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Betty Mae Wallis January 8, 1925 - September 29, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Betty Mae Wallis, age 89, of Oklahoma City, passed away September 29, 2014. She was born January 8, 1925, in Amber, OK, to Luther A. & Ollie Mae (South) Pearcy. Betty was a member of Southern Hills Baptist Church for 34 years. She was an Eastern Star member for 40 years. Her hobbies were sewing, ceramics, crafts and Avon. Betty is survived by her husband of 62 years, Garrold Deloyd Wallis, of OKC; 1 son, Don Wallis & wife, Teda, of Chickasha; 2 granddaughters, Tana Kulhanek and Kristina Wallis, both of Chickasha; 4 grandsons, Travis Wallis, of Chickasha, Steven Wallis & wife, Ashley, of Abilene, TX, Jeffery Wallis and Justin Wallis, both of Ft. Stockton, TX; 2 sisters-in-law, Aline Peary, of Blanchard and Bessie Wallis, of Waxahachie, TX; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; 1 son, Mike Wallis & his wife, Vicki; 3 sisters, Mabel Young, Gladys Koenig and Mildred Bowring; & 2 brothers, Robert Maurice Pearcy and Billy Pearcy. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, October 2, 2014, at Southern Hills Baptist Church, 8601 S. Penn, OKC. Interment to follow at Blanchard Cemetery, Blanchard, OK. Services are under the direction of the John M. Ireland Funeral Home, Moore, OK.
Published: 9/30/2014
Brandon Zachary Page Feb. 10, 1985 - Sept. 26, 2014 NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE Brandon Zachary Page, born in speeding ambulance February 10, 1985, passed unexpectedly Friday, September 26th, 2014, at age 29 in Nashville, TN. Brandon was preceded in death by his loving mother Wendy Bradshaw, aunt Sherrie and uncle Mark Overs. Survived by grandmothers Edna Page and Betty Overs, father Michael Page, brothers David and Dwayne Page, Dustin Bradshaw, sisters Kim Talbert, Tiffany Bradshaw, Jessica Bradshaw, and Sarah Page. Brandon went to Steed Elementary in Midwest City before moving to Tennessee and graduating high school in Kingston Springs. Brandon loved his family, friends, and several Pit Bulls. Brandon sold and repossessed cars for his father. Brandon gave us many laughs and smiles and we will miss him dearly. A memorial will be held at Abounding Grace Baptist Church on SE 15th and Henney Road, Choctaw, Oklahoma, October 17th, 2pm.
Published: 9/30/2014
Charline Mohr September 29, 1926-September 28, 2014 DEL CITY Narcissus Charline Mohr, 87, went to be with our Lord on September 28, 2014 while surrounded by her family. Charline was born on September 29, 1926, in Swink, OK to Sidney Tolbert and Mable Carolyn (Rainey) Strain. She graduated from Fort Towsen High School in 1945. She met George Mohr on a blind date and were married in Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 25, 1949. She was a homemaker, taking pride in her love for cooking, sewing, crafts, flowers, and raising her children. She was an avid bowler and world traveler. Charline was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Sidney Strain and John Strain. Survivors include her loving husband of 65 years, George; children, Larry Don Mohr of Norman, Deborah "DD" Scott and husband, Harral J. Scott of Dallas, TX, and Laural McCoy and husband, Paul McCoy, Jr. of Ft. Worth, TX; grandchildren, Diane Scott, Larrah Scott Bolten, Jay and Stephanie Scott, Mark Scott, Ryan McCoy, and Patrick McCoy, and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by brothers Tommy Strain of Arlington, TX, and Roger Strain of Paris, TX. Viewing will be Thursday, October 2, 2014, from noon to 8:00 pm. at Bill Eisenhour Southeast Chapel in Del City. The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 3, 2014, at the Bill Eisenhour Southeast Chapel. She will be laid to rest at the Sunny Lane Cemetery. Condolences may be offered at www.eisenhourfuneral.com
Published: 9/30/2014
Colleen S. Hufford Jan. 5, 1960 - Sept. 25, 2014 MOORE Colleen Shirley Hufford of Moore, Oklahoma passed from this life on Thursday, September 25, 2014. She was born January 5, 1960 in Landstuhl, Germany to parents Marshall and Gisela Thompson. Her family later moved to Great Falls, Montana where Colleen was raised. On 2/18/1984 Colleen married the love of her life, KC Hufford in Great Falls, Montana. They settled in Moore, Oklahoma where their daughter, Kelli, was born. Colleen was an avid hockey fan and could always be found at the rink cheering on the Blazers then the Barons! Above all though, her joy in life was her family, especially her granddaughter Riley. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 3, 2014, at Southgate Baptist Church, 740 SW 4th St., Moore, OK. All are invited to attend a memorial reception to enjoy food and fellowship with the family from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. prior to the service at the church. The family has requested memorial donations be made to Catholic Charities, Children's Hospital, or the foundation of your choice in memory of Colleen.
