Elizabeth Jane Phelps, age 84, passed away June 3, 2010, in Prescott Valley, Ariz. She was born July 8, 1925, in Marshall, Ark. Soon after, her family moved to a small farm outside of Chickasha, Okla. Some of her fondest memories are of life on that farm with her nine brothers and sisters. After high school, Jane attended the Oklahoma College for Women (OCW) in Chickasha, Okla., where she earned her teaching degree with an emphasis on art. She married her childhood sweetheart, C.
Elizabeth Isabell (Betty) Lang, 93, died peacefully at her home in Sandy Springs, Ga., on Monday, June 7, 2010. Born in Frederick, Okla., to George M. and Ruby Pearson Brown, Mrs. Lang was a graduate of the Oklahoma College for Women and worked as a teacher in Perry, Okla., before moving to Kansas City, Mo. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. Mrs. Lang was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Charles L. Lang; and by her brother, Wilbur Brown.
Celebration of life service for Dorothy Willou Mitchener Cooper, 89, Okmulgee, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church of Okmulgee with the Rev. Craig Denslow officiating. She died Tuesday, July 13, 2010. Private family burial will be held under direction of McClendon-Winters Funeral Home. Dorothy Willou Mitchener Cooper was born March 21, 1921, at Okmulgee Hospital, to Helen Grizzell Swain and Benton Belchet Mitchener.
New York City Mayor Wagner greeting the teenagers who integrated Central High, Little Rock, Arkansas / World Telegram photo by Walter Albertin. Pictured, front row, left to right: Minnijean Brown, Elizabeth Eckford, Carlotta Walls, Mayor Wagner, Thelma Mothershed; back row, left to right: Terrance Roberts, Ernest Green, Melba Pattilo, Jefferson Thomas. 1958.(1958.) Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c25125
In her teens, Minnijean Brown Trickey helped change history.
A junior in high school in 1957, Trickey and eight fellow black high school students, known as The Little Rock Nine, attended a then all-white Central High School.
Doris Kirk died June 19, 2010, at her home in Afton. She was born in Afton, Oklahoma, on January 21, 1922, to Wilton and Ethel (Williams) Cunningham. Doris graduated from Afton High School as Valedictorian of the Class of 1939. She obtained her B.S. Degree from Oklahoma College for Women located in Chickasha. Graduate work was from O.S.U. in Stillwater and N.S.C. at Tahlequah. She was the first business teacher at Afton Public Schools and taught there for 34 years.
Funeral services for Darren Lee Powell, 46, of Chickasha will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 16, 2010, in the Holy Name Catholic Church with Father Ross officiating. Darren Lee Powell was born August 23, 1963, in Guymon, Oklahoma the son of Dickey and Marie (Rosson) Powell. He died April 13, 2010, at his home in Chickasha. Darren came to Chickasha at age 5 years old. He grew up and attended Chickasha Public Schools, graduating from Chickasha High School in 1981.
Colleen Christian, 83 of Duncan, died on Saturday, July 10, 2010, in Duncan. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 14 at Don Grantham Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Phil Ware officiating. Interment will follow at Duncan Cemetery. She was born Oct. 7, 1926 in Chickasha, the daughter of John Lewis and Thelma Dickerson. Colleen graduated from Chickasha High School and attended Oklahoma College for Women. She married James Dwain Christian on Feb. 21, 1945 in Chickasha.