Miscellaneous Payne County, Oklahoma Obituaries

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Helen Joyce
Helen Joyce died Monday, Jan. 22, 2001, at Grace Living Center in Stillwater. 
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at University Heights Baptist Church in Stillwater. 

She was born Dec. 1, 1915, in Toronto, Canada, to James Ross and Hermia Matilda Teeter. 

She grew up in Stamford, Conn., where she married John Harvey (Jack) Joyce in 1951. They lived in Washington, Oregon, New Jersey and Texas during the 50’s and early 60’s, and finally moved to Oklahoma City in 1962. 

They provided a warm and loving home for their children Paul and Jonathan. Helen was full of life and loved to be around people. Even though Alzheimer’s disease took its toll on her during the last several years, she still had a smile for every visitor. 

She is survived by two sons, Paul and wife Mary Ann of Dallas, Texas; and Jonathan and wife Emily of Stillwater; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

Memorials may be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 919 North Michigan Avenue Suite 1100, Chicago, Illinois 60611-1676.

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Gladys Filbert
Gladys Filbert, 90, Morrison, died Tuesday, Jan. 23. 2001, at the Brewster Place Care Facility in Topeka, Kan. 
Services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Morrison First Christian Church with Dr. William R. Chance officiating. Interment will be at the Resthaven Cemetery in Ponca City. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home. 

Filbert was born Nov. 17, 1910, in Rogers, Ark., to William Thomas and Melissa (Davenport) Burch. She was married to Charlie Jones July 26, 1926. Her husband died Aug. 6, 1928. She then marred Leroy V. Filbert Jan. 7, 1944, in Troy, Kan. Her second husband died July 16, 1997. She attended schools in Rogers, Ark., Atchison, Kan. and Winthrop, Mo. She loved to read, bowl and play cards. She was a member of the First Christian Church and Christie-Jones American Legion Post No. 343 Auxiliary. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, one son, three sisters, two brothers and one great granddaughter. 

Filbert is survived by one son, Roy Eugene Filbert and his wife Joann, Topeka, Kan.; one sister, Edna Thomas, Atchison, Kan.; one daughter-in-law Kathleen Nichols and husband Lloyd, Morrison; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. 

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

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Tate Prough
Tate Prough, 30, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001. 
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday in the Yale High School gym with Brother Mike Dersham officiating. A private burial will be held for the family. Services are under the direction of Davis Yale Chapel. 

He was born Dec. 19, 1970, in Tulsa to Larry and Meredith (Brewer) Prough. He was reared in Yale and graduated in the class of 1989. 

He married Jean Ramsey June 30, 2000, in Cushing. 

He was employed by H & H Production for the past two years. He enjoyed the outdoors, floating the Illinois River, reading and driving his truck. 

Survivors include his wife of the home; one son, Benjamin Tate Prough of Tulsa; his parents of Cushing; two brothers, Todd Prough and his wife Jeanette of Yale and Thad Prough and his wife Teraca of Maramec; one nephew, Austin Prough and other relatives and friends.

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Meta Woodson
Meta Mae Rakey Woodson, 88, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001, at Stillwater Medical Center. 
No services have been planned. Arrangements are under the direction of Colonial Chapel Funeral Home. 

She was born Aug. 15, 1912, in Narsa Visa, N.M., to William Louis and Anna Marie (Flesner) Snyder. She was reared in Stillwater and graduated from Stillwater public schools. 

Her marriage to O.C. Rakey ended in divorce. She married William T. “Woodie” Woodson Apr. 4, 1964, in Chandler who died in February of 1986. 

She was a bookkeeper and active member of many clubs and professional organizations including Eastern Star, Stillwater Business and Professional Women, Kappa Phi and Alpha Nu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. She was a member the First United Methodist Church. She will be remembered as being kind and loving to all. 

In addition to her parents and husband she is preceded in death by one brother, Charles W. Snyder of Stillwater. 

Survivors include one son, Larry Lee Rackey and his wife Paula of Stillwater; one aunt, Florence (Flesner) Miller of Muldrow; eight grandchildren including Travis Lee Rakey, Kenneth Shane Rakey, Stephanie Noble and Lorie Clemens; seven great-grandchildren including Tyler and Myranda Eberly.

