Miscellaneous Payne County, Oklahoma Obituaries


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Henry Chambers
Henry Edward Chambers, 92, Enid, had worked for 37 years as a county agent through the OSU Extension Service and then for many years as a district agent.

He died Monday, Oct. 23, 2000, at Greenbrier Nursing Home.

Graveside services will be Friday at 11 a.m., in Fairlawn Cemetery in Stillwater, John Crawford, minister of First Presbyterian Church, officiating. Services are under the direction of Brown Funeral Home of Enid.

Chambers was born Dec. 29, 1907, in El Paso, Texas, to Charles and Etta Maxson Chambers. He later moved to Stillwater where he graduated from High School in 1927.

Chambers married Geraldine Ray in Stillwater in 1934.

He received his master's degree from OSU in 1960.

After retirement in 1971 in Enid he served on the O.T. Autry Area Vo-Tech Board for 15 years.

He was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church where he was an elder and a member of the Men's Sunday School Class. He was a member of Enid Noon Lion's Club.

Survivors include one son, Boyd Chambers of Enid; a daughter, Patricia and husband Fred Borjes of Wilmington, Del.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made in his memory to the First Presbyterian Church with Brown Funeral Home serving as custodian of the fund.


Madge Patterson
Madge Patterson enjoyed cooking for her family and friends during holidays and family get togethers.

She died Monday, Oct. 23, 2000, in the Linwood Village Nursing Center at the age of 84.

Services, with Rev. Kevin Clouse, pastor, officiating, will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the First Church of God, in Cushing. Mrs. Joyce Riley, organist, will provide the organ prelude and postlude and will accompany a duet composed of Marion Loveland and Florence Neal as they sing "It Is Well With My Soul." Walter Webb will sing, "How Great Thou Art" and Wendy Clouse will sing "Amazing Grace."

Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery in Cushing.

Davis Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

She was born in War Eagle, Ark., March 18, 1916, to Hugh W. and Elsie Thelma (Powell) Holden. When she was a small child her family moved to Payne County where she attended Ripley School.

Madge was united in marriage to Lehman F. Patterson August 17, 1935, in Stillwater. To this union four children were born.

She was a longtime member of the First Church of God, was a devoted mother and wife and enjoyed cooking for her family and friends and working in the garden and canning.

She was predeceased by her parents; one brother, Harold Holden; and one grandson, Willard "Willie" Patterson.

Survivors include her husband of 65 years, of the home; four children, Bill and Delores Allen, Delbert and Doris Patterson, Gilbert and Joyce Patterson and Willard and Barbara Patterson, all of Cushing; a sister, Winnie Murdock and her husband, Ward; sister-in-law, Rose Mary Holden; nine grandchildren, Bruce and Steve Allen, Vincent Patterson, Robin Damschroder, Mike Hixon, Barry Joe Patterson, Cindy Patterson, Belinda Fitzgiven and Chaney Moody; 16 great-grandchildren, Andrew, Michael, Kaitlyn, Mary Katherine, Rachel and Kyle Allen, Levi and Jessie Patterson, Michael and Candice Hixon, Julie and Alyssa Damschroder, Louden, Jarrod and Kyler Patterson and Victoria Moody; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Casket bearers will be her grandsons, Randy Thompson, Vincent Patterson, Barry Patterson, John Martinnelli, Stephen Allen, Bruce Allen and Mike Hixon.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of God Memorial Fund, C/O Davis Funeral Home, 402 E. Broadway, Cushing, OK 74023.


Alice Burley
Alice Mary (Gander) Burley was an elementary school teacher for 20 years, but she inspired and taught people of all ages her whole life.

Mrs. Burley died Sunday, October 22, 2000, at her home in Stillwater.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church, 524 S. Duncan.

Dr. B. Gordon Edwards will officiate. Viewing hours are through Friday until 9:30 p.m. at Strode Funeral Home.

Mrs. Burley was born Nov. 22, 1909, at the family farm in Bates County, Mo. to Joseph Lee and Lydia (Long) Gander.

She went to rural Happy Hill School the first eight years and graduated from Butler High School.

Mrs. Burley attended Tarkio College in Tarkio, Mo. She spent her summers working at a YMCA Camp on Lake Taneycomo, Hollister, Mo.

