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Betty Jane Mason Aug 3, 1921 - Jan 21, 2015 OKLAHOMA CITY Betty Jane Mason was born August 3, 1921, in Laramie, WY to Thomas and Lucille Jones. She was oldest of four children. She was very talented in music, drama, and writing poetry. She loved teaching people to stay active, whether it was with crafts or exercises like T'ai Chi. She was a volunteer teacher with the Community Action Program for senior citizens for several years. Betty was so active in writing poetry that she was named the poet laureate of Kansas in the early 1960s. She loved music and went to a music school to study classical and blues singing. Betty volunteered to tutor children in the Oklahoma City schools and won a Volunteer of the Year award for her efforts. As a docent at the American Indian Museum at the Kirkpatrick Center, she loved teaching children about their heritage and to appreciate Native American art. Betty was married to John Mason in Seattle, WA in 1951 and had two children, William and Gwyneth. She taught crafts to inner city youth at Second Presbyterian Church in the 1970s. She worked with Church Women United to advocate for civil rights and fair treatment of all people regardless of race, class, or ethnicity. After her divorce in 1975, she continued her work as a volunteer and worked very hard in the Presbyterian Church, especially with the Indian Nations Presbytery, focused on helping troubled churches to stay together and resolve their conflict. Betty was an excellent cook and loved learning new things about food and people as well as their languages. For many years, she attended the annual Welsh hymn singing gathering of Gymanfa Ganu. She enjoyed singing Welsh hymns, which started in a second generation Welsh choir in Seattle as a young woman. She imparted her love of singing and spirituality to her children and encouraged them to become involved in service to others, whether professional or as a volunteer. Betty was loved by many people from all walks of life and generations. Her final home was the Hospice House in Oklahoma City, where she died peacefully January 21, 2015. She is survived by her children, William (Maria) and Gwyneth; her brother, David Jones; her sister, Joan Jones; grandchildren, Rebecca (John) Hirst and Sarah Mason; step-granddaughters, Camille (Josh) Lider and Megan Torkildson; step-grandsons, Kip Roberts and Bryce Roberts, great-grandchild, Dylan Roger; great- step- grandchildren, Quincy and Will Hirst and Andrew Lider. Services will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church on Thursday, January 29 at 11 a.m.
Published: 1/26/2015
Betty Trumbly Dec 20, 1924 - Jan 25, 2015 YUKON Betty Maud Trumbly was born December 20, 1924, to Oliver William and Mary Frances Cornett Trumbly in Diamond, MO. The family moved to Osage County, OK. They later moved to Stillwater, where she graduated from high school and attended Oklahoma A&M. She worked for the Oklahoma Welfare Department in Payne County for seven years before moving to Ponca City, where she worked 33 years for Conoco, retiring as an Administrative Assistant. She then moved to Spanish Cove Retirement Center in Yukon, OK. While living in Ponca City, Betty was a volunteer at St. Mary's Hospital and crocheted dozens of newborn baby caps. She was an avid reader, worked crossword puzzles, and played cards, especially canasta. She did museum quality needlepoint and crewel embroidery and often traveled. She always said the two best decisions she ever made were going to work for Conoco and moving to Spanish Cove, where she lived 24 happy and contented years. The staff there became her extended family. Betty and her family appreciated Rita Bauman, who served as her Eucharist Minister for the 13 years when she became unable to attend church. She was preceded in death by her parents, eight brothers and two sisters. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Ann Trumbly, of Oklahoma City; and her nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church in Yukon, OK at 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 29, 2015.The burial will be at 2 p.m. at St. Mary's Cemetery in Ponca City, OK. Donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
Published: 1/26/2015
