Ellsworth "Chick" Kemble, Ponca City resident, died Thursday morning,
Dec. 5, 1996, at the Blackwell Regional Hospital. He was 72.
A prayer service was conducted Friday evening and Saturday at the Ponca
Indian Cultural Center in White Eagle. The traditional Indian feast will
begin at noon today (Sunday), at the Center, and the funeral will be held
at 2 p.m. The Rev. Thomas Roughface will officiate. Burial will be in the
Ponca Indian Cemetery under the direction of Trout Funeral Home, Ponca
Ellsworth "Chick" Kemble was born Feb. 20, 1924, in White Eagle, the
son of Willie and Mary Horsechief (Eagle) Kemble. He attended Ponca City
schools, White Eagle School, and graduated from Chilocco High School. Kemble
served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
On July 23, 1947, he was married to Lucy Cornell in Newkirk. Kemble
was employed at Boeing and the Coleman Company in Wichita, Kan., and later
retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 25 years of service. He was
a member of the United Indian Methodist Church of Wichita, and a past member
of the Ponca Indian Tribal Council.
Survivors include his wife, Lucy, of the home; two sons, Kirby of Wichita,
Kan., and James of Ponca City; two daughters, Sue Kemble and Terri Kemble,
both of Ponca City; three brothers, Sylvester and Drew, both of Ponca City,
and John of Oklahoma City; one sister, Dawn Marie Sloss of Wichita, Kan.;
five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by
his parents, and two brothers, Lansing and Edmond.
Casket bearers will be John Kemble, Sylvester Kemble, Kirby Kemble,
James Kemble, James Kemble Jr., and Joseph R. Feathers.
Rudolf H. Walleen
TONKAWA - Rudolf H. Walleen, longtime resident of Tonkawa, died Friday,
Dec. 6, 1996, at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City. He was 88.
The funeral service will be Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., Dec. 10, 1996 at
the First Presbyterian Church in Tonkawa with Pastor Intern Stephen Phillips
officiating. Burial will follow in the Blackwell Cemetery under direction
of McCafferty-Bolick Funeral Home, Tonkawa.
Rudolf Walleen was born Jan. 21, 1908, in Hominy, Okla., the son of
Nathan and Ida (Holtman) Walleen. He was raised and educated in Hominy,
graduating in 1927 from Hominy High School where he was a member of the
wrestling team. After graduation he moved to Tonkawa where he worked for
Oscar Merrill, Wetmore's and Smith-Gruner, prior to buying the Mullins
Hardware Store in 1952. He owned and operated that business in Tonkawa
until his retirement in 1970.
On Jan. 21, 1934, he and Fannie Blagden were married in the Christian
Church at Blackwell. Following retirement, the couple spent their summers
fishing in South Ford, Colo., and their winters in Nilan, Calif. He was
a member of the Tonkawa First Presbyterian Church, as well as the Chamber
of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club.
Mr. Walleen is survived by his wife, Fannie, of the home; and one daughter,
Loutricia Walleen of Concord, Calif. He was preceded in death by his parents
and a brother and sister, who died in infancy.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Tonkawa Public
Library. McCafferty-Bolick Funeral Home, 100 East Grand in Tonkawa will
act as custodian of those funds.
Esther Lillian Chaffee
BLACKWELL - Esther Lillian Chaffee, resident of Blackwell, died Friday,
Dec. 6, 1996, at Blackwell Regional Hospital. She was 96.
The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, 1996, at the
First United Methodist Church in Blackwell. The Rev. Charles Ryser will
officiate. Cremation will be accomplished following the Tuesday service.
Burial of the cremains will be in Blackwell Cemetery at a later date. Hackler
Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, and visitation will be held
at the funeral home prior to the service.
Esther Lillian Chaffee was born Jan. 7, 1900, in Deer Creek, Okla.,
the daughter of Fred and Bertha (Fuget) Lane. She received her education
in Deer Creek, graduating in 1920 from high school. She was a secretary
and bookkeeper for Hahn Monument Co. in Blackwell from 1920 until 1934
when she retired. Following retirement, she dedicated herself to volunteer
work, especially helping others.
She and Dee Marion Chaffee were married July 3, 1933, in Alva. Mr.
Chaffee preceded her in death on July 19, 1977.
