Miscellaneous Payne County, Oklahoma Obituaries

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Joyce Eyler
Joyce Eyler, 76, died Wednesday, May 9, 2001, in Stillwater. 
Services, with Rev. Larry Wilson officiating, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Collinsville. Interment will follow at Ridgelawn Cemetery in Collinsville. 

Collinsville Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

She was born Aug. 16, 1924, in Capron to George W. and Mable (Albright) Lightburn.

She married Nelson Eyler in Nov. 1943 in Collinsville.

She attended Oklahoma A and M and was a 50 year member of P.E.O. She was a member of the Collinsville First United Methodist Church and the Methodist Women.

She loved fishing and tied quilts for babies and friends and family. 

In addition to her husband of Collinsville, she is survived by two sons, Dan Eyler and his wife Debbie of Tulsa and Dean Eyler and his wife Kathie of Collinsville; a daughter, Dianne Adams and her husband Walter of Stillwater; a twin sister, Jean Condrey of Birmingham, Ala.; eight grandchildren, Brian Adams and his wife Nancy of Murphy, Texas, Laura Adams of Stillwater, Matt Eyler of Tulsa, Stacy Post and her husband Brad of Broken Arrow, Amanda Green and her husband Ryan of Tulsa, Melissa Teasley of Tulsa, Monty Eyler and his wife Dawn of Collinsville and Malia Guerrero and her husband Eric of Stillwater; two great-grandchildren, Madylaine and Solomon Post; two nephews, Vic Condrey of Houston and Lee Condrey of Birmingham; and two nieces, Cathy Ratliff of Dallas and Marsha Ramee of Oklahoma City. 
 

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Steve Gray
Longtime Cushing resident, Steve Gray, 41, died Monday, May 7, 2001, in Oklahoma City. 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Flynn Cemetery southwest of Cushing. Bob Vaught will preside. 

Davis Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

He was born May 12, 1959, in Fort Worth, Texas to the late Walter E. Gray and Marjorie E. Escott Gray.

When he was a small child the family moved to Cushing where he attended Cushing schools.

He worked as a mechanic for many years and was well respected for his knowledge of automobiles. 

Survivors include one daughter, Heather Gray of Ft. Collins, Colo. and several cousins and other relatives and friends. 
 

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Lloyd Tiger
Cushing resident Lloyd F. Tiger, 72, died Wednesday, May 9, 2001, at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa. 

Visitation will be at Palmer Funeral Home Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at which time visitation will be at Mr. Tiger’s home, northeast of Cushing. 

Services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Tiger Family Cemetery, northeast of Cushing. 

In addition to his wife, Patricia M. (Lonechief) Tiger, he is survived by his daughters, Patty Gay Tiger Beaston of Tulsa, Renata Jo Tiger of Tulsa, and Wonzie Klinekole Tiger of Dallas, Texas; a son, Russell Lloyd Tiger of Dallas; brothers, Jack Elba Tiger and Herschel Tiger and Herschel Tiger; sisters, Dorothy Tiger, Yvonne Goodeagle and Corrine Tiger (Tsoodle); and two grandchildren Echo and Rion Tiger. 
 

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Judith Karman
The body of Judith Karman, a name associated with hospice care in Stillwater for nearly a quarter of a century has been taken from Fairlawn Cemetery to be cremated. Her ashes will be placed in the columbarium at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. 

The relatively new columbarium has 42 niches for urns. Many have been reserved but Mrs. Karman’s urn will be one of five in place. 

Her husband, Tom, was a professor at Oklahoma State University and is now at Oklahoma Baptist University and living in Shawnee said the last family member. Son Tim, will soon be moving to Claremore from Stillwater and no one will be left to tend the site. The columbarium was the answer.

Mrs. Karman’s own experience with cancer deepened her concern for the extra care needed by critically or terminally ill patients and their families.

She was a patient representative for Stillwater Medical Center which in 1977 formed a support group to assist patients and families in similar times of crisis. She died of breast cancer in 1979.

