Obits

SPRIESTERSBACH, Barbara L.

Memorial services for Barbara L. Spriestersbach, 75, of Chickasha, will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 in the USAO Chapel, in Chickasha. Born in Chickasha, Oklahoma, on October 31, 1932, Ms. Spriestersbach died in Chickasha on July 17, 2008. A mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend, she will be missed and remembered by many for the love, support, advice, and example she set. Among her great passions were reading and education.

JENKINS, Barbara L.

Barbara Lois Jenkins was a dedicated advocate of children, providing for them and their needs. Her life revolved around helping those in need, which was her work and her love. She was born March 4, 1930 in Royse City, TX and passed away March 15, 2008 in Dallas, TX. She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Vurl Jenkins.

HAWKINS, Barbara J. (Ray)

Barbara Jan (Ray) Hawkins entered the presence of her Lord and Savior on December 6, 2008. Barbara was a faithful servant of her Heavenly Father for more than 30 years through the Word of Life Church. The very first meeting of the newly formed church was held in the living room of her home. Since that time, Barbara had dedicated her life to the Lord’s will and work. Always a quiet and gracious lady, she was quick to meet the needs of others. She served as Associate Pastor to her church along side pastors Ron and Belinda Faulkinberry.

BRANCH, Avanell (Camp)

FOX Services for Avanell Camp Branch, 82, will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 22, 2007, at Fox Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Johnston officiating. Interment will be in the Camp family cemetery.

JOY, Atha L. (Martin)

Atha L. Joy With profound sadness, we are announcing the passing of Atha L. Joy of University Place, Washington. Her family and friends will miss her very much. Atha was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma to Armel William and Jewell Vivian Martin, on November 5th, 1945, six years to the day after the birth of her future husband, Jim. She grew up in Ponca City and Okmulgee with her sisters Carole and Debbie, brother Pat and many cousins and friends. She trained in dance starting at an early age, performing and teaching in her sister Carole’s studio.

DAVIS, Antoinette G. (Heister)

Davis, Antoinette Grace (Toni) Antoinette (Toni) Grace Davis, 95, died Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at her home in Muskogee. She was born September 1, 1913 in Lawton, Oklahoma where she grew up. Toni married Clyde E. Davis on February 13, 1942. As a military wife, she also lived in New York City, Frankfurt, Germany, Baltimore, Maryland and North Little Rock, Arkansas until 1957 when she and Clyde moved the family to their final home at Muskogee. Toni graduated from Oklahoma College for Women in 1932, where she organized the Baptist Student Union in Cameron.

CROSS, Anne (Bower)

Cross, Anne Bower Anne Bower Cross Mrs. Anne Bower Cross, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on July, 16 2009 at Emerald Coast Nursing Center after a lengthy illness. Mrs. Cross was born September 7, 1924 in Savannah, Ga., the only child of Marie H. and Robert Edward Bower Jr. Anne was in the Class of 1946 at Florida State College for Women (FSU), Tallahassee, Fla. and a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority. She received a degree in music from Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts.

WARREN, Annabelle (Lee)

Anna Belle Lee (Warren), 83 Former Buckingham Teacher/Principal, Dies OHIO, Jan. 23 - Anna Belle Lee (Warren), age 83, passed away on January 22, 2007 at Kobacker House Hospice in Columbus, Ohio, with her daughter at her side. Anna Belle was born on November 13, 1923, in Hominy, Oklahoma. After graduation from high school at Whittler Union High in Whittier CA, she joined the U.S. Navy WAVES. After discharge, she attended University of Tulsa and UCLA, then worked in Tokyo, Japan for the US Occupation Forces serving as a reporter for the Stars and Stripes newspaper. She completed her B.S.

PRUNER, Ann S. (Stamper)

Ann S. Pruner, previously of Greenwich, Connecticut passed away on October 26, 2008 in Ponte Vedra Beach Florida. Born in Walters Oklahoma on December 2, 1930 to Curry and Eva Stamper. She attended Oklahoma College for Women (OCW) graduating with a degree in home economics in 1951. She married Harold Pruner of Chickasha, Oklahoma on December 21, 1951. After the marriage she taught at Maysville High School and was awarded the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year in 1954. Her husband, Harold, was a petroleum geologist for Shell Oil.

HARPER, Altha R. (Northum)

BOWIE - Altha R. Harper, 97, died Tuesday, July 10, 2007, in Wichita Falls. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2007, in Elmwood Cemetery, Bowie, under the direction of Heritage Family Funeral Home. Altha was born Dec. 11, 1909, in Cloud Chief, Okla., to Francis and Tennie Northum. She has lived in Oklahoma and Texas all her life. She attended Bowie grade school and graduated from Graham High School.

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