SHAFFER, Mignon (King)

Alumna and former USAO Alumni Association board member Mignon (King) Shaffer, 65, of Chickasha, died on Jan. 31, 2013, at home. A memorial service was set for Feb. 4 at Bible Baptist Church.

Mignon (King) Shaffer was born April 25, 1947 in Chickasha, Okla., the daughter of L.H. (Son) King and Georgana (McCarrick) King.

She was raised in Chickasha and graduated from Chickasha High School in 1965. She and Jake Shaffer were married August 12, 1965 in Chickasha and started their family. Mignon was a stay at home mom at this time.

Te Ata [A.K.A. Mary (Thompson) Fisher)

Just days before her 100th birthday, Oklahoma's most famous Native American storyteller, known simply as "Te Ata", died Oct. 26, 1995, in Oklahoma City.

A memorial service is scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday at Guardian West Funeral Home in Oklahoma City.

Few Oklahomans have garnered as much attention around the world as Te Ata, recognized for a lifetime of achievement by governors, presidents, kings and her alma mater, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.



Former Drover basketball player Horace Pierre, 28, died suddenly in the Bahamas on Aug. 8. Pierre played basketball from 2001-04 and graduated from the University of Science and Arts in 2006 with a degree in business.

“He was a kid with good character. He was just a really good person,” Head Men’s Basketball Coach Brisco McPherson said. “He got along well with everybody. I am saddened by the news of his passing. He will be missed by many.”

GARRISON, Wilma (McDaniel)

Wilma, 94, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 1, 2013.

She was born Jan. 15, 1918 in Minco, OK to Marmy Duke & Ella Mae McDaniel. She graduated from Minco High School in 1935. After completing high school she attended at OCW in Chickasha for 3 years where she completed business courses.

HOOVER, Vivian E. (Smith)

Vivian Ethel Hoover, 81, of Amarillo died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012. Rosary will be said at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Mass will follow at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Peter Jaramillo of Kansas as celebrant. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Holy Name section of Rose Hill Cemetery in Chickasha, Okla. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 S. Georgia St.

CHALEPAH Sr., Richard L.

CARNEGIE Traditional Apache Indian burial services for Richard Lewis Chalepah Sr., 64, Carnegie, will start with visitation at 2 p.m. today in Alden-Chalepah Family Home place, original alltoment of Koon-Kay-Za-Chy. This is an all night vigil filled with prayer, hymns and fellowship. Sunday, a Cedar ceremony will take place at the home place prior to departing to the prayer service to be at 6 p.m. Sunday at Red Buffalo Hall, Carnegie, followed by all night vigil. Funeral will be at 10 a.m.


Jean Miller, of Conway Ark., passed away on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013.

She was born May 21, 1921 in Durant to Joseph J. and Geraldine Miller, and the family soon moved to Chickasha, where Jean's father taught mathematics at Oklahoma College for Women. Jean and her two older brothers, Donald B and John E. Miller, graduated from Chickasha High between 1931-1939. Jean loved Chickasha and returned there to live more than once during her lifetime.


Gayle Marie Hammons, 72, of Indianola, died Dec. 19, 2012, at her home.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday at the Eufaula Church of Christ with Kipton Garrett and Everett Dunn officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, under the direction of Hunn Black and Merritt Funeral Home and Crematory.

BROOKS,Florine E. (Dougan)

Florine Estelle Brooks, 78, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012.

Service: 1 p.m. Monday at Western Hills United Methodist Church, 2820 Laredo Drive, Fort Worth 76116. Interment: Laurel Land Memorial Park.

Visitation: 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Laurel Land Funeral Home.

Memorials: May be made to Western Hills United Methodist Church.

WOODS, Dorothy J. (Roggli)

Dorothy Jean Roggli Woods of Emporia died Friday, January 4, 2013. She was 92.

Mrs. Woods was a long time teacher. She taught at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA; Oklahoma State University in Stillwater; Southern Illinois University in Carbondale; the University of Nebraska in Lincoln; and Roosevelt High School/Emporia State.