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Carol McAlester Ross May 12, 1938 - February 27, 2015 OKLAHOMA CITY Carol Gladstein McAlester Ross, beloved daughter of Margaret F. and Irvin A. Gladstein, McAlester, Oklahoma. Forever treasured wife of James E. Ross, New York, New York. Born May 12, 1938 and passed away on February 27, 2015 at 5:12 A.M. A great star of Oklahoma and of Humanity. Her light cannot be dimmed. Carol was a graduate of The University of Oklahoma with graduate studies at U.C.L.A. and The University of Denver. At OU's Centennial celebration she was selected, with Tom Paxton, as the two Theater Arts students' greatest artists in the University's history. She appeared many times on Broadway and was Sister Sophia in the National tour of The Sound Of Music. She taught Master Classes at OU. Carol is survived by her husband, James E. Ross; sister, Bette Jan Brook; her step-children, Janna E. and Kathryn A. Ross, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends around the world. A graveside service will be held on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Fairlawn Cemetery in Oklahoma City, OK. A Memorial Service will be held at Temple Emanuel in New York City at a date yet to be determined. Gifts in Carol's name should be made to the National Kidney Foundation. Carol loved and was loved by everyone who knew her. Her passing leaves a great void in our lives.
Published: 3/3/2015
Charlotte Michele Wolf Queen August 20, 1948 - March 2, 2015 MOORE Charlotte Michele Wolf Queen, 66, of Moore, Oklahoma, died on March 2, 2015 at Integris Hospice House from cancer. Shelly was born on August 20, 1948 to Felix Gregory and Martha Florence Wolf of Oklahoma City. Known to her siblings as 'Boo', she was the youngest of seven children. Shelly grew up in Oklahoma City with siblings Theresa, Bob, Annette, Janet, Richard and Sharon. Ruffles and frills were never her style. She was far more comfortable in jeans and tennis shoes, climbing telephone poles and playing tag on roof tops with her band of daring friends and causing worried neighbors to call her Mom to sound the alarm. Shelly adored her Daddy and the feeling was mutual as she helped her father with everything from cleaning the stable at the farm where he boarded horses to learning to operate the wood lathe in his workshop. Shelly attended St. Patrick Grade School and graduated in 1966 from Mount Saint Mary High School. She attended UCO (formerly Central State University) and worked for Liberty National Bank in Oklahoma City. Moving to Memphis, she served as Director of Personnel for Bryce Corporation in Memphis, Tennessee for several years before returning to OKC. Shelly married Carl L. Queen on October 20, 1988 in War Eagle, Arkansas and worked beside her husband in his art studio, and travelling across the country to the many art festivals at which he sold his art work, until their recent retirement. She devoted her life to working beside her beloved husband and loved wood-working, collecting mouse-themed paraphernalia and working crossword and jigsaw puzzles. Through the years she joined her talents with her husband's to create many lovely gifts which are treasured by loved ones. Nothing was more important to Shelly than faith, family and friends. She and her husband have been members of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Norman where she was active in the Perpetual Adoration ministry and where Carl serves in the Usher ministry and is a member of the Knights of Columbus. She leaves her beloved husband Carl and step-son Mark. She also leaves sister Theresa and husband Tom Furlong of the city, brother Robert and wife Peggy Wolf of the city, sister Mary Annette and husband James Clendenin of the city, sister Janet Wolf of the city, brother Richard Wolf of El Paso, TX, and sister Sharon and husband Jim Lafferty of Mustang, OK. She is also survived by many beloved nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews, and friends and neighbors who loved this special lady. Shelly was preceded in death by her parents and step-son, Mike. She is remembered for her devotion to and Trust in God, her unfailing, unconditional love of family and friends, her sense of humor, stubborn independence and positive, cheerful spirit. Funeral services will be at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Norman, on Monday, March 9, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at the IOOF Cemetery in Norman. Arrangements are being handled by John Ireland Funeral Home and Chapel in Moore, OK. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to: Stephenson Cancer Center Supportive Care Program, 800 NE 10th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73104, or Integris Hospice House, 13920 Quailbrook Dr., Oklahoma City, OK 73134.
