Jack Lee Sparger
Jack Lee Sparger, 71, of Norman, Oklahoma, died
Wednesday, September 24, 2003 in Norman, Oklahoma. Visitation
will be held from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. on Monday, September 29, 2003
at Havenbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Norman. Graveside Services
will be held at 1:00 P.M., Tuesday, September 30, 2003 at Highland
Cemetery in Durant, Oklahoma. Services are under the direction of
Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman, Oklahoma.
Mr. Sparger was born April 25, 1932 in Durant, Oklahoma,
to Harry D. and Birdie Lee Moody Sparger. He grew up in Durant,
Oklahoma and graduated for high school there in 1950. He moved
to Norman, Oklahoma from Ada, Oklahoma in 1968. Mr. Sparger
worked as a clerk typist for the Severe Storms Laboratory for six
years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Sparger was a
member of First Christian Church.
Mr. Sparger was preceded in death by his parents, one sister
and three brothers. Survivors include his sister, Rebecca Sparger of
Durant, Oklahoma and a number of nieces and nephews.
Betty Jean Robertson
Betty Jean Robertson, 74, of Norman, Oklahoma, died
Tuesday, September 16, 2003, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Mrs. Robertson was born June 13, 1929 in Oklahoma
City to Edwin and Edie Bell. She was a long time member of
Harmony Chapter Order of the Eastern Star. Betty was a
talented artist and seamstress. She married Howard Robertson
on August 26, 1945 in St. John, Kansas. She enjoyed working
with her flowers and yard as well as crafts and all types of
Mrs. Robertson is survived by her husband of 58 years,
Howard, of the home; son, Dale of St. Louis; daughter, Connie
Brown and husband, Darrel of Orlando, Florida; four
grandchildren; three great grandchildren; one sister in law, Gene
Anderson of Edmond, OK; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Victoria Olympia Penate
Victoria Olympia Penate, 46, of El Salvador, died Monday, September 15, 2003, in Norman, Oklahoma. A Vigil will be held at 7:00 P.M.,Wednesday, September 17, 2003 at Havenbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Norman. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, September 18, 2003 at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 211 N. Porter, Norman, Oklahoma with Reverend Edward Menasco, celebrant. Interment will follow in El Salvador. Services are under the direction of Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman, Oklahoma.
Mrs. Penate was born December 18, 1956 in Santa Ana, El Salvador, Central America. She was the second eldest of nine children, the only girl. She came to the United States in 1988 and worked in Beverly Hills, California cleaning homes. Mrs. Penate later moved to Norman in 1998. She worked in housekeeping for the Villager Lodge Hotel in Norman for five years. She was a wonderful cook and loving mother of four and grandmother of four. Mrs. Penate loved dancing and won many awards and dancing contests. Her life here on earth was short, however, she lived it well.
Mrs Penate was preceded in death by her father, Manuel Penate and two brothers, Mario Ernesto Penate and Carlos Alonso Penate. Survivors include her mother, Lucia Villanueva of El Salvador; four children, Zully Penate of Oklahoma City, OK, Noe Lopez and wife, Jennifer, Manuel Lopez and Alex Penate, all of Norman, OK; six brothers; four grandchildren and countless cousins, aunts and uncles all over the world, from Oklahoma to California to El Salvador.
Mrs Penate was a wonderful mother, grandmother and friend. She is greatly loved and will be dearly missed.
Scott Mitchell, 46, of Norman,
Oklahoma, died Sunday, September 21,
2003, in Norman, Oklahoma. Funeral
Services will be held at 2:30 P.M.,
Wednesday, September 24, 2003, at Bethel
Baptist Church in Norman, Oklahoma
with Reverend Joe Grizzle officiating.
Interment will follow at the I.O.O.F.
Cemetery in Norman, Oklahoma.
Services are under the direction of Havenbrook Funeral Home of
Mr. Mitchell was born September 3, 1957 in Norman,
Oklahoma, to E. Newton and Martha Jane Brown Mitchell. He grew
up in Norman and graduated from Norman High School in 1975. He
was a member of the 1975 Championship swim team at Norman
High. Scott then attended Oklahoma State University. His family
owned and operated fireworks sales. He was involved in farming and
cattle raising in partner with his father. Scott was also a mail carrier
for twenty-five years serving the Norman and Noble area. He took
pride in his yardwork and his family. He loved to hunt and to make
Mr. Mitchell was preceded in death by his mother, Martha in
1982. Survivors include his wife, Julie of the home; father, E.
Newton of Goldsby, OK; son, Trey; two daughters, Brandi and
Savannah, all of the home; brother, Newt Mitchell Jr and wife, Gina
of Norman; paternal grandmother, Ruby Ratliff of Norman, OK and
numerous relatives and friends.
Paula A. Gibson
Paula A. Gibson, 52, of Norman,
Oklahoma, died Friday, October 3, 2003
in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Funeral
Services will be held at 10:30 A.M.,
Tuesday, October 7, 2003 at Alameda
Baptist Church in Norman with Reverend
Phil Ratliff officiating. Pallbearers will
be Ron Stewart, Chuck Drapala, George
Freeman, Dean Bailey, Ben Norman, Joe
Stubblefield and Ben Norman Jr. Services are under the direction of
Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman, Oklahoma.
