Miscellaneous Payne County, Oklahoma Obituaries

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Rachel Clemons
Rachel Ettie Clemons, 83, Stillwater, died Tuesday, April 17, 2001, at the Golden Oaks Village. 
Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at Strode Chapel. Rev. Jeff Kuhn will officiate. Interment is at the Fairlawn Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home. 

Clemons was born on a farm south of Stillwater Dec. 10, 1917, to James H. and Ettie Z. (Kimple) Demaree. She married Melvin Lee Clemons March 16, 1941, in Oklahoma City. He died Oct. 3, 1960. She attended Diamond Valley School, Stillwater High School and one year at Oklahoma A&M College.

Following their marriage, Mr. Clemons was inducted into the Air Force and for the next four years they lived in several places as he remained in the service until the end of World War II.

In 1945, they established a home in Stillwater. Upon leaving college, Clemons went to work for the Stillwater National Bank until January 1942. During World War II, she worked as a secretary for the principal at Stillwater High School for one year.

The Clemons moved to Wewoka in 1956 to open their own business. Clemons worked as the office manager.

In 1971, they moved to Tucson, Ariz., where she worked as a bookkeeper for the University Mechanical and Electrical Engineers. After retirement, she devoted much of her time to genealogy research of her various family ancestries. She became the national expert on the Rutledge families and wrote two books, “My Rutledge Family, Book 1 from Early Maryland to 1990,” and “Book 2 continued to 1998.” She became quite adept at using the computer and e-mail.

She corresponded with Rutledge enthusiasts around the world. Clemons was the founder of the Diamond Valley Church where she served as the first Sunday school superintendent.

Other organizations she belonged to are the Rebecca Lodge, B&PW Club, past president of the American Legion Auxiliary of Wewoka; past president of Wewoka B&PW, PTA and the Stillwater Alumni Association.

Clemons is preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother and one sister.

She is survived by three sons, Mark Clemons and wife Peggy, Tulsa; Tim Clemons and wife Ann, Mission Hill, Kan.; Gary Clemons and wife Dawn, Tucson, Ariz.; one daughter, Susan Clemons, Tucson; one brother, Rex Demaree and wife Leota, Stillwater; sisters-in-laws Mrs. Donald (Pat) Demaree, Stillwater; brother-in-law Bill Clemons and wife Mary, Ponca City; brother-in-law, Marvin Clemons, Phoenix, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Memorials may sent to Judith Karman Hospice, Inc., P.O. Box 818, Stillwater, 74076; Stillwater High School Alumni Association, 315 W. Eighth, Stillwater, 74074; or Diamond Valley Church. 

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Mary Campbell
Mary Denna Campbell, 74, died Tuesday, April 17, 2001, at her home in Stillwater. 

Visitation will be 10 a.m. to noon Friday at Strode Funeral Home with graveside services at 2 p.m. at Terlton Cemetery in Terlton. 

She was born Oct. 15, 1926, in Tulsa, to Charles Dee and Nannie Viola Colburn. She graduated high school May 1944 in Wichita, Kan. and worked in Tulsa as a map draftsman for several prominent oil companies.

She married Jack D. Campbell June 6, 1953. She lived all her married life in Stillwater, except for two years in Ethiopia, Africa, on assignment through Oklahoma State University with the Agency for International Development — President Truman’s Point IV program.

She was an accomplished artist and teacher and was an active member of the Stillwater Art Guild. She taught many oil painting classes at the Stillwater Senior Citizens’ Center and the Multigraphis Art Center.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband and three brothers. 

Survivors include one son, John Scott Campbell of Stillwater; two daughters, Denna Kadavy of Kingfisher and Mary Lisa Campbell of Stillwater; one grandson, Charles Ramsdell; one son-in-law, Kent Kadavy of Kingfisher; two brothers, Austin Colburn of Hutchinson, Kan. and Mark Colburn of Tulsa; and many nieces and nephews throughout Oklahoma, Arkansas and Colorado. 

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Adler Kirkland
Adler Kirkland, 84, Yale, died Monday, April 16, 2001, at the Drumright Nursing Center. 

Graveside services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Bethany Cemetery, Hallett. Brother Michael Dershem will preside. 

Services are under the direction of Yale-Palmer Funeral Home.

Kirkland was born Nov. 3, 1916, in Arkansas.

He farmed with his parents in the Hallett, Jennings and Yale areas.

He later in life farmed for several people in the Yale area.

Survivors include a friend, Roy Purcell, Yale. 
 

Lyle Klinger
Lyle Russell Klinger, 91, died Sunday, April 8, 2001, in Weslaco, Texas. 
Memorial services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Laverne. 

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McCaleb Funeral Home, Weslaco and local arrangements are under the direction of Myatt-Seeger Funeral home in Laverne.

He was born March 30, 1910, in Ashland Kan., to John Vernon and Alta May (Wilder) Klinger.

In 1919 the family moved to Laverne. They were the first family in Laverne to have modern indoor plumbing.

In 1928 he graduated from Laverne High School and in 1930 graduated from a business college in Dodge City, Kan.

He worked nine years in a man’s retail clothing store in Dodge City.

He married Helen Margaret Heston June 10, 1934.

In 1939 the couple and their three year old son, John, moved back to Laverne.