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Earl Edward Stevens July 29, 1915 - February 28, 2015 WARR ACRES Earl Edward Stevens (Steve), age 99, of Warr Acres, OK, passed away at the Norman Veterans Center on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, surrounded by his family. Earl was born July 29, 1915 in Denison, TX to James & Sarah Stevens. Earl was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 67 years, Mary, in 2011, his parents and his 6 siblings. He is survived by his 3 children, Greg Stevens & wife Donna of OKC, Sandy Stoll & husband Mike of Yukon and Cherie Forester & husband Bill of Norman. Earl is also survived by his 7 grandchildren, Amme Weilert & husband Chris of Edmond, Jeran Stevens & wife Maria of OKC, Meghan Christie & husband Jared of Norman, Blake Forester of OKC, Sarah Ford of OKC, Cameron Forester of Norman and Adam Forester & fiancee Kristin Brown of OKC. Great Papa is also survived by his 7 beloved great grandchildren: Jonathan, Sophia, Ryder, Carson, Flynn, Paxon and Crew. Earl enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force in September, 1942 where he served as a radio mechanic with the 200th Army Air Forces Base Unit until he was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant in December, 1945. During his service, he earned the American Theater Ribbon, the Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Earl married the love of his life, Mary Loretta Dulohery, in Independence, KS on Dec. 8, 1944. Earl worked at Vance AFB in Enid, OK before accepting a job at the Federal Aviation Administration in Oklahoma City. He retired from FAA in 1977 and, for almost 35 years, he was able to pursue his passions of gardening, camping, home renovating, amateur (Ham) radio and spending quality time with his family and friends. Many lifelong friends were made at Roaring River State Park, Missouri, at the Buttons and Beauxs Square Dance Club and at St. Charles Borromeo where Earl & Mary were members for over 50 years. Viewing will be Friday, March 6, 9am-7pm, with a Rosary at 7:00pm at Mercer- Adams Chapel, Bethany, OK. Funeral will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church on Saturday, March 7, 10:00am with interment in Resurrection Memorial Cemetery. To share a memory or condolence, visit www.mercer-adams.com www.mercer-adams.com
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Elizabeth (Libby) Price Mar. 6, 1918 - Dec. 15, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY In Loving Memory Memorial service Westminster Presbyterian Church Chapel, Fri., Mar. 6, 2015, 2 p.m., 4400 N. Shartel, OKC. Reception following.
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J. Donald Capra, MD July 20, 1937 - February 24, 2015 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK J. Donald "Don" Capra, MD, died February 24, 2015 at home with his family after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. He was born July 20, 1937, the son of Mary Demaio Capra and Richard Capra of Barre, Vermont. He grew up in a community of Italian immigrants who worked in the granite quarries of that area. He received his early education in Barre and went on to the University of Vermont in Burlington, graduating with a B.S. in 1959 and then with an M.D. from the Vermont Medical School in 1963, graduating summa cum laude. Don married his wife of 57 years, Patricia Hollister, in 1958. They raised two sons, Jay and Tony, in the midst of a very busy life. The family left Vermont for New York City in 1963 for a 2-year internship at St. Luke's Hospital. This was followed by two years in Washington, D.C. at the National Institutes of Health in the laboratory of Alan Peterkofsky. In 1967 they returned to New York City for Don to accept a position in immunology research at Rockefeller University under Dr. Henry Kunkel, and there Don was hired by the new medical school at Mt. Sinai. During this time the family lived in Leonia, NJ. The next move was to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX in 1974 where Don made his fundamental discoveries in antibody research, laying the foundation for the field of monoclonal antibody therapy in a number of human diseases, including lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. In his 23 years there, Don served as a Professor of Microbiology and Internal Medicine, the Edwin L. Cox Distinguished Chair in Immunology and Genetics, and Director of the Molecular Immunology Center. Don's laboratory defined the subsets of human B cells, which led to a redefinition of many human B cell malignancies. This became important in the treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphomas. In 1997 Don and Pat moved once more to Oklahoma City so that Don could assume the presidency of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF). Don viewed this position as the crowning achievement of his long career. After leading the OMRF for nine years, Don retired his position and started a consulting business, consulting for large and small pharmaceutical firms, as well as mentoring young scientists in departments of immunology throughout the United States, from Hawaii to Vermont, and at numerous institutions within Oklahoma. Don loved his family deeply. He was proud of his sons and doted on his grandchildren. He also loved teaching, the Dallas Cowboys, crossword puzzles, and traveling. He and Pat saw the world over the years - often to the concern of their sons - as they traveled to far corners, even vacationing in Antarctica. An engaged citizen of his community, Don volunteered with numerous organizations, including the Oklahoma Aids Care Fund and the Arts and Sciences Advisory Board of Oklahoma City University. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City, and he served as Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Oklahoma EDGE Fund. Don is survived by his wife Patricia Capra, PhD, his son Jay Capra, MD and wife Nancy of Abilene, TX, and son Tony Capra of Carrollton, TX, as well as grandson Donald Capra and wife Sally of Amarillo, TX, granddaughter Sarah Seltzer and husband Will and great-step grandson Cooper of Fort Worth, TX, and by granddaughter Twig (Hannah) Capra of New York City, NY. He is also survived by his sister Carolyn Sanderson of Sagamore, MA and her daughters Kathy Riedinger of Double Oak, TX and Lisa Morgera of Shrewsbury, MA and their families. The family wants to personally thank Drs. Robert Salinas and James Battiste, the Stephenson Cancer Center, Gentiva Home Health Care, Mercy Hospice, and Debbie and Pete Garrett for their compassionate and loving care of Don. There will be a Celebration of Don's life at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation on Saturday, March 21, at 2:00 pm. All are welcome. The family respectfully requests no flowers, but that donations be made to the "Drs. Patricia H. & J. Donald Capra Scholarship Fund" of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, or to the educational institute of your choice.
