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Anita Martinez June 8, 1930 - August 19, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY A longtime Hispanic community activist, Anita Martinez died Tuesday, Aug. 19, at the age of 84 in her home in south Oklahoma City. Martinez worked tirelessly for the aging population in Oklahoma and was a pillar in the Hispanic community. Anita served as director of "La Puerta de Oro," the only Spanish-speaking senior citizens center in the state of Oklahoma, for more than 35 years. It continues to be the primary gathering place for Hispanic senior citizens. They have created handmade pi?atas and paper flowers for numerous festivals and celebrations including the Oklahoma History Center's Folklife Festival and Global Oklahoma at Rose State College. Her band, "Anita y Los Viejitos," a traditional Mexican band, represented the state of Oklahoma at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. They performed in festivals and conferences throughout the state including the Oklahoma Traditions Festival, Lawton International Festival, "Celebration of Traditions" with the Oklahoma Conference on Aging and the Oklahoma State Fair. Martinez, her center and Los Viejitos were featured in the Oklahoma History Center for the Latino exhibit. Anita was also affiliated with the Oklahoma County Nutrition Program and the Latino Community Development Agency. Anita was an active volunteer throughout the community. She served at the Salvation Army's Thanksgiving Dinner and the Christmas Toy Shop. Anita was the key translator for many South American media stations as well as CNN Television during the Oklahoma City Bombing. For her efforts, she was featured in the book "Heroes of Oklahoma." Martinez received numerous plaques and commendations throughout her career with "La Puerta de Oro." Anita and her husband of 67 years, Jesse, were 1998 recipients of the 15th Annual Oklahoma Human Rights Commission Award and in 1999 received the Governor's Arts Award. She was a member of the Minority Taskforce on Aging. She was born June 8, 1930, in Richards Spur, Oklahoma, to parents Maria Martinez and Ebernado Nievez. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Paula Martinez; brothers Charles Nievez, Bernado Nievez, and Donald Nevez; and sisters Stella Frejo and Nellie Nevez. She is survived by her husband: Jesse Martinez; son: Michael Martinez and Elisha Janes; son: Patrick Martinez; daughter: Sonja Martinez and Deborah Goodwin; daughter: Bernadette Martinez; brothers: Jimmy Nevez, Rudy Nevez, and Henry Nevez; sisters: Minnie Gonzalez, Gloria Jennings and Susie Martinez; grandchildren: Jessica Martinez-Brooks and husband, Michael, Michael Martinez, Tia Kool, John Martinez, Jesse Martinez, Benjamin Martinez, Maria Hernandez, Phillip Martinez and Juanita Neely; and great-grandchildren: Joaquin, Lucy, Logan, Cru, Olivia, Cecilia, Alex and Jocelyn; and many other loving extended family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at St. James the Greater Catholic Church, 4301 S. McKinley. Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at the church.
