goss Elliott be made to Mended Little Hearts at the Children’s Heart Center, c/o Heidi Weaver, 1200 N. Children’s Ave. 2F, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104.

Services are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole.