In memory of her two sons, Oweda Terry established this scholarship to go to someone who plans to graduate from USAO who needs financial assistance, with no specifics, but with a dedication to God and country.
Todd Kelly died in 1976 at the age of 12 and Danny in 1988 at 28. Both were accidental deaths.
Oweda came to OCW from Carnegie in 1955. She was a member of the Glee Club during her freshman year and continued for four years. She also sang in a quartet, the Gondoliers, during her sophomore and junior years.
Terry was a member of the BeSiTa Social Club and participated in modern dance and synchronized swimming at OCW. She was a member of the Fashion Board, Disciples of Student Fellowship and a candidate for Water Show Queen and Canning Hall Queen. She did a summer production of Hansel and Gretel and performed on the ukulele – singing with Judy Roberts for the Junior Carnival. She worked at the college bookstore for two years.
After graduating in 1959, Terry taught school in Carnegie. Her career spanned 30 years, off and on between having her three children, and included teaching time in Fort Cobb and Alfalfa. She started the kindergarten program at Mt. View. Besides having her favorite fifth graders, she also taught elementary music and worked on many drama productions, which she considered the most enjoyable.
Terry has spent much time volunteering as the dance instructor for various groups from beauty pageants to prom functions. She has served as choir director for the First Methodist Church in Carnegie and as a Lay Minister for the Lawton District and on the Lawton District PPR Committee. She also served as president of the Carnegie Rotary Club. She and her husband Wayne have hosted several Rotary exchange students from other countries.
Terry has been an active part of the USAO Alumni Association and served as president from 1996-98. She loves the reunions and reviving the Mickey Mouse Club.
The couple has three children and several grandchildren. Back to Gallery