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Nettie Murphy

Nettie Clara Murphy, 98, Skiatook, died Monday, April 9, 2001, at the Skiatook Nursing Home.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Fairlawn Cemetery. Rev. Jim Lamb officiated. Interment was at Fairlawn Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Peters-Stumpff Funeral Home.
Murphy was born Dec. 22, 1902, in Bluejacket to James Ruben Anthony and Fannie Bell (Jones) Shipley. She enjoyed ceramics, traveling with her husband and spending time at the Senior Citizens Center.
She was preceded in death by her husband Raymond; her parents, a brother, a sister and a grandson, Phillip Diehl.
Murphy is survived by her daughter, Anna B. Bigger, Skiatook; granddaughter, Bobbie Decker and husband Wes, Skiatook; grandson, Casey Bigger and wife Pam, Tulsa; nephew, Jim Lamb and wife Ruth, Pryor; five nieces, Pat Taylor and husband Eldon, Denver; Corinne Johnson, Oklahoma City; Nell Cauthon, Tulsa; Virginia Wall, Illinois; Gene Gray, Fairland; six great grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.

Ronald Johnson

Ronald R. Johnson, 73, died recently in Arkansas.
Memorial services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at the Holiday Island Community Church in Holiday Island, Ark. Rev. Herman Cook will officiate. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service.
Johnson was born Dec. 8, 1928, to Edna F. and Roy L. Johnson on a farm south of DeSmet, S.D. He completed high school at DeSmet High School. He enrolled at South Dakota State College, now named South Dakota State University, in Brookings.
He majored in Agricultural Chemistry and graduated with high honors in June 1950. Johnson had also enrolled in the ROTC program and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Chemical Corps upon graduation. He immediately pursued further graduate education in Biochemistry at the same institution and earned his Masters Degree in June 1952. Johnson studied for his Doctor of Philosophy degree at Ohio State University and earned his PhD in December 1954. He was offered an assistant professor position at that location and immediately assumed those responsibilities.
Johnson married Sally Shamel in 1955. They had four children: Denetia Ronda, Jennifer Lyn, Melissa Ann and John Scott. He served as a special consultant to the Public Health Service for three months each in Spain, 1958, and in Chile in 1960. 
Johnson was offered a professorship at Oklahoma State University that presented considerably more challenge and leadership opportunities. He stayed at that position for five years. He accepted the position of Head of the Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture at the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 1974. He was then offered the position of associate director for the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station back at OSU in Stillwater. This position required supervision of research programs in 11 department and 17 branch research stations around the state. After nine years in that position, Johnson returned to his old Department of Animal Science at OSU for three years before retiring in 1994. At that time, Johnson and his wife built their house at Holiday Island and remained here until his death.
During his career, he published well over 100 scientific papers on a variety of subjects in Animal Nutrition. One of his greatest pleasures was working with graduate students from both this and other countries. In 1988, he was named a Fellow in the American Society of Animal Science. In 1991, Johnson was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate of South Dakota State University and in 1995 was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate of the College of Agriculture at Ohio State University. Over his career, he served on numerous regional and national USDA committees, receiving certificates of appreciation from the Secretary of Agriculture. Johnson stayed active in the U.S. Army Reserve, retiring after 33 years as a Colonel in the Medical Service Corps.
Johnson was active in his church, having served as a Council Chairman for the churches in both Ohio and Oklahoma, and sang in the choirs of churches in four states. He was also active in Kiwanis International, and recently, in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
He is preceded in death by his parents, one daughter and one grandson.
Johnson is survived by his wife Sally, his daughters, Jennifer and Melissa, his son, Scott, three grandchildren and two brothers.
Memorial donations may be made to either the Holiday Island Community Church Music Fund, corner of Stateline and Starlite, Holiday Island, Ark. 72631 or Hospice of Eureka Springs.