Published: 9/30/2014
Donald Pueppke March 3, 1925 - September 28, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Donald Pueppke, 89, passed away Sept. 28, 2014. He was born March 3, 1925, in Amenia, North Dakota to Franklin and Regina Pueppke. He was a Veteran of WWII. He is survived by his wife, Lavonda, two children, three grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Lyle, a sister, Irene, one granddaughter, April Marie and one great granddaughter, Carly Lynn. Viewing will be Wednesday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Services will be held Thursday, October 2, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., at Hahn- Cook/Street & Draper Chapel, 6600 Broadway Extension, Oklahoma City.
Published: 9/30/2014
Doris Jean Smith-Haithcock Sept. 25, 1928 - Sept. 27, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Doris Jean Smith-Haithcock, 86, passed away September 27, 2014. She was preceded in death by 1st husband, Wallace R. Smith (1980), 2nd husband, Dr. William D. Haithcock (2006); son, Mich- ael; daughter, Deborah; granddaughter, Hilari Tayrien; and step-daughter, Makesha Smith. She is survived by her daughter, Diana Kalkbrenner and husband Bill; grandson, Josh Kalkbrenner; great grandson, Ryder Tayrien; nieces, Debra Ferreli, Barbra Welch, Toni Adkisson, Linda McCoy, Janet Landsberger, Cindy Rapp; nephews, David Landsberger, Ronnie, Mitchell, Gregory and Phil Smith; step-daughters and husbands, Sharon and Bill Fleming, Tanya and Dr. Rodney Sandburg, Michelle and Mark Gorrell, Dana and Don Standrich, Janelle and Don Craig; plus numerous grandchildren. Jean was very special to all those that knew her and a very positive influence on everyone she met. She was an active member of the Putman City Baptist Church, choir, Friday night Domino Gang and was an avid fan of OU Women's Basketball. She was a great cook, known for her fabulous pies and cakes. She will always be remembered for sharing her love, kindness, laughter, and joy of life. Services will be held Thursday, October 2nd, at 1:00 pm, at the Putnam City Baptist Church, 11401 N Rockwell, OKC, OK. To share a memory or condolence, visit www.mercer-adams.com www.mercer-adams.com
Published: 9/30/2014
Dorothy Lounora Allee VanCamp Sept. 27, 1917 - Sept. 28, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Dorothy Lounora Allee VanCamp, 97, passed away on September 28, following her birthday celebration where she was surrounded by close family and friends. It is common to hear the name "Dorothy" and make the connection to the main character in the Wizard of Oz. However, Dorothy Lounora Allee VanCamp was the leading lady in our lives. Just like Judy Garland's character, Dorothy Lounora was born and raised on a ranch. And, the analogy of the Wizard's Dorothy acquiring a heart, a brain and courage, aligned with our Dorothy. She most definitely possessed these traits. Dorothy Lounora was born in Hammon, Oklahoma and was raised in the Allee ranching family. She was proud of her heritage and believed her ranching background made her a strong and confident woman. She married James VanCamp in San Francisco and attended college in Southern California. She returned to Oklahoma City and retired as an accountant from the Highway Department , where she officed at the Oklahoma State Capitol. She enjoyed playing bridge and was a competitive master player. Dorothy also was an avid traveler and went on 32 cruises. She was active in the Friendship Forces and was Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star and president of her Sunday School Class. Dorothy Lounora was preceded in death by her parents Beaulah Smallwood and Lafayette Allee; husband, James VanCamp; brothers, Bob, Ed and Clifford Allee and twin sons Gene and Jack. She is survived by her daughter Jami Allee VanCamp. She is also survived by nephews Bob Allee, Don Allee, Bil Payne, John Allee; nieces, Diane Atriano, Gayle Anglin and Kathy Cook; and sister-in-law Barbara Allee. Dorothy Lounora was smart, loving, and glamorous. As she ventured down her yellow brick road, she took us on the trip of a lifetime. Just to be in her presence was fabulous. She was beautiful and happy with a gorgeous smile. She will be missed by all who knew her, especially her daughter and best friend. I love you Mom, not to worry! Viewing with the family will be Thursday 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Hahn-Cook at 6600 Broadway Extension. The funeral service is scheduled for Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Nichols Hills United Methodist Church at 1212 Bedford.
