Miscellaneous Payne County, Oklahoma Obituaries


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Jewell Wilson
Jewell Wilson, 89, mother of two Stillwater residents, died Monday, July 31, 2000, at a local nursing home.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at North Town Church of Christ, her nephew, Richard Jones, officiating. Burial will follow at Ashland Cemetery under the direction of Bishop Funeral Service.

Wilson was born Nov. 10, 1910, in Pindall, Ark., to Jesse Newton "Newt" and Mattie Mae O'Daniel Jones. She moved to Pittsburg County as a child with her parents and lived the rest of her life in the Ashland, Kiowa and McAlester area.

On Oct. 3, 1925, she married Oris Vernon Wilson in McAlester. She was a homemaker and had worked at the Naval Ammunition Depot until retirement.

She was a member of the North Town Church of Christ.

Mrs. Wilson was predeceased by her parents; her husband in 1955; a son, William Don Wilson; three brothers, Sam Jones, John Jones and Walter Jones, and a sister, Willadean Fairless.

Survivors include four sons and daughters-in-law, Frank and Aleen Wilson of McAlester, Stanley and Cheryl Wilson of Tishomingo; Joe Dennis and Marilyn Wilson of Stillwater, Dwayne and Susan Wilson of St. Charles, Mo.; five daughters and sons-in-law, Ada Lee McPhetridge of Tulare, Calif., Jennie Sue and Skip Bowman of Converse, Ind., Betty Lou and Robin Lacy of Stillwater, Donna and Johnny Adam of Arpelar, and Rita and Clay Miller of Edmond.

Also 30 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren and 25 great-great-grandchildren; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Gusta and Wiley Hays of Redlands, Calif., Blanche Ray of Kiowa, Ina and Harlow Cunningham of Savanna and Fern Loftis of Stuart.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers, Roger McPhetridge, Lynn McPhetridge, Donnie McPhetridge, Greg Wilson, Ronnie Wilson, Chris Wilson, Marty Wilson, Jeff Wilson, Steve Wilson, Ryan Wilson, Robin Lacy, Rudy Lacy, Brett Jackson, Ronnie Wilson, Zack Wilson and Alex Wilson.

The family requests memorials be made to Search, or the Turley Children's Home through North Town Church of Christ, 2400 N. Main, McAlester 74501.


Carolyn Irene Lee Drummond
Carolyn Irene Lee Drummond, 44, died Monday, July 31, 2000, at St. Frances Hospital.

Memorial services, with Rev. Goldie Stiles and Rev. Rick Wilkerson officiating, will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Ripley Church of God.

She was born June 22, 1956, in Fallbrook Calif. to Karl and Dorothy Lee.

She graduated from Fallbrook Union High School in 1974.

She moved to Ripley in 1998 where she worked for Motel 6 and the Ripley Maveric, then the Holiday Inn.

She was predeceased by one brother, Steven Lee, a grandmother, Lora Morris and two grandfathers, Louis Boen and Conrad Lee.

Survivors include two sons, Michael F. Gardner and his wife, Amy, of Ft. Carson, Colo. and Lucus James Drummond, of Kingman, Ariz.; one daughter, Rogene F. Gardner, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; five grandchildren; her mother and step-father, Dorothy and Don Harrison, of Ripley, and her father and step-mother, Karl and Clara Lee, of Solo, Mo.; grandmother, Louise Lee, of Cabool, Mo., two brothers, Ray Lee and his wife, Connie, of Cushing, and Gary Lee, of Fallbrook, Calif.; two sisters, Suzanne Chastain, and her husband, Jim, of Chehalis, Wash., and Kathleen Hocking, and her husband, Mark, of Escondido, Calif.; one step-brother, Bennie Harrison and his wife, Debbie, of Battleground, Wash.; two step-sisters, Donna Maxwell and her husband, Donovan, of Des Moines, Iowa; and Cheryl Harrison, of Sylmar, Calif.

She is also survived by a close friend, Bill Self, many nieces and nephews and many more hundreds of loved ones and family. 

Carrie Ann Nelson Scanlan
Carrie Ann Nelson Scanlan, 86, Stillwater, died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2000, at the Stillwater Medical Center.

Memorial services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Christian Church. William S. Inglish and M. Rick Hendricks will officiate.

Interment will be at Memory Gardens in Amarillo, Texas, where graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 16.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.

Scanlan was born Dec. 14, 1913, to John P. Nelson and Jane Culbertson in Quay County, N.M. She married Richard Michael Scanlan June 10, 1934, in Tulia, Texas.

She grew up in the small town of Forest, N. M. When she was 17, she left for Amarillo to complete her RN degree at Northwest Texas Hospital where she received her degree in 1934.