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Jeanette Conner
Jeanette Floyd Conner, 68, sister of John Floyd of Stillwater, died Monday, Jan. 22, 2001, at her home in Dahlonega, Ga. 
Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Friend’s Church in Argonia, Kan. with burial to follow in the Argonia Cemetery. 

She was born Jan. 7, 1933, in Argonia Kan., to Elijah Wayman and Marie (Peterson) Floyd. 

She married Robert P. Conner. 

She was a member of the Argonia Baptist Church. Following her retirement after 20 years as a stewardess and stewardess trainer with Southern Airlines, she owned and operated the Hallmark Card Shop in Dahlonega, where she lived the past 25 years. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband; two sisters, Velda Tanguay and Zola Smith; three brothers, Howard, Albert and E. W. Floyd, Jr. 

Survivors include three sisters, Mary Suter of Wichita, Kan., Marie Trader of Bonner Springs, Kan. and Georgia Lambke of Wichita, Kan.; two brothers, John Floyd of Stillwater and Carl Floyd of Littleton, Colo.; 35 nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rainbow Children’s Home, 247 Main Street, E., Dahlonega, Ga., 30533 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105. 

Tonnie Morris
Tonnie Morris, 82, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001 at his home in Ripley 
Services, with Rev. James Manual presiding will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church North in Cushing. Interment will follow at the Silver Star Cemetery east of Cushing. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Palmer Funeral Home of Cushing.

He was born in Garvin County Feb. 1, 1918, to Dane and Rosa (Butler) Morris. He was reared in the Cushing area.

He married Phyllis Corteer in Stillwater in 1983.

He was predeceased by his parents; four sisters, Mary Franklin, Maggie Worley, Bertana Gaines and Perlie Mae Stell.

In addition to his wife of the home he is survived by three brothers, Melvin Morris and Johnnie Morris, both of Cushing and Odell Morris of Duncan; one sister, Elizabeth Worley, of Phoenix, Ariz.; and seven step-children.

Serving as pallbearers will be Percy Jackson, Hubert Ellis, Chantz Jackson and John Austin.

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Euphia McCarty
Euphia Riley McCarty, 92, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001. 
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday in the Memorial Chapel of the Davis Funeral Home in Cushing. Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery under the directions of Davis Funeral Home. 

She was born Feb. 26, 1908, in Riley, Ark., to Dorsey and Willie (Land) South. She was reared and educated in Arkansas.

She married Robert “Red” Riley in Poteau who died in 1973. She later married Alton McCarty who died in 1998.

She worked at J.C. Penney’s for many years before retiring from Vickie’s Dress Shop. She was a long-time active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and enjoyed sewing, gardening and traveling.

In addition to her parents and both husbands, she was preceded in death by one brother, three sisters, one son-in-law, Jack Howerton; one granddaughter, Terry Bryan and one great-granddaughter, Christie Bryan.

Survivors include one daughter, Robbie Howerton of Del City; one son, Henry Riley and his wife JoAnn of New Iberia, La.; two brothers, Willie South of North Augusta, S.C. and Dorsey South of Camp Verde, Ariz.; two sisters, Eulalia Randolph and Evelyn Simco, both of Salt Lake City, Utah; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and other relatives. 
 

Meta Woodson
Meta Mary Rakey Woodson, 88, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001, at Stillwater Medical Center. 
No services have been planned. Arrangements are under the direction of Colonial Chapel Funeral Home. 

She was born Aug. 15, 1912, in Nara Visa, N.M., to William Louis and Anna Marie (Flesner) Snyder. She was reared in Stillwater and graduated from Stillwater public schools.

Her marriage to O.C. Rakey ended in divorce. She married William T. “Woodie” Woodson April 4, 1964, in Chandler. He died in February 1986.

She was a bookkeeper and active member of many clubs and professional organizations including Eastern Star, Stillwater Business and Professional Women, Kappa Phi and Alpha Nu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She will be remembered as being kind and loving to all.

In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by one brother, Charles W. Snyder of Stillwater.

Survivors include one son, Larry Lee Rakey and his wife, Paula, of Stillwater; one aunt, Florence (Flesner) Miller of Muldrow; eight grandchildren including Travis Lee Rakey, Kenneth Shane Rakey, Stephanie Noble and Lorie Clemens; and seven great-grandchildren including Tyler and Myranda Eberly.
 