Mrs. Chaffee had been a resident at Hillcrest Manor Nursing Home since
March, 1994. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Surviving are her son, David Chaffee of Dallas, Texas; two nephews,
two nieces and two grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded
in death by her parents and four sisters, Ida Affholder, Bessie Carter,
Hazel Somerville and Freda Burk.
PAWNEE - Lee Spurgeon, longtime resident of the Fairfax-Ralston area,
died Friday, Dec. 6, 1996 in Pawnee. He was 67.
The funeral will be Tuesday, Dec. 10, 1996 at 2 p.m. in the First Assembly
of God Church in Pawnee with the Rev. Ray Moffeit officiating. Burial will
be in Highland Cemetery in Pawnee under direction of Poteet Funeral Home.
Lee Spurgeon was born Dec. 10, 1928 in Shamrock, Okla., the son of
Elmer L. and Emma Maxine (Holderby) Spurgeon. He lived most of his life
in the Fairfax/Ralston area and was a lifelong cowboy and rodeo hand.
He and T. Marie Brumfield were married Dec. 30, 1950 in Cleveland,
Surviving are his wife, Marie of the home in Ralston; a daughter, Jeannie
Spurgeon; three sons, David, Joe and Jimmy; five grandsons and two granddaughters;
a brother, Ted McGee of Lacey, Wash. and five sisters, Estel Byrd of Delcona,
Fla., Cora Meskimen of Plano, Texas, Mary Hudgins of Del City, Exie Bishop
of Ponca City, and Juanita Bishop of Oklahoma City, also numerous nieces,
nephews and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Dub and Johnnie.
Lloyd Harold Kitterman
FAIRFAX - Lloyd Harold Kitterman, resident of Fairfax, died Friday
evening, Dec. 6, 1996 in Fairfax Memorial Hospital. He was 86.
The funeral will be graveside today (Dec. 8, 1996) at 2 p.m. in the
Fairfax Cemetery. The Rev. George Weston will officiate. Hunsaker-Wooten
Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Lloyd Harold Kitterman was born Nov. 25, 1910 in Yale, Okla., the son
of Orville V. and Grace Evaline Sissell Kitterman. He grew up and went
to Fairfax schools, graduating from Fairfax High School in 1932.
He and Evelyn I. Irons were married June 9, 1932 in Pawnee. He worked
as a heavy equipment operator and security guard for Boeing in Wichita,
Kan., from 1950 to 1974 when he moved back to Fairfax.
He was an active member of the Presbyterian Church, and enjoyed golf
and fishing as hobbies.
Surviving are his wife, Evelyn of the home in Fairfax; a daughter,
Mrs. Barbara Myers of Fairfax and one brother, Floyd O. Kitterman of Fairfax,
also three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded
in death by his parents, and a son, Scott in 1958.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Fairfax Center
Citizens Center, 600 West Taft in Fairfax, Okla. 74637.
The family will be at the home of Barbara Myers in Fairfax.
FONTANA, Calif. - Jan S. Brown, former Ponca City resident, died of
heart failure on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 1996, at her home in Fontana, Calif.
She was 36.
Private family services were held in Fontana on Dec. 6. Arrangements
were under the direction of Ingold Chapel, Fontana.
Jan Brown was born Nov. 11, 1960, in Norman, the daughter of Jim and
Susie (Marcum) Brown. She graduated from Ponca City High School in 1978
and attended college at Northwestern State University at Alva. She had
worked as a self-employed nanny.
Survivors include her parents, Jim and Susie Brown of Ponca City and
John and Arlene Piazza of Fontana, Calif.; three brothers, Stephen Marcum
Brown of Studio City, Calif., Mike Brown of Las Vegas, Nev., and Brandon
Brown of Coppell, Texas; two step-brothers, Kenny Thomas of Texarkana,
Texas and Darrell Thomas of Ponca City; and five step-sisters, Theresa
Lloyd of Ponca City, Kathy Prine, Debbie Cordua, Margaret Piazza and Jeanette
Davault, all of Fontana, Calif.; and her step-grandfather, Al Coffte of
Memorial contributions may be made in Ms. Brown's name to the Old Timers
Foundation at 8572 Sierra Ave., Fontana, CA 92335.
KAW CITY - Angeline (Jones) Dupuis died Friday, Dec. 6, 1996 in Tulsa.
She was 73.
Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Grandview Cemetery
in Kaw City under the direction of Moore's Memory Chapel in Tulsa.