He became a full time rancher and civic leader serving as mayor of Laverne for eight years and as manager of the Laverne Chamber of Commerce for 16 1/2 years.

Starting in 1949 and for the next 29 years, he was on the board of directors for the Woodward Oklahoma Production Credit.

He was a long-time member of the United Methodist Church in Laverne.

After he retired in 1973, he and his wife made their home in Mercedes, Texas. She died in 1987.

In 1988 he married Amanda Viola Chuckle in Mercedes. She died in 1991.

In addition to his parents and both wives, he was predeceased by a sister, Melba Klinger Ross.

Survivors include a son, John David Klinger and his wife Linda, of Stillwater; a grandson, Mark Klinger, of Dallas; a granddaughter, Kim Turnham and her husband, Barney, of Stillwater; and two great-grandchildren, Cheyenne and Tyler Turnham also of Stillwater.

Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church in Laverne, OK 73848 or the Alzheimers Association, 919 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1000, Chicago, Ill. 60611-1676, or a charity of choice. 

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

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

Services were held 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, John Michael Hannah, and one great-grandson, Robert Kale 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; 15 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and one brother, Carl Shafer, of Belton, Mo.

Ruby Brown
Funeral service for Ruby Freeman Moore Brown, 95, Cushing, are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church in Cushing. Revs. Johnson Vickers, Verlyn Snell, Robert Adams, Bill Allton, Joe Cook, Lee Denson, John Mayshack, Justin Green and Mr. Ken Murrell will preside. 
Interment will follow at the Silver Star Cemetery east of Cushing. 

Serving as pallbearers will be Daniel Branscum, Randy Bray, Chanz Jackson, Percy Jackson, Jr., James Johnson, Stephan Moore, David Morris, Melvin Morris, Jr., and Leon Scobey, Jr.

Flower bearers will be Michelle Branscum, Krissy Green, Loria Jackson, Gayle Moore, Harriett Moore, Heather Moore, LaSharrell Moore and Marcia Scobey.

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

Brown was born Nov. 27, 1905, in Athens, Texas, to Nathan and Louella Freeman. The Freeman family moved to Oklahoma while Ruby was a small child, settling in Ripley. She attended school there.

Her high school years were spent at Colored Agriculturan and Normal University, Langston.

She and Gracey F. Moore married in 1924 in Ripley. They took permanent residence in Cushing shortly thereafter. They became the parents of 12 children. In later years, she married the Rev. Joseph A. Brown, who also preceded her in death.

Brown was a homemaker but after all children matured, she was a housekeeper for a few families in the Cushing community.

She was a supporter of the Booker T. Washington School where her children attended. She was active in the Parent Teacher Association serving as local secretary and delegate to the state PTA conventions. She was speaker during these meetings.

Brown united with the Mt. Olive Baptist Church singing in the Gospel Chorus and serving as announcement clerk.

While married to Rev. Brown, she was named Church Mother of the New Friendship Baptist Church, Silver City, where he pastured. 

Her loving and devoted family survives Mrs. Brown. Seven sons and their spouses, William and Alberta, Wichita, Kan.; Willard and Audrey, Oklahoma City; Wilbert, Gardena, Calif.; Wallace and Winford, Oklahoma City; Charles and Erskine Moore, San Diego, Calif.; five daughters, Odette M. Scobey, Oklahoma City; Marva and Melvin Morris, Sr., Cushing; Laura Lou and Robert Pierson, Cushing; Mary Moore, Cushing; Emma Moore, Carson, Calif.; her youngest sister, Wilma Freeman, Oklahoma City; 20 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and other relatives and numerous friends. 
 

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Lyle Klinger
Lyle Russell Klinger, 91, died Sunday, April 8, 2001, in Weslaco, Texas. 

Memorial services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Laverne. 

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McCaleb Funeral Home, Weslaco and local arrangements are under the direction of Myatt-Seeger Funeral home in Laverne.

He was born March 30, 1910, in Ashland Kan., to John Vernon and Alta May (Wilder) Klinger.

In 1919 the family moved to Laverne. They were the first family in Laverne to have modern indoor plumbing.

In 1928 he graduated from Laverne High School and in 1930 graduated from a business college in Dodge City, Kan.

He worked nine years in a man’s retail clothing store in Dodge City.

He married Helen Margaret Heston June 10, 1934.

In 1939 the couple and their three year old son, John, moved back to Laverne.

He became a full time rancher and civic leader serving as mayor of Laverne for eight years and as manager of the Laverne Chamber of Commerce for 16 1/2 years.

Starting in 1949 and for the next 29 years, he was on the board of directors for the Woodward Oklahoma Production Credit. He was a long-time member of the United Methodist Church in Laverne.

After he retired in 1973, he and his wife made their home in Mercedes, Texas. She died in 1987.

In 1988 he married Amanda Viola Chuckle in Mercedes. She died in 1991.

In addition to his parents and both wives, he was predeceased by a sister, Melba Klinger Ross.

Survivors include a son, John David Klinger and his wife Linda, of Stillwater; a grandson, Mark Klinger, of Dallas; a granddaughter, Kim Turnham and her husband, Barney, of Stillwater; and two great-grandchildren, Cheyenne and Tyler Turnham also of Stillwater.

Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church in Laverne, OK 73848 or the Alzheimers Association, 919 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1000, Chicago, Ill. 60611-1676, or a charity of choice.


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