She worked in the operating room, ER and eventually became the head nurse in the pediatric ward there. In 1958, she became a nurse for the Amarillo Public Schools, eventually serving as the administrator for all the Amarillo school nurses until retiring in 1975.

She moved to Stillwater in 1990 where she lived with her daughter and family.

She was actively involved with the First Christian Church. She was a member of the Quilter's Guild and enjoyed playing Bridge with her friends as well as spending countless hours at her sewing machine.

She is preceded in death by her husband, who died July 25, 1985; two brothers, John and Carl Nelson; one sister, Beatrice Reed; three step brothers, Oscar, Bud, and Harvey Nelson; and two step sisters, Rose and Mag Nelson.

Scanlan is survived by one daughter, Jane Kay Defee and her husband William C., Stillwater; and two grandchildren, Ange Marie Defee, Stillwater; and Richard Michael Defee, Memphis, Tenn.

Memorials can be made to the Stillwater Medical Center Foundation, P.O. Box 2408, Stillwater, 74076; or to Stillwater Humane Society, 1710 S. Main, Stillwater, 74074.


Letha Irene Miller
Long time Stillwater resident, Letha Irene Miller, 93, died Monday, July 31, 2000, at Stillwater Medical Center.

Services, with Rev. Stanley M. Warfield, Jr. officiating, will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Church. Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery.

Strode Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

She was born in Ripley Feb. 23, 1907, to Fred and Ora (Meek) Ballard.

She married Albert Chester "Chet" Miller Aug. 25, 1929 in Stillwater. After their marriage, the couple lived in Stillwater He died Feb. 23, 1971.

She graduated from Ripley High School and in 1929 graduated from Oklahoma A and M with a bachelor's degree in Home Economics..

She was a homemaker and belonged to the First United Methodist Church.

She was predeceased by her parents, husband and one son, Harold Lee Miller.

Survivors include one brother, Everett Ballard and his wife, Pearl, of Lakewood, Colo.; a brother-in-law, Arthur Dale Miller, of Honolulu, and one uncle, Edward Meek, of Springfield Ark.

Robert 'Bob' Allen Oller
Robert "Bob" Allen Oller, 67, worked in construction and asphalt most of his life and was an avid fisherman.

He died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2000, at Grace Living Center.

Services are planned for 2 p.m. Monday at Strode Chapel with Pastor Leroy Hawkins officiating. Interment will follow at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Cemetery in Perry. Services are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.

He was born Feb. 11, 1933, to George and Zenith (Mulaska) Oller in Enid.

He was married to Helen Adkins in 1951 in Columbus, Ohio. They later divorced.

He was married to Violet Needles in 1975 in Perkins.

He is survived by his wife, Violet, of the home; three sons, Richard Allen Oller of Stillwater, Kenneth Lee Oller of Florida, and Michael Keith Oller of Florida; two stepsons, Harold Joe Burton and his wife, Nita, of Cushing, and Jimmy Burton and his wife, Ruth Ann, of Stillwater; two stepdaughters, Geraldine Lynn of Stillwater, and Lorene Sapp and her husband, Dennis, of Moore; three grandchildren; 13 step-grandchildren and 12 great-step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be made to the Robert Oller Family Memorial Fund c/o Strode Funeral Home, P.O. Box 487, Stillwater, Okla. 74076. 

Winsel Lee Bilyeu
Winsel Lee Bilyeu, 78, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000, at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Christian Church. The Rev. Bill Inglish will officiate. Interment will be at Fairlawn Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.

Bilyeu was a member of one of Stillwater's pioneering families. His grandparents made the Oklahoma Land Run in 1889 and staked their claim three miles west of Stillwater, where they lived in a dugout and raised their family. They had 11 boys, one of whom, L.I. "Dock" Bilyeu, later married Julia Alfreda Ham. The union produced six children, including Winsel.

He was born July 12, 1922, in Stillwater. He was a graduate of Stillwater High School and Oklahoma State University. He married Vera Allinson Gilbert Jan. 28, 1960.

He served as a Staff Sargent in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II in the Pacific Theater of Operations form 1942-1946. He remained in the reserves and returned to duty to serve in the Korean War from 1950 to 1951. Upon returning from the service, he worked for Lockheed Aircraft and then for Midwest Creamery. He served as assistant director of OSU's Student Union and manager of the Student Union Hotel from 1954 until his retirement in 1986. While at OSU, he was the advisor to the Marine Platoon Leaders class.

Bilyeu was active in the First Christian Church, where he was a deacon. He was also a member of the American Legion and was a charter member of the Frontier Rotary, serving as president from 1978-79. Following his retirement, he was a volunteer at the Stillwater Medical Center.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant sister.

