Miscellaneous Payne County, Oklahoma Obituaries


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Brian Mann
Duncan resident, Brian Springer Mann, 35, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001, in Duncan.

Services, with Johnny Price officiating, will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Don Grantham Funeral Home Chapel in Duncan. Interment will follow at Duncan City Cemetery.

He was born July 3, 1965, at Tinker Air Force Base to Charles E. and Beulah (Coffey) Mann.

He married Cindy Sisk July 7, 1990.

He was employed with Goodner's Company since 1996 and was affiliated with the Baptist denomination.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Amber Day and Heather Charlene Mann, all of the home; three brothers, Jeff Mann, of Duncan, Stephen Mann, of Memphis, Tenn. and Mark Mann, of Stillwater; and three sisters, Miranda Sprouse, of Corsicana, Texas and Charlene Culberson and Dana Gilbert, both of Duncan.

Pallbearers will be Chad Stubblefield, Jody Price, Larry Culberson, Chris Gilbert, John E. Sprouse Jr. and James Riden.

Honorary pallbearers will be Matt Foster, Budget Chambless, Rick Duke, Ricky Shepherd, Kevin Culberson and Mike Hendricks.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Amber and Heather Trust Fund, C/O Local Oklahoma Bank, 1006 West Main, Duncan, OK 73533.


Stella Shirley
Glencoe resident Stella Jane Shirley, 83, died at her home Monday, Jan. 1, 2001.

Services, with Ken Mantel, minister, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Strode Chapel. Interment will follow at Glenwood Cemetery, north of Perkins.

Strode Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

She was born in Noel, Mo., Feb. 21, 1917, to Fred and Nancy Jane (Wilhelm) Redfearn.

She married Jesse Earl Shirley in Mehan Oct. 13, 1933.

She was a member of the Southside Baptist Church and enjoyed quilting, baking, working with her flowers, embroidery and her family. She was a housekeeper and nurse's aid.

She was predeceased by her parents, three sisters, one brother and two grandsons.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Ron Shirley and his wife, Billie, of Lewisville, Texas and Austin Shirley, of Stillwater; three daughters, Wanda Gan and her husband, Glen, Eugenia Cavett and her husband, Bill, and Earlene Scott and her husband, James, all of Glencoe; one sister, Bessie Courtright, of Perry; 22 grandchildren, 64 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great grandchildren.


Cindy Kelley
Norman resident Cindy Elin Kelley, 35, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001, in Oklahoma City.

A memorial service, with Rev. Gary Brandt, Rev. David Nehrenz and Jeff Ahonen officiating will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Lutheran Church in Ada. Interment will follow at Rosehill Cemetery in Ardmore.

Criswell Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

She was born in Tulsa Oct. 16, 1965, to Lowell and Erna Jorgensen Leach.

She graduated from Ada High School in 1983 where she was a member and officer of Couganns and a four-time state medal winner for the track team. She was a senior at Oklahoma University when she became ill.

She married Rob Kelley Nov. 7, 1993. He died March 3, 1994.

She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Norman.

Survivors include her parents; one daughter, Kaitlyn Faith Kelley, of Norman; her grandmother, Cleo Leach, of Ada; and one brother, Tommy Leach and his wife Gina, of Stillwater.

Pallbearers will be B. J. Cowan, Jay Thompson, Jeff Johnston, Bobby Bolles, Weston Broadrick, Brian McGhee, Blake Rudd and Adam Stout.

Memorials may be made to the Leukemia Society of America, 600 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10016.


Mary Kunze
Mary Agnes Kunze, 92, Stillwater, died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2000, at Stillwater Medical Center.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Strode Chapel. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Strode Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

She was born Feb. 14, 1908, in Hamilton, Iowa, to Cornelius and Anna (Koster) Watertor.

She married Lewis Wayne Kunze Dec. 7, 1945, in Albert, Kan. He died Oct. 3, 1992.

She was a former resident of Morrison.

She was predeceased by her parents and her husband

She is survived by two daughters, Mary Jane Kunze and Anna Jean Kunze and one grandchild, Daniel Aaron Blazier.

Alzada Abercrombie
Funeral services for Fay resident Alzada Jennette (Cline) Abercrombie, 73, were held Dec. 26, 2000, at the Fay Auditorium.

