Miscellaneous Payne County, Oklahoma Obituaries
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Martha Mae (Malone) Peeples, 86, died Thursday, April 19, 2001, at her
residence in Stillwater.
Helen Marie Ricker, 88, died Thursday, April 19, 2001, at her home in
Barbara Gottfried, 58, died Friday, April 20, 2001, at Perry Memorial
Mary Cathrene Shaklee, 82, died Friday, April 20, 2001, at Grace Living
Center in Stillwater.
Alice Hall, 87, died Saturday, April 21, 2001, at her home in Stillwater.
Joyce A. Adams, 59, died Friday, April 20, 2001, in Springfield, Mo.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Rev. Ted Gibson will preside.
Arrangements are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.
She was born Dec. 15, 1909, in Tryon to Samuel “Con” McConnell and Maude Bell (Bennington) Duff.
She was professor and chair of elementary education at Oklahoma State University.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
She devoted 74 years of her life to teaching. Her professional leadership was evidenced by her induction in the 2000 Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame and into the 2001 Oklahoma State University’s College of Education Hall of Fame.
Her career began in Cushing in 1928 and included 20 years in Tulsa Public Schools and 14 years at OSU where she was professor and chair of elementary education.
Although she retired from OSU in 1975 she continued her work as an educational consultant presenting countless seminars and continuing to write until her official retirement in 2000.
However, she never retired from her love of dancing and was still a vital part of the Stillwater Ballroom Dancing Club which she was instrumental in starting in 1975.
She instilled a love for learning and living in all whose lives she touched.
She served on the board of directors for the Senior Olympics through the City of Stillwater Parks and Recreation Department, worked with the Sheerar Museum, Friends of Old Central, heart drives and the Pleasant Valley School.
She pioneered using the newspaper as a text with her manual, “The Living Textbook,” and was instrumental in starting “Newspapers in Education” programs for prominent newspapers in Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma.
Dr. Lohmann was a member and past president of the Oklahoma Council of Teachers of English, and past president of Oklahoma Supervision and Curriculum Development, member and president of Delta Kappa Gamma Society, Stillwater Chapter, member and past president of the OSU Emeriti Association and was also affiliated with the Oklahoma and National Education Association and Oklahoma and National Retired Teachers Association.
She received Distinguished Service Awards from the Department of Education at OSU and Oklahoma Supervision and Curriculum Association and was a 1995 recipient of the Very Important Members Award in Oklahoma Retired Educators.
The success she achieved through her dedication and the accolades to which she was accorded made her one of the top women educators of our time.
In addition to her husband she was predeceased by her parents and brothers Victor and Ermal Duff.
Survivors include one son, Richard Lohmann and his wife Sue; three grandchildren, Jenifer Tyra, Deborah Williams and Mark Lohmann; one brother Don Duff and his wife Marilyn; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jack D. Lightfoot
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Christian Union Church, 104 N. First, Tryon with Revs. Ted Gibson and Charles Wall officiating. Interment at Iowa Chapel Cemetery will be under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.
He was born July 31, 1926, in Telephone, Texas, to Clarence and Ocie Lilly (Stewart) Lightfoot, later moving to Mesa, Ariz. He joined the U.S. Army at 19 and served in Germany.
He married Hazel Marie Reid in 1951 in Florence, Ariz. He moved to California and worked as a painter and concrete finisher at such places as Disneyland and Angel Stadium.
In 1966, he moved his family to Tryon to get them away from big city life. He taught all his children, grandchildren and many others his skill in concrete work. He loved his family and enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers.
Survivors include his wife; four sons, Jack Lightfoot and his wife Vickie, Dave Lightfoot, Ron Lightfoot and his wife Debbie, Jerry Lightfoot and his wife Connie; nine grandchildren, Carol Sue Robbins and her husband Joel of Perkins, LaTisha Gunter and her husband Scott of Panama City Beach, Fla., Ronnie Jo Lightfoot and his wife Tammie, Brian Lightfoot, Jackie, Buck, Adam, Paige and Carolyn Lightfoot; three great-grandchildren, Carlee and Cammi Robbins and Brennan Lightfoot, all of Perkins; one very special nephew, Tom Smith and his wife Lil of Fallbrook, Calif. and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Pallbearers will be Jack, Dave, Ron, Jerry, Jackie, Ronnie Jo, Brian, Buck and Adam Lightfoot.
