BROWN, Justena (Bassett)

Our beloved Justena Brown departed this life Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, in a local care center. She was 91 years old. Family visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Johnson's Funeral Home. Service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Johnson's Funeral Home chapel. James Mitchell will officiate. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, in Fairlawn Cemetery in Chickasha, Okla. Justena was born July 7, 1921, in Alex, Okla., to Perry Bassett and Hazel Burrows Bassett. She was the second of seven children. She grew up on a farm near Tuttle, Okla.

REYNOLDS, Lauretta (Burton)

Lauretta Burton Reynolds was born to William Lafayette and Vela Ina Lewis Burton on March 10, 1924, in Temple, and departed this life Jan. 26, 2013, in Duncan, at the age of 88 years, 10 months and 16 days. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral Home. Private family graveside service will be at 9 a.m. Feb. 9, at the Walters Cemetery. Memorial services for both family and friends will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at First Baptist Church Chapel, Marlow, with Dr.

HOPKINS, Mary E. (Sams)

Funeral service for Mary Elizabeth Sams Hopkins, 94, of Chickasha, Oklahoma will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, February 1, 2013 in the Chapel of Sevier Funeral Home. Hopkins was born August 31, 1918 in Wewoka, Oklahoma the daughter of Vernett E. and Lora (Crawford) Sams. She died January 29, 2013 at her home in Chickasha. She graduated from OCW in 1939. Mary and Elwood Hopkins were married December 20, 1944. She was secretary for Chickasha Cotton Oil Company.

PETERSON, Mary L. (Yeldell)

Mary Lou Peterson, 96, Wataga, died at 2:40 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at OSF St. Mary Medical Center. She was born Oct. 3, 1916, in Elmer, Okla., the daughter of James D. and Miriam Walk Yeldell. She married Virgil "Pete" Peterson on Feb. 3, 1944, at Ft. George E. Mead in Laurel, Md. He preceded her in death January 12, 2001. She is survived by a son, James "Chooch" (and Linda) Peterson of Wataga; three grandchildren, Rodney (and Michelle) Smith of Calif., Kim (and Joe) Alaniz of Galesburg, and Tony (and Emily) Salazar of Rio; and three great-grandchildren.

MCKENZIE, Ann L. (Lohner)

Ann Linda McKenzie is at peace with our Heavenly Father, joining Him on January 31, 2013 at the age of 65. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday February 6, 2013 at the First Baptist Church of Chickasha with the Rev. Michael Butler and Rev. Johnny Tims officiating. Interment will be at the Greenhill Cemetery of Lindsay, OK. The service is under the direction of the McRay Funeral Home of Chickasha, OK. Ann Linda Lohner was born on May 22, 1947 to Don and Amy Lohner in Chickasha, Oklahoma.

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.