Before her death she proposed a memorial fund be established to help people learn to give emotional support to critically ill individuals and their families. That led to the founding of Judith Karman Hospice that has blossomed into a major factor in many lives in this community through assorted services, activities, fund-raisers and the thrift shop. 
 

Margaret Sewell

Mary Margaret Sewell, 88, Stillwater, died on Friday, May 11, 2001, at Stillwater Medical Center. 
Services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday at Strode Chapel. The Rev. B. Gordon Edwards will officiate. Interment will be 1 p.m. Monday at Fairlawn Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.
Sewell was born on March 7, 1913 in Ft. Scott, Kan. to Ora James and Mattie Mae (Hipes) Parrish. She was married to James Clenton Sewell on Nov. 2, 1948 in Long Beach, Calif. He died on March 13, 1997.
She grew up and attended schools in Ft. Scott, Kan. She lived in Jefferson City, Mo. from October 1935 to September 1946. Sewell and her husband lived in California until her husband retired in January 1971. They lived in Wickenburg, Ariz. before moving to Stillwater in July 1984. They moved to Springfield, Mo. in 1992 and returned to Stillwater in 1994. Sewell was a life-long democrat.
Sewell was a member of the Presbyterian Church. She worked for Bank of America.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James Sewell; and three sisters.
Sewell is survived by two nieces, Maxine Collins and husband Fred, West Plains, Mo.; Luwanda Chappell and husband Tom, New Baden; four nephews, Don Foy and wife Earline, Hurst, Texas; Gordon Foy, Florida, Glen Michaels and Harold Michaels, both of Kansas City, Mo.; and one cousin Meredeth Wade, Stillwater.
 

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Meredith J. Prough

Meredith J. Prough, 58, died Thursday, May 10, 2001 in Tulsa.
Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at the Yale High School Gym . Harold Prough, Ponca City, will officiate. Services are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.
Prough was born on April 15, 1943 in Ozark, Ark. to Theodore Brewer and Bertha Gossett Brewer. She came to Yale as a small child. She attended Yale schools and was a graduate of Yale High School. 
She was united in marriage to Larry Prough on July 3, 1961 in Yale. The couple had lived in the area since that time. She worked for the Oklahoma Historical Society in Pawnee for many years and was currently still employed with them. Prough was a member of the Cushing Christian Church. She was a member of the XI Delta Pi. As a member for 25 years she was a member of the order of the rose. She enjoyed cross stitching, sewing and painting.
Prough is preceded in death by her parents and one son, John Tate Prough.
She is survived by her husband, Larry Prough of the home; two sons, Todd Prough and wife Jeanette, Yale; Thad Prough, Maramec; two grandchildren, Austin Prough and Benjamin Prough; and other relatives and friends. 
 

Alma June McAulay
Lifetime Cushing resident Alma June Usher McAulay, 86, died Sunday, May 13, 2001, in Cushing Regional Hospital. 
Services, with Father Paul Ostrander officiating, will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. in St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Cushing. Interment will follow in Fairlawn Cemetery in Cushing under the direction of Davis Funeral Home. 

The family will greet friends in the Parish Hall immediately before services.

McAulay was born in Cushing on Nov. 1, 1914, to W.I. “Bud” and Alma Maud Walters Usher. She was raised and educated in Cushing.

She married Lewis Calvin McAulay on March 2, 1936, in Cushing. They had two children, Mickey and Dee Anne.

McAulay was a devoted wife who helped her husband in the dry cleaning business and a loving mother to her children.

She was active in St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, where she had been a member since 1957. She was a longtime member of Cushing Country Club and loved golfing with her friends.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband and one brother, William Irvin Usher Jr.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Michael Lewis “Mickey” and Grace McAulay of Cushing; one daughter, Dee Anne McAulay Montgomery of Edmond; three granddaughters, Michelle Montgomery Griffin and her husband Scott of Edmond, Whitney Dee Montgomery of Dallas and Starla Denese Beaty of Moore; and two great-grandchildren, Britni and Chandler Griffin of Edmond.