Angeline Dupuis was born May 15, 1923 at Kaw City, the daughter of
Casper and Mary Jones. She had been a Tulsa resident since the 1940s, a
former member of Mayfair Baptist Church and a longtime employee of Excel
Photo Finishing. She was a retired catalog clerk of Crane Carrier, Inc.
Mrs. Dupuis was preceded in death by her parents and a brother. Surviving
are two sisters, Viola "Bunky" Morgan of Tulsa and Alvina Payne of Salina;
one brother, Jack Jones of Trinity, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews.
James E. Rains
James E. Rains, 46-year-old resident of Oklahoma City, passed away
on Dec. 6, 1996. He was born June 1, 1950 in Muskogee, Okla.
James was employed 26 years by Kerr McGee and served 21 years in the
Army National Guard. He was also an avid auto racing participant.
Mr. Rains is survived by his parents, Royal Waymon and Dorothy Rains
of Ponca City; a daughter, Kelly Elaine Rains of Oklahoma City; two sisters,
Royaline Rains of Tonkawa and Gail Grandquist of Sandy Valley, Nev.; a
niece, Tiara Walls of Henderson, Okla.; a nephew, Rodney Rains Marler of
Tonkawa, and numerous friends from his many years of service at Kerr McGee.
Graveside services will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 1996 at Sunnylane
Cemetery in Del City. Paylor Funeral Home, Midwest City is in charge of
Vincent V. Turpin
Vincent V. Turpin, former Ponca City resident, died Friday, Dec. 6,
1996, at his home in Tulsa. He was 82.
A private family service was held today at Sunset Memorial Gardens
in Ponca City under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel.
Vincent Turpin was born Jan. 14, 1914, in Winfield, Kan., the seventh
of eight children born to Ashby and Mary Virginia (Sparks) Turpin. He grew
up on the family farm south of Winfield. As an infant he was baptized in
the Grace Episcopal Church. He attended the Excelsior Rural School and
graduated from Winfield High School in 1933. While growing up, he was employed
on several farms in the Winfield area.
On June 30, 1935, he was married to Vivian Parkerson, of Winfield.
The couple moved to a farm northwest of Ponca City where they made their
home and farmed. They moved to Westminster Village in July 1985, and then
to Tulsa in 1995. While living in Ponca City the couple was affiliated
with the Church of God.
Survivors include his wife, Vivian, of the home; two daughters, Marcia
Turpin Howland of Topeka, Kan., and Linda Turpin Arnold of Beaumont, Texas;
two sisters, Virginia Turpin Wonder and Gertrude Turpin Muret, both of
Spokane, Wash.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was
preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and three sisters.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Turpin's name to Gospel Recordings
International, 122 Glendale, Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026-5889.
Frances E. Kygar
Frances E. "Betty" Kygar, longtime Ponca City resident, died Friday
evening Dec. 6, 1996, at the Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kan. She
was 69 years of age.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, 1996,
in the First Baptist Church Chapel with the Rev. Steve Harden, pastor of
Southside Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in the Odd Fellows
Cemetery under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel.
Betty Kygar was born Jan. 12, 1927, in Robinson, Kan., the daughter
of Charles Augustus and Velma (Abbot) Frost. She graduated from Ponca City
High School at the age of 14 and went on to attend the University of Oklahoma
On Aug. 25, 1950, she was united in marriage to Wilson Lynch "Bill"
Kygar in Sedan, Kan., and the couple made their home in Ponca City. Mr.
Kygar preceded her in death in 1981. Mrs. Kygar was a homemaker and enjoyed
working in her garden and playing bridge. She attended Southside Baptist
Church. Mrs. Kygar was a member of several national organizations which
oppose the intrusion of federal government into individual liberties. She
was affiliated with the John Birch Society for a number of years.
She is survived by her children: Dan Kygar of Ponca City, Sally Peden
of Enterprise, Ala., and Nancy Kygar of Austin, Texas; one brother, Jack
Frost of Hiawatha, Kan.; two grandsons, Gregory Charles Peden and Bradley
Wilson Peden, both of Enterprise, Ala. In addition to her husband, she
was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Charles Frost.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Oklahoma Medical
Research Foundation, 825 N.E. 13th Street, Oklahoma City, Ok 73104, or
to Southside Baptist Church, Building Fund, 1518 South Fifth Street, Ponca
City, OK 74601.
The casket will not be open following the service, however, friends
may call at the funeral home until noon, Tuesday.
The family will be at 801 Edgewood.
