At the age of 92, Zola Marie Himmelmann of Bemus Point, N.Y., died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, in Prosper, Texas. Zola was born July 19, 1916, the only child of Jessie Marie Dagle Holmes and John Oliver Holmes in Binger, Okla. Zola's husband, Clifford O. Himmelmann, preceded her death on May 1, 1977. She is survived by three children: Karen Ann Elizabeth Himmelmann Smith (husband, Charles) of Texas, Kim William Himmelmann (wife, Deborah) of Maryland, and Kathryn Lynn Ellen Himmelmann Benson of Texas.
Winnidell Gravitt Wilson age 88, passed away peacefully on May 19, 2009 at her home in Eagan. Preceded in death by husband, John Wilson; parents, Andy and Winnie Gravitt, and brothers, Jack and Joe Gravitt. Winnidell is survived by daughter, Joanne (Duane) Lindahl of Amelia Island, FL; son, Murray (Rebecca) Wilson of Eagan, MN; son, Ross (Margo Squire) Wilson of Bethesda, MD; 6 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Winifred B. Hodges, 86, died Wednesday, June 20, 2007, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City. She was born May 31, 1921, to George B. and Maggie L. (Creed) Ragsdale in Liberal. She married Basil L. Hodges Feb. 16, 1941, in Liberal. He died Oct. 28, 1998. She graduated Liberal High School in 1939 and attended Oklahoma College for Women in Chickashaw, Okla. She and her husband owned the Hodges Candy for many years. She was a member of the First Christian Church, the CWF, Jolly Girls Bridge Club and J.U.G. Club, all of Liberal.
Wilma L. Wade, Our mother, died peacefully on December 22, 2008, at 1:10 a.m., following a short illness. Mother was born to William B. and Sarah E. Taylor on October 22, 1914, sharing the spotlight with her twin sister, Velma. Both attended Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha until marriage. Mother devoted herself to her family, friends and community activities in Edmond during our childhood and was a master seamstress. Upon the dissolution of her marriage, it was necessary for Mother to reinvent herself. She attended business school in Bartlesville and soon was employed by Reda Pump.
Surrounded by her children and dear friends, Wilma Jane Perry Spotts passed away on January 16, 2009 in Oklahoma City. Born in Chickasha, on July 22, 1944, she was the only child of Dewey Lee and Reba Virginia Perry. Jane graduated from Chickasha High School in 1962 and attended the Oklahoma College for Women. An administrative professional, Jane worked for the Chickasha Public School system, Grady Memorial Hospital, and most recently, St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City where she was the Continuing Medical Education Coordinator.
WANDA LORENE PULIS KIRBY Funeral service for Wanda Lorene Pulis Kirby, age 81, of Chickasha will be held 10:00 am Monday, January 15, 2007 at the First Assembly of God Church in Chickasha. Graveside services will be held at 2:30 pm Monday at the Greenwood Cemetery, Weatherford, Oklahoma. Wanda Lorene Pulis Kirby was born June 29, 1925 at Colony, Oklahoma the daughter of Ray and Lula (Gyles) Pulis. She died Tuesday, January 9, 2007 in Chickasha.
Funeral for Wanda Ball Ochis, 72, Lawton, will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Tom Willoughby, associate pastor, officiating. Mrs. Ochis died Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, in Lawton. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery, Chickasha, under direction of Becker Funeral Home. She was born Feb. 8, 1936, in Rush Springs, to James Thomas and Ruby Hazel Morgan. Following her graduation from Ninnekah High School, she received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha.
HEALDTON Services for Vivian Rosamond Thomas, 92, will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 7, 2008, in the United Methodist Church with Brother Joel Thompson officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Pauls Valley. Vivian was born in Wanette, on July 1, 1915, to Clyde and Rose Clergett Henson. She passed from this life on Monday, March 3, 2008, at home. Mrs. Thomas was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Forrest Thomas; and son-in-law, Warren Roberts. A graduate of Healdton High School, Vivian attended one year at Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha.
Vivian Norman Keely was born May 31, 1910, and died on July 28, 2009 at the age of 99. She was born in Luther, OK, the first child of George and Florence Norman. The family later moved to Oklahoma City where she graduated from Classen High School in 1928. She graduated from Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha in 1932 and went to her first teaching job in Arcadia, OK where she met her husband, Preston Keely. They were married in 1937 and after living in Okmulgee, and El Reno, they returned to the Keely family farm in 1948 where they lived until Preston's death in 1996.
Virginia McKee McKEE - Virginia, passed away August 9, 2009, in Odessa. TX, were she spent the last 6 years near family. She was born September 13, 1921, in Ponca City, OK. She was the daughter of Ed and Opal Reily. Virginia was a granddaughter of a pioneer who ran in the Oklahoma Sooner Run of 1896. Virginia married Frederick Calvin McKee on June 13, 1941, at First Christian Church in Ponca City, OK. They lived in Tulsa. OK from 1942 to 2003, and were members of the First Christian Church their entire life in Tulsa.