Wendell Gwinn

Dr. Wendell R. Gwinn, 74, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001, at Stillwater Medical Center.
Services, with Rev. Matt Miles and Dr. Charles Wood presiding, will be Monday at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Strode Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.
He was born in Roebuck, S.C., Sept. 2, 1926, to E. West and Ila J. (Wofford) G. Gwinn.
He married Leona Baker March, 16, 1951, in Clinton, Tenn.
He attended schools and graduated from high school in Roebuck. He entered the Army in 1944, and as a member of the Air Corps., served overseas with the occupational forces in the Philippines and Guam until 1947. In 1948 he received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Clemson University. He came to Stillwater in 1956 and worked as project leader at the Stillwater Hydraulics Lab.
While in Stillwater he received his masters and doctorate in civil engineering and hydraulics. He retired in 1982.
In 1983 Colorado State University posted him to Islamabad, Pakistan with the World Bank. He served in that post for two years. In 1986 Colorado State University and USAID moved him to Cairo, Egypt.
He and his wife enjoyed attending Elder Hostels and traveling the world. He loved photography and was a photographer for many work projects. He also enjoyed working with computers. He was very involved with and held many offices in his church and enjoyed singing in the church’s choir.
He was a member of the Evening Rotary Club and Centennial Fellowship Class of the First Baptist Church.
He was predeceased by his parents.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Neil Gwinn and his wife, Janet, of Westmont, Ill., and Kenneth Gwinn and his wife Diane, of Cedar Crest, N.M.; two daughters, Sharon Robertson and her husband, Charles, of Linville Falls, N.C. and Julia Gwinn, of Marlbourgh, Mass; one grandchild, T.C. Gwinn, of Westmont, Ill.; and one sister Marguerite Hayes and her husband, Robert Hayes, of Roebuck, S.C.
Pallbearers will be Gerald Bradshaw, Jerry Rackley, Joe Hughes, Max Craighead, Chuck Thomas and Charles Rice. Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of the First Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Oklahoma Affiliate, 3545 N.W. Street, number 400C, Oklahoma City, OK 73112 or the First Baptist Church, Organ Fund, 701 S. Duncan, Stillwater, OK 74074.

Forest Buntin
Forest A. Buntin, 89, died Friday, Jan. 26, 2001, at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa.
Services, with Pastor Conn Sadler presiding, will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Strode Chapel. Interment will follow at Glencoe IOOF South Cemetery.
Strode Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.
He was born east of Glencoe Jan. 7, 1912, to Wincer and Bell (Young) Buntin.
He married Maxine Harris May 4, 1938, in Stillwater.
He graduated from Glencoe High School in 1932. After attending a business college in Oklahoma City he returned to Glencoe where he worked on the family farm and worked in the area as a roughneck in the oil field industry. 
After his marriage the couple stayed in the area until they moved to Stillwater in 1962. 
In addition to running cattle, he also owned and operated a dump truck and hauled dirt and gravel in the area. He loved trading cattle and continued to do so for the rest of his life.
He was predeceased by his parents, one son, three brothers and an infant sister.
In addition to his wife he is survived by three sons, Jerald and Danny Buntin, both of Stillwater, and Ronnie Buntin, of Cushing; two grandchildren, Rodney Buntin, of Cushing, and Brian Buntin, of Carney; three great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Silvia Simank and Lila Whitten, both of Stillwater, Letha Flager, of Yale, and Veda Ault, of Chicago, Ill.
 

