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Charles L. McCabe 
TULSA - Charles L. McCabe, brother to Willis H. McCabe of Ponca City, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 1996, in Tulsa. He was 84.
The funeral was held on Dec. 20, at Memorial Park Cemetery Chapel in Tulsa under the direction of Moore's Memory Chapel. Mr. Hershel Dyer officiated.
Charles L. McCabe was born Oct. 26, 1912, in Kingfisher, the son of Professor Edward Scott and Maude (Binding) McCabe. He attended Oklahoma A&M in Stillwater and began employment with Binding-Stevens Seed Company in Tulsa. During World War II he served in the military.
He was married to Velma Marler on Dec. 8, 1962, in Tulsa, where the couple established their home. At the time of his death, McCabe was co-owner of the Binding-Stevens Seed Company in Tulsa.
Survivors include one brother, Willis H. McCabe of Ponca City; three step-children; three grandchildren; one niece and three nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife in July 1994; his parents; and two brothers, Earl and Scott.
Casket bearers were Charles Marler, Philip Sawyer, Art Sharpe, Eddie Stephens, Steven Waggoner, Warren Waggoner.

Edith Dell Maher 
FAIRFAX - Edith Dell Maher, Fairfax resident, died at her home Sunday evening, Dec. 22, 1996. She was 83.
No services are planned. Arrangements are under the direction of Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home, Fairfax.
Edith Dell (Robertson) Maher was born Feb. 2, 1913, in Hominy, the daughter of William B. and Ida Mae Hull Roberson. She attended Sunny Slope School in Osage County.
She was married to Ben Maher and was employed as a dental assistant for eight years. She attended the Methodist Church.
Survivors include one brother, Leon Roberson of Fairfax; two sisters, Blanche Bear and Mae Ponca, both of Fairfax; five nieces and one nephew. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; two brothers, George and Ernest Roberson; and one sister, Myrtle Richards.

Martin Blueback Sr.
Martin Blueback Sr., longtime Ponca City area resident, died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 1996, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. He was 76.
A prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m. today at the Ponca Indian Baptist Church. The traditional Indian feast will be held at noon Friday, followed by the funeral at 2 p.m. The Rev. Ted Freeman, pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in the Ponca Indian Cemetery under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel.
Martin Wayne Blueback Sr., was born Aug. 4, 1920, on the Ponca Indian Reservation, the son of Earnest and Nellie (King) Blueback.
He was married to Georgia Inez Whitehorn and the couple were the parents of five children. Blueback was a former professional boxer and trainer and was also the traditional "Skinny Game" leader of the Ponca Tribe.
Survivors include one son, Martin Wayne Jr. of Ponca City; two daughters, Amelia Blueback of Waco, Texas, and Rosie Blueback of Oklahoma City; one sister, Ida Lena LeClair of White Eagle; and several grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife; one son, Norman; one daughter, Ernestine; and his parents.
Casket bearers will be Duwayne Buffalohead, Keith Buffalohead, Dwight Buffalohead, Freddie Others, Frankie Hadley Jr., Carlos Davila, and Gary Durl.

Anna May LeCounte 
BLACKWELL - Anna May LeCounte, longtime Blackwell resident, died Monday, Dec. 23, 1996, at Hillcrest Manor Nursing Home in Blackwell. She was 97.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Blackwell First Assembly Church with the Rev. Jackie Crafton officiating. Burial will be in the Bayard Cemetery at Deer Creek under the direction of Hackler Funeral Home, Blackwell.
Anna May (Heizer) LeCounte was born Aug. 19, 1899, in Deer Creek, the daughter of Joshua and Clara (Reese) Heizer. She grew up on a farm north of Deer Creek and received her education at a nearby rural school.
She was married to John Freeman LeCounte on July 30, 1917, in Medford, and the couple made their home in Blackwell, where Mrs. LeCounte had lived more than 78 years, at the time of her death. She was a member of the Blackwell First Assembly of God Church and the Vernon Home Demonstration Club.
Survivors include four daughters, Leona Dirickson and Jacqueline Pinnell, both of Blackwell, Lois Fleeger of Spavinaw and Iva Johns of Rush, Colo.; 15 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband on April 4, 1987; two sons; her parents; five brothers; and one sister.