FONTANA, Calif. - Jan S. Brown, former Ponca City resident, died Wednesday,
Dec. 5, 1996, at her home in Fontana, Calif. She was 36.
Private family services were held in Fontana on Dec. 6.
Jan Brown was born Nov. 11, 1960, in Norman, the daughter of Jim and
Arlene Brown. She graduated from Ponca City High School in 1978 and attended
college at Northwestern State University at Alva. She had worked as a self-employed
Survivors include her parents, Jim and Susie Brown of Ponca City and
John and Arlene Piazza of Fontana, Calif.; three brothers, Stephen Brown
of Studio City, Calif., Mike Brown of Las Vegas, Nev., and Brandon Brown
of Coppell, Texas; two step-brothers, Ken Thomas of Texarkana, Texas and
Darrell Thomas of Ponca City; and five step-sisters, Treasa Lloyd of Ponca
City, and Kathy Prine, Debbie Cordua, Margaret Piazza and Jeanette Davault,
all of Fontana, Calif.
Jan was preceded in death by her grandparents, Frances and Buster Marcum
and Leo and Katherine Brown; a cousin Greg Reed; aunt, Helen Culp; and
aunt and uncle, Peggy and Don Pope.
Memorial contributions may be made in Jan's name to the American Diabetes
Association at 6465 South Yale, Suite 404, Tulsa, OK 74136.
Dr. Charles L. Benson
CHEROKEE - Dr. Charles Leonard Benson, father of Rusty Benson and Kathy
Blew, both of Ponca City, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 1996, at Presbyterian Hospital
in Oklahoma City. He was 78.
The funeral will be held graveside at 11 a.m. Wednesday, at the Cherokee
(Okla.) Municipal Cemetery, with the Rev. LaVern Draper officiating. Arrangements
are under the direction of Goodwin Funeral Home, Cherokee.
Dr. Charles Leonard Benson was born Feb. 16, 1918, in Coaldale, Pa.,
the son of John Berior and Mary Catherine Green Bengtsson. He grew up in
Tamaqua, Pa., where he graduated from high school in 1936. Dr. Benson graduated
from Duke University of Medicine in 1943 and served a surgical residency
at Palmerton (Pa.) Hospital. During World War II, Dr. Benson served as
a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps. He served as an orthopedic
surgeon at Portsmouth (Va.) Naval Hospital; and later as senior medical
officer on the USS Marlboro.
He was married to Marjorie Duffy RN, on Jan. 1, 1944, at Redding, Pa.
Following his discharge from the U.S. Navy, he completed surgical residencies
at the Welch (W.Va.) Emergency Hospital and at Warren Hospital in Phillipsburg,
N.J. The family moved to Cherokee in 1947, where Benson established the
Benson Clinic. He was still a practicing physician there at the time of
his death. Benson was a member of the American Medical Association, Southern
Medical Association, Diplomate of National Board of Medical Examiners and
the Association of Railway Surgeons. He had also served as Alfalfa County
Medical Examiner and County Health Officer.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie; one son, Rusty Benson of Ponca
City; two daughters, Kathy Blew of Ponca City and Mary Todd Benson of Tempe,
Ariz.; one brother, Dr. Walter R. Benson of Chapel Hill, N.C.; one sister,
Hazel Jenkins of Allentown, Pa.; and three grandchildren. He was preceded
in death by his parents.
Memorial contributions may be made in Dr. Benson's name to the EMS
Training Fund, c/o Goodwin Funeral Home, 106 West Second Street, Cherokee,
Ruth Marie Boyer
BLACKWELL - Ruth Marie Boyer, Blackwell resident, died Saturday afternoon,
Dec. 7, 1996, at Blackwell Regional Hospital. She was 85.
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Immanuel Baptist Church
in Blackwell with the Rev. Rowland Briggs officiating. Burial will be in
Blackwell IOOF Cemetery, under the direction of Roberts and Son Funeral
Home. Friends may visit at the funeral home until 9 a.m. Wednesday, then
the casket will be closed.
