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Betty L. Brown April 15, 1928 - Oct 19, 2014 ROCKWALL, TX Betty L. Brown, age 86, of Rockwall, TX, passed away October 19, 2014. She was born April 15, 1928, in Newalla, OK. Betty worked in Oklahoma City for Big Chief Drilling Company for more than 35 years. She attended Southwest Church of Christ. In 1991, Betty moved to Rockwall, TX and was a big part of Rainbow's End Child Development Center. She attended Eastridge Church of Christ and truly put her Lord and Savior first. Betty's life was devoted to God, family and serving others. She enjoyed cooking and will best be remembered for her amazing red velvet cake and the thousands of cookies she baked over the years. Heaven has welcomed Ms. Betty with open arms, but she will always remain an "ANGEL BY OUR SIDE." She is survived by her son, Freddy Brown & wife Rocky, of Mustang, OK; daughter, Barbara Howerton, of Rockwall, TX; sister, Margie Henderson & husband Gary, of Yukon, OK; brother, Jim Williams & wife Kathy, of Edmond, OK; eight grandchildren; and 14 great- grandchildren. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Charles & Hattie Williams; brothers, Owen, Bill, and Dean Williams; and her son-in-law, David Howerton. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at Eastridge Church of Christ, 670 Stodghill Road, Rockwall, TX. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, October 23, 2014, at Resthaven Cemetery in Oklahoma City, OK.
Published: 10/21/2014
Caroline Ruth (Adams) Luna September 5, 1942 - October 15, 2014 THE VILLAGE In Memory of a Life So Beautifully Lived ... "Love You More" Caroline Ruth (Adams) Luna passed away, after a short illness, on Oct. 15, 2014, at the "young age" of 72. She was born Sept. 5, 1942, to Dorothea May (Newell) Adams and Edgar William Adams at St. Anthony Hospital, where she would later graduate with honors after passing her Nursing Board exams from their School of Nursing with a R.N. degree in Nov. 1967. Caroline did so well on her exams she received reciprocity nursing license privileges across the United States but remained here, a lifelong proud "Okie." While attending St. Anthony's School of Nursing, a providential blind date introduced her to her future husband, John David Luna, and they were married June 30, 1967, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cathedral and celebrated 47 wonderful years together. Mother, a proud graduate of Harding High School (Class of 1961) always teased Dad that she never knew if a "Flying Eagle" could marry and live with a rival John Marshall HS "Bear." They had two daughters, Linda Dorothea Luna and Lisa Margaret Luna, both of Edmond, who also were, alas, JMHS graduates. Caroline worked in Labor and Delivery, where she was promoted to assistant head nurse. After 17 years, she left to go to Surgery (O.R.) at Saints for six years and then took some time off to care for ailing family members and her two school age children at home. "Mom's taxi" ran full time for several years as she ferried us back and forth to Science Fair, History Fair, Band and Orchestra concerts. She was a Girl Scout Leader and talented seamstress, making outfits and costumes for drama, prom, and countless activities. Mom went back to her loved profession as a circulating nurse at Oklahoma Surgicare and loved working there until her retirement in 2006. She was always a compassionate nurturer and loved helping patients. She has made a great contribution to this world by delivering many babies and helping rebuild patients' lives through her dedicated work over the years. Mother loved the outdoors, especially Colorado, which she called "God's Country." Many family vacations were spent in Estes Park and in Rocky Mountain National Park camping, hiking, fishing, wildlife watching, mineral and fossil collecting. Both she and Father are avid rock hounds and active members of the Oklahoma Mineral and Gem Society, where they further developed their passion for jewelry making, lapidary, and silver smithing. Mother was part Cherokee and embraced her Native American Ancestry with her love of nature and ancient languages and culture and taught herself how to do bead working. As a child, she attended Pow Wows with her parents and was determined to instill this love of tradition and ancestry in her children as well. She was a good friend and listener who many called upon for advice. She had a quiet strength, calmness and peaceful serenity in the way she lived her life that many admired. Acutely intelligent about all topics from politics to science and nature and art, she could converse with anyone on any topic. She was a voracious reader (especially loving mysteries and thrillers). One of her favorite quotes was "wear the old coat, buy the new book." She worked crypto quotes, crossword puzzles, and sudokus in pen!! She enjoyed watching and feeding wildlife, especially the birds and squirrels at her house and would often comment on their playful antics. She wrote poetry and short stories and even had some columns and poems published over the years. She was witty and mischievous and loved a good joke and prank. Her smile was like sunshine and laughter was healing for her! Mother was a longtime member of Christ the King Catholic Church. Her faith was unfailing; even when she was ill, she continued to pray and asked for her rosary and to receive the sacraments in her hospital bed. She taught her children to put God first and love all others. "To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under Heaven." Ecclesiastes 3:1. In addition to her devoted husband and precious daughters, she is survived by several beloved family members: her Uncle Calvin and Aunt Edith Adams, of Mustang, OK; her stepsister, Carol Nunnally, of Georgetown, TX; and her many cousins who, since she was an only child, were like sisters to her, Betty (Bruce) Hall, Jeanette (Gary) Canan, Marie (Barry) Stump; cousins, Linda, Marilyn; and many more family (Riddles, Skinners, Dewards, Sides, and Palmers); and just as many friends and colleagues who were like family to her. The family designated the wildlife rehabilitation center, Wild Care, in Noble, OK; and Catholic Charities ( catholiccharities.org) as appropriate memorials to her. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, October 25, 2014, at Christ the King Catholic Church with a reception luncheon to follow.
