Miscellaneous Payne County, Oklahoma Obituaries

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Orlena Faye Bell
Former Cushing resident, Orlena Faye Bell, 91, died Saturday, Aug. 19, 2000, in Houston.

Services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in Cushing. Dr. Lonnie Lee, pastor, will officiate. Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery in Cushing.

Davis Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

She was born July 9, 1909, in Avery to Edward McDowell and Sarah Britton McDowell. She was reared and educated in the Avery and Cushing area.

She and Elmer H. Bell were married in Stillwater Oct. 1, 1927. He died Jan. 24, 1989.

She lived in Cushing until 1991 when she moved to Houston to be closer to her son, Gene.

She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church and taught the four year old Sunday school class for more than 40 years.

She was a mother and homemaker and worked as a sales clerk at J.C. Penney for more than 20 years.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by one brother, Orman McDowell and two sisters, Nellie Young and Della Kile.

Survivors include one son, Gene Bell, of Houston; two granddaughters, Renee L. Garrett and her husband, Bruce, of Richman, Texas and Tanya Diane Bridges and her husband, Jack, of Alvin, Texas; three great-granddaughters, Chris Garrett, Nathan Garrett and Morgan Bridges; and several nieces nephews and other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers will be Gerald Hall, Bea Young, Wilmer Smith, Raymond Young, Alfred Willis and A.C. Watkins. 
 

Othadell 'OD' Long
Othadell "OD" Long, 79, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2000, at his Stillwater residence.

Services, with Pastor Kenneth Edgell officiating, will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. in Strode Chapel.

Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery. There will not be a procession to the cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.

He was born in Idabel Oct. 2, 1920, to Bill and Maudie (Pickens) Long.

He grew up in Lawton and married Vera Pamplin, of Lawton, Dec. 22, 1943. The couple ran a dairy farm for 20 years before they moved to Sulphur where they raised cattle until he retired in 1995.

After he retired the couple moved to Stillwater where they continued raising cattle.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Benny and R.D. Long.

He is survived by his wife, of the home, one son, Darwin Long and his wife, Sheryl, of Stillwater; one daughter, Verda Ryden, of Stillwater; three grandchildren, David Magill, of Perkins, Darrell Long and his wife, Melinda, of Lakewood, Colo., and Teresa Know and her husband, Robert, of Stillwater; two step-grandchildren, Bryon Searing, of Norman and Gayle Searing, of Stillwater; five great-grandchildren, Robin, Jesse, Tyler, Micale and Taylor; one brother, John Long and his wife, Gerri, of Parkville, Mo.; and one sister, Eva Luttrell and her husband Clint, of Brumley, Mo.

Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, 1101 S. Lowry, Stillwater, OK 74074 or to the charity of choice, C/O Strode Funeral Home, 610 S. Duncan, Stillwater, OK 74074.
 

Donna R. Murlin/Gunkle
Coyle resident, Donna R. Murlin/Gunkle, 83, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000.

Services with Rev. Max Rudd and Rev. Merl Kinzer officiating will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Eden Chapel Methodist Church.

Interment will follow at Glenwood Cemetery.

Strode Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

She was born near Stroud on July 17, 1917, to Hirman and Fannie (Inman) Nash.

She married Alva Murlin on Oct. 9, 1933, at Eden Chapel. He died in 1981.

She married Wayne Burton on Dec. 3, 1983, in Eden Chapel.

On Sept. 9, 1995, she married Robert Gunkle.

She attended schools in Lincoln County and served on the board of Senior Citizens Centers. She loved the music at all the area Senior Citizen Centers.

She never met a stranger and was a congenial lady who never turned away anyone needing a meal.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Eden Chapel Methodist Church. She also belonged to the Burton and Pioneer quilting clubs and the Senior Citizens of Perkins.

In addition to her first two husbands, she was predeceased by her parents, two sisters, Pauline Franklin and Alice Murlin; three brothers, Emery Nash, Lee Nash and Pete Nash; one son, Charles; and one great-grandson, Jordon Price.

She is survived by her husband, one son, Lee Murlin, of Stillwater, three daughters, Arlene Matney and Louise Dodson, both of Stillwater, and Joan Perceful, of Tryon; and one step-daughter, Emma Downey of Coyle.

Pallbearers will be Frank Sutliff, Rickey Peters, Mickey Sutliff, Ricky Gunkle, Mike Price, Wes Price, Kenny Murlin and Jeff Nash.

Honorary pallbearers will be Linford Gunkle, Christopher Murlin, Raymond Nettles, Charles Cook and Joe Burton.
 
 

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D. Judson Milburn
D. Judson Milburn, 87, resided in Stillwater for most of his adult life. He passed away Saturday, Aug. 26 at his home. Milburn was born Feb. 17, 1913 in Milburn, Okla., the son of Francis Mode and Alma Jane Son Milburn.

He spent his late childhood in Bristow, graduating from Bristow High School in 1931. He continued his education at Oklahoma A&M College. He began as a music major but later expanded his horizons to the liberal arts and graduated with two degrees: music and history. He met his wife-to-be, Vera Pritchard, during his college years and they were married in 1936.