Published: 8/20/2014
Elizabeth L. Case Nov. 27, 1927 - Aug. 17, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Another member of the Greatest Generation has gone to her reward. Elizabeth Louise "Betty" (McCarty) Case was born November 27, 1927, in Collinsville, OK, to Henry Louis & Vera Lee (Morgan) McCarty. The family moved to Oklahoma City in 1936. Betty graduated from Central High School in 1945 where she was a member of the Black Skirts Pep Club. Betty faithfully attended her `45' dinner group during the last several years and enjoyed lifelong friendships that she so deeply valued. Betty married the love of her life, Owen Clark Case, in Oklahoma City on January 25, 1947; a marriage that would last more than 65 years and produce two sons, Kenny Lee Case and Danny Lee Case. Betty was a vociferous reader, reading several books a week. She also mastered the art of china painting and produced beautiful works of art enjoyed by all. Most of all, Betty was a woman of strength and real substance. She embraced her role as the heart and soul of the family by loving each member of her family unconditionally and always giving her best to each of them, offering the wisdom of her lifetime. She carried herself with poise and confidence and spoke and wrote in a most articulate fashion. She had many and varied interests, including her love of beautiful antiques, her interest in her family history, and her desire to continue the learning process until life is over. Betty met and mastered numerous challenges in her life, including a number of serious medical issues. She pragmatically sought treatments, kept a positive attitude and always showed great strength and courage, and conquered them all, one by one. But in the end, she could not win the battle with cancer. And even for our beloved Betty, the journey on earth eventually must come to an end. She passed away Sunday, August 17, 2014, with her loving family by her side. She will be remembered for her strength, her wisdom, her keen sense of humor, her love of family, her poise and grace, and her quick wit that was her hallmark. The world lost a remarkable woman and this earth will be a slightly duller place without her. She was preceded in death by her parents. She left behind her beloved husband, Clark, son Ken & wife Janet, son Dan & wife Barbra, and grandson, Travis, all of Oklahoma City. She was also survived by her brother, Henry, his wife, Janice, and their five children. Services will be 10am, Saturday, August 23, 2014, at Memorial Park Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visit Betty's online memorial at www.MemorialParkOKC.com
Published: 8/20/2014
Frances G. Perkins Dec. 28, 1910 - Aug. 19, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Online obituary may be viewed at www.GuardianWestFuneralChapel.com www.guardianwestfuneralchapel.com
Published: 8/20/2014
Jeremiah "J" Rafford Oct. 1, 1986 - Aug. 15, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY On a late Friday evening, August 15, 2014, a husband, father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend, Jeremiah Dale Rafford was sadly taken from us way too soon. Our sweet care free Jeremiah was full of life, love and laughter, a bear of a man with a gentle heart. He didn't worry about tomorrow, because his favorite Bible verse was 1 Peter 5:7 "Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." He loved his Abby, Nattie and his new baby Bentlee. He loved his family with all of his heart. His friends were not just friends, they became his brothers and sisters. The color of your skin didn't matter to him it was the color of your heart. He loved his job being a "Roughneck" for Helmerich and Payne, he called his coworkers his rig brothers. Jeremiah was preceded in death by his grandfathers Benjamin, Deane & Tim, grandmother Hazel, brother Randall, uncles Howard and Buz, aunt Karen, cousins Gayla, Deanna and cousin/ sister Belinda. St. Peter said, "Open the gate! Another of ours has come, the ones who came before him, wanted to see our son." Christ said, "Don't fear child, your loved ones they are here. For I needed you here in heaven, to hold your loved ones near. I know, I took you from the ones who thought they needed you most. My child, my son Jeremiah, come sing with the Heaven's host. Don't fear for the ones you've left behind, my angels will guard them well, so come my child, do not be sad, in their hearts, that's where you will dwell!" Jeremiah is survived by his wife Abra, daughters Natalie and Bentlee, parents Allan and Lisa, brothers Christian and Benjamin, sisters Stacy, Mariam, Nikki, Jessica and Autumn, nieces Sydney, Bonnie, Kristian and Antoinette, uncles Benjamin, Dean, Lionel and John, aunts Donna, Darlene and Lora, many many cousins dear to his heart, best friends Jayce and Joe, countless other friends and rig brothers! Finally, Jeremiah says to us all; "Laugh when you can, apologize when you should, and let go of what you can't change. Kiss slowly, play hard, forgive quickly, take chances, give everything and have no regrets. Life's too short to be anything but happy. I will love you all forever and always." Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Sat. 8-23-14, at the Advantage Funeral Home Chapel. Family visitation will be held at 6:00 p.m. Fri. 8-22-14, also at the Advantage Funeral Home.