Published: 9/30/2014
Dr. W. Don Beaver May 7, 1924 - September 29, 2014 BETHANY Dr. W. Don Beaver, longtime chemistry professor and academic administrator at Southern Nazarene University, went peacefully to his heavenly home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on September 29, 2014, at the age of 90. Don was born May 7, 1924 in Elkhart, Kansas, to the late Rev. H.J. Beaver and Mable Merryman, Nazarene pastors. At four, the family moved to Omaha, Nebraska where his parents became pastors of Omaha First Nazarene Church. His mother was also a math teacher. After graduating from high school in 1941, Don traveled to Bethany, Oklahoma to enroll at Bethany-Peniel College. Little did he know how life changing that decision would be! At BPC, Don developed his passion for chemistry. Don met and then married the love of his life, Joy Beaver, thanks to being seated alphabetically in Chapel - Beaver, Don, Beaver, Joy. It further marked the start of Don's lifelong commitment to that very institution, which would become Bethany Nazarene College and then Southern Nazarene University. Following graduation from BPC, Don pursued graduate studies at O.S.U., earning his M.S. and then his Ph.D. in chemistry. After one year teaching high school algebra, he joined the BPC faculty in 1948 as a chemistry, physics and math professor. Rising through the ranks, Don soon became the Chemistry Department Chair, and later Chair of the Science Division. He loved his teaching and association with the students and the students loved him, dedicating two yearbooks to him, one in 1971. He also served as faculty sponsor for the Class of 1960 and then student council faculty advisor for 12 years in the 60's and early 70's. Because SNU had such a strong pre-med program, Don saw the opportunity to develop a nursing program. His dream was to send out highly skilled and compassionate Christian nurses to make a difference in the world. He researched and spent hours before state boards and other licensing organizations before initiating and implementing the nursing program on campus. Recognizing his administrative talents in addition to his teaching skills, the administration tapped Don in 1976 to serve as Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Studies and Institutional Research. In 1978, by a unanimous vote of the board, Don became the Vice President and Academic Dean, overseeing faculty, curriculum, budgets, academic record keeping, and inter-institutional academic affairs. While in office, Don felt the need of working adults, who often wanted but were unable to complete their bachelor and master's degrees, so he researched, initiated, and implemented an Adult Studies Program for Working Adults. He also established the Tulsa Center Adult Studies Programs. Preferring to "wear out and not rust out," after Don retired as Vice President and Academic Dean in 1991, he stayed on for 15 more years to serve the institution he loved and was involved in institutional research and also assisted the president with special campus projects. Soon after his retirement, SNU honored Don's unwavering service and exceptional scholarship by naming its science building the "W. Don Beaver Science Building." In addition to his commitment to Christian higher education and Southern Nazarene University, Don enjoyed being a longtime member of Bethany First Church of the Nazarene. There, he served on the church board and various committees, including the building committee for the educational unit. Throughout his life, Don loved to sing and people loved to listen to his beautiful tenor voice. While at BPC, he found many opportunities to share his vocal talents on campus, including singing in the A Cappella Choir and also a men's quartet. Don went on to sing in the Bethany First Church choir for fifty years, and he performed in many musical ensembles and was a frequent soloist. "Sweet Little Jesus Boy," one of his many signature songs, became a Christmas tradition at BFC. Wherever he went and whatever he chose or felt called to do, Don's Christlike character shone through. He was known for his unfailing integrity, thoughtful wisdom, ready kindness, tireless perseverance, and tender heart. He enjoyed his long life and was always ready for a new challenge, including downhill snow-skiing, which he started at 68. He loved a corny joke and his quick, quiet wit often brought a smile to his face and surprised and delighted those around him. Don played many roles and positively impacted thousands of students, professors, administrators, and others throughout his time here. Above all, he was a faithful, devoted husband and a fun-loving, gentle dad, who was never too tired to help with algebra. He delighted in his four loving grandchildren, who were the light of his life. Don was preceded in death by his parents, and his older brothers, Robert and Rudy. He is survived by his wife, Joy Beaver, with whom he celebrated 68 wonderful years of marriage, two daughters, a son-in-law, and four grandchildren: daughter, Gina McGarry and husband Mike McGarry and their children, Erin (married to Nathan Velders), and Matthew Don; and daughter, Jill Beaver and her children, Xiaochun and Mei. Viewing will be Thursday, 9am-9pm, with family present from 6-8pm at Mercer-Adams. The funeral service for Don will be held at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene on Friday, October 3, at 2:00pm. Burial will be at the Bethany Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Don Beaver Memorial Scholarship Fund at Southern Nazarene University. To share a memory or condolence, visit www.mercer-adams.com www.mercer-adams.com