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James "Danny" Trent September 4, 1954-February 28, 2015 YUKON James Daniel "Danny" Trent, 60, passed away Feb. 28, 2015 in Yukon. He worked for Freightliner as a diesel mechanic and his picture was recently featured on their I-40 billboard. Preceded in death by his father, David Trent, he is survived by his 2 sons, Jim and Mike, and their families; Nancy Trent; brother, Dwight, sister, Debbie; mother, Ruby, and numerous family and friends. Services will be Friday, March 6, 2:00pm at Mercer- Adams Chapel with interment in Calumet Cemetery. To share a memory or condolence, visit www.mercer-adams.com www.mercer-adams.com
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James Barton Law October 18, 1928 - March 1, 2015 OKLAHOMA CITY James Barton Law passed away March 1, 2015, in Oklahoma City, at the age of 86, his family was by his side. Jim was born on October 18, 1928, in Oklahoma City to Gladys and Bart Law. After graduating from Shattuck Military Academy, he attended OU, where he was the President of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and earned a degree in Geology. He worked in the oil business for the next 40 yrs. Jim served in the Army as a Lt. and as a Trustee for Casady School, among many other committees and boards. He married Marilyn Morey on July 22, 1985. They enjoyed 30 wonderful years together, especially at their home in Colorado; gardening and picnicking with family and friends that loved visiting. He enjoyed golfing, tennis, and errands with Marilyn. Jim is preceded in death by his parents and survived by his wife Marilyn and children, Janell Flanery (Kevin), her sons Bart (Julie) and Scott Shelley; Tricia Law, her children Mary Lynn, Peter, and Janell Fryer; James Barton Law Jr., his children J.B., Kay and Kelly Law; Sherri Cooper, children Lauren and Cody Cooper, Leslie Palmquist, children Justin and Laura, Melissa Fletcher, children Jay and Maggie; Tripp Cunningham (Jane) and daughter Lilly. He is also survived by his sister Mrs. Jean L Everest, her sons Jim (Christy), Pete (Shirley), and Chip (Gayle) Everest. As well as, many grandchildren, great nephews and nieces; and great-great nephews and nieces; all of whom had a very special place in his heart. A private Family Memorial will be held Thursday, March 5. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Jimmy Everest Center, 1200 N. Phillip Ave., OKC 73104 or to Special Care, Inc., 12201 N. Western Ave., OKC 73114.
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Jo W. Williams Sep. 24, 1939 - Mar. 1, 2015 OKLAHOMA CITY Jo Willie Williams, age 75, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015. Public visitation will be Thursday, March 5, 2015, at Temple and Sons Funeral Directors, Inc., 2801 N. Kelley Ave., OKC, OK. Service will be 2pm Friday, March 6, 2015, at Hillcrest Memory Gardens, 12825 NE 50th St., Spencer, OK 73084.