She graduated from college cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a teacher's certificate.

For three years she taught in rural schools in Missouri and then began graduate work at Central State Teacher's College, Warrensburg, Mo.

Mrs. Burley married Ray H. Burley July 25, 1936, at her family home. She and her husband lived in Nebraska and Iowa where she began raising four children.

The family moved to Stillwater in 1945 where Burley accepted a position at OSU.

Mrs. Burley was very inspirational and active in her children's lives.

She was a leader of the Good Cheer 4-H Club for 14 years.

In 1955 Burley took a position with the US Point Four Program in Ethiopia. The family lived in Addis Ababa where Mrs. Burley taught in the American School for two years.

She counted those years as perhaps the most exciting of her teaching career. She had six or eight nationalities enrolled in her class and at one time a prince of the Ethiopian Royal Family.

After returning to the United States, Mrs. Burley completed work in 1961 for her Masters degree in Elementary Education from OSU. That fall she began teaching in Stillwater Elementary Public Schools.

After 12 years of teaching, she was awarded Westwood Elementary School Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Burley retired in 1975.

She then became a student again when she attended art and writing classes at OSU and in the community.

She was an enthusiastic watercolor painter and wrote short stories of family history.

She gardened and sewed with the Second Mile Sewing group at the First Presbyterian Church. She inspired and taught her grandchildren. She traveled extensively with her husband in the United States. Their last foreign trip was to Hong Kong in 1991.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Stillwater Art Guild (she was recently appointed an honorary associate member by the Art Guild Board), AARP, Friends of the Library, Retired Teachers Association, Arts and Humanities Council and Oklahoma-Ethiopia Assistance group. She was a life long member of the Republican Party.

Mrs. Burley was predeceased by her husband, parents, two sisters, Catherine Gander and Martha Weinberger and a brother, Floyd Gander.

Mrs. Burley is survived by two sisters, Velma Willcox of New Canaan, Conn. and Mildred McCloskey of Roseburg, Ore.; one son, James Burley of Clayton, Ga.; daughter, Laurel Burley of Oakland, Calif.; daughter and son-in-law, Linda Burley and C.K. Woo of Davis, Calif. and daughter and son-in-law, Elanys and Randy Symon of Franklin, Ohio.

Survivors also include six grandchildren, Roger, Geraldton and Rebekah Symon of Franklin, Ohio; Katie Smith of Trenton, Ohio; Alisha Woo of Davis, Calif. and Derek Frazier of Fort Worth, Texas and great-grandson, Tristan Frazier of Ft. Worth, Texas.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alice and Ray Burley Scholarship Fund, College of the Ozarks, Pt. Lookout, Missouri, 65726.


Cleo Longton
Cleo Longton, longtime Chandler resident, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000, in the Veterans Hospital in Oklahoma City at age 81.

Mass of Christian burial was Wednesday morning in the Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church with Father David Lafferty officiating. Burial followed in the Davenport Cemetery with full military services being conducted at the cemetery.

Services were under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Cushing.

Longton was born Feb. 10, 1919, in Kendrick and was reared and educated in this area.

He entered the United States Army, serving during World War II, and following his honorable discharge returned to the Chandler area and had farmed since.

He is survived by two nieces, one nephew and other relatives.


James Evans
James Alvin Evans worked for an oil refinery in Tulsa.

He died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000, at his home in Cushing at the age of 88.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the United Pentecostal Church, Cushing, with the Rev. Francis Westberg presiding. Interment will be at 2 p.m. at the Memorial Park Cemetery, Tulsa, under the direction of the Palmer Funeral Home of Cushing.

He was born March 13, 1912, in Coweta to Walter and Nellie Evans. He had worked for the Mid-Continent Oil Refinery in Tulsa. He was a member of the United Pentecostal Church in Cushing.

He is survived by his daughter, Jean Dallas, of Dallas, Texas, one son, Joe Evans, of Navasto, Texas, and one sister, Louise Crawford, of Bentonville, Ark.


Captola Berg
Captola Luellan Berg taught Head Start for many years.

She died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000, at the home of her son in Pond Creek, where she has lived the last three years. She was 77.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Maramec Baptist Church in Maramec, with interment to follow in Maramec Cemetery.