Bettye Winburn

Bettye J. Winburn, 76, died, Wednesday, April 11, 2001, at Stillwater Medical Center.
Services were 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Tishomingo with Rev. Joey Lansdale officiating. Interment followed at the Tishomingo Cemetery under the direction of Clark Funeral Service.
She was born Dec. 28, 1924, in Kingston to Arthur W. and Hazel (Willis) Beames. She graduated from Tishomingo High School in 1942 and Murray State College in 1944.
She married Harold Winburn May 12, 1946, in Dennison, Texas, and spent 31 years in Tishomingo. She worked for Reeves Insurance Agency as office manager for many years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Tishomingo Daughters and loved to play bridge.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Ben, Bob and Sid Beames.
Survivors include her husband of the home; one son, Larry Winburn and his wife Marilyn of Stillwater; one daughter, Leslie and her husband Mike Brann of St. Louis, Mo.; two grandchildren, Samantha and Tyler Winburn of Stillwater and many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were S.G.”Pete” Littlepage, Ron Hutchings, Jay D. Cunningham, Bill Thomas, Corkey Easley and Sam Cecil. 

Frankie Nelson

Frankie Dewayne Nelson, 19, died Thursday, April 12, 2001.
Visitation will be Sunday from 8:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Monday from 8:30 until 11 a.m. at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home. 
Services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Mehan Union Church of Stillwater. Arrangements are under the direction of Colonial Chapel Funeral Home.
He and his twin brother, Jackie, were born in Cushing Aug. 30, 1981, to David Pete Nelson and Anna (Nelson) Bryant.
He attended schools in Ripley and Perkins and at both schools made many friends. Frankie’s deepest loves in his life were his family, his friends and his freedom.
He was predeceased by his grandfathers, Jack Bryant and Bill Allore; two uncles, Robie Bryant and Art Boles; and a cousin, Scott Nelson.
Survivors include his grandparents, Charles and Sarah Rich, of Stillwater and Rosetta Allore, of Tryon; his mother, Anna Bryant, of Perkins; his father, David Nelson, of Tryon; three brothers, Jackie Nelson and his wife Christina, of Stillwater, Charlie Nelson, of Stillwater and Dylan Fleming, of Perkins; a sister, Lindsay Nelson, of Tryon; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Brent Nelson Clemens, Rodney Bryant, Victor Anderson, Willy Shadowen, Dwayne Shadowen, Troy Shadowen, Timothy Durbin and Steven Stolins.
Honorary pallbearers will be Captain Foulks, Willie Payne and Philip Steidl.
Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to Colonial Chapel Funeral Home. 

Lena Allinson
Lena Allinson, 94, Stillwater, died Sunday, April 15, 2001, at the Stillwater Medical Center. 
Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Strode Funeral Home. Dr. William S. Inglish will officiate. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. 

Allinson was born June 28, 1906, just outside of Crystal Springs, Ark. She was the first child in a family of eight children born to Jonas and Louisa “Lula” (White) Spiva. She attended a traditional one-room school in rural Arkansas until contracting smallpox in 1919. While still in recovery, Allinson packed up with her family and boarded a train bound for Stillwater. The Spiva family rented a farmstead west of Stillwater to begin cotton farming.

After settling into her new community, Allinson attended Cottonwood School, just west of town. Within a couple of years of her move to Oklahoma, she met the love of her live, Merle Allinson. The couple wed Sept. 28, 1923, at the Payne County Courthouse. To this union two daughters were born, Maxine Largent and Vera Bilyeu. Despite temporary moves to Shawnee, Sulphur and the San Francisco area, the Allinsons kept Stillwater as their home for over 70 years. She was a long time member of the First Christian Church.

Besides maintaining a home for her two daughters, Allinson worked in agriculture (cotton and pecan farming), as a crew supervisor in the shipyards in California during World War II, and kept books for her husband’s painting business. Allinson loved to do macramé and crochet. Her last project was a crocheted baby blanket for her 10th great grandchild four and half years ago.

Allinson is preceded in death by her her beloved husband, Merle in 1993; her parents, Lula and Jonas Spiva; sisters, Reta Keys and Lois Spiva; brothers, Howell, Willard and Dale Spiva; and sons-in-laws, Winsel Bilyeu and Max Gilbert.

She is survived by her two daughters, Maxine Largent and husband Ray, Republic, Mo.; Vera Bilyeu, Stillwater; six grandchildren, Jerry Lofties and wife Elizabeth, Yukon; Diane Bennett and husband Don, West Plains, Mo.; Gaylia Perry and husband Steve, Springfield, Mo.; Mike Bilyeu and wife Marjorie, Bozeman, Mont.; Kevin Bilyeu and wife Starla, Cushing; Kara Brown and husband Derek, Bristow; one sister, Doris Wilson, Perkins; two brothers, J.C. Spiva and wife Marion, Stillwater; Paul Spiva and wife Albertha, Perkins; and 11 very special great grandchildren.

