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Miscellaneous Beaver County, Oklahoma Obituaries

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Smith
Chester H. "Chet" Smith, 90, of Turpin, died Wednesday, August 13, at Southwest Medical Center in Liberal, Kansas. He was born February 3, 1913, in Alfalfa County, the son of Nestor M. and Emily S. Staker Smith. He came to the Turpin-Greenough community in 1913. He graduated from the Greenough High School in 1932 and moved to Denver, working as a motor electrician for the Gates Rubber Company. He farmed several years and later was a heating plant installation person. He retired in 1970 and returned to Turpin. He was a member of the Church of Christ, Tucker Road and Grant in Liberal, Kansas. He married Grace I. Ward on May 18, 1935, at Denver, Colorado. Mrs. Smith survives. In addition to his wife, Grace Smith; he is survived by two sisters-in-law, Bonnie Smith of Turpin and Dorene Smith of California; and by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers and one sister. Funeral services were conducted Saturday at the Church of Christ, Tucker Road and Grant in Liberal with Perry Odell presiding. Interment was at the Restlawn Memorial Gardens.

Cantrell
Virginia May Cantrell, 81, of Hooker, died Thursday, August 14, 2003 at Memorial Hospital of Texas County in Guymon. The only child of Alfred D. and Leda M. Brown, (nee Floyd), Virginia May Brown was born November 9, 1921, in the Floyd family home at 501 Jeuet Ave. (now "C" Ave.) in Beaver. Raised in both Huntington Beach, California and Beaver County, Virginia served in the United States Navy during World War II with service in Asiatic-Pacific Theater. Immediately following WWII, Virginia married Donald D. Cantrell in 1948. The couple made their home south of Turpin until moving to Hooker in the early 1950ís. Upon the death of her husband, Donald, in July of 1964, Virginia received a presidential appointment as "Postmaster" for Hooker. Virginia continued to serve as "Postmaster" until her retirement in 1982. From and since her retirement from the United States Post Office Department, Virginia M. Cantrell resided in Hooker. A past member of the Order of Eastern Star, P.O.E., Travelerís Club, Garden Club and the American Legion; Virginia was also a communicate of the United Methodist Church of Hooker. Predeceased by two sons, Donald D. Cantrell, Jr. in 1950 and Alfred Charles (Chuck) Cantrell in 1991. Virginia is survived by her son, Mark Lea Cantrell and his wife Phyllis Cantrell of Canadian County, Oklahoma; grandsons, Zachery LaMarr Hines and fianceí Melissa DeVane of Oklahoma City, Jeffery C. and Heidi Hines of Pensacola, Florida, Donald L.P.E. Cantrell of Canadian County; granddaughter, S. Houston Gunn Cantrell of Canadian County; cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Terry Levertt Floyd of Beaver, Mr. Robert Floyd and family of Hugoton, Kansas; nephews, Leslie J. Lynch and wife Jenny of Turpin; great nieces Sarah and Rebecca Lynch of Turpin; nieces,Jennifer L. Lynch of Rolla, Missouri, Adriene Ann Boeck of Portland, Oregon, Angela Beth Clerk and husband Taylor Clerk; great nephew, George Clerk and great niece, Maigread Clark of Seattle, Washington; great niece, Anna Boeck and fianceí Tyrone Wagner of Seattle, Washington; brother-in-law, Clefton Lynch of Guymon. Virginia M. Cantrell is survived as well by her friend Miss Cornelia Maynard of Hooker. Funeral services were Tuesday, August 19, 2003 at the United Methodist Church in Hooker with Rev. Rick Trobaugh officiating. Interment was at the Pioneer Cemetery at Beaver. Those wishing to may give memorials to the Olive Warner Memorial Library, leaving them at Roberts Brothers Funeral Home, Box 745, Hooker, Oklahoma, 73945.

Elam
Evelyn Elam, 75, of Laverne died Wednesday, August 13, 2003 at the Newman Memorial Hospital in Shattuck. She was born October 13, 1927, at the Slapout community southwest of Laverne, the daughter of Herman Edward and Maggie (Savely) Kamp. A lifetime resident of the Slapout community, she graduated from Laverne High School in 1947. She was a former bookkeeper/secretary for L & L Dirt Construction, Laverne Ready Mix and Slapout Conoco as well as a homemaker. She married Herchal C. Elam on February 14, 1950 in the Slapout community. Preceding her in death were her parents and sister Emma Jean Zetterberg. Survivors are her husband, Herchal C. Elam, sons Edward Elam and wife of Guymon; Jimmie Elam and wife of Guymon; sisters Claudine Cofield of Leon, Kansas and Juanita Hendricks of Laverne; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were Saturday, August 16 at the Fairview United Methodist Church at the Slapout community Rev. Carol Reich and Rev. Wes Peterman officiating. Burial was in the Laverne Memorial Cemetery.

Wood
James Byron (Jim) Wood, 74, of Beaver died early Saturday morning, August 16, 2003 at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa. The son of Lula E. (Rider) and Theo Wood, he was born March 1, 1929 in Guymon. He graduated from Guymon High School and later joined the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Wood returned to the area and attended Panhandle A & M in Goodwell. He was united in marriage to Teresa Ann Chapman on February 18, 1955 in Guymon. Mr. Wood began his career with Southwestern Public Service in 1959 and in 1966 was transferred to Beaver as a servicemen. He later served as a manager for SPS, retiring after 31 years with the company. Mr. Wood was active in community activities, a 20-year volunteer fireman, serving several terms as Fire Chief, and was also a Boy Scout Leader. He was a member of the Beaver VFW and the Beaver United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Terri Wood of the home; son Rick Wood and his wife, Jennifer, of Grapevine, Texas; a daughter, Carol Wood English of Tulsa; and son Allen Wood of Elkhart, Kansas and his four grandchildren, Damian Pugh and Cassie Pugh of Beaver; Elizabeth Wood of Forgan; and Adrienne Elise Wood of Grapevine, Texas. He is also survived by his mother, Lula E. Wood; sister Aline and her husband, Dr. Morris Couch, brothers Marion Wood and his wife, Gladys; Don Wood and his wife, Lynda, all of Guymon; Paul Wood and wife, Beverly of Amarillo, Texas; and sister Betty Touchstone and husband, Truman, of Dimmitt, Texas. He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Vernon Wood. Funeral services were Tuesday afternoon, August 19 at the Beaver United Methodist Church with Rev. Torrey Curtis officiating. Interment was at the Elmhurst Cemetery, Guymon, under the direction of Henson-Novak Funeral Directors of Guymon. Memorials may be given to the Beaver United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 309, Beaver, Oklahoma 73932 or c/o Henson-Novak Funeral Directors, Box 1306, Guymon, Oklahoma 73942.

Stollings
Roy S. Stollings, 86, died Wednesday, July 30, 2003. Mr. Stollings was a farmer and a rancher. He was a deacon for more than 50 years at First Baptist Church. He was director of North Plains Ground Water District for 38 years. He was Farmer of the Year in 1980 and served on the school board from 1951 to 1962. He was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps and was a Sunday school teacher. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Rhodie Stollings, and two brothers. Survivors include his wife, Marjery; a son, Roy L. Stollings of Perryton, Texas; a daughter, Barbara Schoellkopf of Columbus, Indiana; a brother, David Stollings of Perryton, Texas; three grandsons, Ryan Stollings of Frisco, Texas, Jonathan Reinhart of College Station, Texas; and Darin Stollings of Canyon, Texas; a stepgranddaughter, Julie Deckard of Columbus, Indiana; and a stepgrandson, Tom Schoellkopf, Jr. of Columbus, Indiana. Services were Saturday at First Baptist Church with Rev. Richard Laverty officiating. Burial was in Ochiltree Cemetery by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home.

Compton
Tony Compton died on Saturday, July 26, 2003, at the age of 65 years and 25 days. He was born July 1, 1938, to James "Pug" and Irene Compton. He attended the public school of Forgan and graduated with the class of 1956. He was married to Sabre Howe and to this union was born a son Anthony Joe and a daughter Paige. They were divorced in 1977 or 1978. Sabre died in 1990. On April 6, 1981, he and Lee Austin were married in the home of a friend in Beaver. At the time of their marriage Tony was working as a trainer of race horses. Tony had served as a deputy sheriff under Sheriff Odd Shook in the late 1960ís and was liked by young people. For several years Tony worked in the oil field for Samson Resources and others as a contract pumper. In December 1986, Tony was baptized. He was preceded in death by his mother and father. Tony is survived by his wife, Lee; his son Anthony Joe; his daughter Paige and her husband Stan and a stepson, Steve Austin, whom he thought of as his own and Vicki; 6 grandchildren, Shoshana, Shalana Gray, Ritara, Noah Compton, Sasha and Seth Austin. Also surviving; a brother Joe and his wife and their son, Preston; an aunt, Mabel Lawrence of Tyrone, and numerous relatives and a host of friends. Services were 10:00 a.m. on July 30, 2003 at the United Methodist Church with George Saunders officiating. Interment was at the Forgan Cemetery.

