Ochal Redford Loftiss
Submitted by Edgar on Tue, 07/01/2014 - 8:09pm
Ochal Redford Loftiss died peacefully in a nursing facility in San Antonio on June 9, 2014. She was born at Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, on March 5, 1910. Her parents were Nancy Ann Ritchie Escoe Thompson and Mark Coleman Thompson. When she was four, Ochal’s mother died, and Ochal and her younger brother, Otis, were adopted by their half-sister, Lelah Ann Ritchie Escoe, and her husband, George Redford. Some years later, the Redfords moved with their children from Dewey County to a farm in Washita County, Oklahoma. At Canute High School, Ochal met Orie C. Loftiss. They became an “item” and were mutually smitten. They left school and eloped in the fall of 1927. The next year their first daughter, Claudie Jean, was born followed four and a half years later by Nancy Ann. The struggling young couple moved around a lot among the small towns of Canute, Clinton, and Cordell, depending on where a job was available. Despite all hardships, the young couple prospered and continued to grow together for 51 years. While her husband learned the business and became very successful as a chicken hatchery owner-operator, Ochal enjoyed being a homemaker. After a serious operation, which almost proved fatal, Ochal took up drawing and painting, which she continued to enjoy for many years. She always liked trying or learning new things. She joined the Rebekah Lodge and held every office, including Noble Grand. With Ochal’s hard work and encouragement every step of the way, Orie was able to convert the hatchery and their home into a motel. Later a restaurant was added and the Loftonian Lodge was born. Ochal will be fondly remembered as the long-standing cashier and night manager at the restaurant. They enjoyed many successful years as owners of what many customers called “the best restaurant in the county.” Ochal enjoyed traveling with old friends. Each year they took a different trip to include the East Coast, Canada, Branson, and Graceland, wherever their hearts desired. When Ochal’s daughters urged her to pull up stakes in Cordell and move to San Antonio, she did so. She joined the Sunset Ridge Church of Christ and was an active member for many years. Ochal joined several groups that sponsored trips to Mexico, California, all over Texas, as well as many local day trips. When Ochal was in her 80’s, she fulfilled a lifelong dream to visit Alaska, not once but twice! She loved to travel. Orie C.’s nephew, Jeff Loftiss, was happy to officiate Ochal’s ceremony. Her only grand daughter, Christy Williams Meyer, gave the eulogy. Khristy Russ, Orie C.’s grandniece, sang acapella, “Amazing Grace” to begin and “I’ll Fly Away” to end the service. The small group spontaneously joined in singing both songs. The memorial service became a joyous celebration of a life well lived. Survivors include her two daughters, Claudie Jean Loftiss Pettigrew and Nancy Ann Loftiss Williams both of San Antonio, her grand daughter, Christy Lynne Williams Meyer, and husband, Richard, and her great grandson, Zachary Philip Kurek, all of Universal City, Texas. Other surviving relatives are, grand niece, Sherry Amons (her husband, Danny) of Dumas, Texas, and one niece, Carolyn Fay Redford Phillips (and husband, Don) of Afton, Oklahoma. Both nieces always maintained a loving relationship with Ochal. At 104 years of age, Ochal was preceded in death by all of her generation. Also preceding her in death was her son in law, Philip E. Williams.
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