Published: 9/30/2014
Father Jarrel Patricio Wade, SJ Nov. 19, 1932 - Aug. 28, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Fr. Jarrel D. ''Patricio'' Wade, died Aug. 28, 2014, in El Progreso, Yoro, Honduras, the Central American nation where he lived and worked for nearly half a century. He was 81, a Jesuit 62 years and a priest for 48 years. Father Wade, born in Duncan, lived in Oklahoma City, graduated from Bishop John Carrol School in 1950. He earned a Bachelor's degree in 1958 and both a Master's degree in Latin and a Licentiate in Philosophy in 1959, all three from St. Louis University. From 1967 until this year, he lived and worked in the state of Yoro, Honduras. He is survived by two brothers, Father John Wade of Broken Arrow, Stephen Wade of Oklahoma City, and a host of family members throughout the state. A Funeral Mass was celebrated Aug. 29, 2014 in El Progreso, where he was buried.
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Gary L. Webb July 25, 1940 - September 27, 2014 YUKON Gary L. Webb was born on July 25, 1940, in Houston, TX as the third and final child to Leonard and Pearl Webb. The following year, the family moved back to the northwest Oklahoma City area. Gary attended Putnam City Schools throughout his childhood (12 years), graduating from Putnam City High School in 1959. He excelled in athletics, receiving the designation of "All- American" in football, and receiving a full football scholarship to OU. There, he sustained an extreme knee injury, requiring that the knee be completely rebuilt. With the knee being in a weakened condition, he felt sure that an injury would happen again, so he completed his Bachelor of Education degree in history and coaching, graduating in 1963 from UCO. He received a master's degree in public school administration from that same university in 1970. Immediately upon completing his bachelor's degree, he was hired by Putnam City Schools as a teacher and football coach at Western Oaks Junior High, a new school just opening that year. Five years later, he was given the job as the first football coach at Putnam City West High School, another new school just opening. The second year the school was open, the P.C. West football team won the Conference Championship with Gary as head coach, assisted by other great coaches he had hired: Mike Little, Charles Kimbrough, and Buddy Sanders. Gary was named "Coach of the Year." After receiving his master's degree, he was hired as Principal of Western Oaks Junior High. The following year (1972) at the young age of 32, he became Principal of Putnam City West High School, a position which he held for 19 years. Gary retired from education in 1991 at the age of 51. In 1987, Gary married Mary Campbell. When he retired from education four years later, they moved to Laramie, WY, where, with experienced relatives as advisors, they went into the retail furniture business. They opened their first furniture store in Laramie in 1991, followed by a second store in 2003. Later, at the age of 67, after 17 years of a wonderful life in Wyoming, Gary wanted to completely retire and move back home to Oklahoma, where most of his old friends and family lived. In 2008, he and Mary moved back, settling again in Yukon, selling the Wyoming businesses to their son, Bryan. They always maintained their love for Wyoming as well as Oklahoma. Gary was a unique individual, a John Wayne kind of guy. As one friend stated, "He was a rare combination of masculinity, intellect, character, good looks, strength, and kindness." Another friend referred to him as "The Gentle Giant." He will always be remembered for his easygoing nature, his sense of humor, and "that grin." With him died his IMMENSE knowledge of American and world history. He possessed an unusually strong love of music and was an avid outdoorsman; he loved hunting, hiking, camping, fishing, horse riding, boating, and snowmobiling. His deep faith in God was of ultimate importance to him and was the factor which gave him the ability to maintain his astounding mental strength and peace throughout his illness. One thing that was made obvious during his battle with cancer was the AMAZING number of friendships he had developed over his lifetime, the length of many of those friendships dating back to even elementary school. The speakers and the pallbearers at his memorial service, who were selected by Gary, are men for whom he has the highest respect and who are among his closest friends: Dick Close, Michell Dallal, Jack Dees, Don Faubion, Don Helm, George Lawson, Smokey Lombard, Tom Pinion, Jerry Rickerts, and Troy Withey. Gary was a man who dearly loved his family. He is survived by his wife, Mary; and their four children, Scott Webb, Kelly Bryant, and Darla Brown; all living in Yukon. The fourth child, Bryan Campbell, resides in Laramie, WY. Gary's brother