Rev. Larry Harlan officiated. Interment was Dec. 28, 2000, at the Mt. Hope Cemetery, northeast of Fay.

She died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2000, in Fay.

Lockstone Funeral Home of Thomas directed the arrangements.

She was born northwest of Fay on May 11, 1927, to Harry and Hercile (Carnahan) Cline.

She was involved in numerous community organizations and enjoyed crocheting, baking bread and visiting with family and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents.

In addition to her husband, Forest Abercrombie, of the home, she is survived by her children, Daleene Caldwell and her husband, Larry, of Stillwater, Rush Abercrombie, of Fay, Eldora Horton and her husband, Dwaine, of Thomas, Robin Meyer and her husband, Chuck, of Weatherford; grandchildren Shane, Dorrin and Brandi Caldwell, of Stillwater, Shawna, Abbey and Natalie Meyer, of Weatherford, and Jennifer Meyer, of Del City; great-grandchildren Tyler and Alyssa Caldwell and Allana Ritter, all of Stillwater,; two brothers, Truman Cline and his wife, Iva Lois, of Mendenhall, Miss. and Dennis Cline and his wife, Mary of Sulphur, La; and many nieces and nephews.


Dora Mae Courtney
Dora Mae "Nana" (Caskey) Courtney, 76, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2001 at Stillwater Medical Center.

A memorial service will be Monday at 1 p.m. at Strode Chapel.

Strode Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

She was born in Seymour, Mo., on Oct. 28, 1924.

She married Floyd Courtney in 1942.

She lived much of her life, from 1933 until 1982, in Tulsa. In 1982 she moved to Stillwater.

In addition to her husband; she is survived by one daughter, Sandra Lee Courtney of Stillwater; two grandchildren, Holly Anne Belford-Hert of Grand Prairie, Texas, and Billy Belford of Prairie Village, Kan.; and two sisters, Vivian Moreland of Tulsa and Juanita Repovich, of California.

Memorials may be made to Cal Farley's Boys Ranch, Amarillo, Texas, in memory of Dora Courtney. 

Mrs. Sterling Grubbs
CUSHING - A memorial service for Mrs. Sterling N. (Gerry) Grubbs, widow of a former Payne County Attorney, has been announced for 1 p.m. Friday.

Mrs. Grubbs, 72, died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2000, at her home.

The service will be at in the First Christian Church (Disciples) at 300 E. Moses.

She is survived by a daughter, Mary Turner of Dallas, Texas; two sons, John (Jake) Grubbs and his wife Susan of Portland, Ore., and Jeff and his wife, Connie Grubbs of Charlotte, N.C.; her sister and brother-in-law, Natha and Sidney Durham of Evergreen, Colo.; a sister-in-law, Mrs. John Thomas (Wanda) Vinson of Texoma; several nieces and nephews, and four grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Judith Karman Hospice of Stillwater; Cushing Regional Hospital Auxiliary or the organization of choice. 

Charles Caldwell
Charles Onis Caldwell, 64, Stillwater died Monday, Jan. 8, 2001, at his home.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the Southside Baptist Church. Rev. Wayne Sanmann will officiate. Interment will be at the Morrison Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home..

Caldwell was born Nov. 16, 1936, in Payne County to George Ones and Rosa (Saltzmon) Caldwell. He married Patricia Lynne Wilkey Jan. 16, 1959, in Morrison.

Caldwell was raised on a farm between Glencoe and Stillwater. He graduated from Eureka High School in 1955. He worked as a custom wheat harvester from 1955 to 1962. Caldwell lived in Morrison from 1959 to 1966. He moved to Stillwater in 1966 and opened the Caldwell Implement with his brother Robert Caldwell that same year. He collected toy tractors and liked to rebuild 8N Ford tractors. Caldwell was always smiling. He loved to joke and tease and he never knew a stranger. He enjoyed going to farm equipment auctions. He was a member of the Southside Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Caldwell is survived by his wife, Patricia Caldwell of the home; two daughters, Renee Morgan and husband Glen; and Gale Henry and husband Roger; three grandchildren, Tony Morgan; Kaitlyn Henry; and Braden Henry; two brothers, Dale Caldwell; and Robert Caldwell and wife Georgie.

Memorials can be made to the Judith Karman Hospice, P.O. Box 818 Stillwater, OK 74076.