Francis Joseph Higgins 
ANDERSON, S.C. - Francis Joseph Higgins, former Ponca City resident, died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 1996, at Anderson Area Medical Center in Anderson, S.C. He was 79.
The funeral is set for 3 p.m. Friday at the Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Anderson. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park under the direction of McDougald Funeral Home, Anderson.
Francis Joseph Higgins was born Dec. 13, 1917, in Omaha, Neb., the son of Joseph Francis and Catherine (Selzle) Higgins. He was married to Alice Margurite Higgins and during his career as a research chemist the family lived in Ponca City for several years. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Anderson.
Survivors include his wife, Alice Higgins of 4615 Great Oaks Drive, Anderson, S. C. 29624; one daughter, Celeste Margurite Tienken of Anderson; five sons, Robert Francis of Booneville, Miss., Paul Joseph of Nashville, Tenn., Phillip Kevin of Florence, S.C., Stephen David of New Albany, Ind., and John Patrick of Westminster, S.C.; and 11 grandchildren.
The family will be at the home of Mrs. Tienken, 2501 Jackson Square, Anderson, S.C. 29624.

Wallace Vernon Smith 
A service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Trout Funeral Home in Ponca City, for Wallace Vernon "Coach Wally" Smith, 85, longtime Ponca City resident, who died Monday Dec. 23, 1996, in Dallas, Texas, following an extended illness. Burial will be at Resthaven Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, Ponca City, under the direction of Trout Funeral Home.
He was born March 12, 1911, in Wagoner, one of 12 children born to John Abraham Smith and Pearl (Boatright) Smith. He was a graduate of Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, where he was the only four sport letterman in the history of the school. He received a Masters of Science from Pittsburg State Teacher's College in Kansas. He was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and served as a naval intelligence officer in World War II.
He married Marjorie Elliott on May 14, 1946, in Olathe, Kan., and the couple moved to Ponca City from Pratt, Kan. in 1950. Smith was a teacher and coach in the Ponca City school system for 30 years. 
He was named National High School "Tennis Coach of the Year" in 1976, and was inducted into the Missouri Valley Tennis Association Hall of Fame in 1993. He was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie; his parents; nine brothers and one sister.
Survivors include a son, Richard E. Smith of Lewisville, Texas; a daughter, Sandy See and her husband Bill of Norman; grandchildren Alison and Ben See of Norman and Michael A. Smith of Kerrville, Texas; one sister, Velma Beasley of Wagoner; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Ponca City, 1904 North Union, Suite 103, Ponca City, OK 74601 or to The Wally Smith Memorial Tennis Scholarship Fund, Serve and Volley Club, c/o Stan Wheeler, 2809 Green Meadow, Ponca City, OK 74604.
The family will be at the Bob See residence, 1708 East Woodland.

Johnna Reyanne Osgood 
BLACKWELL - Johnna Reyanne Osgood, Blackwell resident, died Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 24, 1996, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kan. She was 45.
The funeral will be held graveside at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Blackwell IOOF Cemetery, with the Rev. Charles Ryser, Blackwell First United Methodist Church, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Roberts and Son Funeral Home, Blackwell. Friends may visit at the funeral home until 1 p.m. Saturday, then the casket will be closed.
Johnna Reyanne (Lucas) Osgood was born March 13, 1951, in Blackwell, the daughter of John R. and Naomi (Wooderson) Lucas. She grew up and attended schools in Blackwell, graduating from Blackwell High School in 1969. She attended Northern Oklahoma College for two years then Oklahoma State University, where she received her BA in business administration and graduated with a Master's in education in 1974.
After graduation, Mrs. Osgood than began teaching in the Marland school district, then later in the Braman school district. After moving to Wichita, Kan., she taught in the Haysville school district for three years. Mrs. Osgood was later employed as a secretary with Temporary Services Co., in Wichita until ill health forced her retirement. She moved to Blackwell in December 1995. Mrs. Osgood was a member of the Blackwell First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include one son, Lance Osgood of Alva; her mother, Naomi Lucas of Blackwell; her father, John R. Lucas of Blackwell; and one brother, Gary Lucas of Claremont, Calif. She was preceded in death by her grandparents.

