Miscellaneous Payne County, Oklahoma Obituaries

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Ruby Brown
Longtime Cushing resident, Ruby Juanita Brown, 84, died Wednesday, March 14, 2001, in Oklahoma City. 
Services, with Dr. Lonny Lee, pastor presiding, will be Friday at 1 p.m. in the First Baptist Church. Christi Hickman, pianist, will provide the prelude and postlude and will accompany Misty Bradley as she sings “Amazing Grace” and “What a Day That Will Be.” 

Interment will follow at the Star Valley Cemetery in Chandler.

Davis Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

She was born in Lincoln County May 15, 1916, to William Jackson and Nellie Susan (Atteberry) McCaslin.

She was reared and educated in the Wellston area.

She married Lawrence Edward Brown in Chandler May 29, 1935. The couple moved to Cushing in 1945. He died Jan. 26, 1999.

In addition to her parents and husband she was predeceased by one daughter, Freida Merrill; one brother, Loyd McCaslin; one sister, Vera Bishop; one grandson, Leslie Merrill; and one son-in-law, Marvin Bradley.

Survivors include three sons, Edward Brown and his wife, Donna, of Houston, Texas, Terry Brown and his wife, Julie, of Billings, Mont., and Rex Brown and his wife, Joy, of Edmond; two daughters, Sibyl Hawk and her husband, Marvin, of Lawton, and Carol Bradley, of Cushing; five brothers, Cash, Vernon, Maurice, Otis and Ralph McCaslin; three sisters, Ethyl Willis, Olive Kriel and Beth Parker; 13 grandchildren, Kent Hawk, Bryan Hawk, Kimberly Gleghorn, Jeff Bradley, Janna Harder, Monya Giles, Kevin Merrill, Michael Brown, Seandria Williams, Joshua Brown, Carey Burton, Amber Lindell and Jason Eddy; 23 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers will be Kent Hawk, Bryan Hawk, Jeff Bradley, Randy Bradley, Kevin Merrill and Jason Eddy.

Honorary pallbearers will be Eric Bradley and Mark Lindell. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mission Hospice, 7301 N. Broadway, Suite 210, Oklahoma City, OK 73116. 
 

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Rita Matthews
Rita Margrit Matthews, 49, Stillwater, died Wednesday, March 14, 2001, at the Stillwater Medical Center. 

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Diamond Valley Church. Bob Vaught will officiate. Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday at Strode Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home. 

Matthews was born Feb. 6, 1952, in Millersburg, Ohio, to Walter and Margrit (Bechtiger) Stucki. She married John Miller Dec. 4, 1972, in Las Vegas, Nev. She later married Michael Matthews April 11, 1998, in Stillwater.

She attended school in Dayton, Ohio and Buena Park, Calif. She graduated from high school in 1970. She attended Bartmore Beauty College and graduated in 1972. Matthews worked at various beauty shops after her marriage. She was a homemaker and stayed at home to care for her children until her divorce. She then went to work for Amway from 1977 to 1989.

She lived in various places and in 1992, she met Matthews in Lakewood, Calif. She moved to Stillwater in 1994 and worked for Denny’s and Holiday Inn. She was working at Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Stores until her health forced her to retire. Matthews was an avid bowler and was involved in Mixed Doubles Friday Night at Frontier Lanes. She loved to crochet.

Matthews is preceded in death by her father and her mother, Margrit Williamson.

She is survived by her husband of the home; one son, Scott Miller, Huntington Beach, Calif.; one daughter, Melissa Miller, Stillwater; two grandchildren, Alisha Miller, Stillwater; Nicole Ann Bryan, Stillwater; two brothers, Ernst Stucki, Irvine, Calif.; Rudy Stucki, California; and one sister, Carol (Stucki) Wiltgen, Redlands, Calif. 

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Otto ‘Jack’ McGinty
Otto “Jack” Wayne McGinty, 94, died Tuesday, March 13, 2001, at Rosewood Care Center in Stillwater. 

Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Ingalls Cemetery with Allen Mitchell officiating. Interment is under the direction of Strode Funeral Home. 

He was born in Oklahoma Territory Aug. 6, 1906, to William and Mary Emily (Pickering) McGinty.

He married Rose Marie Butcher Dec. 31, 1928, in Stillwater

He began a lifelong career in the oil industry in 1924 with Roxana Petroleum, later working for the Great Lakes Pipeline Co. as an engineer and then with the Williams Company. He invented a low water gauge while working with steam engines, and in the 1930’s he experimented with a Braille metal scope which contributed to the development of the metal detector.

He is most remembered for his efforts in promoting an appreciation for historical heritage. He worked with the Ponca City Indian Museum and the Oklahoma Historical Society. He earned the title of “Honorary Rough Rider”, because of his contributions at their reunions.

He was most proud of his work in helping to develop the Washington Irving Trail Museum and served as the first chairman of the board. He lived to see his father inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame as “Great Westerner” and attended the reception and public showing of the trophy at the Washington Irving Trail Museum. He was a Mason and a member of the Methodist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Delmar and Clarence McGinty.

Survivors include, his wife; three daughters, Mary Ruth Koutz and her husband Stanley of San Diego, Calif., Margaret Ann Brown of Grand Rapids, Mich. and Barbara Grimes and her husband of Brownsville, Texas; nine grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Michael Dugger
Michael R. Dugger, 43, died Wednesday, March 14, 2001, at University Hospital, Oklahoma City. 
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Davis Funeral Chapel in Guthrie with Pastor Troy Withey officiating. Interment will be at Morris-Heights Cemetery in Orlando under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.

He was born July 4, 1957, in Edmond to Steve and Arlene (Sanders) Dugger.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a construction worker and mechanic and a member of the Baptist Church.

He moved to this area three and a half years ago from Mississippi.

He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Edward and Ocie Dugger and maternal grandfather, Willard Sanders.

Survivors include: his maternal grandmother, Wanda Sanders of Schlater, Miss.; his parents; one daughter, Ashley Dugger, Adger, Ala.; two brothers, Kenney Dugger of Perry and Steve Dugger of Greenwood Miss.; one sister, Marilyn Morgan of Orlando and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Friends and relatives may call at the Davis Funeral Home in Guthrie from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Clarence Ramsey

Clarence Ramsey, formerly of south of Stillwater died at his home in Wichita, Kan., on Saturday, March 10, 2001.
Services were held on March 10.
He was the son of Clyde and Nellie Ramsey who lived south of Stillwater for many years.
He was predeceased by his wife, Oleta Henson; one brother, Paul Ramsey and a brother who died in infancy; and one son, Steve Ramsey.
Survivors include three daughters, Charlotte, Gayla and Paula; two sisters Pauline Watkins, of Stillwater, and Pearl Graves, who lives southwest of Stillwater; and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
 

Jorge Vivar

Jorge Vivar, 64, of Stillwater, died Friday, March 16, 2001. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Colonial Chapel. Dr. Tom Hunter and Alan Louis will officiate. Graveside committal will immediately follow at Fairlawn Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Colonial Chapel Funeral Home. Visiting hours will be Sunday and Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Vivar was born in Orizaba, Veracruz, Mexico, Aug. 6, 1936, to Rene and Angela (Maldonado) Vivar. He married Beatriz Andrade Jan. 23, 1953.
The couple lived in Wisconsin prior to moving to Oklahoma in 1981. Vivar took a job at Mercury Marine and worked for the company for 32 years. He retired in 1997.
He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Sergio Vivar and Julio Vivar.
He is survived by his wife of the home; one son, Hector and Consepcion Vivar, Stillwater; two daughters, Benjamin and Dora Maldonado, Houston, Texas, and Alan and Lilia Louis, Perris, Calif.; one brother, Alejandro Vivar, Orizaba, Veracruz, Mexico; 11 grandchildren, Ryan and Angela Vivar, Teresa, Benjamin and Elizabeth Maldonado, Jennifer Torre, Christopher, Dustin, Stephen and Joshua Hargett and Rachel Louis; and three great-grandchildren.
Benjamin Maldonado, Christopher Hargett, Dustin Hargett, Stephen Hargett, Joshua Hargett and Ryan Vivar will serve as pallbearers.