John Stratton
John Brooks Stratton, 92, Stillwater, died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2001, at Grace Living Center.
Memorial services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church. Dr. B. Gordon Edwards and Pastor Trudy R. Morphew will officiate. Interment will be at the Fairlawn Cemetery. Visitation will be at Strode Funeral Home Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home. 
Stratton was born March 9, 1908, in Pioneer, Ohio, to Francis McLeish and Estelle (Brooks) Stratton. He married Betty Joanna Scovill Feb. 16, 1946, in Pioneer.
He enjoyed books, music and sports. He was a good husband and father. His early years were spent in Pioneer with the family moving to Delaware, Ohio, when he was 14. He attended Ohio Wesleyan University at Delaware. Upon graduation, he went to New York and found employment at the Barnes and Noble Book Company. There he learned a great deal about the book business and books in general. Returning to Delaware during the Depression, he found employment with the library at Ohio State University in Columbus. He enjoyed library work and left after several years to attend Columbia University Library School in New York. Stratton was drafted during World War II and spent two years in England, France and Germany as a tower operator in the Air Force. 
Stratton was hired by Edmon Low at the Oklahoma State University and the young couple moved to Stillwater where he began a 26-year tenure with the library. For most of the years he was the Associate Librarian. In 1950, he took a two year leave and returned to Columbia Library School to complete his master’s and work on his doctoral degree. In the early 60s, Stratton was sent to Ethiopia for a year to set up a library at the Agricultural and Mechanical College at Alemaya, Ethiopia. The structure that housed the library was the first building built as a library at the college and in the country of Ethiopia. 
He spent his time reading, playing golf and bridge, and attending concerts and sports events. He was an active member of his church. He was ordained and served as an elder. He enjoyed the people and activities of the Golden K Kiwanis Club. He supported many worthwhile causes and had many much enjoyed and faithful friends. He was a member of the American Library Association and Golden K Kiwanis.
He is preceded in death by his parents; two sons, James Francis Stratton and Walter Scovill Stratton; and one sister, Ruth Elizabeth Stratton, who died in 1924.
Stratton is survived by his wife, Betty Stratton, of the home.
 

Nathan Fleming
Nathan Zane Fleming died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001. 
Services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4400 N. Shartel, in Oklahoma City. 

A joy to all he knew, Nate began his blessed life Sept. 11, 1980. He was born in Oklahoma City to Zane and Ann Fleming, the younger brother of Sarah and Drue. Nate attended Heritage Hall School before transferring to Edmond School District where he graduated as valedictorian from Edmond North High School in 1999.

Nate excelled in basketball, tennis and baseball — finally choosing basketball and tennis during his high school competitive years. He earned All-State honors in tennis and led his Edmond North Huskies to a state semi-final berth in basketball. He received the Jim Thorpe Award for tennis in the Spring of 1999 and was a McDonald’s All-American nominee in basketball.

Nate’s gifts were so much more than athletics. Always seen with a smile on his face, Nate’s upbeat personality and positive attitude were truly infectious. Nate enjoyed life to the fullest and a day never went by that he didn’t positively affect other lives. He received the “I’m Third” award at Kanakuk Kamp, demonstrating his desire to put Christ first, others second and himself third. He was a tireless participant in Edmond North philanthropies and fund-raisers. He was designated as a B.A.L.T.O. (Bring a Light to Others) representative where he successfully raised thousands of dollars for ill and underprivileged children.

Nate truly desired to compete at the college level in basketball and successfully walked on the team at Oklahoma State University in order to play for the legendary Eddie Sutton.

Many times, Coach Sutton commented that Nate’s work ethic and desire went far beyond his God given ability — contributing to the Cowboys’ attainment to the Elite Eight in the 2000 NCAA tournament. Nate was also on the honor roll every semester of his OSU experience. Nate was a life long member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church where he was quick to volunteer for any assignment or task. He was also an active member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Jean Fleming.

He is survived by his loving parents, Ann and Zane Fleming, Edmond; sisters, Sarah Fleming and her fiance Alan Weed; Drue Fleming, a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma at the University of Oklahoma; his maternal grandparents, Jane and Gary Munger, Enid; his paternal grandfather, Lee Fleming and wife Vicki, Grove; his aunts, uncles and cousins include, Marilyn and Ed Keller, Tulsa; Margaret Wright, Enid; John Munger, Charlotte, N.C.; Dixie and Tommy Squires, U.K.; Tamy and Mike Belcastro, Houston, Texas; Judy and Gary Fleming, Enid; Griff Jones, Houston, Texas; Elizabeth Paul, Tulsa; Meredith Wright, Oklahoma City; Alex Munger, Charlotte, N.C.; Kyle Keller, Stillwater; Courtney Davis, Houston, Texas; Lacy Squires, Houston, Texas; Casey, Mason, Jake and Taylor Belcastro, Houston, Texas; and Cody and Tyler Fleming, Enid.