Roy Junior Pitts 
TONKAWA - Roy Junior Pitts, longtime Tonkawa area resident, died Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 24, 1996. at Hillcrest Manor Nursing Home in Blackwell. He was 67.
The funeral will be held graveside at the Tonkawa IOOF Cemetery at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Arrangements are under the direction of Roberts and Son Funeral Home, Blackwell.
Roy Junior Pitts was born Jan. 8, 1929, in Caddo County, the son of Joseph Earl and Lydia Leona ( Dyers) Pitts. He grew up in the home of his aunt and uncle, Roxie and Bill Collins in Three Sands, where he attended grade school. As a young man, he began employment with Gray's Cement Co.
On Jan 12, 1956, he was married to Margaret Pendland, in Blackwell, and the couple established their home in Tonkawa. Pitts was employed at the Tonkawa Foundry, then with the Oklahoma State Highway Department until ill health forced his retirement. He was a member of the Tonkawa Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include one daughter, Yolanda Smith of Blackwell; one sister, Velma Hall of California; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one step-great-grandchild; and one nephew. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Carla Bray; his parents; his aunt and uncle who raised him; and one brother, Chester E. Collins.

Effie Roubideaux Roy 
RED ROCK - Effie Roubideaux Roy, former Red Rock resident, died at her home in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 23, 1996. She was 91.
The funeral was to be held at the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Complex in Red Rock at 2 p.m. today with Mr. Ray Breeden officiating. Burial was to be in the Otoe-Missouria Cemetery at Red Rock under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home, Pawnee.
Effie Roubideaux Roy was born May 24, 1905, on the Otoe-Missouria reservation near Red Rock, the daughter of Edward and Lena (Dailey) Roubideaux. She was married to Morris B. Roy on Nov. 9, 1951, in Oklahoma City. Mrs. Roy was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist Church.
Survivors include two grandsons, Merle Hurst of Covina, Calif., and Robert Hurst; one great-granddaughter Ramona Hurst, who lived in her home; numerous other grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Maxine Rose Hathcoat 
Maxine Rose Hathcoat, Ponca City resident, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1996, at her home. She was 81.
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 1996, at Grace Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Carl Neal, pastor of Grace Baptist Church, Shidler, presiding. Interment will be at the Nowata Cemetery in Nowata, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Services are under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel, Ponca City.
Maxine Rose Keller was born Oct. 29, 1915, in rural Nowata, the daughter of Gilbert "Bert" Keller and Leota Ralston Keller. She attended the rural District 55 School near Nowata.
She was united in marriage to O.J. "Bill" Hathcoat on May 29, 1935, in Washington County, and the couple established their first home in Nowata. The couple lived in various locations in Kansas before moving to Shidler in December 1949. Mrs. Hathcoat moved to Ponca City in August 1973.
Mrs. Hathcoat was active in the Shidler Community for several years, serving at various times as Sunday School teacher, Sunday School superintendent, and pianist with the First Christian Church of Shidler. She was a member of the Eastern Star and Rebekah Lodge in addition to being a past PTA member and DeMolay Mom. Her enjoyments included sewing, crocheting, knitting, reading, and especially spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by three sons, Orben Duane Hathcoat and wife, Sherri, of Parkville, Mo., James Gilbert Hathcoat and wife, Barbara, of Olathe, Kan., and Jerry Wayne Hathcoat and wife, Joyce, of Pawhuska; two daughters, Shirley Billingsley and husband, Charles, of Shidler and Vickie LeAnn Godbehere and husband, Don, of Bartlesville; two sisters, Ollie Mae Murphy and Edith Sharlene Belt, both of Dewey.
Also ten grandchildren, Mike Billingsley, Stacey Bowen, Beth Leven, Brian Hathcoat, Jennifer Gilkey, Kelli Hathcoat, Chrissie Hathcoat, Kara Godbehere, Jerod Hathcoat and Kaci Godbehere; five great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill, in 1971; five brothers, Jack Keller, George Keller, Ralph Keller, Earl Keller and Glenn Keller.
Honorary casket bearers will be grandsons, Mike Billingsley, Brian Hathcoat and Jerod Hathcoat; and nephews Charles Hathcoat, Tom Hathcoat and Roger Hathcoat.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Hathcoat to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, 825 Northeast 13th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73014.
The casket will be closed at the services but family and friends may call at Grace Memorial Chapel until 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
The family will be at the Billingsley home in Shidler.