Published: 10/21/2014
Helen Starkey April 12, 1921 - Oct 18, 2014 THE VILLAGE Helen D. Starkey, age 93, passed away Oct. 18, 2014. She is survived by her son, Gary. Helen was a Christian. Helen worked at Tinker Air Force Base during the 40s and 50s and was part of the Oklahoma County Health Department during the 60s. She retired from the Oklahoma State Banking Commission after 15 years of service in 1984. Viewing will be at Memorial Park Funeral Home Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services for Helen will be held Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Memorial Park Historic Cemetery Chapel.
Published: 10/21/2014
Ida B. Wallar April 9, 1917 - Oct 20, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Ida, 97, went to be with the Lord on Oct. 20, 2014. The daughter of W.R. & Minnie White, Ida was born April 9, 1917, in Chouteau, OK. Ida married T.J. Wallar on Oct. 3, 1942, in Los Angeles, CA and together, shared more than 36 years of marriage before his passing in 1978. She worked in the accounting department at Tinker AFB for many years before retiring in 1972. A longtime member of Southern Hills Baptist Church, Ida also enjoyed being outdoors, playing with her Boston Bulldogs, but most of all, spending time with her family. Preceded in death by her parents, husband, and five siblings; she leaves behind her daughter, Sheila Goforth & husband Dennis; grandchildren, Kayla Goforth- Taylor & husband Chris and Eric Goforth & wife Jessica; three great-grandchildren, Ava Goforth, Bo Garrett, and Paris Taylor; and numerous family and friends. Services to celebrate her life are at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at the Southern Hills Baptist Church, 8601 S. Penn. Friends may leave condolences at vondelsmithmortuary.com vondelsmithmortuary.com
Published: 10/21/2014
Jerry Lee "Jeff" Jefferson Oct 3, 1942 - Oct 18, 2014 Jeff Jefferson, age 72, went home to be with his Lord Saturday, October 18, 2014. He was born October 3, 1942, in Fort Worth, TX and raised in Oklahoma City, OK. He served the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1963, where he learned his lifelong trade of working on diesel engines and vehicles. In 1969, he started Jefferson Bus & Truck Repair, which he owned and operated the rest of his life. He was known nationwide for his expertise in Eagle Bus mechanics and diesel truck service. Over the years, many of his business contacts became close personal friends and travel companions. In 1974, Jeff accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior and served God faithfully from then on and credits all his success to Him. That same year, Jeff and Shirley married. Together, they enjoyed over 40 years of raising children, serving their church, traveling and fun times with friends and family. He took pleasure in travel, scuba diving, reading, fishing and talking about buses. He was an outstanding provider, protector, mechanic, do-it-yourselfer, friend, husband, Dad and Papa. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Naomi Jefferson; his brother, Donnie Jefferson; and his daughter, Carri Cartledge. He will be fondly remembered and missed by his wife, Shirley; children, Jerry Jefferson and wife Tempie, of Drumright, OK; daughter, Pati Martin and husband Larry, of OKC; Chuck Cartledge and wife Janet, of Del City; his grandchildren, Kelsey, Miranda, Chaz, Myles, Montana, Sophia, and Jake; one brother, Bobby Jefferson, of San Antonio; nephews, Paul Jefferson, of Yukon, OK; Darren and Forrest Jefferson, both of San Antonio; as well as numerous other family. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at Sooner Baptist Church in Midwest City, OK. Interment will be at 3 p.m. at the Hopping Cemetery in Wayne, OK. Funeral arrangements are with Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Purcell, OK. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Sooner Baptist Church for the Falls Creek Scholarship Fund. Send online condolences @wilsonlittle.com @wilsonlittle.com
Published: 10/21/2014