In lieu of flowers, memorials should be directed to the Nate Fleming Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Oklahoma State University Foundation, Stillwater, OK 74074.

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Pat Noyes
Services are scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday at St. Johns Catholic Church for Pat Noyes who died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001. 
Those who wish to sign the register book may do so at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home until 9 p.m. today and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. 

The family has requested memorials in his name be made to the OSU Men’s Basketball Fund. These memorials, floral tributes and cards should be sent to Colonial Chapel Funeral Home, 515 S. Duncan.

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Kendall Durfey
Services for Kendall Durfey, who died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, will be conducted by Colonial Chapel Funeral Home Thursday at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. 
Friends may visit the funeral home to sign the register today and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. 

An educational fund for the minor child has been established. Donations to this fund, floral tributes and cards will be received at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home, 515 S. Duncan, during theses times.

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Mark Cadell
Mark Allen Cadell, 26, died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, in Stillwater. Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Sulphur with Rev. Allen Patterson officiating. Interment will be at Green Hill Cemetery in Davis under the direction of Clagg Funeral Home. Military services will be conducted by a Fort Sill Honor Guard 
He was born April 2, 1974, in San Diego, Calif., to Rodney Allen and Rita (Nash) Cadell. He grew up in Davis and graduated from Davis High School in 1993. He was a member of the 1990 State Championship Football Team and was voted the most popular of his class. 

He entered the Army and served in the Haitian conflict until 1997. He received the Army Achievement Medal. He attended college at East Central University in Ada and worked for Habitat for Humanities. He was enrolled at Oklahoma State University at the time of his death. 

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, S. F. and L. E. Nash.

Survivors include his father and step-mother, Rodney and Carolyn Cadell of Manchester, Mich.; his mother and step-father, Rita and Denis Lapointe of Sulphur; one brother, Paul Cadell of Austin, Texas; one sister, Tammy Hattingh of Searcy, Ark.; grandparents, Floyd and Maxine Cadell of Temple, Robert and Coy Eskew of Norge and Roger and Cecile Lapointe of San Jacinto, Calif.

Pallbearers will be Billy Bowen, Keith Bowen, Michael Nanney, Darren Jackson, Woody Hobbs and Richard Jolly.

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William Hansen
William Frank “Bill” Hansen, Moore, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001. 
Memorial services will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Moore. 

Hansen was born Jan. 18, 1937, at Sumner, to Frank Theodore and Audra Irene Sowers Hansen. He married Marsha Lee Bruns at Borger, Texas, Oct. 5, 1963.

Hansen received his bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Oklahoma State University. He received his master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Oklahoma. At the time of his death, he was employed with the State of Oklahoma’s Department of Environmental Quality as a professional engineer.

He was a member of the Society of Professional Engineers and the Oklahoma Geologic Society, and was a Certified Petroleum Well Log Analyst. He served in the Texas National Guard

Hansen served as a Boys Scouts of America Scoutmaster for Troop 291 in Moore from 1978 to 1987. He was honored as having numerous boys attain the rank of Eagle Scout under his leadership, including his four sons.

He was a member of the Sumner Christian Church.

Hansen was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife of the home; four sons and daughters-in-law, Henry Ted and Lorenia Hansen of Luther, William Chris and Shellie Hansen of Pawnee, Timothy R. and Michelle A. Hansen, of Moore, and Matthew T. and Leah Hansen of Norman; one brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Janice Hansen of

Perry; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Marie and Bill Will of Morrison and Emma Faye and Dale Clodfelter of Lawton; four grandsons; and two granddaughters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Moore or to a charity of choice.

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Iola Harrell
Iola (Nixon) Harrell, 84, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001, at her home in Fort Morgan, Colo. 
Her ashes will be scattered over the mountains near Steamboat Springs, Colo. 

She was born April 14, 1916, in Stillwater to Jim and Wella Nixon. She graduated from high school in Stillwater.

She married Max O. Harrell who preceded her in death.

She spent her life as a secretary and mother and will be missed by all who knew her.

Survivors include three children, Kenny, Judy and Joan, all of Colorado; one brother, Arlie Nixon of Jennings and many other relatives.


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