Virginia A. Trout 
Virginia A. Trout, longtime Ponca City resident, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1996, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. She was 79.
Born Oct. 28, 1917, in Decatur, Ill., she was the daughter of Ray Ennis and Ruth (Barnes) Williams. She graduated from Ponca City High School in 1935, and attended Park College in Parkville, Mo.
On Nov. 29, 1939, she was married to Earnest M. Trout Jr., at the First Presbyterian Church in Ponca City. during her working years, Mrs. Trout served as a receptionist at the Nieman-Northcutt Clinic, and as a secretary at East Junior High School. A member of the First Presbyterian Church, Virginia had served as church librarian, and was a member of Lifeliners Club, of the church. She was a member of the Friends of the Library and served on the Ponca City Library Board of Ponca City. She also was a member of the 20th Century Club. She loved to travel and enjoyed arts and crafts and playing bridge.
Survivors include her husband, Ernie Trout, of the home in Ponca City; her daughter, Candace Peace of Overland Park, Kan; and grandsons, Scott and Michael Peace, both of Overland Park, Kan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Dorothy Fach of Chicago on Dec. 12, 1996.
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 1996, at the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. David Clipson, associate pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of the Trout Funeral Home.
Casket bearers will be Dr. Jim Fuller, Lee Pappan, Lee Brown, Deming Lowrey, Bill Ledeker and Don Coffelt.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1442, Ponca City, OK 74602.
The family will be at the home, 714 Red Oak.

Dana D. Randol 
Dana D. Randol, resident of Ponca City, died Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 25, 1996, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. She was 49 years of age.
A graveside funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 1996, at the Grandview Cemetery in Kaw City. The service will be officiated by Dr. Coy Whitener, pastor of Bible Baptist Church of Ponca City. Services are under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel, Ponca City.
Dana D. Randol was born Feb. 12, 1947, at Wewoka, the daughter of Vernon Dan Cells and Etta Mae Pappan Cells. She attended Kaw City public schools, graduating from Kaw City High School in 1965. She later attended cosmetology school as well as taking courses in photography and leaded glass work.
She was united in marriage to James "Rusty" Randol in 1965. She was a member of the First Christian Church and The Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, Ponca City. She was an avid bowler and enjoyed being around people. She also enjoyed photography and in earlier years, craft and needlework.
She is survived by her brother, Darryl Cells, Ponca City; one aunt, Colleen Wall of Tuttle; one uncle, William Pappan of Kaw City; two nephews, Travis Cells of Newkirk, and Ryan Cells of Arkansas City, Kan.; She was preceded in death by her parents, Vernon and Etta Mae Cells and one infant daughter, Lori Lynn Randol on Dec. 8, 1968.
Honorary casket bearers will be Rusty Randol, Rod Reedy, John Test and Curtis Schauer.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, c/o Paula Coppock, Pioneer Bank and Trust Co., P.O. Box 111, Ponca City, OK 74602.
Friends and family may call at Grace Memorial Chapel until 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
The family will be at 3305 Kingston Road.

