STRONG, Frances E. (Banks)

Frances Elizabeth Banks Strong, age 97, of Kent, passed away at Stow-Glen Retirement Village March 7, 2008. She was born April 18, 1910 in Hobart, Oklahoma, the youngest of the ten children of Douglas Trent and Roberta Lovelace Banks. She attended Oklahoma College for Women and married Marion Ray (Red) Strong on September 30, 1930 in Weatherford, Oklahoma. She and her husband were teachers and farmers in the early years of their marriage. Eventually they moved to Oklahoma City, Wheaton, Illinois, and then to Amarillo, Texas, when her husband worked in the insurance business.

KEATING, Frances E. (Steele)

Frances Elliott Keating, 97, formerly of Oklahoma City, Okla. died May 11, 2008 in Chesterfield, Mo. Frances was born Feb. 7, 1911, in Sayre, Oklahoma to Beulah Weems (Wells) and Charles Eugene Steele. She graduated at age 16 in 1927 as valedictorian of her class at Sayre High School, attended Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha, Okla., for one year and then completed two years at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., before having to discontinue her studies in 1930 due to the Great Depression. She was a member of Delta Gamma sorority.

SAWYER, Florence (Carrell)

Sawyer, Florence Carrell Florence Carrell Sawyer Florence Carrell Sawyer, 94, went to be with the Lord Sept. 25, 2007. Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2007, at College Heights Baptist Church in Plainview with the Rev. Don Robertson, pastor, officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be from 4:30-6 p.m. today, Sept. 27, 2007, at Kornerstone Funeral Directors. Mrs. Sawyer was born April 27, 1913, in Stuart, Okla., to the late Newton and Myrtle Carrell. She married Roy L.


Fern Effie Cassel, of El Reno, passed away Thursday, July 31, 2008 in the Care Living Center in El Reno, Oklahoma. Fern was born January 1, 1915, at Dutton, Oklahoma, to John Emry Cassel and Effie Eva Cassel. Fern graduated from Pocasset, Oklahoma High School in 1933 and Oklahoma College for Women, Chickasha, Oklahoma in 1939. Fern attended Scarritt College in 1945 where she became a Diaconal Minister. Fern was a Home Economics teacher in Excelsior and Cromwell, Oklahoma. After attending Scarritt College, she began her career in Christian Education working in Houston, Texas and Tennessee.

BOWMAN, Fern (Deal)

Bowman, Fern Fern Bowman, age 91, of Oklahoma City, passed away September 12, 2007. She was born September 18, 1915 in Jones, OK to Ira and Hazel (Woodworth) Deal. Fern graduated from the Oklahoma College for Women and taught in Chattanooga, OK. She married Kermit Bowman in 1937 and was a homemaker for many years. In 1955, she earned a Master's degree and returned to teaching until she retired at the age of 65 from the OKC Public Schools. She touched thousands of children's lives during her career.

LITTON, Eva L. (Chancellor)

Eva Lorraine Chancellor Litton Eva Lorraine Chancellor Litton, former resident of Ponca City and resident of Oklahoma City, was born into a family of nine children on July 30, 1918, in Shawnee to Jess and Stella Miller Chancellor. She passed away Jan. 25, 2007, in Oklahoma City at the age of 88 years 5 months and 25 days.

COLE, Eva C. (Tucker)

Eva Christine Tucker Cole, was born August 21, 1908 in the little farming town of Jet, Alfalfa Co., Oklahoma. She died in Wichita, Sedgwick Co., Kansas on April 20, 2009, at the age of 100 years, 7 months, 30 days. She was the daughter of Samuel Wilson and Mary Bettie Harned Tucker. Sam was the local banker and Bettie was a wife and mother who had homesteaded and patented land close to Jet.

BROWN, Esther L. (Craine)

CHICKASHA Funeral for Esther L. Brown, 83, Chickasha, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, Cement, with the Rev. Paul Kelly officiating. Mrs. Brown died Wednesday, July 18, 2007, in Chickasha. She was born on Dec. 27, 1923, in Reisel, Texas. She graduated from public school in Cement. She married Arthur Brown in 1971 in Chickasha. She worked at the University of Science and Arts in Chickasha as a dietician and retired after 25 years. She was a member of the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, Cement.

REGAN, Esther (Hodges)

ESTHER HODGES REGAN (Age 90) A retired Prince Georges County School Teacher, died Wednesday, December 10, 2008 of cardio-respiratory failure at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney, MD. Mrs. Regan was born in Pratt, Kansas in 1918. After receiving her elementary and secondary schooling there she attended the Oklahoma College for Women and received her degree. She then joined the Women’s Army Corps and was stationed at Fort Myer, VA during World War II. During this time she met and married Staff Sgt. Philip A. Regan of the U.S. Army Air Corps. The couple then moved to Adelphi, MD. Mrs.

RAMSEY, Esta L. (Fitzgerald)

Ramsey, Esta Lee Esta Lee Ramsey, only daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Henry Fitzgerald, had four brothers, Joe, Floyd, C.N. and Loy. All have preceded her in death except brother, Loy Fitzgerald and wife Connie. Esta Lee Ramsey leaves a son, Dr. Steve Ramsey and wife, Lynda and grandsons Ben and Bart Ramsey, who brightened her life.