and sister- in-law, Don and Gatha Webb, live in Mount Holly, NC; and his sister, Kay Wainscott, lives in Batavia, IL. He also has six grandchildren, who are very special to him, Braydon Webb, Hannah Webb, Jacob Webb, Jesse Robinson, Caitlyn St. Clair, and Shanci Brown, all living in Yukon. Of equal importance to him are his sons-in-law, Kevin Brown and Gene Bryant; and his daughter-in-law, Marcie Webb. Gary considered himself to be a man extremely blessed with God's favor, a wonderful family, and incredibly good friends. He left this earth Heaven bound on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Yukon, OK. As the Scottish poet, Thomas Campbell, wrote, "To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die." Gary Webb will forever live in the hearts of all of us who love him, leaving behind special memories which will forever enrich our lives. "Family and Friends Night" will be held at Yanda & Son Funeral Home at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2. 2014. A celebration of his life will be held at Trinity Baptist Church, of Yukon, at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, followed by his burial in Yukon Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6525 N Meridian Ave., Ste 110, Oklahoma City, OK 73116. Online condolences may be signed at www.yandafuneral.com
Published: 9/30/2014
Gilbert Jack "Gil" Shaw February 10, 1930 - September 24, 2014 KERRVILLE, TX Gilbert Jack "Gil" Shaw, age 84, of Kerrville, Texas, died peacefully Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at River Hills Health & Rehabilitation Center in Kerrville. He was born on February 10, 1930, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to John L. and Adelaide Shaw. He had one sister, Martha. Following graduation from Classen High School in Oklahoma City, Gil attended the University of Oklahoma, where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1952. This led to his commission as a Lieutenant in the US Army Corps of Engineers. While stationed in Alaska, he met an Air Force nurse from Minnesota, Alice Katheryn "Kathy" Taylor. They were married, even though she outranked him, on June 5, 1953, in Anchorage at the 5005th Hospital Chapel at Elmendorf Air Force Base. After both were honorably discharged from active duty in their respective services, the couple moved to New Orleans, Louisiana in 1954, where Gil began working for The California Company (Chevron) as a Construction Engineer. It was in New Orleans that their two children, Ralph and Kay Ann, were born. After many years with Chevron, in the New Orleans area as well as periods living in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and Venice, Louisiana, Gil left Chevron in February, 1973, to join Occidental Exploration and Production Company (Oxy) in Bakersfield, California. The change in organizations eventually led to Gil becoming Vice President, Construction for Occidental Petroleum (Caledonia) Ltd. He and Kathy relocated to the United Kingdom for several years, livingin Horsell, England while Gil worked in Oxy's UK North Sea Corporate Headquarters in London, and then Aberdeen, Scotland while he was working there. Following their return to Bakersfield from Aberdeen, Gil traveled to a number of exotic locations as part of his duties as Manager, Construction for Oxy's international operations. His journeys allowed him to collect the many souvenirs and mementos that those who visited him are familiar with. After deciding that the Texas Hill Country was the part of the world most in need of another Sooner, Gil and Kathy moved to Kerrville in 1994 following his retirement from Oxy. In his professional life, Gil was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Welding Society, and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He was also a licensed Professional Engineer in Louisiana. During his time in Kerrville, Gil was a proud member of the Scots of the Texas Hill Country. He also enjoyed the meetings of both the Hill Country Camera Club and Hill Country Computer Club, although the progression of his neurological disorders kept him from attending in recent years. He continued until the end, however, to be always willing to demonstrate that he retained his independence from those disorders. Gil is survived by his wife, Kathy; son, Ralph; daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Jack Cothren; grandsons, Jack Gilbert Cothren and Thomas Kevin Cothren; and the many nieces, nephews and in-laws whom he loved dearly. Gil was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Martha Pitts; and daughter-in-law, Sandi Johnson Shaw. Visitation will be held Thursday, October 2, 2014, 3-4 PM at Grimes Funeral Chapels in Kerrville followed by a memorial service at 4 PM, officiated by Chaplain Steve Doss. His family would be most appreciative if those wishing to honor Gil with flowers instead make a donation in his memory to the University of Oklahoma Foundation, the American Parkinson Disease Association, the National MS Society, or other charitable organization of their choosing. Condolences may be sent at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com by selecting the "Send Condolences" link. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.
