Miscellaneous Payne County, Oklahoma Obituaries


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Elmer Lee Woodson
Elmer Lee Woodson died Monday, Sept. 4, 2000, in Stillwater Medical Center.

He had just reached his 92nd year, his birthdate being Sept. 2, 1908. Services are scheduled for Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Stan Warfield officiating. Colonial Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of burial which will take place at Fairlawn Cemetery.

In 1908, Ella Jane Clark Woodson and James C. Woodson lived in Oklahoma City with their four daughters and three sons. When their last child was born, the Woodsons named him after Elmer Thomas, a state senator from Lawton who later became a United States Senator. In that same year, the family moved to a farm near Lawton. After farming for a few years, the Woodson family moved into Lawton where Mr. Woodson operated two grocery stores.

Elmer Woodson discovered his lifelong journalism profession at the age of 12 when he began writing for the Lawton Constitution. After graduation from Lawton High School, he came to Oklahoma A&M. where he studied journalism. He joined and later became president of Kappa Sigma fraternity. Blue Key, an honorary national leadership fraternity for undergraduate males, started a chapter at Oklahoma A. & M. in 1932, and Woodson served as the first president. He worked on the Daily O'Collegian throughout his college years, serving as business manager for two years and editor during his senior year. He was also Press Club president, worked on the advisory committee of the Aggievator, the humor magazine, and was the student representative on the Student Publications Board of Directors.

After his graduation in 1933, Woodson worked as a reporter for the Blackwell Journal and then the Stillwater News Press until his induction into the United States Army. Woodson was stationed at Camp Roberts in California during his World War II service.

During his undergraduate years, Woodson met Thelma Irene "Pat" Patton, another A&M undergraduate who was from a Stillwater family. They were married at the St. Francis Xavier's Catholic Church in Stillwater March 24, 1940.

After Woodson's return from the military, he began his career at Oklahoma A. & M. where he became advisor for the Redskin Yearbook, the Daily O' Collegian, and the Aggievator. His career as Student Publications Director spanned 30 years until his retirement in 1974. During his career, he received national recognition by being named to the 1970 Honor Roll of Advisers by the National Council of College Publications Advisers. Woodson was also a member of Sigma Delta Chi, the professional journalism fraternity.

Although Woodson was a journalist, he also loved the study of history. He completed a master's degree at Oklahoma A&M in 1950 in history with a minor in journalism. The topic of his thesis was "Cordell Hull's Application of the Good Neighbor Policy at the Seventh Inter-American Conference."

After his retirement from Oklahoma State and Pat's retirement from her work for the OSU Board of Regents, the Woodsons spent many enjoyable years together. They enjoyed travel, Stillwater Country Club events, and OSU athletics. They also loved dancing to big band music. They were faithful members of the First Methodist Church.

Woodson enjoyed walking, and many will remember seeing him walking in the OSU Student Union or in his neighborhood. Until the last two months of his life, when the weather was good, he still walked around the neighborhood at least twice a day.

After 59 years of marriage, Elmer lost Pat April 17, 1999. Throughout their long marriage, Pat and Elmer had a truly caring relationship, always putting each other first in all matters. Her death was a tremendous loss for him

Woodson fit the definition of a gentleman, well-bred, courteous, and gracious. He believed in doing everything in the proper manner, including dress. He always wore a tie. He still had his dry sense of humor until the last months of his life.

His own family members are all deceased, so Pat's relatives became like his own. Her surviving relatives who were close to him include Pat's nieces, Pat Preston of Bartlesville, and Jeanne Shelly of Tucson, Ariz. Four great-nieces include Jena Bolt, Enid; Holly Theobold, Ponca City; Fran Gardner, Grove; and Linda Clark, Oklahoma City. He is also survived by two special friends, Julie Couch and Karen Matheson; by his very caring doctor, Dr. Robert J. Lauvetz; and by long-time, helpful neighbors, Ed and Sharon Hites.

Those wishing to remember the Woodsons can do so by making a contribution to either the First United Methodist Church or to the Oklahoma State University Foundation for two scholarships in honor of the Woodsons. Foundation donations should be designated to the Elmer Woodson Scholarship for journalism students or the Thelma Woodson Scholarship for female students in the School of Business Administration.

The address for the First United Methodist Church is 400 West Seventh, Stillwater, 74074. The address for the Oklahoma State University Foundation is H100 Student Union, Stillwater, 74078.

Elizabeth Austin
Elizabeth S. (Jewell) Austin died at her home in Stillwater, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000.