McAulay is also survived by a brother, Christian Kyle Usher of Slayton, Minn.; one sister and brother-in-law, Patty Lou (Usher) and Bill E. Gist of Bethany; one sister-in-law, Virginia Bryant Usher of Bethany; numerous nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends. 

Memorials may be made to the Oklahoma Heart Association, the American Cancer Society Memorial Program, Heartland Division, 4323 N.W. 63rd, Suite 110, Oklahoma City, Okla., 73116-1513, or the Alzheimer’s Association, Oklahoma Chapter, 6465 S. Yale, Suite 206, Tulsa, Okla., 74136-7804. 
 

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Ruby Fern Key
Former Agra schoolteacher Ruby Fern Key, 81, died Saturday, May 12, 2001, in Tulsa. 

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday in Friends Church in Chandler. Burial will follow in Tryon Cemetery. The Rev. Bruce Newby will officiate. Services are under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service in Chandler. 

Key was born Dec. 5, 1919, in Chandler to Proctor and Alma E. (Wertman) Mullen. She married Chester Key on Nov. 30, 1941, in Tryon.

She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Oklahoma State University and taught school for 31 years in Chandler and Agra public schools. She was a 4-H Club leader for many years and was very active member of Friends Church in Chandler.

She was predeceased by her parents, brother, two sisters and one son, Harold Allen Key.

She is survived by her husband, of the home; one daughter and son-in-law, Linda and David McEntire of Carrollton, Texas; three grandchildren, Chris Key of Germany and Brad and Trina McEntire of Carrollton; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Anna Lois and Robert George of Chandler and Joy and Jim Wilson of Wichita, Kan.; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Glenn and Eunice Mullen of Agra, Charles and Mable Mullen of Wichita and Proctor Mullen Jr. of Chandler; and other friends and many relatives. 
 

Louise Maxwell
Louise Margaretta Maxwell, 62, died Saturday, May 12, 2001, at Rosewood Nursing Home. 
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Strode Funeral Home with Dale Barnes officiating. Interment will be at Zion Cemetery in Perry under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.

She was born Feb. 27, 1939, in Lucien to Otto and Ada (Friedemann) Bamberger. She grew up in Perry, graduated from Perry High School and attended classes at Oklahoma State University.

She married Ray Maxwell Sept. 30, 1961, in Perry. They later divorced.

She was a former choir director for Zion Lutheran Church in Perry and president of Luther League. She was involved in many activities prior to her illness in 1980.

She had a positive attitude in life and was always cheerful and smiling. She was an inspiration to many people and touched their lives in a special way. She was a member of the New Covenant of Life.

She was preceded in death by her parents and former husband.

Survivors include two daughters, Jane Maxwell of Stillwater and Tammy Bates of Tulsa; three grandchildren, Robin Bates and Christopher Davis of Stillwater and Trey Bates of Houston, Texas; one brother, Paul Bamberger and his wife Julie of Stillwater and a special friend, Lawrence Williams.

Contributions may be made to the Family Memorial Fund, c/o Strode Funeral Home, P.O. Box 487, Stillwater, OK 74076.

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Beulah Earnest
Beulah Earnest, 83, died Sunday, May 13, 2001, in Tulsa. Services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Moore’s East Lawn in Tulsa.

She was born Sept. 18, 1918, to George and Bertie Stockwell. She attended school at Starr Valley and Eureka schools in Payne County. She grew up on her family’s farm located between Glencoe and Stillwater.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Ruben Stockwell of Stillwater, and Cleo Stockwell of California; one sister, Lula Jardot of Stillwater; one daughter, Joy Scott; and one son, Jimmy Clapp.

She is survived by three daughters, Lila Tillman, Glencoe, Eva Case, Tulsa, Wanda Katapodis, Tulsa; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.


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