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Johnny W Freeman Aug 11, 1948 - Feb 26, 2015 OKLAHOMA CITY Johnny Wayne Freeman, age 66, passed away in Oklahoma City February 26, 2015, after a year-long battle with cancer. Johnny is survived by his wife, Wanda (Manuel) Freeman, of the home; son, David Freeman, of OKC; daughter, Deanna (Freeman) McNeill and husband Kyle, of Blanchard; six grandkids, Breanne Freeman, Colton Graves, Emily McNeill, Sierra Freeman, Drew McNeill, and Dawson Freeman; sister, Janice Rich, of OKC; father and mother-in-law, Dub and Betty Manuel, of Blanchard; and brothers-in-law, Wayne Manuel, of Tuttle; and Forrest Manuel, of Blanchard. Johnny is also survived by numerous family members and countless friends. He was preceded in death by his dad, Johnny A. Freeman, of OKC; stepdad and mom, Robert and Jimmie Kittle, of Moore; brother, Gary D. Freeman, of OKC; paternal grandparents, Henry and Ora Freeman, of Blanchard; and maternal grandparents, GW and Lucy Petty, of Bridge Creek. Johnny was born on August 11, 1948, in OKC, where he lived and attended school. He graduated from U.S. Grant High School in 1966 and began his lifelong career as a master craftsman and trim carpenter. Johnny became a firefighter with the Oklahoma City Fire Department in early 1972 and remained with the department until June 1997 when he retired at the rank of District Chief. Johnny was the ultimate family man and loving father. He married his high school sweetheart, Wanda Manuel, on February 6, 1970, and recently celebrated 45-years of marriage. Although he loved being a father, the highlight of his life and his proudest achievement was being Popa to his six grandkids. Johnny was a lifelong member of the church of Christ, where he worshiped with the congregation in Blanchard. He enjoyed sharing his time and talents with others, including the Christian Services Center in OKC. His family and friends will always remember him as a man with a loving nature and generous spirit. Memorial Services are scheduled for Saturday, March 7, 2015, at 2:00 in the afternoon at the church of Christ, 1200 N. Madison, Blanchard, OK 73010. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Johnny's life. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Mercy Hospital for the kind, loving and compassionate care shown to Johnny and his family during his illness and final days. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be sent to Christian Services Center at 115 SW 24th St, OKC, OK 73109.
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Josie Mae White March 7, 1937 - March 1, 2015 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK Josie Mae White 77, she was born to Leroy and Eula E. Williams in Frederick, OK. She leaves behind four children, three siblings, several grandchildren, great grandchildren many other relatives and friends. Memorial services will be March 6, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Creston Hills Church of Christ in Oklahoma City, OK.
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Katheryn L. Starr Aug 23, 1923 - March 1, 2015 OKLAHOMA CITY Katheryn Louise Gibson Starr, 91, of Oklahoma City, was welcomed into the arms of her loving Lord on Sunday, March 1, 2015. She was born to Arthur and Lela Gibson on August 23, 1923, in Direct, Texas. Katheryn met her sweetheart, Robert Starr, in Paris, Texas, and later married there. After moving to Oklahoma City in 2004, she became a member of Quail Springs Baptist Church. Katheryn is survived by her son, Robert Alan Starr and wife Jan; daughters, Sandra Kaye Starr Stewart and husband Larry and Joyce Ann Starr Trigger and husband Tom; seven grandchildren, Tony Alan Starr and wife Geralyn, Chad Daniel Starr, Jeremy Ryan Starr and wife Susan, Brandie Joyce Trigger Mitchell and husband Mark, Polly Katheryn Trigger Pola and husband Shaun, Robyn Denise Stewart Rojas and husband, Ivan, and Lauryn Louise Stewart; and eight great-grandchildren. The family is grateful to the staff and residents of The Statesman, where Katheryn lived for the last four years. They are also grateful to the staff of Tuscany Skilled Nursing Center for their loving care over the last four weeks. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children and Quail Springs Baptist Benevolence Fund. Funeral Services were held on Monday, March 2, 2015, at the Quail Springs Baptist Church.
