Ethel Lea Foote, 85, of Idaho Falls, passed away Sept. 22, 2010, at her home after a long courageous battle with Alzheimer's. Lea was born April 5, 1925, in Hennepin, Okla., to Viva and Lloyd Ball. She was the sixth of 10 children. She grew up in Oklahomaand played basketball for OklahomaCollegefor Women. She married Riley Franklin Foote on June 2, 1946, in Fort Sill, Okla.They moved to Idaho Fallsin 1952, where Riley took a job with the Atomic Energy Commission. Lea and Riley had two children, Anna Lea and Ernest Riley. Ernie was killed in 1976, and Riley died from leukemia in 1978.
Erma Ruth (McDowell) Cassel, of El Reno, passed away Monday, December 20, 2010. Erma was born September 13, 1907 to Edgar Eugene and Nettie Susan McDowell on a farm north of Verden. Erma was proud to be a "Statehood" baby born the year Oklahoma became a state. Erma graduated from the Oklahoma College for Women (now USAO) in Chickasha. Erma taught school before marrying Elbert Cassel on December 10, 1932 and becoming a homemaker on a farm in the community of Verden.
Dorothy Bernice McDole, 92, died on Nov. 14, 2010 in Stillwater, Okla. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 22, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church in Stillwater with Reverend Stan Warfield officiating. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. She was born on June 12, 1918 in Paoli, Okla. to D. Lee and Susie Joe Thompson. She married Donald William Vest in 1941 in Pauls Valley, Okla. He preceded her in death in 1959. She married Robert Daniel McDole in 1964 in Stillwater, Okla. He also preceded her in death in 1990.
Doris M. Fleming, 85, passed away on February 13, 2011 in Wichita Falls. A Graveside Service will be held at 3:00 PM. Thursday, February 17, 2011 in Crestview Cemetery with Dr. Dan Garza, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Lunns Colonial Funeral Home. Doris was born December 17, 1925 to Herman and Irene (Manahan) Stone in Ada, Oklahoma. Doris graduated from Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City. She attended the Oklahoma College for Women, now named, the University of Science and Arts in Chickasha, Oklahoma.
Donna E. Guthrie, 65, of Shawnee, died Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at a local hospital. Donna was born Sept. 5, 1945, in Paris, Texas, to Othol Elmer and Cecelia Felista (Graf) Newman. She earned B.S. degree from USAO in Chickasha. She married Edward Wayne Guthrie July 24, 1965, in the Old Post Chapel in Ft. Sill. Ed and Donna made their home in Lawton until Ed went to Vietnam in 1965-66. Donna then moved to Chickasha to finish her education. She taught school in Chickasha for a while and moved to Shawnee in 1975. Donna is a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.
Deborah Jean (Strange) Vecchio passed away at home on Monday January 24 after her courageous year and a half battle with ovarian cancer, at the age of 59. Born in Topeka, Kansas Debbie grew up in Marysville, Kansas. After high school she attended Cottey College, a two year women’s college in Missouri. After her graduation in 1971 she continued her education at Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts in Chickasha, Oklahoma where she would meet her future husband John.
Memorial service for Dean McDaniel, Jr., 59, of Dallas, Texas, former Chickasha resident, will be at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 in the Chapel of Sevier Funeral Home, Chickasha. McDaniel Jr. was born March 21, 1951, in Chickasha, the son of Dean and Helen (Knight) McDaniel. Dean died January 31, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. At the time of his birth there were a number of small hospitals in Chickasha and Dean was born in the hospital two blocks from their home. He attended elementary, junior high and high school in Chickasha graduating in 1969.
Dana Jo Dews, age 93, lifelong resident of Chickasha, Oklahoma, died on January 24, 2011. Interment was on January 28, 2011, at Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of McRay Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 11, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. Rev. Barbara Hunt will officiate. Dana was born at the family home on Chickasha Avenue on July 4, 1917. Her parents were Joe Dews and Blanche Johnston Dews. Dana’s sister, Maude, and brother, Rees, preceded her in death. She also had six half-brothers and sisters.
Charlene Dodge Miller passed away in her home during the early hours of Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, at the age of 84. Charlene was born April 3, 1926, in Pawhuska to Charles "Vance" and Vivian Dodge. The Dodge family moved to Ponca City when Charlene was entering the ninth grade. Her father later opened Dodge Drug Store on Grand Avenue. After graduating from Ponca City High School, Charlene attended Oklahoma College for Women College in Chickasha, where she received her degree in education. She married Sidney "Jack" Estelle McMellon in 1946.
Celebration of life for Carey Brent Miller, 61, of Norman, will be at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 5, 2011, at Journey Church in Norman. Pastor Alan Sample will officiate. Carey was born the son of Roy Lee Miller and Wilma LaVelle Smith Miller on August 23, 1949, in Chickasha. He was taken to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 2, 2011, in Norman. Carey graduated from Chickasha High School in 1967.