Bilyeu is survived by his wife, Vera, of the home; two sons, Michael Bilyeu and wife Marjorie, Bozeman, Mont.; Kevin Bilyeu and wife Starla, Cushing; one daughter, Kara Brown and husband Derek, Bristow; six grandchildren, Ali and Drew Bilyeu, Bozeman, Mont.; Bryan and Micaela Bilyeu, Cushing; Lyndsey and Brittyn Brown, Bristow; one brother, Cap Bilyeu and wife Grace, Carson City, Nev.; three sisters, Alta Kirby, Stillwater; Olive Pryor, Stillwater; and Joan Botts and husband Jack, Perkins.

Pallbearers include Abe Hesser, Bill Hunter, Wayne Miller, Jay Murray, Allen Reding, Fred Sawatzky, John Talbott, and Jim Whitsel.

Memorials can be made to the First Christian Church, Cornerstone 2000 Fund, 411 W. Matthews, Stillwater 74075; or the Leukemia Society, 3613 NW 56th, Suite 230, Oklahoma City 73112.


Kenneth A. 'Skip' Lewis
Kenneth A. (Skip) Lewis, 63, Tryon, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, at his home.

Graveside services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Tryon Cemetery. Rev. Ted Gibson will officiate. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.

Lewis was born Jan. 10, 1937, to Carl and Ruby (Anderson) Lewis in Tryon. He married Kay Chestnut June 2, 1956, in Ponca City. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and worked in the oil field. He was a member of the Tryon Volunteer Fire Department and Masonic Lodge of Tryon.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, and his father.

He is survived by his mother, Ruby Lewis, Tryon; his wife, Kay Lewis of the home; two daughters, Sherri Lewis, Stillwater; and Jeannie Layes, and her husband Roy, Stillwater; two grandchildren, Matt and Mitch Layes, Stillwater; two sisters, Jo Ventis and her husband E.W., Stillwater; and Bobbi Moss and her husband Larry, Mineral Wells, Texas.

Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society, Payne County Chapter, c/o Frankie Boger, 5015 Woodland Dr., Stillwater 74074 and the Judith Karman Hospice P.O. Box 818, Stillwater 74076. 

MaryEllen Benson
Long time Stillwater resident, MaryEllen Benson, 92, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, at her daughter's home in Stillwater.

Family graveside services at Sunset Gardens will precede the Wednesday 10:30 a.m. memorial service at the First Presbyterian Church. Rev. Bill Inglish, First Christian Church; Rev. Gordon Edwards, First Presbyterian Church; and Rev. Steve Roach, First Methodist Church in Prague will preside.

The family will welcome friends in the First Presbyterian Fellowship Hall before and after the memorial service.

Strode Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

She was born in Terral Nov. 23, 1907, one week after Oklahoma became a state, to Edes Eranus and Nelle Miller Graves.

She married Robert P. Benson Nov. 10, 1929, in Ryan. He died Dec. 2, 1992.

After they were married, the couple lived in Oklahoma City. After World War II, they moved to Stillwater and she taught school in the Coyle and Stillwater elementary schools for 29 years.

MaryEllen opened Highland Park Elementary as the school's first grade teacher.

After she retired in 1974, she continued to substitute at Highland Park for the next 10 years. She remained active in education through her family and shared her history and love of learning with her granddaughter's school, Sangre Ridge.

MaryEllen touched countless lives through her teaching and community activities.

She was a member of the First Christian Church, and a life member of the National Education Association.

She was also a member of the Oklahoma Education Association, Delta Kappa Gamma, Kappa Kappa Iota, AARP, and the Retired Educators Association.

She was a member of Eastern Star, Amaranth, and White Shrine of Jerusalem.

She enjoyed gardening and was a member of the Daisy Garden Club.

In addition to her husband she was predeceased by her parents, a brother, Paul Graves, and son-in-law, Kendall D. King.

Survivors include two daughters, Marilyn King, of Stillwater, and Julia Gassaway, of Tucson, Ariz.; six grandchildren, Christi and Steve (Winkle) Roach, Stet and Tracy Sodowsky, Kendall J. King and Kyle King, all of Stillwater; Alisa and Gonzalo Ardavin, of Mesa, Ariz., and Lori Gassaway, of Redding, Calif.;

Eight great-grandchildren, Chana Winkle, Zac Winkle, Wytni Sodowsky, Jake Sodowsky, Justin Bunch, Cole Bunch and Tara Bunch, all of Stillwater, and Nicholas Ardavin, of Mesa, Ariz.; and special care givers, the staff of Stillwater Medical Center Home Health Services, The Stillwater Fire Department, whose many members were students, and others who became family, and Warren and Troy Wirth, of Tulsa.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, 411 W. Mathews, Stillwater, OK. 74075 or Stillwater Medical Center Home Health, Stillwater Medical Center Foundation, P.O. Box 2408, Stillwater, OK 74076. 

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