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Mildred "Millie" Naomi Reed August 22, 1930 - March 3, 2015 OLUSTEE Mildred "Millie" Naomi Reed, age 84, of Olustee, passed away, early Tuesday morning, March 3, 2015, at Jackson County Memorial Hospital. Mildred was born in Olustee, Oklahoma on August 22, 1930, to Hubert and Anna Mae (Beckner) Adams. On February 10, 1947, she married Leonard J. Reed. They raised their children in Tipton, Oklahoma, where Mildred was very active in the First Baptist Church, singing in the choir and teaching Sunday School classes. She loved traveling, quilting, floral arranging and reading True Crime books. Mildred had many occupations, but her favorite job was as a records clerk for the Oklahoma City Police Department. Most of all, Mildred enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a sister, Joyce Wesson; two brothers, Roy Adams and Donnie Adams; a grandson, Jeremy Hankins; and a step-son, Jerald Reed. Survivors include two sons, Dennis Reed and wife LaVada of Martha, Oklahoma and Jeff Reed and wife Carol of Mustang, Oklahoma; four daughters, Pam Hankins and husband Jerry of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Joyce Priess and husband Ray of Edmond, Oklahoma, Loyce Lawson and husband Bruce of Tipton, Oklaoma and Paula Armstrong and husband G.W. "Dub" Armstrong of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; two sisters, Doris June Vardell and husband Ted of Amarillo, Texas and Dorothy Kendrix and husband Donald of Newcastle, Oklahoma; twenty-three grandchildren; forty-two great grandchildren; along with many special nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Funeral services for Mildred Reed will be at 2 p.m., Friday, March 6, 2015, at Lowell-Tims Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Paul Beam officiating. Interment will follow at the Olustee Cemetery under the direction of Lowell-Tims Funeral Home of Altus. For those not able to attend the service, Lowell-Tims will provide a live web-cast of the service beginning at 1:58 p.m. Friday. Go to www.Lowell- Tims.com and click on obituaries. Then click on Mildred Reed. There will be a large area inviting you to join the web-cast. Online tributes may be made to the family at www.Lowell-Tims.com www.lowell-tims.com www.lowell-tims.com
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Page Price Morgan May 13, 1953 - Feb. 27, 2015 OKLAHOMA CITY After a courageous twelve-year struggle with cancer, Judge Page Price Morgan passed away peacefully on February 27, 2015. Page was born on May 13, 1953 to Dr. Richard and Margaret Price. She graduated from Oklahoma State University and received her Juris Doctorate from Oklahoma City University in 1980. During law school, Page met her future husband, Fred Morgan, and the couple married on May 30, 1981. While active in many civic and philanthropic activities, her real passion was her family and her 20-plus year career as an Oklahoma City Municipal Judge. Page was the epitome of a public servant. She possessed a keen intellect, balanced with compassion, fairness, and a firm sense of justice for everyone regardless of race, creed, gender or station in life. Her judicial role brought her great personal satisfaction, but she balanced her professional career with an equally strong commitment to her family and a close circle of dear friends. Page was particularly devoted to all of her Girls Night Out girlfriends and she treasured her longstanding friendship with Claudia Connor Carter. She respected and admired her judicial colleagues and friends, and appreciated everyone who makes the Oklahoma City Municipal Courts operate effectively. She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her husband, Fred; daughter Megan Tilly and husband, Matt; son Daniel Morganand wife, Kristina; along with her brother, Dr. Richard Price and nieces Anna and Rachel; and her sister, Pamela Bynum, of Piedmont. The family would like to thank Dr. Brian Geister and his staff, Integris Hospice Center, and Laura Lynn's Home Hospice for all of their care and support. Friends are cordially invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at St. Eugene's Catholic Church followed by a reception at Memorial Park Historic Cemetery Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be directed to the OSU Foundation Scholarship Fund or to the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter.
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Polly Houston April 3, 1923 - Feb. 27, 2015 OKLAHOMA CITY Polly Houston died the morning of February 27th, 2015, in the company of her four living children. Born on April 3rd, 1923 in Maydelle, Texas to John and Viola O'Byrne, she grew up in the "piney woods" of east Texas and loved that landscape and its people, especially her large Irish family. At 18, Polly fell in love with a handsome guy from Frankston, Texas, named Dan Houston, and they danced their way into married life and five children. Dan's work called them to Oklahoma in 1961. The years in Oklahoma brought them great friends and fun times. Their life of love on this earth ended when Dan died over 25 years ago. Dan kept a firm place in Polly's heart. She never stopped missing him fiercely. The loss of Dan, then later her grown son, Mark, were deep sorrows for Polly, but they could not defeat her in her love and devotion to her remaining children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She demonstrated her delight in life with her proud enthusiasm for each member of her family in all its varied extensions. Her children were the main focus of her life and she dearly loved being a mother. Polly taught all of her children about the love of God and kept them schooled in the ways of compassion. She kept dollar bills in her car's visor to give to those in need, and never lost her generosity of heart. For those who loved her, the loss is great, but her gifts are sustaining even in her absence. All of Polly's children thank God for their wonderful mother. We also want to thank the friends and family who have brought food and cheer during this sad time. Our gratitude likewise extends to Dr. Thompson, Dr. Ross, Dr. Wienecke, Reverend Lindley, and Father Bright for their compassionate care during these last days. The funeral will be held at All Souls' Episcopal Church, 6400 N. Pennsylvania, at 2pm on Friday, March 6th, 2015. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: The Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma County, P.O. Box 18701, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73154.