Graveside services are at Enid Cemetery Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

She was born Oct. 26, 1915, at Geronimo to Henry Calvin Jewell and Minnie Lee (McClure) Jewell. She attended elementary schools in Oklahoma and Kansas and graduated from Enid High School in the Class of 1933. She took courses at Phillips University.

She married Dee C. Austin Nov. 22, 1933, at the Central Christian Church in Enid. She lived most of her life at Enid but also made homes in Denver, Colo., Granite City, Ill., Sabetha and Augusta, Kan., and Glencoe.

Mrs. Austin and her husband were Stillwater residents from 1951-53, and moved back to Stillwater in 1994 because of ill health to be near family.

She worked at the Enid Public Library and later at Phillips Seminary Library until she retired.

Mrs. Austin was an active member of the Disciples of Christ Church, with a membership at University Place Christian Church in Enid. She taught both youth and adult Sunday school classes and was a leader of evening youth groups.

She contributed both artistic and musical endeavors to many church programs.

Mrs. Austin enjoyed sewing, making a variety of historical dolls, including a collection of Presidents' wives. She also enjoyed quilting and sharing crafts with friends and relatives.

She was predeceased by her parents and by a son, Michael Lee Austin.

She is survived by her husband of the home, her daughter, Eileen Stair, her son-in-law, E.L. Stair of Stillwater, her grandsons, Eric and Eron Stair of Stillwater, and Evan and his wife, Dana Stair, of Norman; a sister, Delphine Jewell of Stillwater, a brother, Al and Shirley Jewell of Pahrump, Nev., and a sister, Betty and Cliff Modglin of Paw Paw, Ill., and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to: First Christian Church, Stillwater or Judith Karman Hospice.


Robert Schwope
Robert Wayne Schwope, 38, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000.

Services will be Friday at 10 a.m. at the Matthew Road Baptist Road in Grand Prairie, Texas. Roger Ferguson will preside.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bean-Massey Burge Funeral Home.

He was born Feb. 13, 1962, in Vandalia, Ill. He married Faith Ruth Mowry April 14, 1984.

He was a member of the Matthew Road Baptist Church where he served in many capacities.

In addition to his wife, of Grand Prairie; he is survived by two sons, Daniel and Lucas Schwope, both of Grand Prairie; one daughter, Kaysandra Schwope, also of Grand Prairie; his parents, Rosemary Schwope, of Pampa, Texas, and Charles and Pat Schwope, of Stillwater; two brothers, Richard Schwope, of Midland, Texas, and Ronald Schwope, of Pampa, Texas; and two sisters, Charlotte Genn, of Midland, Texas and Cheryl Osbin, of White Deer, Texas.

Memorials may be made to the Matthew Road Baptist Church, 4601 Matthew Road, Grand Prairie, Texas 75052.


Roxanna Corley
Roxanna Juliene Corley, 46, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000, at the St. Edwards Mercy Hospital, Ft. Smith, Ark.

Services are scheduled for Thursday at 2 p.m. at Carney Assembly of God. Paul Littleton and Lynn Bullard will officiate. Interment will be at the Carney Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.

Corley was born Oct. 13, 1953, in Rock Island, Ill., to Rosco "Rock" and Irene (Sheese) Chambers. She married Gary "Keith" Corley May 12, 1972, in McAlester. She attended Tushka Elementary School and later McAlester High School. She received her G.E.D. from Wister and attended Carl Albert State College. She received an Associate degree in Applied Sciences/Childhood Development in 1997.

She opened Roxanna Corley Home Daycare in April 1999 operating it until October 1999 when her health forced her to retire. She loved animals and kids. She was always willing to help people out. She was a member of Southside Baptist of Atoka.

She is preceded in death by her father and brother Michael.

Corley is survived by her husband of the home; her mother, Irene Brooks, McAlester; one sister, Gayla Chambers, McAlester; four brothers, Steven Sheese, Moline, Ill.; Rocky Chambers, McAlester; John Chambers, San Diego, Calif.; Gary Chambers, McAlester; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Eda Marie Beagle
Eda Marie Beagle, 93, enjoyed quilting, crocheting and tending to her many house plants.

She died Friday, Sept. 8, 2000, at Cleveland.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Maramec United Methodist Church with burial to follow at Maramec IOOF Cemetery under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home of Pawnee.

Mrs. Beagle was born Feb. 22, 1907, to John and Wilhelmine (Rosenbaurer) Meyer in Cushing. She married Roy C. Beagle on April 14, 1934, in Skedee.