Johnnie Ruth Perry Feb 5, 1924 - Oct 19, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Johnnie Ruth Perry, nee James, born February 5, 1924, in Bennington, OK to Bill & Dovie James, passed away on October 19, 2014, in Oklahoma City, OK. A third generation Oklahoman, she was the oldest of 11 children. She was valedictorian of the Milburn High School graduating class and then graduated from Murray State College in 1943. After graduation, she moved to Oklahoma City and met the love of her life, Jack Perry, on a blind date. They were married November 15, 1946, and had a wonderful life. A self-made woman, she worked for Douglas Aircraft during WWII; Borden's; and after over 20 years of service, retired from TG&Y corporate offices. She was a faithful member of Wesley United Methodist Church for over 61 years and was active in the Women's Circle, volunteered in the Boutique shop and with the mobile meals program. She was an avid genealogist and traveled to many court houses, libraries and cemeteries in search of family history. Her global travels included four Methodist mission trips as well as visiting most of the U.S. Gardening was her passion and many benefited from her green thumb. Her tomatoes, loofa's and okra were highly sought after. She was a lifetime member of the Baptist Integris Hospital Volunteers and volunteered once a week for over 25 years. As a firm believer in the democratic electoral process, she voted in every presidential election; she loved God, her country, church and family. She was an amazing, tolerant, inspiring woman who was ahead of her time and will be profoundly missed. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Perry Pool; son-in-law, George Pool; grandchildren, Hilary Strickland, John Pool, and Michelle Perry; great- granddaughter, Caroline Strickland; sisters, June Derrick and Kay Hively; numerous loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; son, Don; parents; four sisters and three brothers. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Murray State College Foundation in honor of Johnnie Ruth Perry. Viewing will be at Smith & Kernke 23rd Street Thursday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. with the family present 5-7 p.m., and Friday at Wesley United Methodist Church at 1 p.m. prior to the funeral at 2 p.m. Interment will be at Resurrection Memorial Cemetery.
Published: 10/21/2014
Joseph Daw Ledford May 22, 1919 - Oct 19, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Joseph Daw Ledford, 95, passed away on Oct. 19, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Betty; his daughters, Regina Jones (Larry) and Pam Beard (Allen); his son, Mike Ledford; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and two sisters, Frona Ledford and Martha Greene (Frank), of North Carolina. He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore Ledford and Reva (Bolden) Ledford; stepmother, Birdie Ledford; brothers, Fred and Junior Ledford; sisters, Lucy Ledford, Laura Beaver, and Annie Hilter; and several nieces and nephews. He was an Army Air Corps veteran, serving in World War II, retired from Tinker Air Force Base, and was an avid fisherman and loved to camp in his RV out at Lake Tenkiller. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Advantage Funeral Home. Burial will be at Resthaven Memory Gardens.
Published: 10/21/2014
Leland Gene Baumann Dec 10, 1950 - Oct 18, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Leland was born Dec. 10, 1950, and departed this life on Oct. 18, 2014. Leland was preceded in death by his father, Eddie Baumann; brother, Terry Baumann; brother-in-law, Buz Buzbee; uncle, Bill Baumann and nephew, Randy Baumann. He is survived by his mother, Helen Baumann; sister, Sherri Buzbee; daughters, Amy Azlin and Heather Baumann; nephews, Brandon Barber and Cole Buzbee; nieces, Cassidy Buzbee and Tori Baumann; grandchildren, Makell, Seager, Linnen, and Kylie, and great- grandson, Marcus. Leland grew up in Oklahoma City. He graduated from U.S. Grant High School in 1969. He was drafted in fall of 1969 and served in the Vietnam War. Leland did paint and body work for years. He loved to cook and make cakes. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, October 23, 2014, at the Resthaven Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens. To share condolences, please visit www.ResthavenOKC.com
Published: 10/21/2014
Mamie N. Morain Feb 24, 1931 - Oct 20, 2014 DEL CITY Mamie Nell Morain, 83, passed away on October 20, 2014, in Oklahoma City, OK. Mamie was born on February 24, 1931, in Henderson, TN to Samuel and Addie Russell (Wilkins). She was an avid gardener, great cook, and loved all types of music. She enjoyed traveling to her home town of Henderson, TN. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald W. Morain; and one son. She is survived by one brother, Gordon "Dude" Russell; one son, Doug Dunn; one daughter, Margaret Burris; grandchildren, Heather Burris, Brandi Jones, and Heath Burris; great-grandchildren, Autumn Burris, Toynelle Williams, and Taygen Jones; four stepchildren; and several more grandchildren. She will always be in our hearts. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at the Bill Eisenhour Southeast Chapel. Condolences may be offered at www.eisenhourfuneral.com www.eisenhourfuneral.com