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Richard Loyd Cannon May 25, 1953 - February 27, 2015 BETHANY Richard Loyd Cannon, 61, passed away at his home in Bethany, Oklahoma on February 27, 2015 of end stage renal disease. Richard lived his life to serve God with all his heart, soul, and mind. Richard was born on May 25, 1953 in Guymon, Oklahoma to Donald Cannon and Annetta Cannon. He was married to Cindy Cannon on November 23, 1974 in Corpus Christi, Texas. The memorial service will be Thursday, March 5, 2015, 2:00pm at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene. Mercer-Adams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. For more information, please go to www.mercer- adams.com. In lieu of flowers, please give donations to Bethany First Church of the Nazarene Missions. www.mercer-adams.com
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Robert Glenn Peeler, Jr. April 27, 1954 - February 27, 2015 CHOCTAW Robert was born in Wichita Falls, Texas the son of Robert and Barbara Peeler and passed away at his home in Choctaw. He was a graduate of Okmulgee High School in 1972. He attended the University of Oklahoma and majored in Radio and TV Journalism. He was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, Sigma Delta Chi Society of Professional Journalist; Radio-TV News Director Association and was listed on the Dean's Honor Roll. He began his career at Oklahoma Farm Bureau on August 15, 1977 as a radio newscaster. In November of 1987, he was promoted to Director of Information and in July 1996 became the Director of Administrative Services. He was later promoted to his final position as Vice President of Operations. In 1981, Robert became a Deputy with the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Reserve Division. He took pride in being among the first class of recruits in the program. Through the years he devoted countless hours of service to his community and made lifelong friendships along the way. In his free time he enjoyed working in the yard, fishing, and riding motorcycles. Robert will be deeply missed by his family, friends and co-workers. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Roy and Vada Peeler and Elmer and Ethel Woody. He is survived by his parents, Robert (Bob) and Barbara Peeler of Okmulgee; his wife, Kim Peeler; two sons, Austen Peeler and Mason Peeler and his fiancee Lorin Hite all of Oklahoma City; one grandson, Landen Peeler; one brother, Rick and Cyndi Peeler of Broken Arrow; and two nephews, Cody Peeler of Broken Arrow and Cory Peeler of Dallas, TX. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 5, 2015, at Smith & Kernke Chapel with burial to follow in Okmulgee, Okla.
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Rose Michael Thompson June 1, 1927 - March 1, 2015 EDMOND Rose Michael Thompson, 87, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Edmond, OK. Loyal sister, faithful wife, loving mother, doting grandmother and great-grandmother, and fun-loving friend, her warm smile and great sense of humor will be missed by all who knew her. Born June 1, 1927 in Love County, OK to Vivian (Vaughan) and Henry Michael, Rose was the oldest of five siblings. After graduating in 1945 from Marietta High School, she married William Henry "Bill" Thompson on March 8, 1946 in Gainesville, TX when he was home on Navy leave. From that marriage she gave birth to their only child and pride and joy Robert Henry "Mick." She delighted in Mick's accomplishments and was his biggest supporter as he dedicated his life to public service - currently serving as the Oklahoma Bank Commissioner. Once Bill came home from the war, they bought a ranch and moved to Panama, OK. Rose attended beauty school and owned and operated her own beauty shop for three decades. Always active in the community, she volunteered in the Poteau Hospital and after retirement in the Ardmore Hospital - even serving as volunteer auxiliary president. She held memberships in The National Association of Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary, The Love County Friends of the Library, and was a lifetime member of The National Appaloosa Association. She co-founded the Love County Military Museum, was co-leader of Le Flore County Youth Fashion Show, and member of the Carl Albert Junior College Auxiliary. She was an active member and leader of the First United Methodist Church inPanama and Marietta, organizing garage sales, bake sales, installation of stained glass windows and spearheaded many other church projects. Rose readily admitted that the best time of her life was being with her grandsons, Scott and Michael. She proudly contended that she never missed one of their football games or wrestling matches. The boys knew she was there as evidenced by her loud cheering from the stands: "Go, Scott!" "Get `em, Michael!" As consummate horsemen, Rose and Bill and their grandsons traveled and competed in horse shows around the country. She won World Champion Appaloosa Women's Costume in 1983, '84 and '87, wearing full Native American regalia. They