She had been a lifetime resident of Maramec, member of Maramec United Methodist Church, was an avid member of the Maramec Senior Citizens where she enjoyed pitch with other members.

She was predeceased by her husband, Oct. 13, 1977; five sisters, Dora Adkison, Emma Metts, Freda Parker, Marie Schmidt and Lena Elliott; four brothers, Fred Meyer, Henry Meyer, Ed Meyer and Martin Meyer.

Survivors include one son, Kenneth Beagle and his wife Edna of Maramec; granddaughter, Connie Beagle of Maramec, and grandson, Ricky Beagle and his wife, Becky, of Pawnee; plus a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.


Kathy Louise Bruner
Kathy Louise (Broam) Bruner, 35, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, at her Stillwater home.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Jennings Cemetery with Harrison Gibson officiating. Services are under the direction of Chapman-Black Funeral Home of Cleveland.

She was born Feb. 4, 1965, in Tulsa to Jack Thomas and Catherine Louise Broam and was raised in the Jennings area where she attended school through junior high.

She attended Oilton High School and upon completion of her schooling had worked for nearly 17 years as a waitress and cook.

She was employed for the past four years in the food service department at Oklahoma State University.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her grandparents, George and Mary Broam; her parents; and two nephews, John Lewis and Jeremy Logan.

Survivors include her sister and her husband, Janell and Larry Logan of Jennings; her brother and his wife, Tom and Jackie Broam of Hominy; a stepbrother and his wife, Jack and Tammy Broam of Jennings; two stepsisters and their husbands, Mary and John Lewis of Jennings and Cindy and Derick Ponder of Noble; her stepmother, Karen Broam of Stillwater; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Judith Kay Sanders
Judith Kay Sanders, 54, was a devoted school teacher and counselor.

She died Friday, Sept. 8, 2000.

Services will be held 2 p.m. Monday in the First Baptist Church of Tulsa, Fourth and Cincinnati, Ken Warren officiating.

Burial will follow in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Cushing.

She was born March 31, 1946, in Cushing to A.C. and Nadine Matthews Watkins and was reared and educated in Cushing, graduating in 1964. She attended and graduated from Central State University, later receiving her master's degree from Oklahoma State University.

On Aug. 3, 1968, she married Orville "Bud" Sanders Jr.

She had taught math for the Jenks Public Schools, teaching the sixth through eighth grade and for the past 24 years had served the school as counselor.

She helped develop the CAPS Program, several special needs programs and was the first teacher for the gifted and talented program at Jenks Middle School.

Mrs. Sanders served as counselor for all the students that were interested in any of the military academies, having visited all the academies. She was actively involved with the U.S. Air Force Academy Parents Club, N.E. Oklahoma Chapter.

She had been nominated for Teacher of the Year for Jenks Public Schools and was Teacher of the Year at Jenks Central Middle School. She had received the Excellence Award from the Jenks Foundation and several recognitions for her students' accomplishments over the years.

She accompanied the Jenks eighth-grade class to Washington, D.C., during spring break for 16 years.

In addition to all her school activities, she was co-owner of Tulsa Tours, arranging tours for the Tulsa area and all Oklahoma and was active in organizing tours to War Eagles and Applegate.

Mrs. Sanders was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Tulsa, an active member of her Sunday school class, a member of the Sigma Kappa, Phi Delta Kappa, Oklahoma Education Association, National Education Association and had held offices of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha.

She enjoyed playing the organ, listening to music and being with her family and friends.

Survivors include her husband of the home in Tulsa; one daughter, Greta Renee Remington and her husband Greg of Chickasha; one son, Capt. Justin Brian Sanders and his wife Carrie of Enid; one grandson, Zachariah "Zach" Remington;

Also, her parents of Cushing; one brother, Jan Aaron Watkins and his wife Liz of Littleton, Colo., and their children George and Hayden; mother-in-law, Mrs. Dorcas Sanders of Mannford; her husband's grandmother, Mrs. Lois Farmer of Mannford.

And, three brothers-in-law, Lee Sanders and his wife Ernestine of Owasso, John Sanders and his wife Barbara of Harrah and Jim Bob Sanders and his wife Donna of Skiatook; two uncles, James "Jim" Matthews and Bill Matthews, both of Cushing; three aunts, Pauline Pierce of Cushing, Freda Dawes of Duncan and Addie Crane of Mounds, and a host of other relatives.

Memorials may be made to Jenks High School, First and B Street, Jenks 74037, to be used for the establishment of a scholarship fund in her name.

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