Meyer
Dan Reed Meyer died on Thursday, July 24, 2003, at his home in Laverne at the age of 34 years, 4 months, and 22 days. He was the 5th child born to Bill and Sue (Backus) Meyer on March 2, 1969 at Laverne. Dan grew up in the Clearlake community west of Laverne. He attended the Laverne schools, graduating with the class of 1987. During high school, Dan was active in track and football, lettering all four years. He was active in F.F.A. and served as the Greenhand president. He also served as class vice president and class sentinel. He was voted his senior year as "biggest flirt." Dan later attended Indian Meridian Vo-Tech School at Stillwater receiving his degree in applied science for training in satellites and computer technology. Dan made his home in Denver, Colorado and was employed by Quest & Will-Tell Company. He traveled all over the United States installing and working on satellites and computers, doing specialty projects. Due to health problems, he returned to Laverne in 1998 and started his own business "Meyer Technical Solutions." Dan was very knowledgeable and enjoyed working on computers. He could solve most any problem involving computers. He enjoyed going fishing with his buddies. He also had fun playing cards and darts and belonged to a dart league. Dan loved his family and looked forward to spending time with them. He was loved and will be missed by all his family and friends. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, father, Bill Meyer and stepfather, J.T. Hays. Dan leaves as his survivors his mother, Sue Hays of Laverne; brothers Ron Meyer of Beaver; Ted Meyer and wife LeAnn of Leedey, David Meyer and wife Tonja of Brenham, Texas; sister Kim Golightly and husband Kirk of Beaver; stepbrother Tom Hays and wife Elise of Elgin, Texas; stepsisters Kathy Curtis and husband Van of Laverne; Denise Null and husband Tony of Rosston, nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Graveside services were held on Saturday, July 26 at Fairview Cemetery, Clearlake Community, west of Laverne with Rev. Don Baltazor officiating. Family members and special friends served as pallbearers. Interment was at the Fairview Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Dan Reed Meyer Memorial Fund in care of the Myatt-Seeger Funeral Home, Box 909, Laverne, Oklahoma 73848.

Symes
Marcella Mae Symes of Woodward died Sunday, July 13, 2003 at Woodward Regional Hospital at the age of 83. She was formerly of the Clearlake community. Marcella was born at Mutual, Oklahoma, on June 28, 1920 to Leslie M. and Jessie (Fothergill) Hopper. Marcella attended the Mutual Schools and was a member of the United Methodist Church of Mutual. On October 13, 1935, Marcella was married to Burrell E. Symes in Fairview. Preceding her in death were her parents, a brother, Marvin Hopper, a sister, Marianna Noble, and a son Jerry Symes. Survivors include her husband, two sons, Virgil and Peggye Symes of Lakin, Kansas and Leslie and Donna Symes of Cheney, Kansas. Also a brother, Leo Hopper, of Mutual, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Graveside services were Wednesday, July 16, at the Laverne Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Wes Peterman presiding. Memorials may be made to Laverne Memorial Cemetery Association.

Hecox
Raymond Lloyd Hecox, age 74, died Thursday, July 24, 2003 at Wheatridge Park Care Center in Liberal. He was born November 6, 1928, at Tyrone, the son of Glenn E. and Erna May (Plunkett) Hecox. Raymond graduated from Tyrone High School in 1946, and served in the United States Marine Corps from 1951-1953, where he was an aviation equipment foreman. He worked as a salesman and was the manager of Weskem Chemicals at the time of his retirement in 1991. He was a member of the American Legion. He attended First Church of God in Liberal. On July 18, 1948, he married Pauline Mason at Liberal. She died in 1995. He then married Nadine Burris at Liberal, Kansas on November 7, 1996. Survivors include his wife, Nadine; a daughter, Carol Jayne and husband Kelly of Kingman, Kansas; a stepson, Wes Passmore and wife Kathy of Meade, Kansas; four stepdaughters, Pat Wooten and husband Dean of Carlsbad, New Mexico; Sharilyn Purcell and husband Chris of Beaver; Marilyn Newman and husband Alan of Forgan; Arlene Brown and husband Lonnie of Beaver; a brother, Vern Hecox and wife Irene of Tyrone; a sister, Helen Smith of Garden City, Kansas. Four grandchildren, Brittney Jayne and Christina Jayne of Kingman, Kansas; Scott Jayne of Lawrence, Kansas; Andrew Jayne and wife Heather of Wichita, Kansas; thirteen step-grandchildren, numerous step-great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Kirk Alan Hecox and a sister, Vera J. Cargill. Funeral service was Monday, July 28, at Kitch-Brenneman Funeral Home Chapel in Liberal with Rev. Rex Petty residing. Military honors were given by the United States Marine Corps. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Kitch-Brenneman Funeral Home, 1212 West 2nd, Liberal, KS 67901

Reimann
Alton Bernard Reimann was born on November 23, 1919 in Beaver County to August F. and Julianna M. (Simon) Reimann. He married Lila E. Lacy on July 23, 1943. He later married Barbara E. Bowles on February 3, 1950. Alton graduated from Bethany High School in 1939. He is a veteran of World War II, having spent nineteen months overseas. After his discharge, he worked as a mechanic for the Seward County Kansas Highway Department and at Doll Motors in Liberal, Kansas. He retired from farming a few years ago. Alton enjoyed feeding and watching the wildlife. His survivors include his son, Alton B. Reimann, Jr., two grandchildren, one sister, Mary Trimmell and several nieces and nephews. Funeral mass was held July 24, 2003 in the Beaver United Methodist Church with Father Rusty Hewes officiating. Interment was at the Bethany Cemetery under the direction of Clark Funeral Service.

Stollings
Roy S. Stollings, 86, died Wednesday, July 30, 2003. Mr. Stollings was a farmer and a rancher. He was a deacon for more than 50 years at First Baptist Church. He was director of North Plains Ground Water District for 38 years. He was Farmer of the Year in 1980 and served on the school board from 1951 to 1962. He was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps and was a Sunday school teacher. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Rhodie Stollings, and two brothers. Survivors include his wife, Marjery; a son, Roy L. Stollings of Perryton, Texas; a daughter, Barbara Schoellkopf of Columbus, Indiana; a brother, David Stollings of Perryton, Texas; three grandsons, Ryan Stollings of Frisco, Texas, Jonathan Reinhart of College Station, Texas; and Darin Stollings of Canyon, Texas; a stepgranddaughter, Julie Deckard of Columbus, Indiana; and a stepgrandson, Tom Schoellkopf, Jr. of Columbus, Indiana. Services were Saturday at First Baptist Church with Rev. Richard Laverty officiating. Burial was in Ochiltree Cemetery by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home.

Beaty
Bertha Matilida Beaty, Turpin, died on Sunday, July 20, 2003 in the Beaver County Nursing Home, at the age of 97 years and 3 months. She was born April 20, 1906 to John and Mary Busenlehner in Mullins Prairie, Texas. She married Edwin L. Beaty in Corpus Christi, Texas on June 4, 1927. To this union five children were born, Joseph, Lee Roy, Mary Catherine, Deloris Gail, and Virginia Lou. Her husband, Edwin, her parents, six sisters and two brothers, two sons, Joseph and Lee Roy and one grandson Daniel Lee Brown, preceded Bertha in death. Three daughters, Mary Brown of Turpin, Deloris Beaty of Pampa, Texas, and Virginia Beaty of Billings, Oklahoma, and one daughter-in-law, Evelyn Beaty of Liberal, Kansas survive her. Also surviving her are four grandchildren, Rodney and Darlyn Beaty of Liberal, Kansas, Connie and Tom Burtsfield of Danville, Indiana, Rick and Bonnie Brown of Turpin and Jim Brown of Turpin; eleven great grandchildren, Trey Burtsfield, Shala and Todd Wills, Breanna and Kylie Beaty, Barrlow and Shawna Brown, Elizabeth and Mike Cannaley, Tenae and Todd Davis, Jamie Brown, Tessa Brown, Darrell and Jeremy Brown; two step great grandchildren, Jamie Travis, Carl and Sara Johnson; two great-great grandchildren, Brittney Cannaley and Dammion Brown; three step great-great grandchildren, Stephanie Travis, Ryan and Bradley Johnson. Bertha was a member of the Catholic church and attended faithfully until health problems prevented her from attending. Graveside services were July 22, 2003 at Floris Cemetery with Rev. Dave Parker of Church of God, Liberal, Kansas and Rev. Dianna Izquierdo of Methodist Church of Turpin officiating.