Wallace Vernon Smith 
A service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Trout Funeral Home in Ponca City, for Wallace Vernon "Coach Wally" Smith, 85, longtime Ponca City resident, who died Monday Dec. 23, 1996, in Dallas, Texas, following an extended illness. Burial will be at Resthaven Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, Ponca City, under the direction of Trout Funeral Home.
He was born March 12, 1911, in Wagoner, one of 12 children born to John Abraham Smith and Pearl (Boatright) Smith. He was a graduate of Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, where he was the only four sport letterman in the history of the school. He received a Masters of Science from Pittsburg State Teacher's College in Kansas. He was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and served as a naval intelligence officer in World War II.
He married Marjorie Elliott on May 10, 1946, in Olathe, Kan., and the couple moved to Ponca City from Pratt, Kan. in 1950. Smith was a teacher and coach in the Ponca City school system for more than 30 years. 
He was named National High School "Tennis Coach of the Year" in 1976, inducted into the Northeastern State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992, and was inducted into the Missouri Valley Tennis Association Hall of Fame in 1993.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie; his parents; nine brothers and one sister.
Survivors include a son, Richard E. Smith of Lewisville, Texas; a daughter, Sandy See and her husband Bill of Norman; grandchildren Alison and Ben See of Norman and Michael A. Smith of Kerrville, Texas; one sister, Velma Beasley of Wagoner; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Casket bearers will be Jim Beaubien, Rod Bucker, Victor Coates, Steve Larimer, Mike Landauer, and Dez See.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Ponca City, 1904 North Union, Suite 103, Ponca City, OK 74601 or to The Wally Smith Memorial Tennis Scholarship Fund, Serve and Volley Club, c/o Stan Wheeler, 2809 Green Meadow, Ponca City, OK 74604.
The family will be at the Bob See residence, 1708 East Woodland.

Juanita Marie Cusack Durbin 
BLACKWELL - Juanita Marie Cusack Durbin, Blackwell resident, died Thursday evening, Dec. 26, 1996, in the Columbia Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas. She was 42.
Christian Wake Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Roberts Chapel in Blackwell with the Rev. Joe Burger officiating. A Catholic Mass Service will then be held at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Blackwell with the Rev. Joe Burger officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Roberts and Son Funeral Home, Blackwell.
Juanita Marie Cusack Durbin was born on Jan. 5, 1954, in Chicago, Ill., to John and Lillian Larque. She grew up in Chicago and attended parochial school there. She married William John Cusack in 1972, in Manhattan, Kan., and they lived in Fort Riley, Kan., where he was stationed. Following his discharge, they returned to Chicago. He preceded her in death in March of 1976 and remained in Chicago.
She married Fred L. Durbin on Dec. 31, 1979, in Wellington, Kan., and they settled in Blackwell. She began working for Braums Ice Cream Store in 1993, and was promoted to day shift manager, where she was presently working. She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Blackwell.
Survivors include her husband, Fred L. Durbin of Blackwell; her mother, Lillian Larque of Streamwood, Ill.; one daughter, Elizabeth Rachel Durbin of Blackwell; three sons, William John Cusack, Daniel Fredrick Durbin, and John Michael Durbin, all of Blackwell; one sister, Adele Ganmon of Elmhurst, Ill.; two brothers, Michael Larque of Streamwood, Ill., John Larque of Cape Cod, Mass.; and two grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her father; two brothers, Alfred and Robert Larque.
Casket bearers will be Charles Criner, Toby Gose, David Smasal, Wes Pearson, Jeff Albers and Norman Buxton. Honorary casket bearers include Michael Smasal, James Smasal, Ty Albers and Neal McMartin.