Published: 10/21/2014
Mary Jane Grimes March 17, 1943 - Oct 20, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Mary Jane Grimes, of Oklahoma City, died Oct. 20, 2014, at her home. She was born March 17, 1943, in El Reno. Mary was a former resident of El Reno and a graduate of Redlands Community College and Naropa Institute with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She was an active member of United Life Church, Practitioner of Religious Science and member of the governing board. She recently retired as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor at Total Life Counseling in Oklahoma City. Loved by many family and close friends, she loved to travel, theatre and spending time with her family and friends, believed all in her life were a blessing and called everyone angel. While living in El Reno, Mary and her husband, LeRoy Junior Grimes, owned and operated Grimes Texaco. LeRoy preceded her in death on Aug. 16, 1986. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Hershel R. and Pearl M. (Clovis) King; and five brothers. Mary is survived by four daughters, Beverly Clapper and fiance, Joe Beaver, of Bethany; Suzanne Grimes, and husband, Roger Deakins, of Yukon; Melody Grimes, of El Reno, and Melissa Roberts and husband Lynn, of El Reno; brother, Carl King, of Mustang; four sisters, Lula Mae Adams, of Edmond; Dorothy Black, of OKC; Flo Pointer, of Edmond; and Nancy Pipkin, Chickasha; grandchildren, Steven Clapper, Stephanie Clapper, Jeff Deakins and wife Amanda, Chris Mollohan, Mike Mollohan and wife Wendy, Heather Mollohan, Katie Braden, and Kinber Roberts; great-grandchildren, Oliver Prince, Joshua Deakins, Alexis Deakins, Brooklyn Deakins, Brandon Bailey, Brianna Mollohan, Gabe Mollohan, Jaycee Daughtey, Jersie Mollohan, Jace Mollohan, Gavin Roberts, and Rose Braden; and several nieces and nephews. Services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 24 at the United Life Spiritual Center with the Rev. Dr. Bill Ward officiating. Burial will be in the El Reno Cemetery under the direction of the Huber- Benson Funeral Home in El Reno.
Published: 10/21/2014
Roy Albert Mason Jan 13, 1947 - Oct 20, 2014 MUSTANG Roy Albert Mason, Mustang, OK, passed away Monday, October 20, 2014, in OKC at the age of 67. Roy was born January 13, 1947, to R.B. Mason and Lillie Belle (Granger) Mason in Atoka, OK. He graduated from Capitol Hill High School in 1966. Roy enlisted in the Army in 1967 and served our country overseas in Seoul, S. Korea. Upon returning to OKC, he went to work for Western Electric, where he retired with 30 years' service. Roy married the love of his life, Joyce Smith, October 7, 1972. Roy and Joyce shared in their love for Gospel music, bowling, and enjoyed coaching their children in the Youth American Bowling Alliance. Upon retirement, Roy loved helping with his eight grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Mason; two daughters, Dina Browning and her husband J.D. and Amy Kirby and her husband Randy; one son, Ben Mason and his wife Ronda; eight grandchildren; one sister, Melba Cox; and niece, Brenda Lindsay; in-laws, Frank and Mary Smith; two sisters-in-law, Linda Gamble and her husband Hurley and Beverly Fulwider and her husband David; one brother- in-law, Richard Smith and his wife Kim; and seven nephews and nieces. Memorial services will be held Wednesday, October 22 at First Baptist Church, of Mustang, OK, at 10 a.m.
Published: 10/21/2014
Ruth Ann Bigham Feb 23, 1929 - Oct 19, 2014 MIDWEST CITY Ruth A. Bigham died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Midwest City. She was born Feb. 23, 1929, in Orange, TX to Albert and Agnes Myers. Ruth worked as a cafeteria manager for the OKC Public Schools, from which she retired. She was a member of the South Central Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Survivors include her son, DeWayne Bigham; daughter, Shirley Pitzele; three grandsons; two great- granddaughters; and one great-grandson. Visitation 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday at Sunny Lane Funeral Home. Her service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Sunny Lane Chapel following interment at Sunny Lane Cemetery.
