Donna Jean Carpenter Pyle, 80, of Duncan, passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, in Duncan. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16, in the Don Grantham Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Randy Southerland officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens under direction of the Don Grantham Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Donna Jean was born Sept. 23, 1931, at Carnegie, to Frederick David & Bertha (Hewes) Carpenter. She married Burt Webb on Aug. 7, 1955, and later married Edwin Pyle on Jan. 21, 1993.
Funeral Mass for Helen Elizabeth Powers, 92, of Chickasha, Oklahoma will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 at the Holy Name Catholic Church. Helen Elizabeth Powers was born Sept. 20, 1919 in Chickasha, the daughter of William Patrick and Mary Fauntleroy (Downey) Sullivan. She died Jan. 3, 2012 in Oklahoma City. She and John Semion Powers were married Aug. 3, 1942. He preceded her in death in 1949. Helen graduated from Oklahoma College for Women and received her Masters Degree from Oklahoma University. She taught kindergarten at St. Joseph Academy until 1958.
Mrs. Donna Kaye (Kitchens) (Austin) Long, 78, of Norman, passed away at home Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. Memorial services will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Havenbrook Funeral Home chapel. Kaye was born in Chickasha on Oct. 17, 1933. She received a bachelors degree in education at Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha and her masters degree from OU in education administration.
Avis Williams Harris died January 2, 2012, in Oklahoma City at the age of 100. She was born on July 16, 1911 in Fletcher, Oklahoma to Joel and Laura Williams. After graduating from Fletcher High School in 1929, she attended the Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha, Oklahoma. While in Chickasha, she met Haskell Harris and they were married in December of 1930. They were married for 71 years until Haskell's death in 2002. Avis devoted her life to her family and her church. She was a longtime member of Trinity Baptist Church and Quail Springs Baptist Church.
Nila Lee (Anderson) Stevenson, 92, has finished her mission on Earth and retired to Heaven. Services will be announced later. Nila was born in 1919 in Ponca City to Elmer Charles Anderson and Ina Lee Huff. Finishing high school in Ponca City, she attended the Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha and completed her higher education at the University of Oklahoma with a fine arts degree. At the Norman campus she was a member and captain of the Timber Cruisers, the schools equestrian team.
Mildred Jean Chambless of Frisco, Texas, died on December 26, 2011. She was 86. Known as Jean to her family, friends, and colleagues, in her lifetime she was a devoted servant of God; a pianist, organist, and singer; a professional hospital administrator; a caretaker for shelter dogs; and a source of strength for her family and of counsel for her nieces and nephews. Ms. Chambless was born March 28, 1925, in Chickasha, Oklahoma, to James Gainor and Mildred Mathews Chambless. She was the oldest of five children, followed by sister Audrey, brother Stephen, and sisters Geneva and Gai.
May 25, 1912 - Dec 30, 2011 OKLAHOMA CITY Martha Louise Hemry passed away peacefully December 30, 2011 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Martha was born in Avon Park, Florida, on May 25, 1912. She moved to Chickasha, Oklahoma, at an early age and graduated from Chickasha High School. She then attended and graduated from Oklahoma College for Women (now the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma) on June 1, 1933 in Chickasha with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. She taught grade school in Marlow, Oklahoma, until she married Jerome E. Hemry and moved to Oklahoma City in 1934.
Jane P. Golden, 91, was born on Nov. 10, 1920, in Okmulgee, Okla., to Harry Delong Preston and Addie (Grammy) Mae Preston. She joined her Lord in peace, on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at Innisfree Skilled Nursing Center in Rogers, Ark., surrounded by her family and friends. Jane is survived by her son, Wayne Alan McIntosh of Colorado Springs, Colo., and daughter, Judy and husband, Gary Simpson, of Rogers, Ark.; her two grandchildren, Jason Simpson of Denver, Colo., and Jenny and husband, Ian, Baker of Rogers, Ark.; and two great-grandsons, Dylan and Benjamin Baker.
Elizabeth Nona "Betty" Ray, 98, of Southern Pines, North Carolina, died December 7, 2011, at St. Joseph of the Pines.
Ms. Ray was born May 31, 1913, in Winnsboro, Texas to Shaw D. and Madie Helen Smart Ray, and was sister to Shaw D. Ray, Jr., and Mary Agnes (Ray) Clark, all of whom preceded her in death. Her family moved to Duncan, Oklahoma, when she was a teenager, and later to Oklahoma City.
Barbara Ann (Bryant) Williamson, age 84, passed away early Saturday morning, January 1, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Funeral services are pending with Harmon County Funeral Home of Hollis. Barbara Ann Bryant was born on September 12, 1926, in Gould, Oklahoma, to Oscar and Jessie Erla (Echols) Bryant. Barbara graduated from Hollis High School in the class of ‘45 and spent her freshman year at Oklahoma College for Women at Chickasha, Oklahoma. She transferred to Oklahoma A & M and graduated from Stillwater, Oklahoma, with a bachelors degree in Vocational Home Economics.