Sutherland
On the morning of July 15, 2003, Jinx sat at the table with his daughters reminiscing about the past and making plans for the future. Jinx and Twila would have been married 58 years on July 14. In the past year since Twilaís death, he always talked about "how much he missed her in this big old lonely house." He must have decided it was time to join her for their second honeymoon. Roy Roland Sutherland Jr., was born on November 28, 1923 on the family homestead north of Knowles on the Cimarron River. He was the third of four children, Rose Hester, Helen Miller, and Gene Sutherland, born to Roy Roland Sutherland and Bertha McAtee Sutherland. He grew up in a gracious home with an extended family that included Laura Lewis, Florence Dyer, Mary Hoffman, and Glen Whittaker. During this time Bill Spurgeon and his little brother, Wendy, came to visit often; they became lifelong friends. There was an open door at the Sutherland home for all who needed haven. Times were tough, and at the age of eight, he went to work doing a manís job driving a team of horses. He knew by the age of 12 that he wanted to spend his life on the ranch. The first day of his sophomore year, he sat in class looking out the window as his Granddad McAtee drove by with a wagon and team of horses. When Granddad went by the second time, Jinx made a choice that was a defining moment in his life. He stood up, walked out of the classroom, and went back to the ranch. The following years were filled with jobs, working for the highway department, shoveling coal, weighing wheat at the elevator, working for McKinley Winters Sale Barn, and cutting broomcorn in Colorado. Hard work was a way to reach his goals. On his return from Colorado, Jinx began his courtship with Twila. After work each day at the Patton Ranch, he rode to town to play cards with Twila and her mother. In 1945, when the wheat harvest was completed, Jinx collected his yearly paycheck of $3,600.00 and he and Twila were married on July 14, 1945 in Arnett. They made their first home on the Allen Ranch southwest of Gate, but soon moved north of Knowles to the Sutherland Ranch where they made their home for the past 58 years. To this union four daughters were born; Deloris Jean, Shalia Jo, and the twins, Rhonda Faye and Pamela Renee. They purchased their first ranch home, which was originally known as the Coin Post Office. Jinx was an accomplished horseman. He has known for training roping horses and reining and cutting horses. Everyone could recognize him by the way he "sat" a horse. Five different horses trained by Jinx won at the Buffalo Horse Show. The horses his daughters rode exemplified his training ability. He loved to rodeo and was successful, but his sense of responsibility demanded that he curtail this activity so he could devote more time to the ranch and his family. Over the next 50 years, the farm and ranch flourished. His spread continued to grow and a cattle herd was built. As the years flew by, he instilled in all four daughters a love of horses and ranching. Branding days became an important family event with children and grandchildren involved. Some men are a shining star for a brief time, but Jinx will long be remembered for his unique and wonderful ability to inspire others. Honesty, integrity, trustworthiness, patience, and dependability are but a few of the qualities he possessed and was able to convey to others. Some people use the term "cowboy" loosely, and a neighbor said "He taught us the right and wrong of life. Jinx was patient and kind. He would have 10 kids all horseback, and he helped each one of them to brand and not ever raise his voice. He had that special skill. He taught us how to drive a team of horses and how to "pair up a cow and calf." Granddad was always consistent, calm, and steady. His heritage is being passed on through his grandchildren. Jinx was preceded in death by his wife, Twila, parents, and sisters. He leaves as his survivors, brother, Gene Sutherland of Englewood, Kansas, four daughters, DeLoris Little of Hinton, Shalia and Marty Powers of Wynnewood, Rhonda Hutton of Garden City, Kansas, Renee and Ace Berry of Oakdale, California, extended family Martin and Martha Ramirez of Knowles, eight grandchildren, seven great-great grandchildren, Kelli, Kris, Kaden, Kenzi, and Nikki Taylor, Kristi, Mark, and Maison Moseley, Shadron, Samantha, Christopher, and Slater Heglin, Cole Drake and Traylen, Dane Drake, Roy Hutton, and "abuela" to Betty and Patricia Ramirez. Funeral services were held in the Gate Friends Church on Saturday, July 19, 2003, with Rev. Jim Sutherland officiating and Rev. Lyle Whitman assisting. A dinner was provided for the family by the Gate United Methodist Church. Alesia Bryant sang "Mom and Dadís Waltz", "Precious Memories" and "Happy Trails to You." Linda Spurgeon read the obituary. Pallbearers were family members, Shadron Heglin, Cole Drake, Dane Drake, Roy Hutton, Martin Ramirez, Kris Taylor, and Mark Moseley. The honorary pallbearers were Wendy Spurgeon, Richard Degnan, Cotton Furnish, Don Fisher, Paul Barby, R.V. Sutherland, Gene Hester, and Tador Miller. Burial was in the Knowles Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to the Laverne ambulance or to the Fire Department of donorís choice in care of the Myatt-Seeger Funeral Home, P.O. Box 909 Laverne, OK 73848.

Bush
Mildred Vivian Gurn was born July 22, 1910, at Balko, Beaver County, and died July 2, 2003 at the Beaver County Nursing Home. The daughter of Charles Edwin Gurn and Frances Olive Kinder, pioneer settlers of Beaver County, she attended Beaver County schools, later moving to Missouri and Colorado with her family. She graduated high school in Brush, Colorado and attended one year of college in Greeley, Colorado before returning to Beaver County. She then attended Panhandle A&M for a second year obtaining a teaching certificate. Mildred married Everett Emery Bush on June 1, 1937 in Liberal, Kansas. Continuing her love of education, she completed her elementary education degree at Panhandle A&M College in 1957. A Beaver County teacher for most of her adult life, Mildred taught at Nye, Calleyville, Clearlake, Cottonwood, Elmwood, Ridgeway, Home Creek and Balko schools. She retired from the Balko school district in 1973 after influencing the lives of many youngsters. Mildred was baptized in the United Brethren Church in May 1911 and has been a longtime member of the United Methodist Church in Beaver. She was a member of the Retired Teachers of Oklahoma. Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Everett Bush; an infant daughter, Sue Ann; her brother, Gerald Gurn and great grandson, Wyatt Spearman. The family remaining includes children Mary Frances Moore and her husband Martin of Elk City; Charles Bush and his wife Janice of Elizabethtown, Kentucky; and Phyllis Dona and her husband Don of Dike, Texas. Grandchildren are Michael Moore and wife Robin of Houston, Texas; Milynda Moore Spearman and husband Billy of Cameron, Oklahoma; Krista Bush and her husband Sean Howe of Seattle, Washington; Tracey Bush of Euless, Texas; Don Dona, Jr. and wife Darla of Garland, Texas; Delayne Dona and wife Kim of Dike, Texas; and Dina Dona Wilkins and husband Dale of Royse City, Texas. Great grandchildren are Jennifer Moore, Jessie and Chelsea Spearman, Don and Danielle Dona, and Dylan and Dalena Wilkins. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Peggy Gurn of Amarillo, Texas. The family requests that any memorial donations be made to the Beaver County Senior Citizenís Center, the Beaver United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice.