Published: 9/30/2014
Jeannie Phillips Luschen July 22, 1931 - September 27, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Jeannie Phillips Luschen was born July 22, 1931 in Marshall, Missouri the daughter of William Eugene and Hazel Annie (Moore) Phillips. She completed this life on Saturday, September 27, 2014, at her home in Oklahoma City at the age of 83. Jeannie was known as "Mam" to her family and friends, a name affectionately bestowed by her grandchildren. Jeannie married Robert Warren Luschen on February 14, 1954 in Marshall, MO. They moved to Oklahoma City where they helped found the Triangle Sales Agency. She was a part of the company until a few months ago when her health began to fail. She and Bob were longtime members of New Covenant Christian Church. They were married 47 years when her husband, Bob, preceded her in death on December 22, 2001. Jeannie "Mam" was dearly loved and will be missed by her family and friends. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Luschen Dietrich and her husband Kurt of Edmond; her son, Robb W. Luschen and his wife Kara of Edmond; her granddaughters, Lyndsey Luschen, Rachel Luschen and Emily Luschen. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, William E. "Bill" Phillips. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Vondel Smith Mortuary North, 13125 N. MacArthur. Her funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 3rd, at New Covenant Christian Church, 12000 N. Rockwell. Memorials may be made to: The American Heart Association, 5700 N. Portland Ave., Suite 203, Oklahoma City, OK 73112.
Published: 9/30/2014
Kathryn L. Wertz June 27, 1918 - September 28, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Kathryn Louise Wertz was born June 27, 1918 in Northumberland County, PA to parents John and Mary Moore. She was the younger of two daughters. She graduated from Sunbury High School in 1936 and attended Bloomsburg State Teachers College to receive her Teachers Certificate. She taught in a rural school house for 3 years. She married W. Kenneth Wertz on June 6, 1942 in Oklahoma City while he was in the military at Will Rogers Field. They lived in Oklahoma City until March 1943, and then moved on to different military locations in Michigan, Wisconsin, Tennessee, and Kansas before returning to Oklahoma City in 1946 when Kenneth was discharged. They joined Putnam City United Methodist Church in November 1946, where she remained an active member for 68 years. She was enthusiastically involved in numerous groups - United Methodist Women's group, Campus Ministry, Co-chairman of her Fidelis Sunday School Class, Rotary Ann's, Christian Women's Club, Housemaker Extension Club, and worked on the Election board for 30 years. She had an amazing card ministry that she was faithfully devoted to by sending out more than 200 cards per year to cheer those who were sick or grieving, in celebration of birthdays, anniversaries, and baby births or just a note to say she was thinking of you. Her yearly Christmas list still consisted of about 150 recipients that she still maintained correspondence with from her old friends and family in Pennsylvania to her local friends. She was a devoted wife to Kenneth for 62 years of marriage before his passing in 2004. She was also preceded in death by her eldest son Dean in 2011. She is survived by son Jon and his wife Linda, daughter Jane Conway and her husband Ron and children Troy and Chad, and grandson Adam Wertz and his wife Danielle and daughter Simone, and granddaughter Paige Bainum and her husband Brian. Visitation will be Friday, October 3, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Mercer-Adams Funeral Home, Bethany, OK. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 4, at Putnam City United Methodist Church. Interment at Rose Hill Cemetery immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Putnam City United Methodist Church or The Salvation Army of OK. To share a memory or condolence, visit www.mercer-adams.com www.mercer-adams.com