Ida May Boyd 
ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. - Ida May Boyd, Arkansas City resident, died Friday, Dec. 27, 1996, at Medicalodge North in Arkansas City, Kan. She was 90.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home in Arkansas City. Interment will follow in the Newkirk Cemetery in Newkirk under the direction of Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home.
Mrs. Boyd was born Jan. 15, 1906 in Kildare, Okla., to Joe Abe and Ann Beth (Delaughter) Walker. She was raised and educated in the Kildare area. Ida married Calvin Lauver in May of 1923 and they made their home in the Hubbard Oil Field near Blackwell, Okla. Later they moved to the Thomas Field near Tonkawa. Calvin preceded her in death in January of 1930. In 1936 she married Lester Wright and they lived on a farm near Ponca City until they moved to a farm near Kaw City in 1945. Mr. Wright died in June of 1953. She then married Jim Boyd in April of 1959 and they lived in Kaw City until moving to Arkansas City in the early 1970s. He preceded her in death on Jan. 30, 1989.
Ida owned and operated the Red Hawk Cafe in Kaw City. She also had worked as a cook for the 101 Ranch, Continental Oil Co. and the Kaw City High School. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Arkansas City and the Royal Neighbors of America.
Survivors include her son, Richard Wright of Arkansas City; one daughter, Mary Possert of Jersey City, N.J.; one brother, Frank Walker of Ponca City; one sister, Mable Morris of Arkansas City; two stepdaughters, Wilma Ford of Edmond and Anita Wilson of Sayre, Okla.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Preceding her death were her parents; three husbands; one son, Leroy Lauver; two brothers, Charles and John Walker; three sisters, Elizabeth Walker, France Baker and Lela Streeter.

James Elbert Jones Jr.
BLACKWELL - James Elbert Jones Jr., Blackwell resident, died Thursday morning, Dec. 26, 1996, at Blackwell Regional Hospital. He was 80.
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Roberts Chapel in Blackwell with William Peterson and Charles Thomas of Oklahoma City officiating. Arrangements under the direction of Roberts and Son Funeral Home, Blackwell. Burial will be at Blackwell Cemetery with a flag presentation by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
James Elbert Jones Jr. was born April 12, 1916, in Collinsville, Okla., to James Elbert and Flora E. (Johnson) Jones. He moved with his parents to Quapaw, Okla., where he grew up and attended school. He then moved with his parents to Blackwell when he was 17 years old and began working for the Blagden Body Shop. He entered the U.S. Army serving in the European Theater during World War II.
Following his discharge, he returned to Blackwell and resumed working for the Blagden Body Shop. He married Olive Phillips on Oct. 1, 1948, in Newkirk, Okla., and they settled in Blackwell. He began learning the drums and his wife was a music teacher and played the guitar and they both played in various bands in northern Oklahoma and southern Kansas. In the late 1960s he began playing with the Mellotones and played for them until his retirement.
Survivors include his wife, Olive Jones of Blackwell; one daughter, Susan K. Jones of Blackwell; three sisters, Gladys Schmidt of Ponca City, Betty Robinson of Tonkawa, and Carol Brown of Blackwell; and one brother, Buddy Jones of Blackwell. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Bonnie Anderson; and five brothers, Jack, Cecil, Bill, Kenneth and Sidney Jones.

Hazel L. Keener 
BLACKWELL - Hazel L. Keener, Blackwell resident, died Friday evening, Dec. 27, 1996, in St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City. She was 76.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Christian Church in Blackwell with the Rev. George Wood officiating. Burial will follow at Blackwell cemetery under the direction of Roberts and Son Funeral Home of Blackwell.
Hazel Loretta Keener was born June 21, 1920 in Gage, Okla., to William Washington and Adeline Bell (Culley) Stewart. She moved with her parents to Blackwell when she was a small girl and grew up attending Blackwell schools graduating in 1938. She married Harlen Leon Keener on June 21, 1938, in Blackwell and they settled in Tonkawa for three years prior to moving to Blackwell in 1941.
Following his discharge, they settled in Blackwell. Her husband preceded her in death Jan. 29, 1987 and she continued living in Blackwell. She began working after their marriage in the office of Cities Service Gas, then later as a sales clerk for Hunts Department store which later became Peters Department store. She worked for them until the business closed down. She then began working for Bob's Picture Box, working there until it closed in 1996. She was a member of the First Christian Church and sang in the Sweet Adelines for many years.
Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Rex (Chleora Kay) Tebow of Blackwell; two brothers, Chester Stewart of Shawnee and Leo Stewart of Green Valley, Ariz; five grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Bernice Jewell Stewart and Ruby Mae Stewart; three brothers, Virgil, Clinton and Glen Stewart and one great-granddaughter, Michelle Tebow.