Published: 8/20/2014
Jerry Cross April 26, 1931 - Aug. 16, 2014 MIDWEST CITY Jerry Leroy Cross, 83, was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma on April 26, 1931. The celebration of Jerry's life will be held at 2:00PM on August 22, 2014 at Country Estates Baptist Church, 1000 S. Midwest Blvd., Midwest City. The family requests that you wear your favorite OU attire for Jerry's "send off" to the best seats in the house. For the entire obituary please go to www.bffuneralhome.com
Published: 8/20/2014
Kenneth Linthicum Sept. 8, 1932 - Aug. 18, 2014 EDMOND Kenneth Ray Linthicum, 83, of Edmond, died August 18, 2014. Kenneth was born September 8, 1932 in Oklahoma City the son of Bryant and Edith Linthicum. He was proud to have played football as a Midwest City Bomber. Kenneth is survived by his wife, Ruth; 3 children; 10 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren. Graveside services will be 11am Friday at Sunny Lane Cemetery. We loved him and will miss him dearly.
Published: 8/20/2014
Larry Steven Berglan March 10, 1946 - August 20, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Larry, 68, went to be with the Lord on Aug. 20, 2014. The son of Augustus Eugene & Mary Lucille (Alexander) Berglan, Larry was born March 10, 1946 in Norman, OK. Larry attended Norman HS where he was an excelled athlete, lettering in football & basketball and playing baseball. After attending high school, Larry joined a music band called "The Juveniles" and moved to Seattle, WA where they toured for many years before moving back to Norman, OK to continue his education earning a BBA degree from OU, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and involved in the Army ROTC Program. Following his graduation from OU, Larry moved to Houston, TX to work for an importing firm for a time before moving back to Norman, OK to open & operate "The Men's Shop" for many years. A man of many talents, with a vast knowledge & interest in different successful industries, Larry also worked in computer sales, US Government Electronic Sales, started Vanguard USA, Meridian Properties, and several convenience stores before owning & operating Medical Specialties which he sold in 2012. He was very active in many organizations including Emmaus Baptist Church, YMCA, Norman Chamber of Commerce, where he served on the Board, South OKC Chamber of Commerce and member of Willow Creek Golf and Belmar Golf & Country Clubs, where he was an avid golfer. Larry was also glad to participate in the reunion of The Juveniles music group in 1999. He fell in love and later married Ramona Gayle Canaday on Feb 9, 2013. Larry always pursued life with great zeal and made the most of opportunity that came his way. He was a loving husband, father and friend who was always happy to help those in need. He will be deeply missed. Preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ronald. He leaves behind his loving wife: Mona Berglan of the home; children: Joshua Tyler Berglan, Zachary Taylor Berglan, Shawn Kaplan, & Nikki Simpon; 5 grandchildren; and many other loving family & friends. Viewing will be 4-8 PM Thursday & Friday with the family greeting friends from 6-8 PM Friday at the funeral home. Services to celebrate his life will be held 10:00 AM Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at Emmaus Baptist Church, 16001 S. Western Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to OMRF, Melanoma Research@omrf.org/donation-form. Friends may leave condolences for the family at www.vondelsmithmortuary.com www.vondelsmithmortuary.com
Published: 8/20/2014
Mary K. Davy Mar. 20, 1940 - Aug. 17, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Mary Kathryn Davy, 74, was born to James Leonard & Leona Myrtal (Miley) Morgan in Oklahoma City, OK, March 20, 1940. She passed away, August 17, 2014. She was in the first graduating class of Harding High School. Early in her life, she worked at John A. Brown Department Store and Oklahoma City Clinic. Then she attended Central State College and was in the Nursing Program at the OU School of Nursing. She worked at University Hospital while in the Nursing Program. Later, she worked at St. Anthony Hospital. She married the love of her life, Robert Wayne Davy, in 1960 in Oklahoma City. She was happily married and was a devoted wife and mother to five children. She was a homemaker who enjoyed painting, sewing, crocheting, and crafts. Her life-long work was family history and genealogy. She devoted her life to nurturing her family, and she was a counselor and source of inspiration to her children. