Reba Merle Goldsmith Hendricks, longtime resident of the area and daughter of one of the pio-neer families, died Sun-day, December 29, 2013, at Ardmore, at the age of 89. The family will be having a private service at a later date. Reba was born in Dim-mit, Texas, on October 16, 1924. She lived in Okla-homa, Kansas and Texas, and made her home in the Ardmore area the last sev-eral decades.
Orpha Loewen Powell, 97, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 30. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Orpha Loewen Powell, who was the fourth of five children, was born to John and Amelia Goerke Loewen in Hitchcock on Aug. 31, 1916.
CYRIL - Funeral for Charlotte Lynn Key, 48, Cyril, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel with Lay Speaker Tina Baker officiating. Burial will follow at Celestial Gardens, Cyril, under direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home. Charlotte went to her heavenly home Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. Prayer service will be at 7 p.m.
Funeral services for Gloria June Fuller, 82, of Purcell were held Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Union Hill Baptist Church in Purcell. Services were under the direction of Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Purcell. Mrs. Fuller went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, December 10, 2013 in Purcell.
Jean Ann Bassett Jean Ann McKee Bassett, 77 of Anadarko, Oklahoma was called home by the Lord on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was born November 13,1936 to David and Marie (Booker) Cowan in Altus, Oklahoma. She was as graduate of Chickasha High School with the class of 1954. She also attended OCW in Chickasha, Oklahoma.
Presiding over one of the most innovative and tumultuous periods in university history, Dr. Robert Martin shepherded the establishment of many of the institutions that make the University of Science and Arts what it is today in his four-year tenure as president. Martin died May 27 at his home in Norman. He was 85.
Ted Diaconoff, age 84 of Chickasha, was born the son of Andre Diaconoff and Evelyn Hotson Diaconoff on Oct. 7, 1928, in Akron, Ohio. He died on May 19, 2013 in Chickasha. After receiving his masters degree, Ted continued his education and received his Phd at UCLA. He also attended the Juilliard School of Music in New York City where he studied piano and composition and was a faculty assistant. He later held teaching positions at universities in Michigan, Kentucky, then at USAO in Chickasha where he was a professor of music. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Betty.
Gwendolyn Sue (Rowe) Kragh, 72, of Norman, passed away Friday, May 24, 2013, at the Norman Regional Hospital in Norman. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Bethel Baptist Church in Norman. Interment will follow at Newcastle Memorial Gardens in Newcastle. Gwendolyn was born Oct. 16, 1940, in Pampa, Texas to the late N.W. and Juanita (Long) Rowe. She grew up in Center, graduating from Vaness High School in 1959. Gwendolyn married the love of her life Jim Kragh on Aug. 31, 1963, in Center, and to this union Jeff, Amber and Crystal were born.
Marie Brandt, 90, died May 19, 2013. She was born Dec. 24, 1922, in Guthrie, OK to Jewett S., Sr. and Gladys Grace (Wicker) Scott. A graduate of Mangum High School, she attended Oklahoma College for Women (OCW) in Chickasha, graduating in 1945. She married Ben Brandt, of Kramer, ND, in June of 1946. They established their home in Enid, OK, where she raised her family, taught school and was very involved in their church. In 1971, she moved to Bethany, where she worked in real estate. After her retirement, she volunteered in education, church and community.
Funeral services will be held for Arletta Blankenship, 74, of Chickasha, at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 24, 2013, at Bible Baptist Church, with Reverend Kim Hayes officiating. Arletta Blankenship was born in Ada, Oklahoma, on October 9, 1938, the daughter of J.C. and Ruby Kirk. She passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Oklahoma City. Arletta grew up in the Ada, Oklahoma area. She graduated from Vanoss High School. She attended college in Ada at East Central University studying education. She married Denial A. Blankenship January of 1962, in Montana.