Hamilton
William Roberts Hamilton (Bill) was born May 29, 1912, to Joseph and Marcia Hamilton at Canton, Oklahoma. He was the fourth of five sons. He died June 19, 2003, at the Beaver County Nursing Home in Beaver at the age of 91. Bill grew up in Canton and attended Con 6 school and Alva High School. He later attended Northwestern State College in Alva where he received a teaching certificate in Industrial Arts. He met Fern Haack while attending school at Northwestern. They were married October 27, 1933. They moved to Knowles where Bill helped Fernís father, Jacob, on the farm and Fern taught school south of the Beaver River. To this marriage five children were born. Bill and Fern purchased a combine in 1951. Bill went north harvesting the first year with a friend. After the first year, the whole Hamilton family went north as far as the Canadian border providing custom harvest work. Every year the extended family grew as young men joined the trek north. This continued until 1973. In 1973, Joe started Oklahoma Industries and manufactured cattle handling equipment and later farm implements and oil field equipment. Bill operated the pattern torch and took great pride in the quality of parts he made. He officially retired in 1981, but continued to work every day. During the custom harvesting days, Bill and Fern maintained the farm at Knowles and kept a small herd of cattle. They continued to care daily for the cattle until at the age of 86 Bill was diagnosed with Alzheimerís. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Joe, John, Rod and Jim. He is survived by his wife, Fern, of the home; children Barbara and husband, Joe Cheatwood of Okemah; Margaret Catherwood of Stillwater; Carol and husband Bill Husted of Laverne; Linda and husband Gene Hester of Gate; Joe Hamilton and wife Kerry of Knowles; 11 grandchildren and six great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Baldwin
Mamie A. Baldwin, 89, died May 27, 2003, at her home in Lakeport, California. She was born June 19, 1913, in Lipscomb, Texas, and lived in Lake County 60 years. She was a former member of Clearlake Horsemanís Association and Kelseyville Womenís Club. Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Margie Baldwin of Midwest City, Gary and Roxanne Baldwin of Woodinville, Washington; daughters and sons-in-law, Evonne and Jim Kennedy of Rohnert Park, California, Janis and Bill Bostick of Lakeport, California; brother and sister-in-law, C.W. and Juanita Herron of Beaver, sister, Lola Kliewer of Follett, Texas; 15 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, and two great great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Baldwin and her sister, Mayrene Deeds. Donations may be made to Easter Seals, 501 B.N. Main Street, Lakeport, California 95453. Graveside services were 2 p.m. Friday, May 30.

Hester
Sandra Kay Hester (formerly Sandra Chegwidden), daughter of Mancil Otis and Vena Mae (Boileau) Hester, was born October 14, 1938, in Beaver County, and died June 28, 2003, at Share Convalescent Center in Alva, at the age of 64 years, 8 months, and 14 days. After Sandra graduated from Clearlake Grade School and Laverne High School, she attended Airline School in Tulsa. She was united in marriage to Larry Chegwidden and to this union three children were born. She moved to Alva in 1969, where she attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University and then became Financial Aid Director at NWOSU, until her health forced her retirement. Many of the students she counseled at NWOSU remember her as a great mentor. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church where she attended the Gleaners Sunday School Class. She was also a member of Business and Professional Women for many years. She was a great mother and grandmother and always supported her familyís activities, being active in Band Boosters, Sports Boosters and Show Choir Boosters. She was preceded in death by her father, Mancil Hester and one son, Steve Chegwidden. Sandra is survived by her mother, Vena Hester of Woodward; one son, Brad Chegwidden of Enid; one daughter, Cheryl Penner of Alva; five grandchildren, Nick Penner of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, Lacey Penner of Alva, Travis Penner of Alva, Jessica Chegwidden of Alva, and Chonda Chegwidden of Alva; three brothers, Dale Hester and his wife, Merlene, of Laverne, Dee Hester and his wife, Melba, of Pampa, Texas, and Richard Hester and his wife, Kathleen, of Sydney, Australia; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives, and many friends. Funeral services were Tuesday, July 1, 2003, at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Greg Hook officiating. Interment was at the Alva Municipal Cemetery under the direction of Marshall Funeral Home of Alva. Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the First Baptist Church Youth Fund or the Woods County Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Harryman
Louise Fedonia Flinn was born on December 24, 1917, in Beaver County, to Frank and Lulu Flinn. Louise grew up in the Grand Valley neighborhood attending school at Elmwood. Louise was married to Glen Judd on July 30, 1938, in Beaver. To this union two sons were born, Gilbert and Milton Judd. Glen and Louise later divorced in 1955. On August 22, 1958, Louise was married to Glen Harryman of Beaver. She enjoyed being a homemaker, sewing, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends. She and her husband operated Harrymanís Mobil Service until his death in 1977. She also enjoyed several years in the Fabric Shoppe, was a member of the Rebekah Assembly and a member of the First Baptist Church in Beaver for 53 years. Louise married Grant Harryman in 1979 in Marion, Kansas. The couple returned to Beaver and remained together until his death. Louise departed this life on June 15, 2003, in Beaver. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Josie Plain, a brother, George Flinn, and a stepdaughter, Darlene Smith. She is survived by her sons, Gilbert Judd and wife of Beaver. Milton Judd of Tulsa, her stepchildren, Glenna Jean Leason of Sand Springs, Raedene Thompson and husband of Mooreland, and Gorlyn Harryman and wife of Ponca City, 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 15 great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Louise will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Wright
LaWanda E. Wright, 81, Berthoud Colorado, a former Liberal resident died Tuesday, June 10, at Berthoud. She was born June 28, 1921, at Forgan, the daughter of Floyd O. and Mabel E. Hall Nichols. She graduated from the Forgan High School in 1939. On February 14, 1942, she married Howard Eugene Wright, at Ft. Riley, Kansas. Mr. Wright died January 23, 1988. She lived in Liberal for many years before moving to Silver City, New Mexico, and later to Berthoud, Colorado. She was a member of the Derby Hill Baptist Church, Loveland, Colorado, and Martha Fidelis Sunday School Class, Women on Mission at the First Baptist Church, and a member of Whitewater FCE, Silver City, New Mexico, member of the Child Evangelism Association of Kansas. For many years she was active as a mentor in the church and taught elementary children as part of Child Evangelism Fellowship. She was a passionate gardener, a jewelry craftsman, a rock hound, and an avid quilter. She is survived by two daughters, Anna Fay Harrison and husband Jack, Silver City, NM; Elaine Brown and husband Terry, Berthoud, CO; one brother, Frank Nichols and wife Marlene, Tyrone; one sister, Fern Radcliff, Beaver; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Gene Nichols and sisters Faye Cordes and Vera Adams. Funeral services were 2:30 p.m., Saturday, June 14, at the Emmanuel Southern Baptist Church with Rev. Wyatt Carpenter presiding. Interment was at Restlawn Memorial Gardens. The family suggests that memorials be sent to the Child Evangelism Fellowship, Project Goerin, Box 2097, Florissant, MO 63032.

Jett
J. Dee Jett was born on March 22, 1929, at Follett, Texas. He was the middle son of Thomas Dudly and Minnie Adams Jett. He died June 12, 2003, at Southwest Medical Center in Liberal, at the age of 74. He attended school at Follett until he moved to Logan in 1945. He then attended Laverne High School where he graduated in 1947. J.D. proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was stationed in Japan during the occupation of that country. He was discharged as a Corporal in 1953. He gave his heart to the Lord during revival services at Midway Country Church and was baptized in Clear Creek in 1956. He was united in marriage to Virginia Ann Gardner on August 11, 1957 at Midway Country Church. God blessed them in this union with three children. The oldest is Joel David, followed by Joanna Beth, and Mary Kathryn. After their marriage, J.D. and Virginia resided in Beaver for several years before moving to rural Beaver County. J.D. worked at the Beaver Lumber Yard before going to work at the Beaver County Soil Conservation District in Beaver. He enjoyed working for and visiting with the farmers and ranchers throughout the county. He retired from the SCS in 1987. He enjoyed raising shorthorn cattle and took pride in raising his hay and wheat crops. J.D. was an accomplished carpenter. He and his brother Winton built both of the homes that J.D. and Virginia lived in throughout their lives. He also helped build the Apostolic Faith Church in Beaver and he enjoyed using his skills throughout his life. Even up to two months ago, he was working on the roof of the Midway Country Church. J.D. was quite committed to serving the Lord in various ways both in the church and out. He was as a board member of the Apostolic Faith Church in Beaver and also at Midway Country Church. He served in various other administrative and teaching positions at these churches. He also served on the Hospital Board at Beaver and was a member of the American and the Oklahoma Shorthorn Association. He is preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, Douglas Joel. Survivors include his wife, Virginia of the home; son Joel David and his wife Stephanie of rural Beaver County; daughter Joanna Blackwell and husband Gus of Goodwell; daughter Mary Raven and husband Brad of Clearlake; brother Winton Jett and wife Billie of Logan; sister-in-law Donna Jett of Springfield, Colorado; sister-in-law Gloria Gardner of Goodwell; sister-in-law Beth Dillon and husband Merlin of Monte Vista, Colorado; cousins Calvin Jett and Delvin Jett of rural Beaver County; Grandchildren Larissa, Jordan, and Wyatt Jett, Corissa and Carson Blackwell, and Tracer Raven as well as a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held in the Midway Country Church on Monday, June 16, with Rev. Lowell Long, Rev. Jack Cornell, and Rev. Neil Ragan officiating. Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Laverne-Buffalo American Legion. The family suggests memorials be made to Midway Country Church, Cancer Society, or to the donorís choice in care of Myatt-Seeger Funeral Home, P.O. Box 909, Laverne, OK, 73848.