participated in many parades and events wearing elaborate costumes made with genuine English leather and thousands of tiny seed beads, hand sewn one-by-one by Rose into intricate patterns. Her costumes are on display at the Chickasaw Cultural Center. Rose was also well known around Oklahoma for signing The Lord's Prayer wearing her prize winning Native American costumes. In 1994 when they retired, Bill and Rose returned to Marietta where they raised miniature horses. Rose loved shopping for antiques and crocheting blankets for all occasions. After Bill's death in 2012, Rose moved to Edmond so she could be closer to her family. Last year Rose was honored by The Oklahoma City Thunder "Wish of a Lifetime." Driven in a limousine to the Thunder basketball game, she shook hands and took photos with players like Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and enjoyed every minute of the game. Rose is survived by her son, Mick Thompson and wife Peggy of Edmond; two grandsons, Scott Thompson and wife Heather and Michael Thompson and wife Stephanie; great- granddaughter, Micah Thompson; two great-grandsons, Brennan and Garrett Thompson; step-granddaughter, Sarah Sharpe; two sisters, Lavonne Vinson and Joyce Mills; two brothers, Jim Michael and wife Freda and Dick Michael and wife Janet; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and extended family members. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Bill; and daughter-in-law, Toni (Floyd) Thompson. Services are Saturday, March 7, at 1:00 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church in Marietta with interment in Lakeview Cemetery, also in Marietta. Officiating the services will be Rev. David Shahan and Rev. Tony Caro. Honorary bearers are her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family suggests contributions to: The First United Methodist Church of Marietta Building Fund, 603 West Main Street. Marietta, OK 73448. Arrangements are under the direction of Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Marietta. Online guest book: wattsfuneralhome.com
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Terri Lynn (Cordrey) Scott Nov 22, 1954 - Feb 28, 2015 OKLAHOMA CITY Terri, 60, after an extended illness, died peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family, on Feb. 28, 2015. She was born Nov. 22, 1954, in MWC, OK to Donald & Novella "Donnie" Cordrey. After graduating from Bethel HS in 1973, Terri earned her bachelor's in social work from East Central University in Ada, OK. For 10 years, Terri worked as a social worker for DHS before later working as a medical social worker for St. Anthony Hospital for six years until her health declined. A lifelong OU football fan and season ticket holder for many years, Terri was also a very dedicated Christian and active member of Southern Ridge Church of Christ. She was a loving wife, devoted mother and loyal friend, who dedicated her life to helping others in need. She will be truly missed by all. Preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Mary; she is survived by her loving husband of 29 years, Roger; son, Chris; aunt, Sue Merritt; cousins, Jon Merritt and Alisa and Daniel Beal; and many other loving relatives and friends, including her church family at Southern Ridge COC. No viewing. A Memorial Service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015, at Southern Ridge Church of Christ, 2237 S.W. 134th St. Friends may leave condolences for the family at vondelsmithmortuary.com vondelsmithmortuary.com
Published: 3/3/2015
Vernon Harden Baird June 27, 1924 - March 1, 2015 DEL CITY Vernon Harden Baird, of Del City, OK, passed away March 1, 2015, at the age of 90. He was born in Brawley, CA to Johnnie Harden and Opal Marie (Ritchie) Baird. Vernon spent most of his childhood in Dodson, TX; attending the Kelly School and graduating from Dodson High School. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in June 1943, at the age of 19. Following training as a B-17 Flight Engineer and Top Turret Gunner, Vernon was assigned to the 8th Air Force, 91st Bomb Group (H), 322 Bomb Squadron stationed at Air Force Station 121, Bassingbourn, England (known as the "Ragged Irregulars"). From November 1944 to May 1945, he completed 35 missions (the majority on the "Lewd Angel") and participated in Ardennes, Rhineland and Central European Campaigns. Vernon's awards include the European-African-Middle East Service Medal with three Bronze Stars and the Air Medal with six oak leaf clusters. He was discharged as a Technical Sergeant in Oct. 1945; then served as a member of the Oklahoma National Guard, 120th Combat Engineer Company from April 1949 to April 1950. Following WWII, Vernon worked in Hollis, OK as an auto mechanic, where he met his future wife, Joy Colleen Kilmer of Jones, OK. In 1955, they moved to Oklahoma City, OK where Vernon worked for Chick Coker Pontiac as a service manager. In 1960, Vernon began a successful career with the U.S. Postal Service. He retired in in 1986, with 30 years of government service. Vernon then worked for the Oklahoma Horse Racing Association until 2004 as a Security Guard at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, OK. Vernon was a loving husband and father. He loved fishing and spending time with family friends and will be greatly missed. