Miscellaneous Payne County, Oklahoma Obituaries


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Ines Abbott McCrary
Ines Abbott McCrary was known for her mastery of presenting elegant tea tables and for her pansy gardens.

She died Thursday, Sept. 7, 2000, in Stillwater Medical Center at the age of 80.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the First Presbyterian Church at Sixth and Duncan, with the Dr. Gordon Edwards and Dr. James R. Struthers officiating.

The daughter of Arthur and Willa Mae (Bill) Abbott, she was born in Oklahoma City Feb. 20, 1920. The family later moved to Stillwater where her parents operated the Abbott Theater.

She had the distinction of being one of the first youngsters to enter the newly-formed nursery school through the school of home economics at Oklahoma A&M College in 1924.

She attended elementary school in Stillwater until 1928, when the family purchased a theater in Pawhuska and made their home there.

After graduating from Pawhuska High School, she returned to Stillwater as a student at OAMC.

Later she attended Tulsa Business College and subsequently returned to Stillwater to accept a job with the Department of Agriculture.

In 1941, she met and married Paul McCrary, an Army lieutenant stationed at OAMC as an ROTC instructor.

In 1942, he was ordered to duty and stationed at several Army posts before entering combat in Europe.

She accompanied her husband to all stateside assignments, but returned to Pawhuska and worked as a secretary while he was overseas.

After being wounded toward the end of the war, he retired from military duty.

The McCrarys then returned to Stillwater where both were employed at OAMC.

She worked first for the Student Union and later for the Research Foundation.

In 1969, she joined Paul in his work with International Tours of Stillwater where they conducted travel tours and cruises for 25 years to various parts of the world.

Throughout their travels, they visited all 50 states and 106 foreign countries.

They raised two children, participated in countless community activities, were active members of their church and gave of themselves unselfishly to help make Stillwater a better place to live.

She was past president of Chapter BU, P.E.O.; a dedicated member of the Stillwater Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae Club and a member of Travelers Century Club.

Her long-standing work with Kappa Alpha Theta centered around assisting collegiate members of the chapter by serving on the advisory and corporation boards.

She also played a major role for more than 40 years in the annual fund-raising event, Flaming Festival, sponsored by the alum club to raise funds for local service agencies as well as the national Theta philanthropy, CASA.

Her mastery of an elegant tea table presentation was unmatched at the Theta house, and she was known near and far for her flourishing pansy gardens - pansy being the flower of Kappa Alpha Theta.

A lifelong Presbyterian, her activities encompassed decades of service to the church.

She was named an honorary life member of the National Presbyterian Women's Association.

She served an untold number of years as Circle Chairman and was always a gracious responder when called upon to help with food for special gatherings - she was known as "the dessert maker."

She is survived by her husband, a son, Col. Allan McCrary, of Vacaville, Calif.; a daughter, Patty and her husband, Dale Fehringer, of San Francisco, Calif.; and niece Sandra Moriarity, of Walnut Creek, Calif.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 524 S. Duncan, Stillwater, 74074, or to the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation, 8740 Founders Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268-1300.

Note the memorial is for the "Ines Abbott McCrary Kappa Alpha Theta Scholarship Fund."

An endowed scholarship is being established to perpetuate her love for Theta, and will fund scholarships for collegiate members of Kappa Alpha Theta at OSU who need financial assistance to complete a degree program.


Forest Clarence Bush
Forest Clarence Bush, 95, died Friday, Sept. 8, 2000, at the Stillwater Medical Center.

Services, with Minister Leonne Worcester officiating, will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Perkins Christian Church.

Interment will be at 2 p.m. in the IOOF Cemetery in Tonkawa.

Strode Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

He was born Nov. 20, 1904, in Sunset, Texas to Walter David and Iola (Dorsey) Bush.

He married Virda LaNora Billups in Tonkawa Dec. 25, 1927. She died June 4, 1960.

He married Elaine Wells in Dec. 1964, in Eldorado, Kan.

He attended school in Anadarko and later moved with his family to Duncan. In the 1920's he moved to Tonkawa where he worked at the Three Sands Oil Field and later was employed as a bit retipper.

He was also an inventor and manufacturer of a television antenna that was sold all over the United States.

He was a member of the Tonkawa Presbyterian Church.

In addition to his wives, he was predeceased by one son, Jimmie Lee Bush.

He is survived by a daughter, Norma Jean Bush McIlvain and her husband, Ditz, of Perkins; six grandchildren, Michael Eugene Bush, of Meridian Miss., Leah Barnett, of Dallas, Leanne Bush, of Ponca City, Jimmie Ditz McIlvain, of Perry, Valinda Jean Wolfe, of Bossier City, La. and Candy Gaye Barrett, of Terlton; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Pallbearers will be David Lester, Jim McIlvain, Steve Wolfe, Patrick Biggs, Clay Barrett and Ditz McIlvain.