Donald Huff

Donald Byrum Huff, 63, of Stillwater, died Thursday, March 15, 2001, at the Grace Living Center. A rosary service will be held Monday at 7 p.m. at the Strode Chapel. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Father Bob Schlitt will officiate. A graveside service will also be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Sunnylane Cemetery in Oklahoma City. Strode Funeral Home is directing the services.
Huff was born Oct. 7, 1937, to Byrum Otto and Theresa (Giroux) Huff in Oklahoma City. He married Corinne Molder Sept. 30, 1980, in Chandler. She preceded him in death on June 23, 2000.
Huff graduated from Mount St. Mary’s in Oklahoma City and St. Gregory’s College in Shawnee. He received his degree in chemical engineering from Oklahoma State University. He worked for Bendix Corporation in St. Louis, Mo., and taught chemical engineering at St. Gregory’s.
He later worked for the Civil Service as a chemical engineer at the Helium Plant in Keyes.
He loved driving his MG sports car, watching sports and playing golf.
He is preceded in death by his wife, his father, and one brother, Marvin Gerald Huff.
He is survived by his mother, Theresa Huff Conarro, Stillwater; two step-sons, Dave Molder and Chuck Molder, both of Boston, Mass.; one brother, Robert Dale Huff, Stillwater; five nephews, Chris Huff and Andrew Huff, both of Carney, Stephen Huff and Erick Huff, both of Kansas City, Mo. and Nathan Huff of Wichita, Kan.; three nieces, Roberta Huff of Tecumseh, Jill Huff of Bristow and Jessica Huff of Wichita, Kan.; and one great-nephew, Luke Huff of Kansas City, Mo.
Memorials can be sent to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 623 S. West Street, Stillwater, OK 74074.

Doris Elder

Doris A. Elder, 77, of Mulvane, died Thursday, March 15, 2001, at her home. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the Littleton Cemetery near Mulvane. Senter-Smith Mortuary of Mulvane is in charge of the services.
She was born in Stillwater Jan. 16, 1924, to Leonard and Mary Sam (Crockett) Andrews. She married Paul E. Elder in Stillwater Dec. 22, 1945.
She was a first and second grade teacher in Guthrie and in Lawton and then at Rea Woodman Elementary in Wichita until retirement.
She is survived by her husband of the home; one son, Kent Elder of Mulvane; one daughter, Shayla Elder of Wichita, Kan.; and two grandchildren, Lisa and Chris Elder.
A memorial has been established with the National Parkinson Foundation. 

Lucille Sharp

Lucille Billie (Sayes) Sharp, 72, Perkins, died Thursday, March 15, 2001, at her home.
Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Strode Chapel. David Biggers will officiate.
Interment will be at the Perkins Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.
Sharp was born June 16, 1928, in Center Point, La., to Walter Lee an and Maude Atlanta (Luneau) Sayes. She married Cecil K. Sharp Jan. 21, 1946, in Center Point. He died March 2, 2001. She and her husband resided in the Vinco area since 1964. She was a housewife and mother and enjoyed doing crafts, cooking and gardening.

Aletta Gates
Aletta Gates, 75, of Stillwater, died Saturday, March 17, 2001, at Stillwater Medical Center. Services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Victory Christian Center. Rev. Phyllis Brown will officiate. 
Gates was born in Stillwater to Charles and Minnie Holzer Sept. 7, 1925. She married Henry O. Gates in El Reno in April 1942. He preceded her in death Oct. 22, 1993. 