Margie M. Bonfy 
WINFIELD, Kan. - Margie M. Bonfy, Winfield resident, died Saturday morning, Dec. 28, 1996, at Good Samaritan Village in Winfield. She was 83.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Ralston Bible Baptist Church in Ralston, Okla. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Ralston, under the direction of Miles Funeral Service in Winfield. Friends may call at the funeral home from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday.
Born March 29, 1913 in Dixie, Okla., she was one of six children born to Robert B. and Annie Lambert Teichmer. Margie moved as a young child with her family to Ralston, Okla., where she was reared and received her education. A member of the 1930 graduating class at Ralston High School, she was united in marriage to Quay T. "Shorty" Bonfy on Oct. 23, 1930 at Skedee, Okla. In 1937, the Bonfy's moved to Ponca City, to serve in the 101 Ranch resettlement project. They lived and worked on a farm located within the boundaries of the original 101 Ranch for over 50 years. Following retirement, they moved to Winfield in 1992.
Affiliated with the Methodist Church, she was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, and a charter member of the Salt Fork Extension Homemakers Unit.
She is survived by her husband, Quay Bonfy of Winfield; two sons, Dick of Winfield and Buddy of Albert Lee, Minn.; one daughter, Wilma Roady of Winfield; one sister, LaDeena Christianson of Topeka, Kan.; ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Walter, Wann, Jesse and Robert E. Teichmer.
A memorial has been established in her name for Good Samaritan Village in Winfield. Contributions may be made through Miles Funeral Service in Winfield.

Vicki BigBear Hernandez 
Vicki BigBear Hernandez, Ponca City resident, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1996, in Oklahoma City. She was 29.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Ponca Indian Baptist Church with the Rev. Red Freeman, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Ponca Indian Cemetery under the direction of the Trout Funeral Home.
Vicki Hernandez was born April 5, 1967, in Chicago, Ill. She married to Santos Hernandez Ambriz on Nov. 17, 1989, in Ponca City. She was employed as a waitress and a cashier.
She is survived by her mother, Eddie Theil of Chicago; one brother, Joey Theil of Chicago; one sister, Jennifer Theil of Chicago; two daughters, Georgia Buffalohead of Ponca City and Jennifer Hernandez of Oklahoma City; two grandfathers, Isaac Headman of Ponca City and Sterling BigBear of Wagoner, S.D. She was preceded in death by an infant son, Santos Hernandez II.
Casket bearers will be Ray Rhodd, Tommy Rhodd, Penny Rhodd Jr., Dustin Cook, Sterling BigBear Jr. and John Cook. Honorary casket bearers will be Clendon Warrior, Andy Warrior, Colbert Cole, Delbert Cole and Kennis Headman.
 
Claudie A. May 
WICHITA, Kan. - Claudie A "Bennie" May, Haysville resident, died Saturday morning, Dec. 28, 1996, in Sedgwick, Kan. He was 70.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Lakeview Funeral Home Chapel in Wichita with the Rev. David Hill officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Wichita under the direction of Lakeview Funeral Home.
Claudie "Bennie" May was born to Edward May and Cassie Jane on Aug. 12, 1926. While living in Wichita, he was employed with Boeing Aircraft. He was also a member of Southwest Baptist Church in Wichita.
Survivors include three sons, Arnold of Wichita, Craig of Wichita and David of Ponca City; one daughter, Barbara Russell of Wichita, and two sisters, Ellen Hayes of Topeka, Kan., and Ruth Harris of Norfolk, Neb., eleven grandchildren and twelve great- grandchildren.