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Marion Alva Wright February 4, 1927-September 29, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Marion Alva Wright, 87, passed away Monday at Valir Rehab Hospital in OKC. He was born February 4, 1927 in Spanish Fort, TX to Johnnie and Bessie Wright, the eldest of 7 children. He served in the Army during WWII. After the war, he was employed at General Dynamics in Fort Worth, TX as an aircraft mechanic. He married Nora Evelene Moorman on June 30, 1951. They lived in Walters, OK, 1963, where he was employed as a fire chief and then later as a letter carrier at the USPS. In 1973, they moved to Bethany, OK where he retired from the USPS in 1992. After retirement, he volunteered at the Red Cross and loved to go fishing. He was preceded in death by his son, David C. Wright; brother, Rev. William Wright; and sister, Naomi Washburn. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Nora Evelene Wright; daughters, Darlene Neff (Henry), Jean Davis (Stanley), Connie Wright, and Mary Heath; two granddaughters, Chasity and Carisma Ausby; brothers and sisters, Robert Wright, Elmo Wright, Avinell Ray, and Nina Henderson. Viewing will be Wednesday, 9am-9pm, with family present from 6- 8pm at Mercer-Adams. Services will be 2:00pm, Thursday, October 2, at Mercer- Adams Chapel with interment in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. To share a memory or condolence, visit www.mercer-adams.com www.mercer-adams.com
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Mary Catherine Lynn September 23, 1931-September 28, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Mary Catherine Lynn passed away on September 28, 2014. She was born on September 23, 1931 in Coalgate, OK. Mary retired from her nursing career in 1995. She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, John Alden Lynn. She will be missed by many including 2 sisters, 4 children and their spouses, 5 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild and many nieces & nephews. She enjoyed spending time with her family, gardening, bird-watching, and playing video games. Mary was such a loving, supportive, tough & gentle soul that she will be forever influencing lives. An Evening Prayer Service will be 6 pm Thursday, October 2, 2014, at Smith and Kernke Chapel 23rd. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 am Friday, October 3, 2014, at Church of the Epiphany of the Lord.
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Mary Laurice "Reece" Atchley February 5, 1930-September 29, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Mary Laurice "Reece" Atchley passed away on September 29, 2014. She was born on February 5, 1930 in Kansas City, MO to John Joseph and Mary Agnes Gleason. Mary graduated from John Carroll High School on a Sunday then went to work the next day at the Federal Reserve Bank and retired from the Transit Department after more than 45 years. She was an avid cat lover and bowler. For many years Mary's staple Christmas gift for each of her nieces and nephews were slippers which they looked forward to getting each year. Mary is preceded in death by her parents, brothers Patrick, Tom and Mike along with one sister Joan Cowden. Mary is survived by her husband and best friend of 63 years, Ronnie, her sister Dolores Orr along with many loving nieces and nephews. A Graveside Service will be held at 10:00am Thursday, October 2nd, at Rose Hill Burial Park.
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Ramona McMahan (Nail) Oct. 13, 1933 - Sept. 29, 2014 Memorial Service will be held Friday 2pm at Calumet United Methodist Church.
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Roy D. Brakebill Feb. 22, 1937 - Sept. 29, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Brakebill, 77, died Monday, Sept. 29th, of health complications. Roy married Mary Davis in 1954 they celebrated their 60th anniversary this year. Roy is survived by his wife Mary, their 3 children Pam, Dwayne, David, their 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Roy's service will be Thursday Oct. 2nd at 10am at the Dale Cemetery in Dale, OK.