Ruth Marie (Billbe) Boyer was born Nov. 24, 1911, in Oak Valley, Kan.
the daughter of Robert F. and Stella (Howard) Billbe. When she was 4 years
old, she moved with her parents to Bartlesville, where she grew up and
She was married to E.R. Boyer on Sept. 3, 1927, in Blackwell and they
made their first home in Bartlesville. In 1939, they moved to Blackwell,
where they lived the remainder of their lives. Mrs. Boyer was employed
as office custodian at Blackwell Zinc Co. until her retirement. She was
a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Kathy Fitch and Linda Trenary, both
of Newkirk; six sons, Bob of Bartlesville, Ron of Durant, Kenneth of Ulysses,
Kan., Gary and Allen, both of Blackwell, and John of Yukon; 24 grandchildren;
28 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband on July
19, 1970; her parents; three sisters, Ethel Suagee, Enid Long, and Bertha
Glaze; two grandsons; and one daughter-in-law.
Casket bearers will be David Boyer, John Boyer, Charles Boyer, Kirk
Fitch, Keith Boyer, Jeff A. Boyer and Todd Boyer. Honorary bearers will
be Neal Trenary, Jeff T. Boyer, Zeke Boyer, Andy Sexton and Russell Sexton.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Boyer's name to Immanuel
Baptist Church, c/o Roberts Funeral Home, 120 West Padon, Blackwell, OK
Delores Ann Simmons
Delores Ann Simmons, longtime Ponca City resident, died Monday afternoon,
Dec. 9, 1996, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. She was 52.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Grace Memorial Chapel
with the Rev. Craig Ortwein, pastor of Christ's Church, Newkirk, officiating.
Burial will follow in the Ponca City IOOF Cemetery under the direction
of Grace Memorial Chapel.
Delores Ann (Cranford) Simmons was born Feb. 3, 1944, in Ponca City,
the daughter of Clenis Glenwood and Katherine (Montgomery) Cranford. She
grew up and received her education in Ponca City and Arkansas City, Kan.
She was married to Lauren Simmons on Nov. 27, 1970, in Arkansas City,
Kan. Mrs. Simmons was a homemaker. She enjoyed painting, spending time
with her family and taking care of her nieces and nephews.
Survivors include her husband, Lauren "Shorty" Simmons of the home;
three children, Monte Simmons of Athens, Tenn., Kristi Trembley and Laurie
Weaver, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; one brother, Wayne Cranford of Ponca City;
three sisters, Connie Jo Green and Donna Gail Newlin, both of Ponca City,
and Patsy Willerton of Stillwater; seven grandchildren; and several nieces
and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Glenda
Casket bearers will be Jim Kelly, Buddy Wilkins, Wesley Green, Darren
Cranford, Dustin Cranford, and Jason Newlin. Honorary bearers will be Shane
Green, Ryan Green, Kevin Newlin, Devin Newlin and Kathy Jackson.
The family will be at 714 North Sunset Street.
Ruby May Rhoads
FAIRFAX - Ruby May Rhoads, Fairfax resident, died Saturday morning,
Dec. 7, 1996, at Fairfax Memorial Hospital. She was 80.
The funeral was held Dec. 9, at the Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home Chapel
with the Rev. George Weston officiating. Burial was in Fairfax Cemetery.
Ruby May (Wann) Rhoads was born Jan. 26, 1916, in Magazine, Ark., the
daughter of William Ezra and Sarah Florence (Boyer) Wann. She attended
schools in Magazine and later at Fairfax, where she graduated from Fairfax
High School in 1934.
She was married to Herman Lee Rhoads on Feb. 18, 1936, in Fairfax.
Mrs. Rhoads was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Osage Baptist
Church, and a past member of the Fairfax Home Demonstration Club. She enjoyed
sewing, quilting, and craft work.
Survivors include her husband, Herman Lee Rhoads of the home; one son,
Tom L. Rhoads of Fairfax; two daughters, Nelda Kitterman of Fairfax and
Monica R. Cartwright of Tulsa; three sisters, Floy Rhoads and Ruth Crain,
both of Fairfax, and Maxine Belt of Midland, Texas; five grandchildren;
and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents;
one sister, Wanda Lee Peterson; and two brothers, Jewell Self Wann and
William Ezra Wann Jr.
Casket bearers will be R.C. Wood, Clyde Moore, Harold Gamble, Barney
Moore, Mike Rhoads and Bobby Rhoads.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fairfax Public Library, 158
East Elm Street, Fairfax, OK 74637.
The family will be at the Herman Rhoads Home.
Virginia Marie Weingart
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Virginia "Ginny" was born in the Bronx, N.Y., June
24, 1915, to Josiah Fitch and Regina Cahill. A year later the family was
completed with the arrival of baby sister, Janet. Regina and Josiah married
late in life and their two daughters meant everything in the world to them.