Martha Elizabeth Grantham 
Martha Elizabeth Grantham, long-time resident of Ponca City, died Thursday morning, December 26, 1996 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Ponca City. She had reached the age of 84 years, 2 months and 21 days.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 30, 1996 at The First Baptist Church Chapel with Rev. Larry Heslip, presiding. Interment will be at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Ponca City under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel.
Martha Elizabeth Young was born October 5, 1912 at Melrose, New Mexico, the daughter of Edgar Lawrence Young and Alva Griffin Young. She moved with her family at a young age to Norman, Oklahoma where she received her early education. She later attended the University of Oklahoma and was a graduate in piano in the Fine Arts Department and did post graduate work in Public School music. While attending the University of Oklahoma, she was a member of the Mu Psi and Pi Zeta Kappa sororities and was the pianist for the First Christian Church of Norman.
She was united in marriage to Roy E. Grantham on December 24, 1933 at Ponca City with the couple making their first home in Norman. The couple moved to Ponca City around 1940. She taught music in various rural Oklahoma schools from 1936 to 1941. Mrs. Grantham was a substitute teacher in the Ponca City Public Schools from 1955 to 1958 and was employed with the Ponca City Department of Welfare from 1965 to 1971. She was a gifted and accomplished pianist enjoying classical music and listening to the opera.
She is survived by one daughter, Marcia L. Courtney, Ponca City; two sisters, Vivian Young Swimley, Norman and Pauline Young Finley, Oklahoma City; one grandson, Andrew McNew, Oklahoma City; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Senator Roy E. Grantham in 1981; one daughter, Linda McNew in 1988; one grandson, Christopher McNew in 1979; brothers, Jack Young, Paul Young and infant brother Bobby Young; one sister, Virginia Young Zoth.
Honorary casketbearers will be Allan Coppock, C.D. Northcutt, Paul Northcutt, Charles Casey, Carl Renfro, Dr. Phillip Knight, Dr. Michael Sullivan, Jack Nimmo and Jim Lindsay.
A special thanks goes out to the staff of the Ponca City Nursing Home for the care and concern shown Mrs. Grantham the past two years.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Grantham to the Opportunity Center, 2225 North Union, Ponca City, Oklahoma, 74601.

W.R. Garich 
W.R. "Bob" Garich, longtime Ponca City resident, died Thursday evening, December 26, 1996, in the Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City. He was 67.
A Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Sunday evening in the Trout Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Scott Adams, officiating. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church with the Rev. Scott Adams, associate pastor, as celebrant.
Born June 1, 1929, in Enid, Oklahoma, the adopted son of Robert William and Dorothea (Ulrich) Garich. He attended school in Blackwell. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy. On January 1, 1949, he married Patricia L. McMahan, also from Blackwell, in the Cathedral at Santa Barbara, Calif. After moving back to Ponca City in 1950, he was employed by Howe Bakery, Gilchrist Memorial Co. and Odd Fellows Cemetery. He was employed with Ponca City as care taker of the Ponca Park for 13 years and he retired as assistance Director of Maintenance at St. Josephs Regional Medical Center.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, VFW, American Legion and Primetimers. He served on the police reserves for 10 years.
He enjoyed wood working, fishing and traveling.
Survivors include: a son, Robert Lee and his wife Leslie Garich, of Tonkawa; a daughter, Kathy Tyndall Potter and her husband Bill, of Ponca City; three grandchildren, Steven Ray Tyndall, Ponca City, Brody Dale Garich, of Tonkawa, Marcy Lynn Garich, of Midwest City; three great-grandchildren, Linzi Dallas Garich, of Midwest City, Britney Ann Garich of Newkirk, and Dillynn William Ball of Ponca City. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Maxine Voigt.
Memorial contributions may be made to the W.R. "Bob" Garich Scholarship Fund, c/o Pioneer Bank and Trust, 1223 East Highland, Ponca City, Oklahoma, 74601.
The Knights of Columbus will serve as casketbearers.
The family will be at the home, 416 Lansbrook.


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