Published: 9/30/2014
Sheri Diane Proctor Sept. 4, 1950 - Sept. 29, 2014 PIEDMONT, OK Sheri Diane Proctor, age 64, was born on Sept. 4, 1950 and passed peacefully from this world on Sept. 29, 2014. She was born to Billy Ray Pratt & Dorothy Pike in Shattuck, OK. She grew up in OKC after the passing of her father. She graduated from NWC Class of 1969. She was married to Mike Proctor and they had 3 children, sons, Matt Capshaw (Lisa) of Piedmont, OK; Mike Proctor, Jr. (Nettie) of Clinton, OK; and daughter, Libby Proctor of Stigler, OK. Sheri was preceded in death by her fathers, Billy Ray Pratt and Al Pike; her grandparents, Perry & Edna Town, O.A. and Emma Pratt. She is survived by her husband, sons and daughter; her mother, Dorothy Pike of Piedmont, OK; sisters, Willa Ross (Tom) of Piedmont, OK, Ann Wilson (Rick) of West Frankfort, IL, Terri Wilson of Eustis, FL; brother, Mike Pike (Betty) of Piedmont, OK; 10 grandchildren, Whitney, Kristi, Bailey, Derek, Austin, Matt, Trey, Ryan, Amber, Taylor; one great-grandson, Jagger; her sisters-in-law, brothers- in-law, and many nieces, nephews and friends. Sheri loved to attend her kids and grandkids sporting/school events. She was loved and will be greatly missed. Her services will be 2:00 PM Friday, October 3, 2014, in Buchanan Funeral Service Chapel. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery.
Published: 9/30/2014
Vera Billie Doling June 1, 1929 - September 29, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Vera Billie Doling, was born on June 1, 1929 in Bixby, Oklahoma to a loving Christian family. Vera married Francis Doling on January 28, 1945 in El Reno, Oklahoma. She was extremely active and her life was dedicated to helping others and caring for her family. Vera's activities included Girl Scout Cookie Chairman, Cub Scout Leader, and Youth Leader at her church and later in her life she was very active in Gideon's International and The Red Hat Society. She is survived by her children, Ernie (Jacque) Doling of Canal Winchester, Ohio and Janet (Jim) Rogers of Yukon, Oklahoma, four grandchildren and 9 great- grandchildren. The family would like to express their appreciation to Mercy Hospice and Palliative Care and Hefner Mansion Staff for their love and care to Vera. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to: Gideon's International, P.O. Box 60843, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73146 and/or to: The Newchurch Memorial Fund, 9201 N. Rockwell, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73132 in Vera's memory. Funeral Services will be held at Newchurch, 9201 N. Rockwell, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday with interment following at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens 8701 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Published: 9/30/2014
Virginia L. Miller March 23, 1926 - Sept 28, 2014 YUKON Virginia Lorene Miller passed peacefully from this world on September 28, 2014, and is now among the angels with her parents and seven of her siblings. She was born to Wilson and Birdie Grider on March 23, 1926, in Velma, Oklahoma, the third of their nine children. Virginia is survived by her brother, Bernice Grider; her daughters and their spouses, Donna and Alvin Brasier, Jeannie and Joe McDoulett, Mitzi and Charles McLain, and Candace and Eric Myers; ten grandchildren; numerous great- and great-great- grandchildren; as well as many other family members and dear friends. There will be a celebration of her life on October 2, 2014, at 2 p.m. at McNeil's Funeral Service. Interment to follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens, OKC. Online condolences may be made to www.mcneilsmustangfs.com www.mcneilsmustangfs.com
Published: 9/30/2014
Wm. "Bill" Hubatka June 27, 1928 - September 10, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY After an extended hospital stay, Bill Hubatka passed peacefully on September 10, 2014 in the loving presence of his closest family. Bill was born June 27, 1928 to John Edward and Helen Belle Hubatka (nee Sears) and big sister, JoAnn. He graduated from Northeast High School and attended the University of Oklahoma. He enjoyed a lengthy career in sales, selling, through the years, cars, commercial real estate and insurance. He was a dear friend to many and a beloved brother, father, and grandfather. Survivors include his sister, JoAnn and brother-in-law, Wayne Leuszler; daughter, Marilyn K. Emberson; granddaughter, Laurie Jo Hill; great grandchildren, Tiffany Emberson, Kayla Emberson and Robert Lee Hill, Jr.; and great great granddaughter, Jaala Emberson-Briggs. He will be forever missed by his friends and family; and both the Sooners and OKC Thunder have lost one colossal fan. A Celebration of Bill's Life will be held Friday, October 3rd, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, 8701 N.W. Expressway, Oklahoma City.
Published: 9/30/2014