Published: 10/21/2014
Theresa "Babe" Knouse OKLAHOMA CITY Theresa "Babe" Knouse (Shadid) died Friday, October 17. She was born in Greenville, Texas, in 1914 and moved to Oklahoma City at an early age, where she lived most of the rest of her life. She was married to the late Earl Knouse. She is survived by her daughter, Karole Savage. For decades, she was instrumental in her work with Father John Garvey and his service to Catholic Charities. She was also an indefatigable helper to the parish of Holy Angels in Oklahoma City for many years. Her last year was spent at the Gospel of Life Dwelling under the care of Sister Maria Faulkner and her community. A funeral Mass will be held at Holy Angels Catholic Church, N.W. 3rd & Blackwelder, Friday, October 24 at 10 a.m. There will a Rosary for her at 9:30 a.m. before the Mass. Memorials may be sent to Gospel of Life Dwelling, care of St. James Church, 4201 S McKinley, Oklahoma City, 73019.
Published: 10/21/2014
Thomas C. Newton March 23, 1926 - Oct 18, 2014 EDMOND Thomas C. Newton, 88, of Edmond, OK, was born March 23, 1926, to Tom and Mildred Newton in Haskell County in Oklahoma and went to be with his Lord and Savior on October 18, 2014. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1944 to 1946. Thomas married Jacola McKinney in May of 1947. Thomas worked at C.R. Anthony in Okmulgee, OK and then moved to Edmond to work in the C.R. Anthony General Office. He worked for Anthony's nearly 40 years and was promoted to Executive Vice President. Both he and his wife were members of Waterloo Baptist Church in Edmond. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and two brothers. He is survived by two sisters, Virginia Oliver and Martha Collins; his son, Phillip Newton and his wife Mary; three granddaughters, Bridget Wade, Juli Griffith, and Monique Ferro; who love him very much. He is also survived by three great- grandsons and two great- granddaughters. There will be no formal service. The family will gather at a later date to celebrate both Thomas' and Jacola's lives in a family ceremony. Per Thomas and Jacola's directions, his and her ashes will be scattered by the granddaughters at a place that has not yet been designated.
Published: 10/21/2014
Thomas Michael Harrison Jan 7, 1952 - Oct 19, 2014 EDMOND Thomas Michael Harrison passed away October 19, 2014. Tom was born in Stillwater, OK January 7, 1952. He graduated Fairview High School in 1970, and later attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University, where he met the love of his life, Donna Kay Overbeck. They married on November 18, 1972, and were together for 34 years before she passed away. Tom enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and watching sports. He could strike up a conversation with anyone and was always willing to devote his time to helping friends and family. Tom is survived by his two children, Laurie and her husband Scott Terrell and daughter Lily Kay, and Christopher and his wife Meredith and son Ramey Michael. He is also survived by his mother, Roberta; brothers, Steve and Jim; and sister, Jane; as well as seven nieces and nephews. A service will be held at the First Christian Church Chapel in Edmond, OK on Thursday, October 23 at 10 a.m.
Published: 10/21/2014
Velma Lorene Sublette March 13, 1938 - Oct 17, 2014 YUKON On October 17, 2014, in Oklahoma City, Velma Lorene Sublette, of Yukon, went to be with her Lord. Lorene was born March 13, 1938, to Toney and Laura Braisher in Colony, OK. Growing up in the Binger- Lookeba area, Lorene attended Sickles High School, where she played basketball and graduated in 1956. After graduation, she moved to the City, where she went to work for Oklahoma Publishing Co. and later, Beldon Electric as a bookkeeper. Lorene went on to own her own gift shop and became an interior decorator. Lorene was a giving and loving woman. As an active member of Council Road Baptist Church for the last 30 years, she never passed up an opportunity to help someone in need. She loved her children and grandchildren, attending all of their sporting events and cherishing opportunities to have them over. She especially loved family gatherings like Thanksgiving, when she cooked large dinners, always making sure there was plenty to send home with everyone. Lorene is survived by husband of 47 years, Bobby Sublette; and their four children, Karl Rath, of Piedmont; Ray Rath, of Moore; Lynn Swanda and husband Allen, Hamburg, Germany; and Stacey Selby and husband Scott, of Yukon. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Ray and Dustin Tate; Nick, James, and Josh Swanda; Kari and Elise Rath; Spencer, Sydney, and Seth Selby; and five great-grandchildren, with two more on the way. She was preceded in death by her parents, Toney & Laura Braisher; and siblings, Delmer Gene, Wanda Harbuck, and Mary Lou Welch. Lorene has two surviving brothers, Carl Braisher, of Pittsburgh, PA; and Henry Braisher, of Moore, OK. Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 4-8 p.m. at Bill Merritt Funeral Services, 6201 N.W. 39th Expressway, Bethany, Oklahoma. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 23, 2014, at 10 a.m. at the Council Road Baptist Church, 2900 N. Council Road, Bethany, OK, with burial immediately following at the Yukon Cemetery, Yukon, OK. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Council Road Baptist Missions or the 2020 Building Fund.
Published: 10/21/2014