Leota (Rankin) Vrska was born Sept 30, 1924 in Frederick, OK to Ray and Lula (Henderson) Rankin and passed away after a lengthy illness on Sept 18, 2011. She and her family moved to Elk City when she was a child, and she graduated from Elk City High School as valedictorian in 1941. She received a bachelor's degree in music from Oklahoma College for Women in 1946. She was an accomplished violin and piano player for most of her life. She married John Benton Saunders in 1946, and together they had two children. In 1967, she married Richard Vrska.
Jewel Bassett, 95, died Monday, September 19, 2011 in Wichita Falls, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at Havenbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Norman, Oklahoma. Interment will follow at the Norman I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Viewing will be at the funeral home prior to the service. Local arrangements were conducted through Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home, with services under the direction of Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.
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Oklahoma College for Women alumna Dr. Kathy Black, left, thanks Margaret Singer for a spontaneous piano performance during last year’s USAO Alumni Homecoming. Singer will be one of three inductees into the Alumni Hall of Fame during this year’s reunion Nov. 4-6. The annual alumni reunion is open to all USAO/OCLA/OCW alumni. Registrations are being accepted at the USAO Alumni Development Office, (405) 574-1290.
From the campus of the Oklahoma College for Women to the glamour of the Paris Opera, Margaret Ann McConnel Singer has forged a legacy of artistic excellence and generosity that has touched thousands of lives. On Nov. 5, Singer will be inducted into the USAO Alumni Hall of Fame.