Cabot Rex Deatherage Aug 27, 1919 - Jan 24, 2015 CHOCTAW Cabot Rex Deatherage, age 95, of Choctaw, OK, was born on August 27, 1919, in Maud, OK. He was the son of Stephen Boone & Maudie Ann (Morgan) Deatherage. He left this life on Saturday, January 24, 2015, in Choctaw, OK. Rex proudly served in the U.S. Army during WW II. He married Lela Evelyn "Suzi" Samford on June 2, 1949, in Phoenix, AZ. Rex was a member of the Choctaw Church of Christ. Survivors include his wife, Suzi Deatherage, Choctaw, OK; three sons & daughter-in-law, Tom Deatherage, Harrah, OK; Cabot Rex Deatherage, Jr., Choctaw, OK; and Craig & Cherlynn Deatherage, of Oklahoma City, OK; seven grandchildren; and 15 great- grandchildren. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at the Choctaw Church of Christ, Choctaw, OK. Interment will follow at Jamison Cemetery, McLoud, OK. Services are under the direction of Smith~Parks Funeral Service in Harrah, OK. A guest book is available to share your memories online. Please visit www.smithparks.com
Published: 1/26/2015
Gaylene Jeanette Beverly Sept 11, 1961 - Jan 23, 2015 BETHANY Gaylene Jeanette Beverly, 53, of Bethany, OK, passed away January 23 in OKC after a lengthy illness. She was born September 11, 1961. She graduated from PC West in 1979. She played softball and sports in school. Gaylene was a baseball mom, who was very involved in her sons' baseball and sporting activities. She enjoyed being a scorekeeper, making phone calls or whatever was needed. Other enjoyments in life were crocheting; spending time with family, especially her grandchildren; and riding with her husband, Raymond, in their Corvette with their youngest baby, Pinto, their Chihuahua. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Carrie (Feagins) Barger; and two brothers, Billy Barger and Greg Easterling. Survivors include her loving husband of 22 years, Raymond; sons, Billy Suttles and fiancee Leslie Fillmore, Michael Suttles and wife Breann, Curtis Suttles and wife Meghan, and Brent Beverly and wife Brittany; five grandchildren, Matthew, Maelee, Jaxen, Rilynn, and Robert; sisters, Charlene Spores and Darlene Bishop; sister-in-law, Patti Easterling; and loving family and friends. Viewing will be Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. with family present 6-8 p.m. at Mercer-Adams. Services will be Thursday, January 29, 10 a.m. at Mercer-Adams Chapel with interment following at the Red Rock Cemetery, Calumet, OK. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Kidney Foundation. To share a memory or condolence, visit www.mercer-adams.com www.mercer-adams.com
Published: 1/26/2015
Gracie Ethel Lee West Norris April 23, 1921 - Jan 24, 2015 OKLAHOMA CITY Gracie, 93, was born in Belleville, Arkansas, April 23, 1921, to Victoria Mae Parker West and Perry West. She went to be with the Lord on January 24, 2015. She is survived by her loving husband of 73 years, Warren G. Norris; daughter, Cynthia & husband Larry Taylor, of Yukon; sons, Bill Norris & wife Shelba, David Norris and son-in-law, Mark Buchanan, all of OKC; daughter, Victoria Caroline Buchanan preceded her in death. She is also survived by her grandchildren, LaCinda Black & husband Mike, of Yukon; Alecia Day & husband Christopher, of Mustang; and Gabriel Buchanan, of OKC; and great-grandchildren, AshLynne, Anais, MaKenna, and Carah. Gracie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a Bluebird, Campfire, and Girl Scout leader and a graduate of St. Anthony School of Nursing. Gracie was a lifelong Baptist and a member of Southwest Baptist Church, a dedicated LPN, spending her entire career at Southwest Community Hospital. Viewing will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, January 27, at Vondel Smith Mortuary South Western. Graveside Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Friends may leave condolences for the family at vondelsmithmortuary.com vondelsmithmortuary.com
Published: 1/26/2015
Harry Allen Field April 20, 1961 - Jan 21, 2015 OKLAHOMA CITY Harry Allen Field, 53, of Friendswood, TX, formerly of Oklahoma City, passed away on January 21, 2015, peacefully at home after a lengthy illness. Harry was born in Oklahoma City on April 20, 1961, to Bennie and Mary Louise Field. Harry graduated N.W. Classen High School in 1979. He was preceded in death by both his parents; and his sister, Pennie McCain. He is survived by his daughter, Tiffany Meziere and her husband Mike; sisters, Ginnie Reiley, of Friendswood, TX; and Vickie Durrett, of Indio, CA. He is also survived by the kids whom he loved as his own, Brittany Fuller and her husband Curtis, their sons, Carter and Jaxson; Cody Luper, Cassie Luper, and Zachary Luper, along with their mother, Annette Luper; and also numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at the Smith & Kernke 23rd Street Chapel with Interment to follow at Rose Hill Burial Park.