Pallbearers will be Dennis Beye, Dick Hoffman, Sammy Spears, Kent Houck, Bob Ketch, Dean Stump, Tony Morgan and Tim Ketch.

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


Frances Fowler
Frances Elizabeth Fowler, 86, Parsons, Kan., died Monday, Jan. 8, 2001, at the St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin following a lengthy illness.

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Father Michael Schemm will officiate. Burial will be at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

A Parish Rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home and the family will receive friends at the funeral home following the Rosary until 8 p.m.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Carson-Wall Funeral Home of Parsons, Kan.

Fowler was born Dec. 29, 1914, at St. Paul to Thomas and Elizabeth (Nunnick) Coomes. She grew up in the North Mission Township in Neosho County and attended the Prairie View Grade School and St. Francis High School in St. Paul.

On Sept. 30, 1935, she and Leonard E. Fowler were married at St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul.

They lived in the rural St. Paul area, the rural Erie area and then moved to Parsons in 1942. Mr. Fowler died April 22, 1996.

Fowler was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and the Altar Society. She enjoyed flowers and loved to hear all the stories about her children and grandchildren. She was her family's prayer source for any special needs they had.

Until her sight failed, she enjoyed crocheting afghans and giving them to her children and grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, a brother, a sister and a grandson.

Fowler is survived by two sons, James Fowler and wife Shirley, Wichita, Kan.; and Charles Fowler and wife JoAnn, Stillwater; one daughter, Betty Schettler and husband John, Parsons; 10 grandchildren, Steve Fowler, Wichita; Cindy Taylor, Wichita; Mark Fowler, Wichita; Teresa McNeil, Wichita; Karen Cryer, Stillwater; Kevin Fowler, Stillwater; Khristopher Fowler, Cushing; Patrick Schettler, Olathe; Julie McIntosh, Kellyville; Becky Lassen, Parsons; 17 great grandchildren; and one sister, Rosemary Crager, Wichita.

Memorials can be sent to St. Patrick's Church.

Marguerite Grimsley
Marguerite Grimsley, Stillwater, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2001, at the Stillwater Medical Center after a lengthy illness.

Memorial services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with Dr. B Gordon Edwards officiating assisted by Trudy Morphew. Strode Funeral Home will direct the services; private committal services will be held in the Sunset Memorial Cemetery at a later date.

Grimsley was born Jan. 25, 1913, near Frederick. She was the younger daughter of Mark and Nola (Wolfe) Anthony. She attended school in Frederick and after graduating from Frederick High School in 1930, she attended Oklahoma College for Women at Chickasha. At the end of two years, she received a provisional teaching certificate. She returned to Frederick and in the fall of 1932 she began teaching third grade at the grade school she attended. Her principal there was her former first and second grade teacher.

In 1934, she went to summer school at Oklahoma A&M where she met Stillwater businessman Norman V. Grimsley. They were married Jan. 23, 1937, and made their home in Stillwater. To this union were born two children, Jane and Mark. Grimsley received her bachelor's and master's degrees from OSU and continued her teaching career in elementary schools in Stillwater, winning several awards. She was active in educational organizations at the local, state and national levels. She was a member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church; a member and past officer of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution; the Colonial Dames; Chapter BV of P.E.O.; and several music, social and book review clubs. She loved to travel and participated with the Oklahoma Friendship Force visiting many countries.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her daughter, Jane.

Grimsley is survived by her son, Mark Grimsley and his wife, Mary Ann, Stillwater; grandchildren and spouses, Dan and Trisha Grimsley, Dallas, Texas; J.D. Grimsley, Dallas, Texas; Darbi and Tim Sefeik, Stillwater; Melissa and Curtis Lewis, Idabel; Mark A. and Christina Ross, Houston, Texas; as well as seven great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donation be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Judith Karman Hospice, or the charity of your choice.


Patrick Crotty
Dr. Robert Patrick H. Crotty, 74, Okmulgee, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2001, at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa.

A Rosary will be said today at the McClendon Funeral Home Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Father Bryan Brooks officiating. Interment will follow in the Okmulgee Cemetery. Services are under the direction of McClendon Funeral Home, Okmulgee.