Pallbearers include her grandsons and three oldest great-grandsons, Erik and Justin Bennett, West Plaines, Mo.; and Bryan Bilyeu, Cushing.

Memorials can be made to the First Christian Church, 411 W. Mathews, Stillwater, 74075. 

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Grady Elliott
Grady Lee Elliott, 94, Yale, died Monday, April 16, 2001, at the Stillwater Medical Center. 

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Yale. Rev. Steve Lopp will preside. Interment will follow at the Lawson Cemetery, north of Yale. Funeral services are under the direction of Yale-Palmer Funeral Home. 

Elliott was born Dec. 20, 1906, in Retherford County, N.C. to William Bynum and Martha Carolyn (Searcy) Elliott. He received his early education in North Carolina. He moved to Oklahoma in 1929. He was married to Bertha Mae Hager Dec. 20, 1930, in Yale. They lived in the Yale area their whole married lives. Elliott was a farmer and rancher. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Yale.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Bertha Mae in January 1999; brothers, Ray, Clyde, Troy, Stanley, Joe, Bob; an infant brother, and by his sister, Betty. 

Elliott is survived by two sons, Gerald Lee Elliott and wife Yvonne, Sapulpa; Donald Ray Elliott and wife Marilyn, Yale; three daughters, Dorothy Jean Hunter and husband Boyd, Jay; Martha Carolyn Sebastian and husband Morris, Oklahoma City; Patsy June Stiles and husband Alfred, Yale; three brothers, Ralph Elliott, Michigan; Kenneth Elliott, Alabama; Roland Elliott, Old Fort, N.C.; sisters, Edith and Peggy, both of North Carolina, 18 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and 16 great great grandchildren. 
 

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Saydee Nimrod
Saydee Tunnell Nimrod, an Oklahoma native, died Wednesday, March 21, 2001, in Marion, Ala. She had been a resident of Alabama for many years. 

Graveside services were held at New Live Oak Cemetery in Selma, Ala. March 26. Rev. Doyle Roberson conducted the services with selected readings by Daniel Nimrod, Connie Ember and Barry Roberson. Family members in Hawaii held a memorial service during the same hour. 

She was born Nov. 7, 1911, in Skeedee, to Albert W. and Jennie Will Tunnell. She married Vernon A. Nimrod Jan. 2, 1931.

They raised their family in Glencoe and spent the World War II years in the Fort Sill area. They later lived in Okmulgee before moving to Alabama. Until poor health limited her activities she continued her passion for growing beautiful flowers.

She was predeceased by her husband and a son, Cline Boyd.

Survivors include three children, Connie Ember and her husband, Ed Ember, of Selma, Ala., Daniel Nimrod and his wife Carol, of Enterprise, Ala., and Jacqueaxine Roberson and her husband Van, of Kailua Kona, Hawaii; a daughter-in law, Carole Nimrod, of Melbourne, Fla.; sister, Elsie Gudel, of Galt, Calif,; brother-in-law Calvin Marshall of Yuba City, Calif; 11 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and many extended family members. 

Memorials may be made to the Selma-Dallas County Public Library in Selma, Ala. 
 

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Hazel Smith
Hazel Fern Smith, 88, died Monday, April 16, 2001, at Stillwater Medical Center. 

Services will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Strode Chapel. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. 

Strode Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

She was born in Delaware, April 23, 1912, to William and Anna Belle (Sciance) Schafer.

She married John Henry Smith March 5, 1932, in Pawhuska. He died Jan. 6, 1976.

She grew up around Delaware and graduated from Alluwe High School near Delaware. After their marriage the couple lived at Coffeyville, Kan. They later moved to McAllen, Texas, and then to Pawnee.

In 1943 they moved to a farm southwest of Stillwater.

They were charter members of the Ninth Avenue Christian Church. She was a homemaker.

In addition to her parents and husband she was predeceased by seven sisters, four brothers, one grandson, Michael Hannah, and one great-grandson, Robert Broughton.