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joy Colleen (Kilmer) Baird; his three sisters, Verna Mae Underwood, Sara Worley and Johnny Lou Branch; and great-grandson, Kory Ingle. He is survived by his three daughters and son, Linda & husband Robert Wilson, Sharon Baird, Sheila and husband Robert Striegel and Wayne and wife Laurel Baird, all of Oklahoma City. He has seven grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Vernon is a member of the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans and the 91st Bomb Group (H) Memorial Association. A memorial service is planned for 2 PM, Thursday, March 5th, at Bill Eisenhour Southeast Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the 91st Bomb Group Memorial Association ( http://www.91stbombgroup.com). http//www.91stbombgroup.com
Published: 3/3/2015
Vincent Gregory "Greg" McLain February 20, 1962 - February 26, 2015 EDMOND Vincent Gregory "Greg" McLain, 53, Edmond, OK, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, February 26, 2015, from a sudden heart attack while working in Lawton, OK. Greg was born in Wichita, KS, on February 20, 1962. He grew up in Salina, KS and graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1980. He moved to Edmond, OK in 1982, and married Jane Garrison on May 28, 1983, in Atchison, KS. After moving to Oklahoma, he began a career in sales in the office supply industry. In 1995, Greg and his business partner, Mark Turner, bought Laser Clean, and the company experienced rapid growth through 1997 when it became a part of Precision Document Solutions. Greg served as Senior Vice President responsible for sales and operations in Oklahoma and Kansas. Greg is survived by his wonderful wife Jane of 31 years. He was the proud father of his incredible son, Vincent Gregory "Vinnie" McLain II, who is 17 and a junior, and his beautiful daughter, Sarah Kathryn McLain, who is 15 and a freshman, both attending Edmond Memorial High School. He is also survived by his mother and step-father, Yolanda & Clay Greenwood of Mannford, OK; his father and step-mother, Larry & Lois McLain of Cotter, AR; his sister and brother- in-law, Charlinda "Charlie" & Ja Wallar and nieces Megan, Madison, Morgan & Makayla, Edmond, OK; his uncles and their families: Mark & Salli Clark, Sand Springs, OK, Phillip Clark, Oklahoma City, OK, John & Julie McLain, Colwich, KS, and Ralph & Isabelle Castillo, Wichita, KS; his aunt, Vera & Robert Mendoza, Chelsea, AL; his mother-in-law, Dorothy Price, Atchison, KS; brothers- and sisters-in-law and their families: Mike & Beth Garrison, Pasco, WA, David & Linda Garrison, Wichita, KS, Bill & Janet Garrison, Basehor, KS, Kathy Soph, Atchison, KS, and Sarah & Doug Bounds, Leavenworth, KS; step-brothers and step-sisters and their families: Michelle & Tom Mullen, Columbus, GA, Lisa & Brian West, Keller, TX, Angela Harvey, Cotter, AR, Kendra Sorensen, Marshalltown, IA, and Clinton Caraway, Creston, IA; and special friends Mark & Paula Turner and family, Highland Village, TX. Greg loved his family dearly and they were very important to him. He was a man with a servant's heart and was always willing to help anyone. He cared deeply for the people he worked with and the clients he served. Greg enjoyed life. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 4th, 9am to 8pm, with reception from 6-8pm, at Crawford Funeral Home in Edmond. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 5th, 2pm, at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Edmond. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Mary's Episcopal Church or to EMHS Swine Week, benefitting Angels Foster Family Network.
Published: 3/3/2015
William Richard "Bill" Christain September 7, 1930 - March 2, 2015 Oklahoma City Bill was born in Duncan, OK. He graduated from Capitol Hill High School in 1948. He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. He was Past Master of Myrtle Lodge #145 and a 32? Scottish Rite Mason. Bill retired from the US Postal Service after 32 years of service. He loved traveling and was an avid OU and Dallas Cowboys fan. His first love was spending time with his family. Bill was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by 3 children, Valerie Cowherd (Jimmy), Jeffrey Christain, and Jennifer Albauer (Robert); daughter-in- law, Melanie Christain; 7 grandchildren; 5 great- grandchildren. Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Robert T. and Nancy A. Christain; his wife, Peggy; 1 son, Victor; 1 brother, Robert T. Christian, Jr. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, March 6, 2015, in the Chapel of the John M. Ireland Funeral Home, Moore, OK. Interment to follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens, OKC. Services are under the direction of the John M. Ireland Funeral Home.
Published: 3/3/2015