Obits

BITSEEDY, Martin R.

Martin Ray Bitseedy, 61 years old, went to be with the Lord on January 14, 2011 at his residence in Anadarko, OK with his family by his side. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 A. M., Tuesday, December 18, 2011 at the First Apache Indian Baptist Church in Fort Cobb, OK with Rev. Duke Tsoodle Jr. and Rev. Marilyn Bread, officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Lane Cemetery in Anadarko, OK. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home in Anadarko, OK. Martin was born at Lawton Indian Hospital to Thomas Bitseedy and Alberta Botone Bitseedy, November 3, 1949.

CULLEN, Margaret A. (Hyne)

Margaret Alice Hyne Cullen Margaret passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 13, 2011. She was 94. Margaret enjoyed all types of needlework, especially knitting Christmas stockings for every family member and close friends. She was an avid researcher who loved reading and valued learning new things. She was born in Sterling, Colorado and was proud to attend Oklahoma College for Women. In 1937, she almost answered the government's call to work in London, but her high school sweetheart proposed. Margaret and Larry were married in 1938 at a small church service.

MESSER, M. Joan (Rettig)

M. Joan Messer died Jan. 25, 2011, at South Wind Hospice in Pratt. She was born Sept. 7, 1926, in Bartlesville, Okla., the daughter of Fredrick W. and Mildred McGhie Rettig. The family moved to Fredonia in 1929 where Fred went into the banking business and a son, Herbert Bud, was born in 1930. Joan attended school in Fredonia where she was involved in music and a member of the National Honor Society.

TURLEY, Lorene (Tucker)

Lorene Turley, age 87, passed from this life on Oct. 9, 2010. She was born Sept. 24, 1923 in Stillwater, OK. Her father, Marion G. Tucker, was a county extension agent. Her mother, Flora Anna Mossler Tucker, was a homemaker who raised a family of six children. While attending Chickasha High School, Lorene met the love of her life, Zane Grey Turley. She completed one year at the Oklahoma College for Women before they were married. When Zane returned from service in WWII, they moved to Stillwater where he completed his degree in chemistry.

MATTHEWS, Lois (Finch)

Funeral services for Lois Matthews, 87, of Tulsa, formerly of Purcell, will be held Friday, Feb. 11, 2011 at the Wilson-Little Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bob Atterberry officiating. Interment will be at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Oklahoma City under the direction of Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Purcell. Mrs. Matthews passed away Saturday, February 5, 2011 in Tulsa. Lois Maurine Finch was born October 25, 1923 in Boise City, Okla., the older of two daughters born to Earl Ray Finch and Bertie E. (Swaggerty) Finch. She spent her early years on the family farm in Baca County, Colo.

CLENDENING, Lillian J. (Plank)

Lillian Jean Plank Clendening August 12, 1927 - January 5, 2011 of Richardson, formerly of Waco, passed away on Wednesday, January 5, 2011. Visitation with the family will be Friday, January 7, 2011, at Restland Funeral Home in Dallas. Services will be held Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at Wildwood Chapel, Restland Funeral Home in Dallas. Family only burial will held at Bruceville-Moore Cemetery in Bruceville, Texas on Sunday, January 9, 2011. Jean was born on August 12, 1927 to Jesse and Daphne Plank in Fairview, Oklahoma. She graduated from Fairview High School in 1945.

McVEY, Lida L. (Taylor)

Funeral service for Lida Lois McVey, age 94, of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, formerly of Verden, will be held at 2:00pm on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at the Verden First Baptist Church in Verden, Oklahoma. Lida Lois McVey was born the daughter of Rufus Taylor and Drusiller Henson Taylor on February 18, 1916. She died on January 22, 2011 in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. While growing up on the family farm, Mrs. McVey attended a two-room school called Ionine School through the eighth grade.

D'AMATO, Kelly A. (McClure)

Kelly Ann (McClure) D'Amato, 46, passed away Monday, January 31, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. Services will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, February 7, 2011, at the Vimy Ridge Baptist Church, with David Hale officiating. Burial will be in the Rush Springs Cemetery under the direction of Callaway-Smith-Cobb Chapel in Rush Springs. Kelly was born Wednesday, April 22, 1964 in Marlow, OK, to Mickey McClure and Kay (Hutton) McClure . Kelly grew up in Rush Springs and graduated from Rush Springs High School in 1982. She later attended USAO in Chickasha and Texas Woman's College in Denton, TX.

BELCHER, Judy (Carroll)

Judy Carroll Belcher was born Jan. 28, 1964. She graduated from Moore HS in 1982 and received a BA in Communications from USAO in Chickasha and an MFA in Theater from the Univ. of Arkansas. She was intimately involved in college and Community Theater throughout her life. She acted, directed and worked backstage with many theater companies around the state, including Chickasha Community Theatre, Jewel Box and Broken Arrow Community Playhouse. After receiving her MFA, she taught Speech/Theater at ECCC in Decatur, MS for 7 years.

EVERETT, Josephine (Corbin)

Josephine Everett, 93, of Oklahoma City, OK, passed away on December 31, 2010 while visiting her daughter in Cookeville, TN. She was born on July 17, 1917 in Chickasha, OK to Myrtle and Perry T. Corbin, but grew up in Anadarko, OK, where she was a Girl Scout and earned the Eagle Rank, as well as being active in the school drama department and her church youth group. She attended Oklahoma College for Women (now called University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma), graduating in 1939 with a Home Economics degree and a minor in Speech and English.

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