Published: 1/26/2015
Jackie Leon "Jack" Wood Aug 3, 1934 - Jan 24, 2015 OKLAHOMA CITY Jackie Leon "Jack" Wood, 80, passed away Saturday, January 24, 2015. Jack was owner of Jack Wood Insurance Agency until his retirement. He was born in Delaware, Arkansas, and was married 60 years to his wife, Lillian. Jack had three children, Eddie, of OKC; Ricky, of Warwick, OK; and Sabrina Sublett, of OKC. He had seven grandchildren, Lori Sublett, Ashlee Wood- Espinosa, Jeffrey Wood, Ryan Wood, Cody Wood, and Shea Sublett-Wyatt. In December, he was blessed with his first great-grandchild, Bella Wood, of OKC. Jack was preceded in death by his father and mother, Earnest and Vina Wood, of Arkansas; his brothers, Calvin, James, Les, and Earnest; sisters, Audie, Sadie, and Tess; and his grandson, Wesley Wood. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, 4-8 p.m. with the family greeting friends 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Services will be held 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 29, 2015, at Vondel Smith South Lakes Chapel, 4000 S.W. 119th, OKC 73173. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jack's name to the Alzheimer's Association, 2448 E 81st St, Ste 3000, Tulsa, OK 74137; or charity of the donor's choice. To leave a message of comfort for the family, please visit.vondelsmithmortuary.com visit.vondelsmithmortuary.com
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Mavis H. Koonce Nov 5, 1920 - Jan 25, 2015 BETHANY Mavis Hessel (Martin) Koonce, 94, of Bethany, OK, went to heaven to be with Jesus on January 25, 2015. She was "looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ," Titus 2:13. She was born on November 5, 1920, in Center, CO to Robert and Ola (Peachee) Martin. She graduated from Harrah High School, where she met the love of her life, Matthew H. Koonce, whom she married on October 3, 1940, in Harrah, OK. They were married for 52 wonderful years until his passing in 1993. She was a faithful and devoted wife, mother and Nanny. Mavis enjoyed being a minister's wife and praying for everyone she met. She enjoyed quilting and was also a self-taught pianist and Sunday school teacher for many years. Preceded in death by her parents; brother; sister; and beloved husband, Matthew; she is survived by her son, Larry Duane and his wife Cynthia; three grandchildren, Kori Bussert and husband Tod, Deke Koonce and wife Amy, and Kari Kerr and husband Mike, all of OKC; nine great-grandchildren, Kami, Kelsi, and Kylie Bussert; Tyler, Justin, Brandon, and Lauren Koonce; Aidan and Harrison Kerr; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. Viewing will be Tuesday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. with family present 6-8 p.m. at Mercer-Adams. Services will be Wednesday, January 28, 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Bethany with interment in Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the FBC Bethany Lottie Moon offering. To share a memory or condolence, visit www.mercer-adams.com www.mercer-adams.com
Published: 1/26/2015
Sarah Claire Mashburn Dec 8, 2002 - Jan 23, 2015 OKLAHOMA CITY Sarah Claire Mashburn returned to Jesus January 23, 2015, at the tender age of 12 years. After teaching us all how physical limitations only sweeten the love of family and friends, she is now a precious angel in Heaven, undoubtedly turning cartwheels at the feet of Jesus. Sarah leaves behind her adoring parents, Shane & Angie Mashburn; her eight- year-old sister, Macey; her maternal grandparents, John & Paulette Bird; her paternal grandparents, Berry & Linda Mashburn; her aunt and uncle, Scott & Kelley Mastell; cousin, Gavin; and many, many friends who loved her very much. Services to celebrate Sarah's life will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at Emmaus Baptist Church, 16001 S. Western, with burial to follow at Heritage Burial Park.
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Terry Lee Rea Aug 1, 1946 - Jan 24, 2015 OKLAHOMA CITY Terry went home to be with his heavenly Father Jan. 24, 2015. He was a wonderful husband, dad and granddad. Terry loved his family and life itself. Terry was one of the happiest and friendliest people you could ever meet. He never met a stranger and was loved dearly by many. Terry always made sure to tell those around him how much he loved and cared about them. He was one of a kind and will be greatly missed. Terry is survived by his wife, Joyce; daughter, Allison Nelson & husband Mike; son, Jason Rea & wife Ali; grandchildren, Garrett and Morgan Nelson and Zaylyn and Porter Rea; brothers, Jack Rea and Randy Ivie; and a sister, Janie McKee. Visitation will be held 9-9 Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at John M. Ireland Funeral Home & Chapel, Moore, OK. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at Antioch Christian Church, OKC. Interment to follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens, OKC. Services are under the direction of John M. Ireland Funeral Home, Moore, OK.