Mrs. Gibson was born September 27, 1951 in Pauls Valley,
Oklahoma, to Lon and June Pauline Best Pearson. She graduated
from Pauls Valley High School in 1969. She married James Gibson
on August 23, 1976. Mrs. Gibson received her Bachelor and Master’s
Degrees in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma College of
Nursing. She worked at the O.U. Medical Center as Clinical Manager
of Women’s Services and was honored in 1987 with an Award of
Excellence for her service as director of the oncology unit. She also
served as an adjunct clinical faculty member for the University of
Oklahoma College of Nursing. Mrs. Gibson was a member of a
number of professional organizations including the Sigma Theta Tau
nursing honor society, the Oklahoma Nurses Association, the
Association of Women’s Health and was a founding member of the
O.U. Medical Center Employee’s Council.
Mrs. Gibson was preceded in death by her father, Lon
Pearson, sister, Dorothy Jean, brother, Lon William and grandparents.
Survivors include her husband, James of the home; daughter, Melissa
"Missy" Hutchison and husband, Nathan of Norman; mother, June
Pearson of Norman, two brothers, Lonny Pearson and wife, Mary of
Norman and Ronald Pearson and wife, Jayne of Burlington, Kansas,
six nieces and six nephews; a host of friends and co-workers.
Memorial contributions may be made to Camp Cavett, 940
NE 13th, Childrens Hospital Oklahoma City, OK 73104.
Paul Friesen, 86, of Norman,
Oklahoma, died Monday, September 1, 2003
in Norman, Oklahoma. Funeral Services will
be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, September 5,
2003 at Havenbrook Funeral Home Chapel in
Norman with Reverend Cal Brannon
officiating. Interment will follow at 3:00
P.M., at the Canute Cemetery in Canute,
Oklahoma with Military Honors. Pallbearers
will be Lowell V. Cunningham, LeRoy
Cunningham, Chris Cunningham, Toby Friesen, Tory Friesen and
Loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend was born May
22, 1917 near Weatherford, OK to Peter & Katherine Friesen. He
graduated from Weatherford High School in Weatherford, OK. After
serving in the Navy in World War II, he attended college in
Okmulgee, OK. Then he was employed as a machinist at Tinker Air
Force Base for a number of years, retiring in 1965. After retirement
he purchased a car wash on Lindsey St, Serving the public from 1965
to 1980. In August 1947, he married Ruth Cotter; together they were
blessed with two sons, Gary & Shawn. The family has resided in
Norman, OK where all were Members of McFarlin Methodist
Paul & his family have been avid OU football fans attending all home
games for 30 plus years. During off season football, Paul and Ruth
enjoyed traveling throughout the United States in their motor home.
He loved his home, always working on the landscaping & garden as
long as health would permit.
Paul is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Ruth, of the
home; two sons, Gary Friesen and wife, Karen, and Shawn Friesen,
all of Norman; three grandsons, Toby, Lance, & Tory Friesen, all of
Norman; one sister, Florence Anglin of Texas; three nieces and two
nephews; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his
parents, Peter & Katherine Friesen; five brothers and three sisters.
Family & friends will miss him greatly.
Michael Meech Blue, M.D.
Michael Meech Blue, M.D., 60, of
Norman, Oklahoma, died Saturday, October
2, 2004, in Norman, Oklahoma. A private
family graveside service will be held. In lieu
of formal funeral services, the public is
invited to the Blue residence, 2005
Grandview Ave, Norman, to celebrate Dr.
Blue’s life with his family. Visitors may
come and go between 12:00 and 6:00 P.M.,
Wednesday, October 6, 2004. Services are
under the direction of Havenbrook Funeral
Home of Norman, Oklahoma.
Dr. Michael Blue was born March
24, 1944, in Fairview, Oklahoma, to Amos Blue and Mary Lois
(Dague) Thompson. He graduated from Alva High School in 1962.
He received his bachelor of science degree from Northwestern State
University in Alva, Oklahoma, in 1966 and then graduated from the
University of Oklahoma School of Medicine in 1970. Dr. Blue
married Kathleen Maddox on February 1, 1969, in Enid, Oklahoma.
He served his residencies at the University of Oklahoma and then in
urology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. The
family moved to Norman on July 1, 1976, from Albuquerque, New
Mexico. Dr. Blue had been in private medical practice since July,
1976. He was a member of the Oklahoma Medical Association, the
American Urological Association, the Cleveland/McClain County
Medical Association and the Sooner Club. He was a member of
Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City. Dr. Blue loved his family and
his work. He dearly loved his patients and O.U. football.
Dr. Michael Blue was preceded in death by his mother, Mary
Lois Thompson. Survivors include his wife, of thirty-five years,
Kathleen, of the home; three sons, Todd Blue & wife, Addie, of
Edmond, OK, Travis Blue and wife, Dorothy, of Los Angeles, CA
and Jonathan Blue, of Norman, OK; daughter, Amy Blue, of
Greensboro, NC; father, Amos Blue, of Alva, OK; sister, Mary
Robertson and husband, Rob, of Norman, OK; two brothers, Dr. Tom
Blue and wife, Jana, of Norman, OK and David Thompson and wife,
Ann, of Yukon, OK; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Health for
Friends, 317 E. Himes, Norman, OK 73071, a free medical service in
Norman for the poor, Dr. Blue’s favorite charity.