He taught at Bristow High School before returning to college to pursue master's and doctorate degrees. He attended graduate school at Harvard University, the University of North Carolina and the University of Oklahoma.

He served in World War II as a Lt.j.g. in the U.S. Navy assigned to Liberty Ship convoy duty in the North Atlantic. After the war, he returned to his studies and completed a doctorate in English at the University of Oklahoma. He returned to teaching at A&M in the English department, where he was a full professor and granted emeritus status upon retiring in l978.

During his tenure in the English department, he served as president and was awarded lifetime membership in the Oklahoma Council of Teachers of English. Milburn was a founding member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Stillwater. He served many terms as president of the church fellowship and was an active member of the Humanist Society of Stillwater.

In 1957, Milburn, his wife and family were asked to travel to Ethiopia with the Point Four Program.

The family spent two years in Jimma, Africa, where Milburn and his wife taught.

He was a co-author with Brent Ashabranner and Cecil B. Williams of the text, "A First Course in College English," published in 1961 by Houghton Mifflin Co., which was adopted by the U.S. military services, as well as numerous colleges. His second book, "The Age of Wit," was published in 1966. At the time of his death he had just finished his last book, "The Sacred Bond."

He is survived by wife of the home; son Irwin Moore Milburn of Austin, Texas; daughter Marlana and husband Larry Minnick of Quincy, Ill.; daughter Lynn and husband Jim Lansford of Stillwater; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Other survivors include his sister June Pritchard of Bartlesville; sister Nell Menn of Appleton, Wis.; and sister Eloise Ingman of Fort Collins, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Wayne Milburn of Tyler, Texas and Donald Milburn of Oklahoma City.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Judith Karman Hospice of Stillwater, the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association or a charity of choice.
 
 

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Everett W. Miller
Former Stillwater resident Everett W. Miller, 83, died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2000, at Tender Heart Nursing Home in Ponca City.

Services with Pastor Truman Fisher and Pastor Chuck Scroggs presiding will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. in Stillwater at Strode Chapel.

Strode Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

He was born Feb. 26, 1917, in Glencoe to Benjamin Riley and Florrie (Corker) Miller.

He married Erma Lee Rozell on March 29, 1947, in Texarkana, Texas. The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1997.

He attended school in Ripley. In 1935, he moved to Houston and worked for Continental Can Co., where he became the leaderman in the pressman area.

In January 1941, he enlisted in in the Army and served with the "Lost Battalion," 131st Artillery.

He became a prisoner of war in March 1942, and was held three and a half years by the Japanese.

After his release he was honorably discharged in June 1947.

He returned to Houston and resumed working for Continental Can. He retired after working there for 37 years.

He enjoyed reading and watching sports and the couple enjoyed traveling to many places including Washington, Oregon and throughout the Northwest.

He was a member of the Southside Baptist Church and the VFW.

He was a lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans.

He was predeceased by his parents, three sisters and one son, Michael Everett Miller.

He is survived by his wife, of the home; a sister, Margurite Hindes, of Ponca City; and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Charles Hindes, Randall Miller, Tom Skinner, Ron Walton, Kendall Miller and Todd Harbeson.

Memorials may be made to: Hospice of Ponca City, P.O. Box 2525, Ponca City, Okla., 74601.
 

Michaele Page 'Mike' Henson
Michaele Page "Mike" Henson died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000, in St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa.

She was born Jan. 7, 1933, in Altus to Buford and Dorothy Page. She graduated from Enid High School and attended Hill's Business College.

She married Ray Henson and, as a military wife, moved a number of time in the early years of their marriage. In 1962, they moved to Stillwater where she spent a number of years taking care of her family, participating in the children's many activities and serving in church.

Her children remember that sitting down and coloring with them was always more important than meetings or cleaning house or anything else.

She worked at Colonial Florist as office manager for eight years and then in apartment and property management for 22 years. She was a tireless worker in community activities and in local and state government. She was elected to the Stillwater City Commission in 1986 and was elected mayor in 1988, 1997 and 2000.

She was proud to be a graduate of Class II of Leadership Stillwater.

Her current activities included board of directors of the Oklahoma Municipal League, Oklahoma Conference of Mayors, Chamber of Commerce board of directors, Stillwater Industrial Foundation board of trustees, Stillwater Medical Center Authority board of trustees, Stillwater Medical Center Foundation board of directors, Stillwater Chapter of AARP and Child Advocacy Task Force.

One of her major interests was the Mayor's Red Ribbon Committee. She dressed as Mrs. Santa Claus every year and participated in the public schools' grandparent program. She always enjoyed reading to grade school children.

A few of her previous activities included Oklahoma Water Resources board member, Stillwater Sister Cities Council, Stillwater Apartment Association, American Business Women's Association, Stillwater Transportation Committee, chairman of Stillwater Community Center board, Gatesway West advisory board, Stillwater Museum Associates board, state board of Oklahoma Alliance Against Drugs, president of Brentwood Condominium board, Lincoln Academy advisory board and Town and Tribes Together Task Force.