Published: 1/26/2015
Troy U. Moore Nov 8, 1929 - Jan 25, 2015 OKLAHOMA CITY Troy Udell Moore, born on November 8, 1929, a selfless and dedicated husband, a devoted father and grandfather and friend, and a great serviceman to his country, a business owner, and a man who loved the Lord, went to be with Him on January 25, 2015. Services will be held at Primrose Funeral Service, 1109 North Porter Avenue, Norman, OK 73071, with Visitation 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, and Funeral following at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in the Primrose Funeral Service Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please consider making contributions to the Parkinson Foundation at www.parkinson.org
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Vicki Lynn Wilson Sept 24, 1959 - Jan 24, 2015 EDMOND Vicki Lynn Vinson Wilson passed away peacefully on January 24, 2015. She was born on September 24, 1959, in Seminole, Oklahoma, and was raised in Oklahoma City. She graduated from John Marshall High School in 1977, then lived in Texas for a few years before returning to Oklahoma City and working for the Hertz Corp. for 15 years. Vicki was a homemaker and an avid volunteer and was especially fond of her position as Director of Children's Ministries at Oasis Church in Edmond. She enjoyed baking for her family and friends and was a true dog lover. Vicki, Bill, and daughter, Shelby, enjoyed traveling as well. One of their favorite vacation destinations in the U.S. was Branson, Missouri. Vicki was passionate about life; she adored her children and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Lew Frank Vinson; two infant brothers; grandparents, Juanita & Ira Vinson; aunt, Shirley Vinson Thomas; and uncle, Paul Vinson. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Bill Wilson; mother, Julia Gotcher; mother-in-law, Ruth Wilson; daughters, Shelby Wilson and Crystal Perry; sons, Jason Perry, Timothy, Sean (Samantha), and Colton Wilson; sisters, Cynthia Vinson Lewis (Andrew); Jacinda Gotcher Gispanski (Tom); brother, George Gotcher Jr. (Denise); cousins, Gregg Thomas and Tami Thomas Wilson and their children; grandsons, Hudson and Benjamin Perry; Wyatt and Tucker Wilson; nieces and nephews, Anna- Ruth, Alexander, Amanda Lewis, Briana Gotcher Miller, Karleena and Zoe Gotcher, and Nicholas Gispanski; sister-in-law, Susan Duncan (Danny); brothers- in-law, Ernest (Francine), Robert (Ladonna), and Eddy Wilson (Paula). A special thanks to Dr. Lara Theobald of Integris Cancer Institute and the staff of the Integris Hospice House. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Route 66 Food Pantry, located at Oasis Church in Edmond. The Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, January 28 at 10 a.m. at Oasis Church, located at 1700 S. Bryant Ave., Edmond, OK 73013.
Published: 1/26/2015
Wayne Russell Shafer Sr. June 18, 1923 - Jan 23, 2015 NORMAN Wayne Russell Shafer Sr. was born June 18, 1923, to James Lloyd & Bertha Ellen Shafer in Montevallo, MO. Wayne passed away peacefully at the OKC VA Hospital on January 23, 2015, due to complications he suffered from pneumonia. Shortly after graduating high school in Missouri, Wayne enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served his country in the Mediterranean during World War II. After his discharge in 1946, he met his wife and mother of his children, Mary Ellen (Wolfson) Shafer. They met at a USO dance. In the 1950s, Wayne was employed at Boeing Aircraft as a mechanic. After leaving Boeing, Wayne worked as a mechanic/ service manager at several new car dealerships. Wayne retired from Cable's Mazda/VW, OKC, as their service manager. After retirement, Wayne enjoyed quiet days sitting on the bank of a river or lake fishing for any fish that would take his line. Wayne loved watching all types of sporting events, especially the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team and the OKC Thunder basketball team. Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, James L. & Bertha E. Shafer of Eldorado, KS; his first wife, Mary E. Shafer, of Wichita, KS; his second wife, Darlene Shafer, of Yukon, OK; his two sisters, Opal Smith, of Nevada, MO; and Francis Farthing, of Eldorado, KS; his two brothers, Joe Shafer, of Eldorado, KS; and Glenn Shafer, of Kansas City, MO; grandson, Brian Shafer, of OKC, OK; and a great-grandson, Cameron Wolff, of OKC, OK. Wayne is survived by his two sons, Wayne Jr. (Kathy) Shafer, of OKC, OK; and Robert (Lila) Shafer, of Wichita, KS; a daughter, Diana (Richard) Klitzing, of Wichita, KS; two sisters, Jessie (Rex) Rose, of Augusta, KS; and Ingaby (Norman) Kelly, of Wichita, KS; a brother, Denzel (Peggy) Shafer, of OKC, OK; 10 grandchildren; 22 great- grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces. "God looked around His garden, and found an empty place. He then looked down upon the earth, and saw your tired face. He put his arms around you, and lifted you to rest. God's garden must be beautiful, He always takes the best. He saw the road was getting rough, and the hills were hard to climb, so He closed your weary eyelids, and whispered `Peace be thine.' It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn't go alone, for part of us went with you, the day God called you home." Funeral Services for Wayne will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, in the Chapel of the John M. Ireland Funeral Home, Moore, OK. Interment to follow at Yukon Cemetery, Yukon, OK. Services are under direction of John M. Ireland Funeral Home.
Published: 1/26/2015