Ginny's family moved to Fort Meyers, Fla., where her father was elected
Mayor. She and Janet shared a life most children only dream of. Their home
was right across the street from Thomas Edison and the sisters were able
to spend many wonderful hours in his company. Ginny found Mr. Edison fascinating
and often shared the story of listening to his very first Victrola. Ginny
and Janet were also chosen as escorts to Mr. Edison's Automobile for the
opening of the Edison Bridge across the Caloosahatchie River.
A short time after graduating from Fort Meyers High School in 1933,
Ginny's father passed away and she and her mother relocated to Pensacola,
Fla., where Ginny met and fell in love with a Navy pilot, Lou Weingart.
They were married and moved to Lou's birthplace, St. Louis, Mo., where
Ginny was acquainted with Lou's family. While there, Ginny gave birth to
their first child, Joy, and later, daughter number two, Dottye. The family
relocated once again to New York City and a third daughter, Diane, was
Lou's career caused subsequent moves to Rhode Island, Kansas City,
Miami Shores, and Houston. In 1945, the family finally settled in Ponca
City. During the first six years there, the family grew to a total of eight,
with the births of Patty, Tony, and Jann. Although raising six children
took most of Ginny's time, she still found it possible to become active
in many civic organizations as well as leisure activities including golf,
bridge, and swimming.
When the children had grown and departed, Ginny and Lou drifted apart
and were divorced. Ginny, longing to be near the ocean again, moved to
San Diego. There she quickly made many new friends and became involved
in several organizations including The Globe Guilders, Pt. Loma Newcomers,
The Kona Kai Club, and St. Vincent dePaul volunteers. Living in San Diego
afforded Ginny the opportunity to engage in all her favorite sports year
round and she continued to travel extensively. Her very favorite destinations
were the resides of her five grandchildren, Leslie, Tanya, Brandie, Gilles
The last five years of Ginny's life were spent in La Mesa, Calif.,
where she was active in additional organizations, such as The San Diego
Missionaries, USD School of the Third Age, and the Village Ladies Guild.
In 1995, Ginny was diagnosed with emphysema, greatly limiting her activities.
Ginny's love of God, love of life and love of family never wavered
and near the end, her only comfort was found in the daily visits from members
of her family - as it should have been - for nothing was more important
to her than her family. Ginny, who died Nov. 27, 1996, will always be remembered
with love and greatly missed by all whose lives she touched.
A memorial mass was held in Mission San Diego De Alcala in San Diego,
Calif. on Dec. 4. The Rev. Bill Springer served as Celebrant. Arrangements
were under the direction of Telophase Cremation Society.
Thomas Carl Libby
BLACKWELL - Thomas Carl Libby, Blackwell resident, died Tuesday morning,
Dec. 10, 1996, in Laverne. He was 60.
The funeral will be held graveside in the Blackwell IOOF Cemetery at
10 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Jackie Crafton, First Assembly of God Church,
will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Roberts and Son
Funeral Home, Blackwell. Friends may visit at the funeral home until 9
Thomas Carl Libby was born Oct. 13, 1936, in Barnsdall, the son of
Orville and Lillian (Clapp) Libby. He grew up and attended schools in Barnsdall,
graduating from Barnsdall High School in 1954. He was a member of the Barnsdall
Baptist Church. After graduation he was employed as a welder for various
companies. He married and he and his wife made their home base in Barnsdall,
while Libby traveled to various communities to work.
On July 11, 1969, he was married to Patsy M. Harris in Greenville,
Miss., and the couple lived in various locations where his job took them.
In 1978, they established their permanent home in Blackwell, while Libby
continued to work in various locations.
Survivors include his wife, Pat Libby, of the home in Blackwell; three
daughters, Tonya Wyrick of Delaware, Okla., Bobbie Jeaneane Looper of Blackwell
and Robin LaDonna Farris of Cabot, Ark.; one son, Robert Michael Gilliand
of Union, Miss.; his mother, Lillian Libby of Barnsdall; one brother, James
B. Libby of Blackwell; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death
by his father and one sister, Sandra Shreffler.
Helene Mae Jacaway
TONKAWA - Helene Mae Jacaway, died at her home in Tonkawa, Monday,
Dec. 9, 1996, after a short illness. She was 91.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, in the Lamont (Okla.)