Wright
LaWanda E. Wright, 81, Berthoud Colorado, a former Liberal resident died Tuesday, June 10, at Berthoud. She was born June 28, 1921, at Forgan, the daughter of Floyd O. and Mabel E. Hall Nichols. She graduated from the Forgan High School in 1939. On February 14, 1942, she married Howard Eugene Wright, at Ft. Riley, Kansas. Mr. Wright died January 23, 1988. She lived in Liberal for many years before moving to Silver City, New Mexico, and later to Berthoud, Colorado. She was a member of the Derby Hill Baptist Church, Loveland, Colorado, and Martha Fidelis Sunday School Class, Women on Mission at the First Baptist Church, and a member of Whitewater FCE, Silver City, New Mexico, member of the Child Evangelism Association of Kansas. For many years she was active as a mentor in the church and taught elementary children as part of Child Evangelism Fellowship. She was a passionate gardener, a jewelry craftsman, a rock hound, and an avid quilter. She is survived by two daughters, Anna Fay Harrison and husband Jack, Silver City, NM; Elaine Brown and husband Terry, Berthoud, CO; one brother, Frank Nichols and wife Marlene, Tyrone; one sister, Fern Radcliff, Beaver; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Gene Nichols and sisters Faye Cordes and Vera Adams. Funeral services were 2:30 p.m., Saturday, June 14, at the Emmanuel Southern Baptist Church with Rev. Wyatt Carpenter presiding. Interment was at Restlawn Memorial Gardens. The family suggests that memorials be sent to the Child Evangelism Fellowship, Project Goerin, Box 2097, Florissant, MO 63032.

Leonard
Mary Evelyn was born on July 25, 1910, in Meridian, Mississippi to William Edwin Holder and Lena Boykin Holder. She died on May 21, 2003, in Oklahoma City. Mary Evelyn was one of seven children, all of whom preceded her in death. Other than a boy who died soon after birth, her siblings were: Edith, Wilson, Linfield, Halbert, and B.A. (Bill). At an early age she moved with her family to Jackson, Mississippi, where she grew up. In Jackson, she was an active member of the Central Presbyterian Church. She was a 1928 graduate of Jacksonís Central High School and a 1933 graduate of Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana. During her student teaching days at Centenary, one of her students was the late United States Senator Russell Long. After graduation from Centenary, she returned to Jackson, where she taught at her former elementary school, Poindexter Grade School. During Christmas vacation in 1935, Dwight, who was a law student at the Cumberland Law School in Lebanon, Tennessee, drove to Jackson, Mississippi, where he met and fell in love with Mary Evelyn. Six months later Mary Evelyn Holder and Dwight Leonard were married at the First Presbyterian Church in Guymon on June 28, 1936. She and Dwight had two sons, William Lake and Timothy Dwight. Mary Evelyn and Dwight spent their entire married life living in or near Beaver until two years ago when ill health forced them to move to Oklahoma City to be closer to their son, Tim, and his wife, Nancy. Mary Evelyn was a gracious, caring person with a beautiful smile and a soft lilting accent that revealed her Mississippi origins. She supported her husband Dwight devotedly during his life as a lawyer, farmer, rancher, and public servant and was a committed homemaker in every sense of the word. She was an excellent cook and loved to entertain; she knew how to sew, embroider, cross-stitch, quilt and knit. She was a loving mother who communicated her high expectations to her children in a firm but gentle manner. Mary Evelyn was loving and gracious to everyone she met. However, love of her family was the primary passion in her life. In the last 38 years of her life, she focused much of that love and devotion on her five grandchildren as their loving Gamani and Grandmama. Outside of the home her creative nature was realized in the graphic arts. She began studying art seriously in the early 1960ís with Dord Fitz and continued her studies and painting until the early 1980ís. Her oil paintings and watercolors revealed her love of the beauty of the nature she saw around her, whether in the plains of Oklahoma and New Mexico or in the mountains of Colorado. She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings and joins her husband, Dwight, who died last December. She is survived by: her sons, William Lake Leonard of Philadelphia, PA, and Timothy Dwight Leonard and his wife, Nancy, of Oklahoma City; her grandchildren William David Leonard with Judy Dugan of Woodstock, NY, Elizabeth Lake Leonard of Raleigh, NC, Kirstin Leonard Pack and her husband, Sean Pack, of Louisville, CO, Ryan Timothy Leonard and his wife, Carrie Keating Leonard of Oklahoma City, and Tyler Dwight Leonard and his wife, Courtney Mikell Leonard, Tulsa, OK; and her great-granddaughters, Eva Grace Leonard of Woodstock, NY. Catherine Laughlin Leonard of Oklahoma City and Siena Laughlin Pack of Louisville, CO. Also surviving are three sisters-in-law, Dean Holder and Jean Holder of Jackson, MS and Ruby Lee Holder of Meadville, MS and many other nephews, nieces and cousins. Special thanks to Anna and Selena Good, the nurses of the Beaver Hospital, Franziska Faries, Robin Morgan, Bonita Sellers, Jenni and Virginia Breshears and Karen Sims who all gave loving care to Mary Evelyn during the last few years. Funeral services were Thursday, May 29, at the First Presbyterian Church in Beaver with burial in the Beaver Cemetery with Clark Funeral Home officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 38, or the Beaver County Memorial Hospital, P.O. Box 640, in Beaver, OK 73932.

Pope
Martin Pope, 74, Balko, OK, died Monday, May 26 at the Ochiltree General Hospital in Perryton, Texas. He was born February 15, 1929, at Gray, OK, the son of George O. and Elizabeth L. Kroeker Pope. He was a life long Beaver County farmer, rancher and bred and raised Gelbvieh cattle. He drove a school bus for the Balko School District for thirty-seven years. He was a member of the Apostolic Faith Church, Balko, a twenty year member of the Balko Lions Club, a charter member of the Elks Lodge of Perryton and a member of the American Gelbvieh Cattle Association. On March 31, 1950, he married Roselie Batt at Boyd, Oklahoma. He is survived by his wife, Roselie; two sons, Roy Pope and his wife Pat, Weatherford; Terry Pope, Balko; one daughter, Kaylene Stewart and husband Greg, Winchester, TN; one sister, Anna Mae Malfeld, Melbourne, IA; eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m., Thursday, at the Apostolic Faith Church, Balko, with Pastor Edwin Waterbury presiding. Interment will be in the Liberal Cemetery, Liberal, Kansas. Friends may call at the Miller Mortuary, Liberal, Kansas from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The family suggests that memorials be sent to the American Heart Association in care of the mortuary.

Mills
Jeffrey Howard Mills, 39, died Thursday, May 29 at Morton County Hospital in Elkhart, Kansas. He was born November 7, 1963, at Perryton, Texas to Morland and Connie (Slaughter) Mills. Jeff spent his early years at Balko, where he attended and graduated from Balko High School in 1982. He later attended Tabor College at Hillsboro, Kansas, where he played college football. Jeff later attended Panhandle State University of Goodwell, where he earned his Bachelor Degrees in Agricultural Business and Speech. After his marriage to Carrie Easterwood on January 28, 1989, he and his wife moved to Texhoma for two years and later moved to Liberal for seven years. Jeff had been a resident of Rolla, Kansas since 2001. He was currently employed as a truck driver for Western Marketing, Inc. Jeff also worked part-time as a farmer on Carrieís familyís farm. His special interests included: spending time with his family and his musical talent as a drummer in the Clear Creek Band. Jeff will be remembered most as a loving husband, father, son, brother, and friend to all. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, William and Helan Mills, and paternal grandparents, Howard and Florence Slaughter. Survivors include wife, Carrie; two daughters, Elizabeth JoLynn Mills, Sadie Helan Mills; one son, Ross Howard Mills, all of the home; parents, Morland and Connie Mills of Beaver; two brothers, Larry Mills of Norton, Kansas, and Tim Mills of Ada, Oklahoma; and one sister, Vicki Yates of Seminole, Oklahoma. Funeral services were Sunday, June 1, 2003 in the Rolla High School Gymnasium with Dr. Danny Joiner presiding. Burial was in the Rolla Cemetery at Rolla, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Jeff H. Mills Childrenís College Fund in care of Garnand Funeral Home, P.O. Box 854, Elkhart, KS 67950.