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

She was born May 29, 1923, in Sparks to Jasper Oscar and Daisy Mae Cunningham Scheer.

She married Olan Roy Berg Oct. 7, 1939, in Pawnee.

She was a Head Start teacher in Coyle for 17 years, retiring in 1984.

She had lived at Coyle for 22 years and at Morrison for 12 years before moving to Pond Creek.

She was predeceased by her parents, husband, three brothers and one sister.

She is survived by three sons, Larry Berg, of Pond Creek, and Troy and Roy Berg, both of Stillwater; three daughters, Sandra Myers, Morrison, Vickie Brake, Stillwater and Ruth Sundquist, Guthrie; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one brother, Emery Wayne Scheer, Lindsay, and one sister, Virda Hahn, Edmond.

Memorials may be made to Pond Creek-Hunter FFA.


James Matthews
James Preston Matthews, 89, died at Stillwater Medical Center Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Christian Church of Perkins, minister Leonne Worcester officiating. Burial will follow at Tryon Cemetery under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.

Matthews was born Nov. 21, 1910, in Tryon to James Ernest and Erma Bernice (Reed) Matthews. He attended schools at Columbia and Harmony and Tryon High School.

On Feb. 6, 1933, he married Velma Louis Matthews in Tryon.

After his marriage he farmed until 1951 then worked for Velma Gas Company until 1978.

He worked for the city of Velma for three years and retired in 1981 when he moved to Perkins.

He was a member of the Baptist Church.

Matthews was predeceased by his wife; one son, Roger Laile Matthews; two sisters, Erma Bernice Matthews and Louise Buerger and one brother, Roy Lee Matthews.

Survivors include one son, James Lowell Matthews and his wife Gale of Olathe, Kan., and a daughter-in-law, Julie Matthews of Liverpool, N.Y.;

Also, four grandchildren, Mary Matthews of Leawood, Kan., Tracey Matthews of Emporia, Kan., Jon Matthews and his wife Barbara of Modesto, Calif., and Hilary Matthews of Odenton, Md.; three step grandchildren and three step great-grandchildren and one sister, Irene Cotham and her husband Clyde of Stillwater.


Della Crutcher
Della Elizabeth Griggs Crutcher, 85, Lawton, died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000, at her residence following a lengthy illness.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church Memorial Chapel with Mrs. Crutcher's grandson, the Rev. Tommy Woodard, officiating and Dr. William F. Watkins, associate pastor, assisting.

Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery under the direction of Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home.

Mrs. Crutcher was born March 7, 1915, near Snyder to Charles and Katherine (Gossett) Griggs. She married Thomas Charles (T.C.) Crutcher Dec. 16, 1934, in Lawton.

She worked for the Lawton Public Schools food service for seven years and for 20 years in medical records at Comanche County Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Crutcher was a member of the Pioneer Club of Lawton and the Comanche County Home Extension Club. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lawton.

Mrs. Crutcher was interested in baking, cooking, crocheting, reading, crossword puzzles and fishing. Her greatest interest and joy was spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by an infant son, Thomas Charles Jr., her parents, two brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include her husband of the home; three children, Bill and his wife Linda of Stillwater, Mary Woodard and her husband Woody of Edmond, and David and his wife Fran of Oklahoma City; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lawton, Box 2074, Lawton 73502. 

H.F. Donnelley
H.F. Donnelley, 99, Stillwater, died at Golden Oaks Village Monday, Oct. 23, 2000. He had been under hospice care since late August.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at the First Christian Church, 411 W. Mathews. Bill Inglish will officiate. Interment will be sometime in the future after cremation, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Enid.

Donnelley was widely recognized for his leadership over the years in furthering the development of young people, notably for his work as the founder and primary administrator of the I-O-A Youth Ranch, now the Oklahoma Lions Boys Ranch, and the Hidden Treasure and Parents as First Teachers projects he initiated while working in the Oklahoma State University community education department. He strongly believed in educating all people in the necessary creative living skills for community interaction, both intergenerational and inter-organizational, through his teaching, his association with the Boy Scouts of America and his community education activities.