The family has requested casual dress for the service.
Memorials may be made to Judith Karmen Hospice, P.O. Box 818, Stillwater,
OK 74076 in his name.
He was born Jan. 22, 1964, to Junior Lee and Marva Williams.
He attended Stillwater public schools and graduated from Stillwater High School in 1983.
He later joined the armed services.
He was loved by all and will be truly missed.
Survivors include his mother, of Stillwater, and father of Wichita; three sisters, LaRonda Williams, of Stillwater, Lynn Morris, of Ft. Irvin, Calif. and Brenda Williams of Wichita; two brothers, Forrest and Troy Williams, both of Wichita; four nieces and nephews who will truly miss him, and a host of relatives and friends.
She was member of the First Christian Church of Edmond.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by three sisters, Lenore Canfield, Delores Simmons and Wanda Terry and also by a son-in-law, Kenneth Winkleman.
Survivors include: two daughters, Linda Winkleman of Granbury, Texas and Ellen and Walt Summers of Stillwater; grandchildren, David and Kelly Winkleman of Granbury, Texas, Brian and Terri Winkleman of Houston, Texas and Jesse Summers and Jamie Summers of Stillwater and four great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the First Christian Church building fund in Edmond.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Matthews Funeral Home.
Services, with Dale Barnes presiding, will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at New Covenant Fellowship, in Stillwater. Interment will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Little Cemetery in Little. Strode Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.
She attended schools in Stillwater, Ponca City and Enid and later received her GED. She loved to bowl and was a member of many leagues, several of which she represented in Stillwater. She also loved to crochet.
She was a homemaker and a member of Stillwater Moose Lodge 2089.
She was a member of New Covenant Fellowship and loved her church and was very actively involved in it.
She was predeceased by her parents and one brother, Jerry Sims.
Survivors include her husband, of the home; one son, Rob Warrington, of Jenks; one daughter, Chantel Doutey and her husband, Frank, of Yale; two grandchildren, Colton Wayne Doutey and Trenton Macabe Doutey, both of Yale; two brothers, Wendell Sims, of Stillwater, and Earl Sims, of Blackwell; and five sisters, Glenda Warren, of Baxter Springs, Kan., Naomi Eubank and Leola Choate, both of Enid, Roberta Babb, of Holdenville, and Stella Smallwood, of Silverado, Calif.
Memorials may be made to Judith Karman Hospice, P.O. Box 818, Stillwater, OK 74076
Edna ‘Ruth’ Thomas
Visitation for Thomas will be Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Fairhaven Mortuary located in Fairhaven Memorial Park, 1702 E. Fairhaven Ave., Santa Ana. Private funeral services will be conducted by Father Charles E. Maier at 1 p.m. Friday at the Waverly Chapel in Fairhaven Memorial Park. Interment will be in the mausoleum in Fairhaven Memorial Park.
Thomas was born April 29, 1921, in the family home on the Goodbary Homestead in Otoe Township, near Carney. She was the seventh of eight children born to James Russell “Russ” Goodbary, 1869 to 1949, and Martha Ann “Mattie” (Shoop) Goodbary, 1883 to 1966.
Thomas attended the two-room county grade school at Mt. Vernon, District 36, where her first teacher was her sister. She graduated from the eighth grade in 1934. She was baptized into the Carney Christian Church Aug. 12, 1934. She attended Carney High School in 1938. She attended Central State College in Edmond one year and Oklahoma A&M in Stillwater.
Thomas married Robert Christopher “Bob” Thomas June 26, 1938, in the Parsonage of the Friends Church north of Chandler. Following her marriage, she attended Friends Church. Thomas and her husband had two children.