Thomas
Stanley LaVerle Thomas, 64 died May 17, 2003, at Beaver County Nursing Home, following a four month illness. He was born February 26, 1939 in Beaver County. Stanley lived the major part of his life in Beaver, except for a three year period from 1953 thru 1956, he lived in Bell Gardens, California. He was baptized into the Church of the First Born on July 30, 1961, by Brother James Cook. He served two years in the U.S. Army from December 5, 1961 thru December 4, 1963. Upon returning to Beaver, he worked a short time at the Ideal food store before working the next thirty-three years at the Beaver Post Office, retiring in 1997. Stanley is well remembered by many youngsters for taking them for pizza, long nature walks, and playing his player piano. Many experienced the generosity of his giving nature and kind heart. He is survived by his sister, Carol Pugh and her husband Jim, of Beaver, three nieces, Tammie Cline and husband Kevin, Connie Sartin, Misty Weber and husband Jason, three nephews, Jimmy Dean Pugh and wife Tammy, Faron Pugh and wife Kyle, Mike Pugh and wife Starr, eighteen great nephews and five great nieces, two great-great nephews, and four great-great nieces and a host of other family and friends.

Girk
Blain Girk, former Beaver resident, died Friday, May 16, 2003. He was 82 years old. Blain was the fourth child of five born to Bill and Bessie Girk on a ranch east of Forgan on April 28, 1921. He attended a one-room country school east of Forgan and high school in Beaver. After high school Blain went to the University of Oklahoma in Norman and Northwestern University in Alva, where he met his future wife, Wilma Martin. His college studies were cut short after two years when he joined the Army following Americaís entry into World War II, and was stationed in Los Angeles. He and Wilma were married in Los Angeles on December 2, 1942, beginning a lifelong union that spanned sixty years and blessed them with three beautiful daughters. After the war, he and Wilma returned to their ranch east of Forgan. He became a friendly, familiar face around the sale barns and feed stores until he retired in the early 1980ís. Blain was very active in the United Methodist Church of Beaver for almost forty years. He was a member of Rotary for almost as long, and as Oklahoma Friendship Ambassadors, Blain and Wilma visited Australia and New Zealand. He was loved by numerous nieces and nephews and will be missed by the many lives he touched with his generosity and good will. Survivors include his wife, Wilma of the home and three daughters and their husbands. Theta and Perry Pederson of Ponca City; Sharon and Lindsay Jones of Ponca City and Debra and Dale Cook of Beaver. Survivors also include six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters. Services were held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20, 2003 in Beaver at the United Methodist Church, with the Rev. John Breon, Pastor officiating. Burial followed in the Forgan Cemetery under the direction of the Trout Funeral Home of Ponca City.

Cunningham
Jesse Cunningham, the eldest son of Roy and Essie Cunningham, was born on May 19, 1930, in Forgan. Jesse died on May 10, 2003, at the age of 72 following a lengthy illness. Jesse was united in marriage to Jean Boren, daughter of Tom and Mabel Boren of Beaver, on February 14, 1948. She preceded him in death on August 19, 1971. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a younger brother, Willis. Jesse was involved in the newspaper business for many years beginning his career in Beaver at the Herald-Democrat and later for the Daily Oklahoman in Oklahoma City. He purchased the Vici Beacon in Vici, in 1960, where he was the editor and publisher until 1967. He moved his family to Tahoka, Texas, and became the editor and publisher of the Lynn County News for several years. He also worked several years for the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Survivors include a son, Michael of Lubbock, Texas; a daughter, Cindy Pierson and her husband, Jerry, of Beaver; two grandchildren, Mica Turner and her husband Scott, of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Haley Ruth Pierson of Beaver; two sisters, Rita Royce Reed of Shawnee, Oklahoma, and Lois Reeves of Madill, Oklahoma; and a brother, Lowell of Gulf Shores, Alabama. Jesse was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Beaver and was a 32nd degree Mason. He recently received his fifty-year service pin from the Masonic Lodge. Jesse never met a stranger and was devoted to his family and friends. He was loved by all, and his presence will be missed by those who had the good fortune to meet and know him. Graveside services were held Saturday, May 17, 2003, at the Pioneer Cemetery, Beaver with the Reverend Michael Passmore of the First Christian Church of Lubbock, Texas, and the Reverend Mike Crow of First Christian Church of Beaver officiating. Burial was under the direction of Clark Funeral Service.

Edwards
Gracie Edwards was born July 23, 1916, northeast of Gage, Oklahoma on the family farm. She was one of nine children of John and Bessie Fields. She attended grammar school at a country school about two miles from her home. She attended Gage High School. Gracie married Harvey Edwards on February 6, 1933, at Arnett, Oklahoma. They lived in Enid before moving to the Clearlake community in April 1938. The Edwards farmed and reared their family at Clearlake. After retirement, they moved to Beaver in 1985. Gracie died on May 9, 2003 at Beaver County Memorial Hospital. Gracieís children are Shirley Riddell of Austin, Texas; Dean Edwards of Beaver, Dee Edwards, deceased; and Lynn Edwards of Guymon. She also had eight grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Harvey, her son, Dee, her seven brothers and one sister. Gracie was a member of Beaver United Methodist Church and she participated in a Bridge Club in Beaver. She truly enjoyed her family and friends who will miss her greatly. Funeral services were at the Beaver United Methodist Church on Monday, May 12 with interment at the Pioneer Cemetery.

Watson
Ray E. Watson, 63-year-old resident of Woodward, died Sunday, April 27, 2003, in the Midwest City Regional Hospital in Midwest City. Funeral services were held Thursday, May 1, 2003. Ray Eugene Watson was born March 20, 1940, in rural Woodward, the son of Wilbur and Eithel (Margaret (Loomis) Watson. He was the fourth of five children. Ray graduated from Sharon High School in 1958 and then attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University. On April 22, 1960, he married Arleta Pummel in Woodward. To this union two children were born, Dana and Danny. They made their home in the Sharon area. In the late 1960ís he went to work for J & R Transport as a truck driver. The family lived in Laverne and Perryton, TX. Ray worked for J.D. Hodges and Schlumberger throughout the years. He also worked off and on for Charles Christian. They made their home in Woodward in later years and had been raising cattle. Survivors include his wife, Arleta, of 43 years; two children, Dana Blocker of Mustang and Danny Watson and wife Sherri of Forgan; four grandchildren, Shane and Josh Blocker of Mustang and Allison and Collin Watson of Forgan; three sisters, Irene and Dean Estle of Sharon, Cleona Arnold of Enid, and Virginia and Gary Ham of Sharon; one brother, Marion and Shirley Watson of Woodward; sisters and brothers-in-law, Veetrice and Wayne Campbell of Woodward, Waynona and Delbert Covalt of Woodward, Marilyn and John Ball of Sharon, Adeline and Larry Eaves of Foss, Arleta and Gary Pummel of Sharon and Karla and Eldon Pummel of Woodward; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur and Eithel Watson.

Godley
Mrs. Willie "Billie" Godley, 85, of Hardesty, died Friday, May 2, 2003, at Baptist-St. Anthonyís Hospital in Amarillo, TX. The daughter of Mary Gussie (Lynn) and E.L. Biles, she was born January 29, 1918, in Maysville, OK. Mrs. Godley spent her early years in Maysville and graduated from Paoli High School. She later graduated from Central State University in Edmond with a Bachelors degree in Music. She began her career teaching music in Boise City, where she met and later married Lon Jackson Godley on December 24, 1940. They moved to Hardesty to run the family farm. Mrs. Godley taught in Balko, Tyrone, Turpin, Hooker and Hardesty schools and continued sharing her talent and love of music by teaching voice and piano in her home. Mrs. Godley was honored by the Oklahoma Music teachers Association Award and was nominated for the International Whoís Who of Music. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lon Godley, who died August 23, 1993 and eight sisters and brothers. Survivors include a daughter, Iris and husband, Luigi Lamanna of Pleasant Hill, CA; a son, Gehrig Godley of Hardesty; sister, Lee and husband, Mel Klassen of Santa Clara, CA; brother, Robert Biles and wife, Maxine of Maysville; and three grandchildren, Shonda Jill Godley, Gianna Andrea Lamanna and Tomaso Luigi Lamanna. Memorial services were Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at Victory Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Mike Chaffin, pastor, officiating. Memorials may be given to Victory Memorial United Methodist Church, c/o Henson-Novak Funeral Home, Box 1306, Guymon, OK 73942.