Survivors include two sons, Robert F. “Bob” Smith and his wife Susie, of Tyler, and John A. Smith, of Austin, Texas; one daughter, Doris Hoover and her husband Don of Springfield, Mo.; six grandchildren, Sherry Brinlee, Lori Hamilton, Christy Broughton, Cindy Hannah, Belinda Thompson and Jeffrey Smith; 13 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and one brother, Carl Shafer, of Belton, Mo. 

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Edward Anderson
Edward LaVern Anderson, 62, died Friday, April 13, 2001, at his Stillwater home. 

A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. at St. John Catholic Church. 

Colonial Chapel Funeral Home is directing the arrangements. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

There will be a memorial motorcade with cars and motorcycles leaving at 9 a.m. from Ed and Shirley’s home to Fort Gibson National Cemetery where he will be interred.

He was born June 7, 1938, in Austin, Minn., to Edward LaVerne Sr. and Juanita Anderson.

While in the Air Force he served in Viet Nam, Greece, France, Greenland, Belgium, Congo and Korea. He retired as a sergeant major and worked for several years at Tinker Air Force base as a civilian owner and operator of Anderson Trucking Company.

He was a member and chapter director of Chapter “Y” of Stillwater. He toured most of the U.S.A. on his motorcycles and enjoyed camping out and visiting with his wife and other riders. He was a long-standing member of St. John Catholic Church.

He was predeceased by his father.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Jean Anderson, of the home; his mother, Juanita Anderson, of Austin, Minn; two brothers, Richard “Dick” Anderson and his wife Mary Line, of Anoka Minn. and Charles Anderson and his wife Linda, of Austin, Minn; five sisters Romona Anderson, of Austin, Minn., Diane Floridi, Eau Claire, Wisc.; Linda Leopold, St. Louis Park, Minn.; Cindy Wesley and husband Brian, Wells, Minn.; Sue and Jon Brimacomb, Eagan, Minn.; seven children and their spouses, Pamela Rhode and husband Korey and children Stephanie, Kyle, Dayna Beth and Haley, Fond du Lac, Wisc.; Kathy Reller and husband Dave and their children Dan and Becky Jo, Rochester, Minn.; Anne Kermes and husband Mark and their child Jordan, Amboy, Minn.; Jackie Freismuth and husband Patrick and their children Molly Ann and Jacob, Fond du Lac, Wisc.; Anthony Anderson and wife Sarah Beth and their children Delaney and Madison, Cheyenne, Wisc.; Charmane Medrano and husband Jose and their children Macee, Kaleb and Dylan, Stillwater. Anderson is also survived by four step children; Ray Carter and family of Wisconsin, Cliffton Carter and family, Arizona, Clifford Carter of Texas, Floyd Allen Carter, Oklahoma City and 19 nieces and nephews. 

Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to the St. John Altar Society at 201 N. Knoblock, Stillwater, 74074. 
 

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Sidney ‘Ken’ Krieff
Sidney “Ken” Krieff passed away Easter Sunday morning, April 15, 2001. 

Services will be held at Strode Funeral Home Saturday at 10:30 a.m. 

He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., Dec. 7, 1919. He served in the Army during World War II in the Western Pacific Theater, Company C, 111th Infantry, was honorably discharged, and obtained an electrical engineering degree after the war under the G.I. Bill.

He spent most of his career working as a research and development engineer in the defense industry for General Atomics, Hughes Aerospace, Grumman Aircraft and other companies involved in our nation’s defense.

While there he was involved in the development of the optics used in high resolution satellite based cameras. Later in his career he invented tools that are still in use today to handle materials in clean room environments. His hobbles were art, playing bridge and tennis, listening to classical music and photography. After he retired, he spent time teaching other senior citizens how to use computers.

He was married to Helen Shapiro who preceded him in death and is survived by his daughters, Arlene Randall of San Diego, Calif. and Marilyn Delson of Kingston, New York, and his grandsons, Beau Randall of San Diego and Andrew Delson of Kingston.

Special gratitude is felt by his survivors towards Flo Terrill, her daughter, Becky Irby and her husband Steve, and their children, Rosa and Joel, who have been wonderful friends to him for many years.


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