Memorials may be made to Faith in Action, First Christian Church, 119 E. Stumbo, Perkins, OK 74059

Condolences may be e-mailed the family at <strodefh@aol.com>


Claudene Hill
Former Stillwater resident, Claudene Hill, 82, of Caddo, died Friday, Sept. 8, 2000, at Wilson N. Jones Hospital in Sherman, Texas.

Services, with Rev. Wanda Jackson officiating, are at 2 p.m. Monday at the Caddo Presbyterian Church. Interment is at Gethsemane Cemetery in Caddo.

Daltho-Holmes directed the arrangements.

She was born in Caddo Nov. 29, 1917, to Claude and Daisy (Fryer) Nail. She lived 18 years in Las Alamos, N.M. She then moved to Stillwater and later moved to Caddo where she lived until her death.

She enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Caddo.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Franklin Hill who died in Sept. 1963.

She is survived by a son, Steve Hill and his wife, Carla, of Catoosa, and several cousins.

Pallbearers will be men of the Presbyterian Church.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Oklahoma Division, Inc. 4323 NW 63rd, number 10, Oklahoma City, OK 73116-1513. 

Frances Hamman
Funeral services for Frances Ethel Hamman 84, who died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, in the Cypress-Fairbank Medical Center in Houston, will be at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Pond Creek. Reverends Bret McKee and Charles Womack will officiate.

Interment will follow in the Pond Creek Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home in Pond Creek.

She was born June 19, 1916, at Beatty, Ore., on the Shone Reservation. She was raised on Indian reservations in Oregon, Nevada and Colorado and when she was 16, graduated from high school in Mancos, Colo.

She married Guy (Bud) Hamman in Enid March 21, 1938. They made their home in Pond Creek where he was a ranger for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife. He died Aug. 17, 1981.

Two years ago she moved to Houston to be close to her daughter.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Pond Creek Study Club.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her parents, three brothers and two sisters.

She is survived by her son, Leland Joe Hamman of Stillwater; a daughter, Diana Anderson, of Houston; a sister, Grace Lafferty, of Wichita, Kan.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, Oklahoma Firefighters Memorial or the Oklahoma Wildlife Department, C/O Wilson Funeral Home, 227 East Aspen, P.O. Box 478, Pond Creek, OK 73766.


Minnie Lee White
Minnie Lee White, 104, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, at Grace Living Center in Stillwater.

Memorial services, with Rev. Stan Warfield officiating, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of the First United Methodist Church.

She was a loving and dedicated teacher of young children in the public schools of Oklahoma for over 40 years. During her long career she taught at Cashion, Bromide, Paden, Okemah and Sand Springs.

She was born June 16, 1896, in Jamestown Ky. to Ebenezer and Sallie Ann Lawless and lived her early life in the beautiful foothills of the Cumberland Mountains.

Her father brought the family to Oklahoma by steamboat and train soon after statehood. and settled near Paden.

Minnie Lee completed her high school education, obtained her teacher's certificate and taught her first class at a one room school house named Schroudgeout.

She retired from teaching to marry Ray White, of Tishomingo Nov. 9, 1925. In 1935, their only son was born there.

Her husband died in an accident in 1936 and to support herself and her son, she returned to teaching.

During the next few years, by taking summer courses and correspondence work, she earned a B.A. degree and later, a Masters at Oklahoma A and M. College.

She moved to Stillwater in about 1978 where she lived in Windrock Condominiums before she entered Stillwater Nursing Center because of failing health.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Alpha Theta Conclave of Kappa Kappa Iota, Oklahoma Retired Educators Association, D.A.R., Eastern Star, Stillwater Research Club and American Legion Auxiliary.

Her hobbies were traveling, oil painting, sewing and enjoying friends and family. She will be remembered for her sweet nature and keen sense of humor.

She is survived by her sister, Ms. Caroline Blue, of Oklahoma City; daughter-in-law, Mrs. Fred White, of Honolulu; grandchildren, Alicia Lewis and her husband, Peter, and daughter, Savannah Ray; Matthew White and wife, Audra, all of San Francisco, Calif.; Malia Eversole and her husband Dolan, of Honolulu: nephews, Jim Dudley, Estill Lawless, Jr. and John Lawless; and a dear friend, Dick Forst of Oklahoma City.

Other survivors are Stillwater residents, cousins, Bob and Betty Barnes, Robert W. Barnes, Beverly and Jim Campbell, and sons, Bryce, Scott and Todd, and Dr. Larry A. Barnes, of Lees Summit, Mo.

Memorials may be made to Judith Karman Hospice, 824 S. Main Street, Stillwater, OK 74074. 