She had been trained as a mediator for the Payne County Early Settlement Resolution Project.

As "Mimi," she was the greatest grandmother in the world.

Mayor Mike touched countless lives in her civic work, particularly in her advocacy for children and youth. She will be long remembered not only for her public life and activities but also for the radiant smile she wore, the loving kindness she bestowed, the sweetness of spirit she shared, the children and grandchildren that are her legacy and the faithful servant's life that was her example.

She is survived by her husband, Ray; her mother, Dorothy Page; her daughter and son-in-law, Wren and Michael Morefield and their children, Trish and Sarah Bross; her daughter and son-in-law, Raye Lynn and Tom McCloud and their children, TJ and Mickey Page; her son, Andy, and his daughter, Marie; her brother and sister-in law, Joe and Linda Page and their children JoDe Goss, Jennifer Quinn and Charlie Page; other loving relatives; and countless friends.

Services, under the direction of Colonial Chapel Funeral Home, will be at Stillwater Church of Christ at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Pallbearers will be Stillwater police officers, who will also provide an honor guard. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Oklahoma City at 1:30 p.m.

Memorials can be made to the Mike Henson Scholarship Fund, Stillwater Medical Center Foundation, 1323 W. Sixth, Stillwater, Okla., 74076.
 
 

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Jonathan 'Jon' David Edwards
Jonathan "Jon" David Edwards was an Oklahoma State University student who had lived in Germany and various other places before moving to Elgin.

He died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2000, in Stillwater Medical Center after a brief illness.

Services were today at 2:30 p.m. in First Baptist Church of Elgin with the Rev. Kris Lamle, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Elgin Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Robbins Funeral Home, Fletcher.

Edwards was born April 21, 1981, in Fort Knox, Ky. After living in Germany, Maryland and Georgia, he moved to Elgin six years ago. He graduated in 1999 from Elgin High School, where he played in the band and wrestled. He was president of the Elgin Art Club, which participated in the planning and designing of the owl art for the Elgin Football-Track field. He was in his second year of college at OSU. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Elgin.

He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, James Edwards Jr.

He is survived by his parents, Lori and Dean Edwards of Elgin; one brother, Justin, of the home; one sister, Shanna, of the home; his paternal grandmother, Joyce Edwards of Arnot, Pa.; his maternal grandparents, Ralph and Sandra Mundis of Blossburg, Pa.; his maternal great-grandmothers, Grace Mundis of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Myrle Colson of Summerdale, Pa.; his fiancee, Chani Gabe of Luther; aunts and uncles, Mark Mundis of Blossburg, Pa., Kyle and Jo Mundis of Enola, Pa., Dale and Krys Mundis of Carlisle, Pa., Larry and Rita Edwards of Oklahoma City, Robert Witmoyer of Reading, Pa., Lisa and Andrew Amato of Douglasville, Pa., and Joan and Gordon Berguson of Arnot, Pa.; and many cousins and other relatives and friends.
 
 

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Donna R. Murlin/Gunkel
Coyle resident Donna R. Murlin/Gunkel, 83, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000. Services with the Rev. Max Rudd and the Rev. Merl Kinzer officiating will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in Eden Chapel Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Glenwood Cemetery under direction of Strode Funeral Home.

She was born near Stroud on July 17, 1917, to Hirman and Fannie (Inman) Nash. She married Alva Murlin on Oct. 9, 1933, at Eden Chapel. He died in May 1981.

She married Wayne Burton on Dec. 3, 1983, in Eden Chapel. He died in 1991. On Sept. 9, 1995, she married Robert Gunkel.

She attended schools in Lincoln County and served on the board of Senior Citizens Centers. She loved the music at all area Senior Citizen Centers. She never met a stranger and was a congenial lady who never turned away anyone needing a meal. She was a homemaker and a member of Eden Chapel Methodist Church. She also belonged to the Burton and Pioneer quilting clubs and the Senior Citizens of Perkins.

In addition to her first two husbands, she was predeceased by her parents; sisters Pauline Franklin and Alice Murlin; brothers Emery Nash, Lee Nash and Pete Nash; a son, Charles; and a great-grandson, Jordon Price.

She is survived by her husband; one son, Lee Murlin of Stillwater; three daughters, Arlene Matney and Louise Dodson, both of Stillwater, and Joan Perceful of Tryon; one step-daughter, Emma Downey of Coyle; one brother, Joe Abercrombie of Perkins; and two sisters, Ernstine Welter of California and Betty Thomas of Cushing.

Pallbearers will be Frank Sutliff, Rickey Peters, Mickey Sutliff, Ricky Gunkel, Mike Price, Wes Price, Kenny Murlin and Jeff Nash. Honorary pallbearers will be Linford Gunkel, Christopher Murlin, Raymond Nettles, Charles Cook and Joe Burton.


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