In 1943, Thomas and her family moved to San Pedro, Calif. She and her husband worked for Todd Shipyard. Thomas continued to work in the shipyard while he served in the Army at Camp Roberts, Calif., and Korea. In 1947, they moved to Santa Ana, Calif., where they started in business as electrical contractors. They continued in electrical contracting business in Santa Ana for the next 50 years, closing Thomas Electric in 1997.
She was a member of the Scepter Chapter No. 163 Order of the Eastern Star of Orange, Calif.; she served 21 years as the treasurer of the Santa Ana Assembly No. 61 Social Order of the Beauceant. She retired and was then elected “Treasurer Emeritus.” Her project in the Beauceant was raising money to purchase and train seeing eye dogs for the blind and in providing training for the blind person to permit them to fully utilize their dog. She was a member of the Daughters of the Nile.
Thomas was a very avid supporter of her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews within their youth groups in the Masonic family. These included Job’s Daughters and DeMolay. She was a den mother for the Cub Scouts for several years during the 1960s.
She was a Past Regent of the Santa Ana Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and was very proud to have initiated her daughter, granddaughter and niece, Linda Bryant, into DAR. She was an enthusiastic family genealogist and hand filled hundreds of binders with letters, pictures and other genealogical material relating to her extended family.
Thomas is survived by her husband of 63 years; their two children, Roberta Ann Thomas and Robert Christopher Thomas Jr.; four grandchildren, Celane Renee Cozad, Rebekah Ann Thomas, Robert Christopher Thomas III and John Wesley Thomas; two great-grandchildren, Nichole Clene Parenteau and Christopher Henry Parenteau; son-in-law, Thomas D. Mullings; daughter-in-law, Mila (Bobek) Thomas, all of Orange County, Calif.; one brother, Edgar “Rodger” Goodbary of Joplin, Mo.; five sister-in-laws, Alma Leta (Southerland) Goodbary, Joplin, Mo.; Dorris (Sullivan) Goodbary, Carney; Isla (Schippert) Goodbary, Halsted, Kan.; Lorraine (Thomas) Stinchcomb, Oklahoma City; Helen (Reed) Thomas, Chandler, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, five brothers and one sister.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Knights Templar Eye Foundation,
donation made in the name of Ruth Thomas, Attn. Donald Spencer, 8350 Rathburn
Ave., Northridge, Calif. 91325.
A mass was held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Williams Catholic Church with Father Valerian Gonzalves officiating. Interment followed at Highland Cemetery under the direction of Brown’s Funeral Service.
She was born Jan. 2, 1947, in Oklahoma City to Dr. William Karl and June Semtner. She graduated from Durant High School in 1965 and earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Southeastern Oklahoma State University State in 1969. She received her master’s degree in special education from East Central University in Ada. She was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority.
She dedicated her life to teaching mentally and physically challenged children to succeed in life. She was instrumental in the development of the Special Olympics program in the Durant area and served on the board of the Durant Sheltered Workshop. She was loved for her extraordinary deeds.
Survivors include: her father of Durant; her husband of 32 years, Doug Flowers; her daughter, Erica Stewart, husband Trey and future grandson of Stillwater; two sisters, Teri Radar of Pottsboro, Texas and Kristin Young of Arlington, Texas; two brothers, Kurt Semtner of Downingtown, Pa. and Kevin Semtner of Maui, Hawaii; special nephew, Kendall Gilchrist and family of Cedar Hill, Texas and numerous other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Roy Brown, Don Miller, Tim Briscoe, Alvie Nelson, Jim Williams and Jim Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were Kurt Semtner, Kevin Semtner, Trey Stewart, Kendall Gilchrist, Chuck Young, Jim Radar, Wade Browder, Jim Shipp, Jim Tucker, Earl Umsted, Jes Umsted, Wilson Jones III, Mike Green, Jack Skaggs, David Herron, Leroy Womble, Bill Tolbert, Ron Hartin and Jack Jones.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Robert E. Williams Library in honor of Sally Flowers.