Mary Melton Winburn 86, passed away September 20, 2010, after a long thirteen year illness. Born in Caddo, TX on November 25, 1923. Her family moved to Chickasha, OK., where her grandparents William J. Melton, MD and Lula Melton lived. There she attended school and Oklahoma College for Women. When she married, she and her husband Richard G. Winburn, Sr. moved to New York City at the end of WWII. Moving to Dallas in 1953, the family enjoyed a vibrant Neiman Marcus where her husband worked. She lived in Oklahoma City and attended All Soul's Episcopal Church.
In Loving Memory Mary Lou Pack, age 96, died peacefully on February 10, 2011. She was the oldest of four children, born August 2, 1914 in Hooker, Oklahoma, to Dayton Preston and Beatrice Buckley Metcalf. She had many vivid memories of the Dust Bowl storms in the Panhandle of western Oklahoma. She attended Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha and was a talented pianist. Mary Lou married Homer J. Risen and following their marriage they moved to Panama where Mr. Risen worked as an engineer on the Panama Canal.
Mary Johnnie Meadors Lester, 93, passed away September 10, 2010 in Norman, OK. She was born October 8, 1916 in Chickasha, OK, to John T. Meadors and Cornelia Belle Eaton Meadors. Mary attended school at El Reno, OK, graduating high school in 1932, and performed acrobatic dancing in the Chicago World's Fair in 1963. She attended Morningstar Nursing in Tulsa, and Oklahoma College for Women, graduating from OCW in 1938, with a Bachelorette RN degree. Mary was a Rosie the Riveter and built DC-3 "gooneybirds" for the war effort. She worked for Douglas Aircraft in Tulsa and TAFB.
Mary Elizabeth Betty Colston Hall was the only child of Erwin and Mary Elizabeth Powell Colston. She was born August 29, 1931 in Temple, Cotton County, Oklahoma, and departed this life on Saturday evening, September 25, 2010, at the Grady Memorial Hospital, Chickasha, Oklahoma. Betty grew up on the family farm in the Pleasant Ridge Community southeast of Temple. Upon graduating from Temple High School, Betty entered Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Home Economics from OCW in 1953.
Martin Ray Bitseedy, 61 years old, went to be with the Lord on January 14, 2011 at his residence in Anadarko, OK with his family by his side. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 A. M., Tuesday, December 18, 2011 at the First Apache Indian Baptist Church in Fort Cobb, OK with Rev. Duke Tsoodle Jr. and Rev. Marilyn Bread, officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Lane Cemetery in Anadarko, OK. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home in Anadarko, OK. Martin was born at Lawton Indian Hospital to Thomas Bitseedy and Alberta Botone Bitseedy, November 3, 1949.
Margaret Alice Hyne Cullen Margaret passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 13, 2011. She was 94. Margaret enjoyed all types of needlework, especially knitting Christmas stockings for every family member and close friends. She was an avid researcher who loved reading and valued learning new things. She was born in Sterling, Colorado and was proud to attend Oklahoma College for Women. In 1937, she almost answered the government's call to work in London, but her high school sweetheart proposed. Margaret and Larry were married in 1938 at a small church service.
M. Joan Messer died Jan. 25, 2011, at South Wind Hospice in Pratt. She was born Sept. 7, 1926, in Bartlesville, Okla., the daughter of Fredrick W. and Mildred McGhie Rettig. The family moved to Fredonia in 1929 where Fred went into the banking business and a son, Herbert Bud, was born in 1930. Joan attended school in Fredonia where she was involved in music and a member of the National Honor Society.
Lorene Turley, age 87, passed from this life on Oct. 9, 2010. She was born Sept. 24, 1923 in Stillwater, OK. Her father, Marion G. Tucker, was a county extension agent. Her mother, Flora Anna Mossler Tucker, was a homemaker who raised a family of six children. While attending Chickasha High School, Lorene met the love of her life, Zane Grey Turley. She completed one year at the Oklahoma College for Women before they were married. When Zane returned from service in WWII, they moved to Stillwater where he completed his degree in chemistry.
Funeral services for Lois Matthews, 87, of Tulsa, formerly of Purcell, will be held Friday, Feb. 11, 2011 at the Wilson-Little Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bob Atterberry officiating. Interment will be at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Oklahoma City under the direction of Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Purcell. Mrs. Matthews passed away Saturday, February 5, 2011 in Tulsa. Lois Maurine Finch was born October 25, 1923 in Boise City, Okla., the older of two daughters born to Earl Ray Finch and Bertie E. (Swaggerty) Finch. She spent her early years on the family farm in Baca County, Colo.