Gates called Stillwater home, but moved with her family to several states throughout the western United States during her life. She was a devoted homemaker.

She is predeceased by her husband; one sister, Billie Madison of Washington; six brothers, Charles Holzer and Chris Holzer, both of Stillwater, Lawrence Holzer of Guthrie, Jolly Holzer of Boulder, Colo., Lloyd Holzer of Skiatook, and Ora Holzer of Fairbanks, Alaska; one daughter, Annabelle Edwards of Stillwater; and one son “Billy Boy” Gates of Stanley, N. Mex.

She is survived by one brother, Glen Holzer of Stillwater; two sisters, Mary Holzer of Sperry, Doris Holzer of Guthrie; one son, Joe Gates of Platte City, Mo.; 14 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to Victory Christian Center. 

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Lucille Sharp
Lucille Billie (Sayes) Sharp, 72, Perkins, died Thursday, March 15, 2001, at her home. 

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Strode Chapel. David Biggers will officiate. 

Interment will be at the Perkins Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.

Sharp was born June 16, 1928, in Center Point, La., to Walter Lee an and Maude Atlanta (Luneau) Sayes. She married Cecil K. Sharp Jan. 21, 1946, in Center Point. He died March 2, 2001. She and her husband resided in the Vinco area since 1964. She was a housewife and mother and enjoyed doing crafts, cooking and gardening.

She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, three brothers and two sisters.

Sharp is survived by her sons Cecil K. Sharp, Jr., Port Orchard, Wash.; Leonard L. Sharp, Mountain View, Ark.; David L. Sharp, Yukon; two daughters, Ellen L. Kline, Ft. Scott, Kan.; Jessie L Brown, Yale; 14 grandchildren, Matt Sharp, Rachel Sharp, John Paul Sharp, Christopher Sharp, Leroy Sharp, Jr., Brande Marlin, Angel Sharp, Kelly Sharp, Eric Sharp, Jenny Sharp, Crystal Nichols, Robert Kline, Kenneth Brown, and Jason Brown; 12 great-grandchildren; one brother, Herman Sayes, Center Point, La.; and one sister, Geraldine Davis, Alexandria, La.

Pallbearers will be Arlin Harris, Phil Mankee, Vernon Langley, Winfred Evans, Earl Dethloff and Gene Murray.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Judith Karman Hospice Inc., P.O. Box 818, Stillwater 74076. 
 

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Dennis Wingfield
Dennis L. Wingfield, 73, a long time Cushing resident and retired oil field worker, died Sunday, March 18, 2001, in the St. John Medical Center in Tulsa. 

Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Fairlawn Cemetery in Cushing, with Rev. Ryan Humble of the Free Will Baptist Church of Oilton officiating. 

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

The son of the late Oscar Wingfield and Lillie (Parker) Wingfield, he was born Jan. 1, 1928, in Cushing. He and his family had moved to Ripley, where he was reared and educated.

He married Martha Bowlen and to this union one son, Larry, was born. He later was united in marriage to Joyce Corkins, and to this union, three children, Denise, Jeff and Cindy were born. He later married Wynola Simpson.

Wingfield had worked in the oil field before entering the United States Navy March 6, 1946. After serving in World War II, he returned to Oklahoma to continue working in the oil field industry. Wingfield retired from Piping Engineering Company in 1992.

He loved to garden and raise cattle. He was a member of the American Legion, Post 108.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Wynola Wingfield and two brothers, Bill and Jerry Wingfield.

He is survived by his two daughters; Denise Brandon and her husband Ray of Oilton and Cindy L. Norris and her husband Dwayne of Big Sandy, Texas; two sons, Larry D. Wingfield and his wife Robin of Cushing and Jeff B. Wingfield and his wife Hazel of Rogers, Ark.; one step-daughter, Drexel Mack of Cushing; three sisters, Doris Hawkins and her husband Carlos of Tulsa, Shirley Williams and her husband Jan of Mannford and Karen Jones and her husband Oren of Cushing; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.


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