Crotty was born April 10, 1926, in Madison County, Neb., to William P. and Gladys Lucile (Tannehill) Crotty. He married Mary Louise Kuzelka May 30, 1952, in Norfolk, Neb. He graduated from the Illinois School of Podiatric Medicine in 1953 and practiced until 1990. He was a member of the St. Anthony Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, Junior Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Podiatric Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandchild.

Crotty is survived by his wife, Mary Louise Crotty, of the home; two daughters, Maureen Crotty, Tulsa; and Patrice Crotty, St. Louis, Mo.; three sons, William P. Crotty, Ft. Smith, Ark.; Robert Crotty, Stillwater; and T. Shaun Crotty, Okisha; two brothers, Dr. Patrick Crotty, Auburn, Neb.; and Dr. J.D. Crotty, Muskogee; and nine grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Gloria Crotty; Ted Kuzelka; Rich Kuzelka, Bob Kuzelka, Dr. Brian Crotty and Dr. Jim Crotty.

The family suggests memorials be made to the American Diabetes Association or Marian Academy.


Robert Alciatore
Dr. Robert Thomas Alciatore, 69, former Director of Higher Education at Oklahoma State University, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2001, at Brighton Ski Resort, Utah.

The funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Pius X Catholic Church with Rev. Donald Martin and Rev. Msgr. Richard Mouton officiating. Arrangements are under the directions of Martin & Castille Funeral Home of Lafayette, La.

Robert Mouton was born in New Orleans to Edward Paul and Sophie (Haydel) Alciatore. After graduating high school he joined the Jesuit Order of New Orleans until 1964. He received a B.A. in English, 1954, and a Ph.L. in Philosophy, 1955, from Spring Hill College, Mobile, Ala.; S.T.L. in Theology, 1962, St. Louis University and in French, 1960, Laval University, Quebec; and Ph.D. in Higher Education, 1965, University of Minnesota.

He married Pegge Luken of Lafayette.

Dr. Alciatore served as Director of Higher Education at OSU, 1968-1973; Professor and Director, Division of Education, University of Texas, San Antonio, 1973-1976; Professor and Dean, College of Education, Florida Atlantic University; and Professor and Dean, College of Education, University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1981-2000.

His professional affiliations include membership in Kappa Delta Pi; member of the Board of Directors, Southwest Regional Council of American Association of Professors of Higher Education; and member of the Governing Board, Association of Professors of Higher Education.

Dr. Alciatore was selected Teacher of the Year, College of Education, at OSU and was sited in Who's Who of the South and Southwest. He published numerous books and educational journals.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Ann Mignon Alciatore; and one brother, Edward Paul, Jr.

Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Beth and her husband Gerald M. Gossen, Jr.; Mary Patricia, all of Lafayette; and Erin and her husband Thomas Hebert, Baton Rouge, La.; and one grandchild, Bryson Travasos.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Dr. Robert T. Alciatore Educational Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 51228, Lafayette, La. 70505. 


Sara Berger
Cushing resident, Sara Ruby Berger, 93, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2001, at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Cushing.

Services, with Dr. Lonny Lee presiding, will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Cushing. Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, north of Cushing.

She was born near the Cleveland area of Black Bear Creek Feb. 4, 1907, to Charles and Blanche (Land) Roach.

She received her early education in Cleveland.

She married Ralph T. Berger June 14, 1925, in Nelagoney. They made their first home in Nelagoney and lived their until 1945 when they moved to Hominy. The couple moved to Cushing in 1947.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Cushing and was an active member of the Deborah Sunday School Class. She belonged to the Pioneer Club and some years ago took trips with the Senior Citizens.

She was a nurse's aid for 20 years.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband; a daughter, Helen Murray; an infant son, Ralph T. Jr.; three sons-in-law, Gerald Murray, Robert Clarkson and Travis Piland; six sisters; two brothers; and one great granddaughter, Christy Bradley.

Survivors include one son, Earl Berger and his wife, Norma, of Cushing; one daughter, Dorothy Clarkson, of Sanger, Texas; one sister, Charlene Harrison, of Portland, Ore.; 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; and a host of nieces and nephews with whom she shared a Christian testimony that influenced their lives.

Pallbearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons, Tony E. Berger, Ross K. Berger, Kelly T. Berger, Brian Bradley, Courtney Berger and Chris Bradley

Memorials may be made to a memorial fund in her name at the First Baptist Church, 1001 N. Central, Cushing, OK 74023.

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