Although Donnelley was not a graduate of any formal university, his self-education process was life-long and remained undiminished even in his 100th year as his eyesight failed and his facts sometimes got confused. His dedication and contribution to OSU are well documented and extensive. He brought honor and distinction to every group with which he had association.

The hallmark of his character, if such a thing can be identified, was his enthusiasm for life and the positive approach to problem solving and conflict management with which he addressed every new challenge he faced. Secondary only to these was the single-minded dedication he brought to his life-long mission to provide the coming generation with a more healthy and educated race of men (written on an Oklahoma A&M College vocational guidance form in 1921).

Donnelley was born Dec. 12, 1900, on his mother's claim in the Cherokee Strip near Lahoma to Elizabeth Estella Lake Maddox and Charles F. Donnelley. The only issue of that marriage, he called himself "an only child with 12 (step) brothers and sisters." He attended schools in Lahoma and Helena before the family moved into Enid, where he graduated from Enid High School in 1919. He had been a member of the basketball team and the debating society. He attended OSU when it was still Oklahoma A&M College, taking courses spread over more than half a century, from 1919-79.

Donnelley was married twice, first to Lois Lea Main Donnelley, from 1923 until her death in 1969, and then to Ione Young Murphy Donnelley, from 1971 until her death in 1984. The first marriage yielded five children, H.F. Donnelley Jr. (deceased at age 70), Stanley Main Donnelley, Leta Ruth Johnson Silveus, Carol Lorine Reed and Lea Ann Donnelley Walker; 14 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, by whom he is survived.

Donnelley retired from five careers: high school teacher (Enid High School), 1923-27; professional Boy Scout executive, 1927-32; Oklahoma Benefit Life Insurance Co. executive and founder (with his half sister, Mary Jane Tresner, and her husband), 1923-60; I-O-A Youth Ranch founder/research and demonstration director, 1952-77; and research associate, community education department, OSU, 1978-94.

Donnelley's civic and humanitarian service also included these activities: Boy Scout leader, Cubbing commissioner, executive board member, 1920-1960; First National Jamboree Scoutmaster, 1937; president of the Enid Public Schools board, 1940, and school board member, 1935-47; elder, Stillwater First Christian Church, 1973-88; project director, Oklahoma Diamond Jubilee Project "Hidden Treasure: Our Heritage - New Horizons!" (managing seven youth/adult community teams that involved more than 7,000 Oklahomans in identifying living survival skills while looking for little-known events, people and places in their own families, neighborhoods and communities); OSU Alumni Association, Half Century Club president, 1979; Payne County Historical Society life member and sites committee member, 1983; Neighborhood Watch organizer, 1985; co-chairman of the Stillwater Mayor's Wellness Sub-Committee Lifeskills Development Taskforce, presenting findings on Talkback Television, 1990; founder of the Community Partnership Development Foundation, 1991; funding numerous scholarships for OSU community education students and other projects (previously through the Cart and Mule Society, 1983-90; member, Cherokee Strip Centennial Celebration committee; and State Historical Society member and storyteller/presenter, 1991-93.

At the time of his death, he was in the process (with his daughters, the Main-Donnelley Family Memorial Trust and the Community Partnership Development Foundation) of establishing a "Cimarron College of Nature Knowledge" Living Heritage Center with facilities for a creative leadership training center, an interpretive historical/nature trail and a museum of artifacts from the Main-Donnelley families and I-O-A Ranch histories.

Among the many projects and events Donnelley developed and participated, he represented OSU at Cornell University's Human Ecology Exhibition Day with project results from "Hidden Treasure: Our Heritage-New Horizons" in 1985, along with his granddaughter, Diana Johnson Brown; he participated in the St. Louis-based Parents as First Teachers first national conference in San Diego, Calif., in 1987; he established the "Hidden Treasure: Our Heritage-New Horizons" project for the Oklahoma Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 1981-82; he recorded and presented, with daughter Lea Ann, the "Discover Hidden Treasure" video presentation at the Sangre Ridge Elementary second grade "Authors Fair," in 1989; he presented a series of three workshops in 1989-91, titled "History Alive! Through Classroom Directed Experiences," at OSU's Old Central in 1989; he created and presented the "Power-of-Positive-Students" program in Oklahoma City for his son Stanley's vocational education classroom in 1993; he sponsored awards at the Oklahoma State Fair/State Historical Society in the "Little-Known People, Places and Events" category; in 1999, with daughter Lorine and family, he dedicated a Family Memorial gazebo on the grounds of the Oklahoma Lions Boys Ranch; in 1999, he participated in the "Geriatric Leisure Study," part of an OSU doctoral research project, and was the co-initiator, with daughter Lorine, of a Golden Oaks reading program for children.