Osborn
Dorothy Irene Smith Murdock Osborn was born January 2, 1911, at Forgan to William T. and Effie (Nash) Lawrence and died Wednesday, April 30, 2003, at the age of 92. She was married to Albert Smith, Leonard Murdock and Jim Osborn, all whom preceded her in death. She retired as the head of laundry maintenance at the Beaver County Nursing Home and then moved to Elk City where she has lived since. Besides her three husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents, and her brothers and sisters and was the last of her immediate family. Survivors include her daughter, Sharon K. Mills of Lone Star, TX and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Dorothy Osborn were conducted Saturday, May 3, 2003, at the Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Elk City with Pastor Jimmy Wallace officiating. Interment was in the Forgan Cemetery.

Daugherty
Glenna "Gaye" (Trammell) Daugherty was born October 27, 1939, to John and Wilora (Reynolds) Trammell in Hollis, OK and died Friday, April 25, 2003, in the Integris Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City, at the age of 63. "Gaye" was raised in Lacasa, south of Hollis, and graduated from Lacasa High School in 1957. She attended Southwestern State College in Weatherford for two years. In September of 1959, she married Mr. Gary Daugherty in Hollis and the young couple moved to Kansas, living in Selden and Hamilton. Gaye completed her education and received her teaching degree. She began her teaching career in Forgan in 1973. In 1980 the Daughterys moved back to Custer County and Gaye took a teaching position at Custer City. She taught there until her retirement in 1997. She was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Mildred Lewis, Omega McCubbin, Juana Belle Gee and Betty Emerson; six brothers, J.L. Trammell Jr., Buford Trammell, Infant Trammell, Jimmy Trammell, Jerry Trammell and Kenneth Trammel; her father, Bryon Daugherty and a sister-in-law, Carolyn Daugherty. Survivors include her husband, Gary of Butler; three daughters, Kim Baker and her husband Alvin of Butler, Donnita Clapp and her husband Kerry of Edmond and Brenda Meacham and her husband Kirk of Clinton; two sisters, Aleen Pringle of Conroe, TX and Peggy Hawkins of Wichita Falls, TX; six grandchildren, Matt Baker, Kasie Baker, Makayla Baker, Kyle Baker, Adam Clapp and Abby Clapp; and mother-in-law "Polly" Daugherty of Butler. Funeral services were Tuesday, April 29, 2003, in the First Baptist Church of Butler with Rev. Clarence "Sandy" Shepherd and Brother Larry Lewis officiating. Interment was in the Arapaho Cemetery. Memorials may be made in Kayeís honor to the American Heart Association.

Spaulding
Shelby I. Spaulding, 77, of Leavenworth, KS., passed away Sunday, April 27, 2003, at the Medicalodge of Leavenworth. He was born the son of Sidney S. and Myrtle M. (Cook) Spaulding on June 4, 1925, in Logan, Oklahoma. He married Margaret Jane Day on May 25, 1947, in Liberal, KS. She passed away December 19, 2002. Shelby retired in 1983 as general manager at the Bay State Mill where he had worked since 1959. He was in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1947 and had served in World War II. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, a past member of the Board of Trade in Kansas City and the United Way. Shelby was a graduate of N.W. Oklahoma College in Alva, OK. He is survived by his daughters and their husbands, Cheryl J. and Hadley Fitzpatrick, Atchison, KS., Susan K. and Fred Bierschbach, Pekin, IL., son and his wife, John Alan and Barbara Spaulding, Leavenworth, sisters, Lucy Adelman, Balko, OK., and Nancy Bennett, Beaver, OK., five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. His parents, wife Jane, brothers Fayette Spaulding, and Jack Spaulding, and sister Lorene Durbin all preceded him in death. Services were held Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial with military honors followed at Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Alzheimerís Foundation in care of the funeral home.

Mahan
Paul D. Mahan, known by all his grandchildren as "Poppy", son of Charles Oren and Anna Ruth (Dibbens) Mahan was born May 7, 1930, in Cheney, KS. He died Saturday, April 5, 2003, at his Laverne home at the age of 72. The son of an Apostolic Faith minister, his childhood was spent in several places, Garden City, KS, San Diego, CA, Laverne and Wichita, KS. On November 16, 1951, he married Marilyn Maxine Pennington in Astoria, OR, while stationed there in the US Navy as yeoman, First Class. He served in the Korean War. To their union were born Rhonda Lynn (Hamner), Laurie Lee (Sawyer) and Shannon Kay (McGiffert). Paulís first wife died November 17, 1985. Paul attended Wichita State University after leaving the Navy and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Accounting and a Masters degree in Business Administration. After his certification in the late 50ís, he began his public practice with Elmer Fox and Company in Wichita, KS, San Francisco, CA and Century City, CA. He has been in private practice since 1980. On March 1, 1988, he married Joy Lotspeich Seeger of Laverne. He is survived by his wife, Joy of Laverne; three sisters, Naomi Busch of Baxter Springs, KS, Doras Spicer of Edmond and Marsena Mahan of Wichita, KS; daughters and their families, Rhonda and Curt Hamner and their children, Garret Paul and Sarah Hamner, Anna Kaitrin Hamner, and Graham Michael of Forest Falls, CA; Laurie and Terry Sawyer and their children, Lucas Landon, Jessie Noelle, Marilyn Rose, Shelby Caylin and Claire Joy of Point Reyes Station, CA; Shannon and David McGiffert and their children, Evan Julian and Natalie Marguerite of Topanga, Ca and son, Kenney Seeger of Oklahoma City and many nieces and nephews. Services were Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at the First Baptist Church of Laverne with Pastor Michael Delamarian of Hydesville, CA and Rev. Gaylon Cox of Laverne officiating. Interment was in Laverne Cemetery

Elliott
William Pearl Elliott of Sun City, AZ, died Sunday, March 30, 2003, at Peoria, AZ at the age of 87. He was born June 26, 1915, to William G. and Carrie (Robinson) Elliott at Big Cabin, OK. William moved to La Junta when he was eight and attended and played various sports at La Junta Hugh School. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, after he moved to Kansas, working in the oil fields for 35 years with Standard Oil of Indiana, finishing his career in Beaver. He also served as mayor of Beaver for six years. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, VaLeda of Sun City, AZ; two sons, Larry Elliott of Topeka, KS and Lynn Elliott of Sun City West, AZ; grandchildren, Mark Elliott of Topeka, KS, Melissa Renyer of Tecumseh, KS, Kim Harmon of Ulysses, KS, Elizabeth Haywood of Wichita, KS, Brad Elliott of Phoenix, AZ and Scott Elliott of Aurora, CO; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service was held Thursday, April 3, 2003, at Peacock Memorial Chapel with Pastor Ron Skorick of the First Christian Church officiating.

Mahanay
Ray Glenn Mahanay was born on August 31, 1917, on his fatherís homestead in the Elmwood Community of Beaver County, to Adolphis Franklin and Carrie Elizebeth (Wilson) Mahanay. He was the sixth of six children (four boys and two girls). Ray attended the one room school of Garrett, where he walked the three miles to school checking his traps along the way until he was old enough to ride his horse, Pretty. Ray was greatly influenced by his eighth grade school teacher, Mrs. U. Mae Cook, not only in schooling but also in the area of music. Ray worked at a young age working feed for a neighbor, helped to build Highway 270 using horse teams, scrapers, plows and shovels. When he was 17, Ray and one of the neighbor boys went to New Mexico to look for work, not finding any, they "hopped a freight" to California. He worked at a lot of different jobs including breaking horses, and picking fruit, olives and nuts. He developed many skills he would use later. In 1936, Ray returned home and met the new Garrett school teacher, Edith Allene Willis. On April 16, 1938, Ray and Edith were married in Guymon at the Methodist Church. Ray and Edith helped his parents with harvest and agreed to take over the debts on the family farm so his parents could continue to live on their homestead. They built a small house and later added on to it twice. They raised two fine daughters, Bobbie and Ann, who started school at the same one room school Ray had attended and Edith had taught at. Ray and Edith were true partners for their 64 plus years together. They wired houses, business and new construction together when electricity became available. They also raised Hereford cattle. Ray died Sunday, April 13, 2003, at Ochiltree General Hospital at the age of 85. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister. Survivors include his wife, Edith; two daughters, Barbara (Bobbie) Jennings and husband, Kenneth of Magnolia, TX and Ann Mahanay of Amarillo, TX; one sister, Leola Eldert of Pekin, IL; four grandchildren, Bill and Brad Hopper and Donnie and Dennis Jennings, three great-grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.