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was predeceased by her parents; brother, Robert Allen; and sister, Margaret. She is survived by her five children: Dawn Moesel (Doug) of Columbia, Missouri, Rhonda Lyon (Tim) of Choctaw, OK, Jo Ellen Johnson (Dan) of Edmond, OK, Lee Mandel of OKC, OK, and Robert Wayne Davy II (Jamie) of South Jordan, Utah. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the Missionary Fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Visitation with family will be Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, from 5-7 PM at Memorial Park Funeral Home. Services will be at Memorial Park Funeral Home Chapel, 10 AM, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Visit Mary's online memorial at www.MemorialParkOKC.com
Published: 8/20/2014
Ricky Lee Coleman April 7, 1953 - Aug. 19, 2014 CHOCTAW Ricky Lee Coleman age 61 passed away on August 19, 2014 at his home in Choctaw. A Memorial Service will be held at Sooner Baptist Church, 5824 SE 15th St. in Del City at 6:00 PM on Friday Aug. 22, 2014. For a full obituary please go to www.bffuneralhome.com
Published: 8/20/2014
Ruby Turner Troy June 29, 1911 - Aug. 17, 2014 NORMAN, OKLAHOMA Ruby Turner Troy, born June 29, 1911, passed away August 17, 2014, at the age of 103. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas "TJ" Troy; parents, James M. and Mary A. Turner; brothers, Jack, Rusty and Jim Turner; 1 niece, and 1 nephew. She is survived by her beloved sister-in-law, Hilma Hicks, 4 nephews, and 1 niece. Ruby was born and raised in Moore, OK and a 1930 graduate of Moore High School. She attended Business College and then worked in Norman, OK, where she met her true love, TJ Troy. They were married Christmas Day, 1940, at McFarlin Methodist Church, Norman, OK. TJ was a military man and war required them to move and serve in many parts of the world. Last assignment was Scholfield Barracks, Hawaii in 1957. While in Hawaii they decided to purchase an apartment in a little area called Waikiki Beach, where they shared 30 wonderful years and enjoyed all those pristine islands had to offer. During that time Ruby worked as an administrative assistant at Pearl Harbor. Ruby returned to Oklahoma to be closer to her family needs and was an inspiration to all. She was a truly remarkable lady with many life-long friends throughout the world. Ruby cherished all of these friendships and remained in contact with them and their families with many calls, notes, and flowers. Private memorial service. Remains will be scattered with those of her beloved spouse beyond the reef in Waikiki. Our prayers that Jesus' love has now reunited her with loved ones in their heavenly home, has been answered.
Published: 8/20/2014
Steven John Little September 22, 1966 - August 18, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Steven arrived in Heaven on August 18, 2014. He was born on Sept. 22, 1966 to Graham & Wanda Lambert Little. He attended SE High School. He grew up attending St. James Episcopal Church & now is a member at Fellowship Church. Steven loved the outdoors, especially deer hunting & fishing. He enjoyed every year at deer camp with his Dad, nephew Matt, & family friend David Munsell. Steve was a friend to all & loved the San Francisco 49ners. Steve was deeply loved & a joy to his family. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Art & Lola Lambert, Marvin & Betty Little & brother-in-law Charles Lee. He leaves behind to cherish his memories parents, Graham & Wanda; sisters, Kathy (David) Schuldt & Kerri Lee; nieces & nephews, Matt & Aubrey, Jagger & Willa, & Blake & Addison. Viewing will be held 4-8 PM Thursday at Vondel Smith Mortuary, S. Western Ave., with the family greeting friends 6-8 PM. Services to celebrate his life will be held 10:00 AM Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at The Crown Center, 13300 S. Western Ave. Friends may leave condolences for the family at vondelsmithmortuary.com
Published: 8/20/2014
Tracy A. Jividen Mar. 9, 1954 - Aug. 19, 2014 EDMOND Tracy A. Jividen, 60, was born March 9, 1954, in Woodward, OK, and passed away August 19, 2014. A celebration of Tracy's life will be at 1pm, Friday, August 22, 2014, at First Christian Church in Edmond, OK. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: The Spencer Richmond Healthcare Fund at Great Plains National Bank 2220 Oklahoma Ave., Woodward, OK 73801, to support a young family friend.
Published: 8/20/2014