Martha E. Anthis
Martha E. Anthis, 97, Cushing, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, at the Cushing Regional Hospital.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the First Christian Church with the Rev. Milo Steffen officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairlawn Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.

Anthis was born May 22, 1903, near Emporia, Kan. to Lewis P. Greenwood and Sarah Overfelt Greenwood. She was the youngest of 10 children. She was raised northwest of Cushing and attended Cottonwood School. She made a profession of faith at 18 years old and was baptized at the Big Creek Church of the Brethren, west of Cushing.

She was united in marriage to Hubert H. Anthis Dec. 11, 1921, in the First Christian Church by Rev. Bert Salmon. God blessed this marriage with one son and two daughters. Anthis loved to quilt, crochet and cook. She was an active member of the First Christian Church until ill health kept her from attending.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, James E Anthis in 1976; seven brothers; two sisters; and one son-in-law, J.P. Smith.

Anthis is survived by two daughters, Lorene Smith, Guthrie; Clara Royster and husband Ivan, Cushing; six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; a daughter-in-law, Berniece Anthis, Arkansas City, Kan.; several nieces, nephews, friends, and neighbors.

Serving as casketbearers will be Robert Cook, Robbie Curtis, Don Crawford, Mike Smith, George Wilkinson and Oliver Kinzie.

Memorials can be made to the First Christian Church or a charity of your choice.


Sparky Gene Kendrick
Sparky Gene Kendrick, 56, died Monday, Sept. 11, 2000, in Stillwater.

Graveside services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Glencoe Cemetery.

Poteet Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

He was born in Stafford, Ariz., Jan. 19, 1944, to Robert Lee and Edna Virgie (Lile) Kendrick.

He married Sandra Kay Stokes in 1965 in Stillwater.

He moved to Pawnee from Olympia, Washington in June, 1998. He loved to go fishing, be with his family and children and adored his granddaughter, KaSandra.

He was predeceased by his mother, and one brother, Robert Lee, "Tadpole" Kendrick, Jr.

Survivors include two daughters, Regina Ann Kendrick and Valicisa Kay Stokes, both of Pawnee: granddaughter, KaSandra Stokes, of Pawnee; father, Robert L. Kendrick, of Glencoe; six brothers, Don Kendrick, of Tonkawa, Leslie Lile, of Stillwater, Jimmy Lemire, of Stillwater, Jay Lemire, of Brenham, Texas, Pat Kendrick, of Monroe, N.C. and Willie Kendrick, of Stillwater; one sister, Jane Frankenfield, of Glencoe; and a number of other relatives and friends.


Lester H. Heiliger
Lester H. Heiliger, 90, died Monday, Sept. 11, 2000, at the Binger Nursing Home in Binger.

A memorial service is being planned to coincide with a family gathering during the summer of 2001.

He was born Nov. 10, 1909, in Hinton to Louis Henry and Letha Ora (Milligan) Heiliger,

He married Muriel (Thomason) Heiliger May 24, 1936. She preceded him in death in 1996.

Heiliger farmed for many years in the Hinton vicinity after overcoming serious injuries in an automobile accident in 1955. During the several years of recovery, he and his son, Wayne, operated a construction business repairing grain storage structures. At the time of the accident, he was employed by a farm product manufacturing company for which he set national sales records the previous year.

Previous employment included manager of the Zero Locker Plant, Wewoka; sales of air-conditioning and refrigeration for the E.R. Heiliger Co., Tulsa; and sales with NCR, Fort Smith, Ark.

Loss of vision in one eye, resulting from a childhood accident disqualified him for military service. Instead, he worked as a civilian for the Corps of Engineers as a construction inspector. He often spoke of his achievements in terms of encouraging and providing for his family to pursue academic interests. A strong work ethic was central to his life.

A long-time member of Hinton First Baptist Church, he had taught adult Sunday school classes. Also he and his family had been active members at Putnam City Baptist Church prior to his returning to Hinton in the mid-1960s.

Survivors include his son, Wayne L. Heiliger and his wife, Jo of Stillwater; daughter, Carmen Naanep and her husband Geronimo, San Jose Calif.; grandchildren, Lance Heiliger and his wife Amy, Collinsville, Mark Heiliger, Fayetteville, Ark., Jason Langston, San Jose, Calif., Carmella Naanep, Tualatin, Ore., Sara Naanep, Monterey, Calif., Rachel Naanep, San Jose, Calif., and great-grandson, Tyler Naanep, Monterey, Calif.

Also, Wayne and Irene Thomason, Oklahoma City; Bonnie Thomason (wife of the late Noel Thomason), Midwest City; Allie Milligan (wife of the late Cliff Milligan) Bethany; Bob and Wanda Heiliger, Mustang, who devoted a great deal of care to Lester and Muriel. He also has a host of nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

His six brothers preceded him in death.

Remembrances may be sent to the Hinton Historical Museum.

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