Donnelley was a charter member of the National Association of Homes for Boys from 1953-78 and was recognized with an Honorary Life Membership in 1978. He was an Oklahoma Registered State Social Worker from 1965-80. He received the Phi Delta Kappa Distinguished Service Award in 1983. He was a member of the state, national and international community education associations from 1979-99. He received the Oklahoma Community Education Association Service Award in 1979, the National Community Education Association Distinguished Service Award in 1989 and an American Association for State and Local History National Commendation in 1994. He was recognized in a session of the Oklahoma Legislature by Rep. Terry Ingmire on Education Day, 1999, and the cities of Stillwater and Perkins proclaimed Dec. 12, 1999, as "H.F. Donnelley Day" in honor of his 99th birthday.

Other honors and awards Donnelley has received include the Silver Beaver Award (highest honor for Boy Scout leadership work), 1935; the Oklahoma Heritage Association Distinguished Service Award for "Outstanding Service in the Preservation of Oklahoma's Unique History and Heritage," 1985; the Oklahoma Lions Honor Banquet for H.F. Donnelley, 1986; the Director's Fellowship Award, Lions Service Foundation, 1989; the Melvin Jones Fellowship (highest Lions' honor), 1991; the Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Service Award presented by President George Bush, May 1990 OSU commencement; the BlueCross BlueShield "Ageless Hero" award for community involvement, 1999; and the Oklahoma Child Advocacy "Friends of Children" Lifetime Achievement Award, 2000.

Donnelley produced many papers and reports and many publications: "Guidebook on the 'I-O-A' Trail," an evaluation of the methods used at the boys' ranch from 1952-67; "First 25 Years of the 'I-O-A' Way," 1977; "A Half-Century of Continuing Process! Southwestern Cultural Heritage Festival," 1982; and "Y-O-U and the I-O-A Way, A Chronicle of the Oklahoma Lions Boys Ranch and the Main/Donnelley Families Who Founded It," co-authored by Ruth Silveus, Lea Ann Donnelley Walker and Richard Green, New Forums Press, 1998.

Many local people in Stillwater could have written this obituary, but none could be more proud to have known H.F. Donnelley than we, his daughters, are. We have been blessed to spend much more time with him over the years than many children have done with their parents, because of the awards and recognitions, the recent book and memorial gazebo projects and other ranch and family activities.

Memorials may be made to the H.F. Donnelley Memorial Fund, Oklahoma Lions Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 400, Perkins, Okla., 74059. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at strodefh@aol.com, or pwalker@cts.com.


L.D. Thompson
L. D. "Jack" Thompson, 84, died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2000, at Stillwater Medical Center.

Services, with Jim Smith officiating, are pending in Missouri.

Strode Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

He was born Sept. 28, 1916, in Ashland Ky. to Ollie and Georga (Lane) Thompson.

After working in the steel mills for 30 years, Jack retired and moved to a farm in Missouri where he enjoyed living and working.

Jack enjoyed taking care of his cattle, remodeling older homes and working with wood. He was a member of Beef Master Association.

He was a steel worker and crane operator for USS Steel.

He was predeceased by his parents; three sisters, Sally, Betty and Marie and one brother, Harlin.

Survivors include three sons, Richard, Charles and Kenneth Thompson; one daughter, Shiela Crampton and her husband Larry; four brothers, Hubert Thompson and his wife, Dorothy, of Carrol, Ohio, Hager Thompson. of Columbus, Ohio, Wallace Thompson and his wife, Ginnie, of Columbus, Ohio and Bob Thompson and his wife, Judy, of Oregon; three sisters, Madlyn Hunt and her husband, Jack, Ginnie Wright, Katheryn McDow and her husband Jim, all of Ashland, Ky.; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; and a very special friend, Eda May Mazes, of El Dorado Springs, Mo.

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