Barby
January 27, 1903-April 7, 2003
"I am going to live to be a hundred." Those are the determined words of Celestine Barby, born January 27, 1903 in Cordell, OK, to her parents, James and Louisa Pearson, who named her Anna Celestine Pearson. At the time of her death, April 7, 2003, she had lived 100 years and 70 days. Lestie, as she was known to family and friends, witnessed the unfolding of a whole century, the Twentieth Century, with its excitement of innovation and discovery, from travel by covered wagon and surrey to flying by plane to visit faraway places, not to mention the many other accomplishments of science and technology during that century, especially those improving the lives of women as they provided for their families. When a year old, she and her brother, James Rolland Pearson, now deceased, moved with their parents to Washtucna, WA. A few years later, after her sister, Marie, also now deceased, was born, their mother, terminally ill, returned by train with her children to her parentsí home a mile and a half east of the old town of Balko, her father staying in Washington State. Lestie recalled the tag her mother put around their necks to make sure they got to the right place if their mother did not make it. Then, the ride in her Uncle Johnís surrey wagon in the night when he met them at the train in Liberal, KS. She was raised on that farm near Balko by her grandmother, Priscilla Lawson, and two uncles, Green Berry Lawson and John Lawson, whom she often praised for raising her. Following her graduation as a member of the first Balko High School class, she lived for a brief time with her Uncle Johnís family who had moved to Tuscon, AZ, becoming quite close to her 10 cousins. Because times were very tough, she saw her father rarely. He raised a second family in Washington State and it was not until later years that Lestie got to know her second family beyond the occasional letters they exchanged in earlier years. Half-brothers and sister, Victor Pearson, Frederick Pearson and Xmenia Pearson Mauer, predeceased her while those surviving her are Harry Pearson, Marysville, WA; Maxine Pearson Warren, Cloverdale, OR and Pansy Pearson Gee, Darlington, SC. Through her sister, Marie, who had married Ralph Barby, she was introduced to Lloyd J. Barby, brother of Ralph and a widower with two children. On April 26, 1931, Celestine married Lloyd at the Lawson home near Balko and spent her married life on the Barby Ranch, living 10 miles east of Beaver. Not only did she grow and prepare the food she served family and ranch hands--weeding gardens, canning produce, raising and dressing (butchering) chickens, selling eggs and cream to buy material for clothing she sewed, all the while keeping clothes cleaned and ironed and bread baked--she participated in the many tasks required of a ranch wife, driving teams of horses as well as later motorized farm equipment in the hay fields, delivering many meals to ranch crews during branding and fall round-ups in some remote pasture where they were working. Making do with what she had was the code during those days of the depression and helping with what needed to be done was what everyone did. During that time she raised her two stepchildren, Bonita Barby Speer and Lloyd R. Barby, Jr., both now deceased, and bore three children, Paul Marion Barby of Woodward, Norma Barby Cafky of Woodward and Stanley Barby of Beaver. After being widowed by Lloydís death, August 31, 1955, and while still living on the Barby Ranch, a new world opened to her through art classes with Dord Fitz of Arnett and travel that resulted from that association, visiting much of Europe, Israel, Egypt and many places in the United States. That art group was the source of much inspiration and excitement for her life bringing new experiences with people and places she explored and the opportunity to study with world-famous artists. Many wonderful friendships resulted from those art classes and experiences with Dord and his students from across Western Oklahoma and the Panhandles of Oklahoma and Texas in addition to her accomplishments as an artist. One of the friends she made during that time was Nyla Johnson, another art student and a registered nurse, who cared for her during her later years until her death. Her life was extended by the care that Nyla provided. We are grateful. In 1964 she built and moved into her Beaver home designed by world-known architect, Bruce Goff, that she filled with an impressive collection of contemporary art. To be near her Lawson cousins, in 1974 she built and moved to another Bruce Goff home in Tuscon, AZ, living there for 10 years or so, followed by a few years in Golden, CO, close to her daughter, Norma, and then back to her home in Beaver. In 1995 she moved to Woodward to be near her son, Paul, and cared for by Nyla Johnson, who was like a daughter to her, and Connie McGinnis, a dedicated caregiver who became a close friend. She moved to Grace Living Center in Woodward, in April, 2001, and became close to those who cared for her there. She experienced a long and fulfilling life. Although a member of the Baptist Church for many years from childhood, in later years she chose not to be affiliated with institutional religion as she continued her lifeís journey in the discovery of spiritual truths and God-consciousness. During her life she was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, the Riverside Home Demonstration Club, Farm Bureau, Oklahoma Cowbelles and other farm/ranch-related organizations. She is survived by her children, Paul, Norma and Stanley, 11 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, 27 great-great-grandchildren; her brother, Harry; sisters, Maxine and Pansy; nine cousins, numerous nieces and nephews plus many others who touched her life. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 12, 2003, at 2 p.m. in the Myatt-Seeger Funeral Home Chapel, Laverne, with burial next to her husband in the Knowles Cemetery in Knowles, OK Pallbearers were Ronald Speer, Kevin Speer, Kevin Wellfare, Jim Powers, Tom Steere, Norm Solbrack. The music was taped selections, "Turn, Turn, Turn" and "How Great Thou Art". Piano selections for prelude and postlude were played by Aubrey Wellfare. Opening prayer was by Debbie Hilton. Scripture readings were by Paul Barby and Jean Wellfare. There was a sharing time by Jean Wellfare, Gwen Suthers, Ron Speer and others. Paul Barby read the obituary and shared memories of his mother. Memorials are suggested by the family to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, c/o Myatt-Seeger Funeral Home, P.O. Box 909, Laverne, OK 73834.

Frazier
Champ Clark Frazier was born in Lipscomb County, TX on June 5, 1911, to Otto and Martha Smith Frazier. He was the sixth of 11 children. Champ died Sunday, April 6, 2003, at the age of 91. He grew up on the homestead southeast of Follett, TX and in Milan, MO. He graduated from Follett High School in 1932. After graduation, he worked for the WPA with the CCC in the Texas Panhandle and in Arizona and California. He helped build the Follett Santa Fe underpass and planted trees and built roads in the National Parks. On December 6, 1936, Champ and Janice French were united in marriage in a double ceremony with his brother, Albert (Buck) and Cleo Walker of Shattuck. Champ served his country in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Salt Lake City in World War II. After the war he rejoined his family in Follett, TX. He retired from Farmers Grain and Supply in 1976, after 37 years of employment. Survivors include his wife, Janice; a son, Garland and wife, Sherry of Amarillo, TX; his daughter, Reta and her husband, Glen Love of Beaver; three grandchildren, Dennis and Wendy Frazier of Holden, MA, Jan and Tony Dominguez of Amarillo, TX and Shani and Emmit Miller of Liberty, MO; six great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers, three sisters, and one granddaughter. Graveside services were conducted Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at the Fairmont Cemetery in Follett, TX with Rev. M.D. Methvin officiating.

Norman
Mary Lois Norman of Turon, KS died Sunday, April 13, 2003, at Reno County Hospice in Hutchinson, KS at the age of 74. She was born January 9, 1929 to Robert Truman Allen and Mary Lois (Riggs) Allen in Forgan. On August 26, 1965, she married Elton Lee Norman in Garden City, KS. Elton died December 11, 1999. She was a homemaker and had lived in Hutchinson, KS since 1992. Survivors include sons, Sandy Ray Vandagriff of Grove, OK and David Lee "Butch" Norman of Lawrence, KS; foster son, Jack Gregg of Topeka, KS; daughters, Glynda Lee Overton of Perryton, TX, Snoma Jean Vandagriff of Portland, OR and Linda Kay Dittenber of Fairoaks, CA; foster daughter, Janet Gregg of Topeka, KS, 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Barnes. Graveside services were Tuesday, April 15 at Turon Cemetery in Turon, KS.

Mansfield
Clara D. Mansfield, 80-year-old resident of Woodward and formerly of Beaver died March 31, 2003, at Integris Baptist Hospital, Oklahoma City. Clara Deloris (Miller) Mansfield was born January 1, 1923, to John and Ida (Steinmetz) Miller, on the family farm at the south edge of Woodward County. Clara graduated from Vici High School in 1940, and also attended Northwestern State College, graduating with a degree in Home Economics and a minor in teaching. On May 30, 1959, she married George Winston Mansfield at Woodward. She taught school in one room rural schools in Mutual, and Forgan, before she transferred to Beaver where she taught first grade. She is survived by her husband, Winston Mansfield of Woodward; two sisters, Lucile Howland of Woodward and Anna Mary Oard of Abilene, KS. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and one sister. Funeral services were Wednesday, April 2, 2993, in the Zwanziger Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Clark Struebing officiating. Interment was in Elmwood Cemetery.


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