United Methodist Church with the Rev. Richard Leonard, minister, officiating.
Burial will be in Lamont Cemetery under the direction of McCafferty-Bolick
Funeral Home, Tonkawa.
Helen Mae (Bradfield) Jacaway was born May 4, 1905, in Lamont, the
daughter of O.J. and Cora (Shaffer) Bradfield. She attended Lamont schools
and was active in quartets, chorus, drama and basketball, graduating in
1924. She was a member of the Lamont United Methodist Church.
On Feb. 21, 1928, she was married to Lloyd Jacaway and the couple made
their first homes in the Lamont and Pond Creek areas. In 1940, they moved
to Beverly Hills, Calif., where Mrs. Jacaway was a member of the Order
of Eastern Star of Beverly Hills, serving as Worthy Matron in 1961. They
moved back to Oklahoma in 1979 and made their home in Tonkawa.
Survivors include one sister, Grayce Allen of Caldwell, Kan.; four
nieces; and several great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins. In addition
to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers,
Garland and Prentis "Sye" and one sister, Marguerite.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions
be made in Mr. Jacaway's name to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation,
Cancer Research, c/o McCafferty-Bolick Funeral Home, 400 East Grand, Tonkawa,
E. K. Morgan
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - E.K. Morgan, former Ponca City resident, died
Monday, Dec. 9, 1996, at his home in Overland Park, Kan. He was 71.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Newcomer's Overland
Park Chapel, 8201 Metcalf, Overland Park, Kan. 66204. A graveside service
will be held at Forest Park Cemetery in Houston, Texas. Arrangements and
cremation were under the direction of D.W. Newcomer's Sons Overland Park
Chapel in Overland Park, Kan.
E. K. Morgan was born April 9, 1925, in Seadrift, Texas, and was a
1948 graduate of Texas State University. He also earned a masters degree
from University of Missouri, Kansas City in 1968. Morgan began employment
with Conoco Inc. in 1948 and retired as manager of the Retail Credit Card
Center in Ponca City in 1985. He later moved to Overland Park, where he
was a member of the Overland Park Host Lions Club and the Ancient Mariners.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Morgan of the home; two daughters,
Donna Powell of Houston, Texas, and Denise Stonger of Olathe, Kan.; one
brother, Winston Morgan of Seadrift, Texas; and two grandchildren. He was
preceded in death by his parents and one son, Darrell.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Morgan's name to the Kansas
City Hospice, c/o Overland Park Chapel, 8201 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS
Marilyn Arlene Stowers
Marilyn Arlene Stowers, former Ponca City resident, died Sunday, Dec.
8, 1996, at her home in Albuquerque, N.M. She was 63.
The funeral will be held graveside at 10 a.m. Thursday at Sunset Memorial
Gardens Cemetery with the Rev. Charles Heyer, associate pastor of Ponca
City First Christian Church, officiating. Local arrangements are under
the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel.
Marilyn Arlene (Rheam) Spilman Stowers was born Oct. 8, 1933, in Fayetteville,
Ark., the daughter of Arnold and Eula (Black) Rheam. In 1936 the family
moved to Ponca City where she grew up and attended schools, graduating
from Ponca City High School in 1951. She was baptized and became a member
of the Ponca City First Christian Church in April 1944.
On Dec. 28, 1950, she was married to Guy W. Spilman in Ponca City and
the couple lived in various states while Mr. Spilman served in the U.S.
Air Force for 21 years. Mr. Spilman preceded her in death in 1976.
She was married to Charles Stowers on Sept. 2, 1978, in Abilene, Texas.
Mrs. Stowers was employed for several years as personnel manager for Kmart
in Abilene. At the time of her death she and her husband owned and operated
a janitorial supply store.
Survivors include her husband, Charles, of the home in Albuquerque,
N.M.; one son, Randy Spilman of Frederickstown, Ohio; two daughters, Debra
Genzel of Cove, Ark., and Valerie Cowley of Edgewood, N.M.; her mother,
Eula Rheam of Ponca City; three sisters, Ramona Sheldon and Sheila Swords,
both of Ponca City, and Eleanor Leh of Clovis N.M.; two brothers, Maurice
Rheam of Baltimore, Md, and Max Rheam of Ponca City; one stepson, Randall
Stowers of San Antonio, Texas; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren;
and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father
and first husband.
The family will be at the Swords residence, 237 South McCord Road.