Obituaries

Tue
07
Apr

Lee Edward Carter

Lee Edward Carter, 95, of Dill City, Oklahoma, was born on July 1, 1919, in Canute, Oklahoma. He is the son of Marvin Mather and Dora Grace (Goodwin) Carter. Lee passed away on March 30, 2015, at the Bellevue Health and Rehab in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He graduated from Canute High School, class of 1937. Lee married his high school sweetheart, Helen Ruth Gowdy on December 24, 1937, in Cheyenne, Oklahoma. She preceded him in death on August 10, 1995. Lee enjoyed trading guns, hunting, and fishing but most of all he enjoyed storytelling and spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of the National Rifleman’s Association. Funeral services were held Thursday, April 2, 2015, at Martin-Dugger Funeral Home in Elk City, Oklahoma. Interment was at Fairlawn Cemetery, Elk City, Oklahoma. Services were under the direction of Martin-Dugger Funeral Home in Elk City, Oklahoma.

Tue
07
Apr

Helen Margaret Marple

Helen Margaret (Duggins) Marple was born on July 10, 1917, on her grandfather G.W. Duggins farm, west of Cordell. Her parents were William Edd Duggins and Maggie (Spradlin) Duggins. She passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at the age of 97 years, eight months and 21 days. She attended Green Valley School, a country school in Washita County. On June 27, 1937, she was united in marriage to June Judson Marple, in Piedmont, Oklahoma. Two children were born to this marriage. Norma Eldeen on July 14, 1938, and Dwain Edd on October 14, 1945. In 1946, June and Margaret made their home south of Canute, where she has resided since. Margaret relished the role of homemaker and was a devoted member of the Hefner Sunshine Homemakers Club and a long-time member of the Elk City United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, granddaughter Angela Marple, son-in-law Wade Pratt, and daughter Norma Pratt.

Tue
24
Mar

Alfred Bishop Knight

Alfred Bishop Knight was born on January 6, 1920, in Dill City, Oklahoma, to Earl M. Knight and Minnie Belle (Bishop) Knight. Al passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015, at the age of 95. A Tulsa attorney for more

Tue
24
Mar

Barbra Jean Ellison

Funeral services for Barbra Jean Ellison, 81, Lawton, were held Saturday, March 21, 2015, at Olivet Baptist Church, Lawton, Oklahoma, with Pastor George C. Malloy of Heaven Way Apostolic Church, Lawton, officiating. Mrs. Ellison passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at her home. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens, under the direction of Becker-Rabon Funeral Home. She was born June 25, 1933, in a half-dugout in Dill City, Oklahoma, to John Stewart and Candis Mae “Dolly” (Baker) Cain. Barbra was one of seven children. She married Major (Retired) Robert D. Ellison on February 2, 1957, in Lawton. He passed away December 26, 2003. She started working for the Vernon Company in 1975, was manager from 1983, until 1993, and was Senior Account Executive with over six million dollars in sales at the time of her death.

Tue
24
Mar

Lucy Helen Jane Bartel

Lucy Helen Jane Bartel was born October 9, 1937, in Sentinel, Oklahoma, and went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at the Weatherford Regional Hospital. Her parents were Ewald

Tue
24
Mar

Donna Sue Skelley

Donna Sue Skelley was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on October 19, 1940, to Paul and Ruth (Porter) Kissinger. She departed this life on Friday, March 20, 2015, in Elk City, Oklahoma, at the age of 74. Donna went to school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she graduatedfrom Edison High School in 1958. After graduation, she continued her education at Oklahoma State University, where she studied Business. While at Oklahoma State
University, she met and married her husband of 43 years, Gomer Skelley. After graduation from college, Gomer and Donna moved to Rocky, Oklahoma, to help with the Skelley family farming operation.

Tue
17
Mar

Glen Wayne Ringo

Glen Wayne Ringo, of Mustang, Oklahoma, went home to be with his Heavenly Father on, Friday, March 13, 2015. He was born on November 3, 1943, in Sentinel, Oklahoma, to Rex and Dovie Ringo. Glen attended school at Dill City, Oklahoma, and Yuma, Arizona, and graduated from Dill City, Oklahoma in 1962. He attended Draughn’s Business School and received a degree in computers. He served the U.S. Army from 1965-1967. Glen retired in 2006, after working for Dayton Tires for 36 ½ years. He married Iva Ann Catlett on August 1, 1965, and they were married for 49 years seven months and 12 days. Glen and Iva have one son, Scott Ringo and wife Kim of Mustang, six grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Tue
17
Mar

Naemi Gossen

Naemi Gossen was born on July 14, 1925, to Cornelius and Anna (Thiessen) Bergmann of Corn, Oklahoma, and passed away early Tuesday, March, 10, 2015, at the age of 89. Naemi spent her entire life
in Corn. There she attended Grand View School before transferring to Corn Bible Academy, where she graduated in 1943. In her youth, she accepted Jesus as her Savior, was baptized, and joined Corn Mennonite
Brethren Church where she remained an active and involved member for the rest of her life. It was her salvation that set the pattern for her life, living to serve others, just as Jesus would and encouraging her
family to do the same. On February 27, 1947, Naemi married Samuel Gossen, and together they started their homestead southwest of Corn on 80 acres. Together they farmed, did custom harvesting, ran a dairy

Tue
17
Mar

JoElla (Ma) Merkey

Graveside services for JoElla (Ma) Merkey, 88 year old Thomas, Oklahoma, resident, were held on Monday, March 16, 2015, in the Mound Valley Cemetery with David Beck officiating under the direction of
Lockstone Funeral Home of Thomas. Ma was born on July 9, 1926, in Thomas, Oklahoma, to John and Nora (Penland) Murray, and died on March 12, 2015, in her home. She was raised in Thomas and attended school in Thomas and Cordell. Ma married Samuel Merkey and they made their home in Cloud Chief before moving to Thomas in 1955. She enjoyed spending time with her family. She is survived by four
sons, Kenneth Merkey and his wife, Margie of Edmond, Oklahoma, Larry Merkey of Thomas, Richard Merkey and his wife, Donna of Thomas, and Darrel Merkey of Thomas; one daughter, Margaret Holmes

Tue
17
Mar

Olen D. Berrong

Funeral services for Olen D. Berrong, 90, Clinton Businessman, were held Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in the First Baptist Church, officiated by Robin Palesono of Oklahoma City, and Chris Fields of the First Baptist Church. Burial concluded in the Clinton Cemetery under the direction of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home. Olen Dean Berrong was born to Abbie and Cortez Fernando Berrong, on July 11, 1924, in Custer City, Oklahoma. Olen moved with his family to Clinton, in 1931, at the age of seven where he lived until his death on March 15, 2015. Upon graduation from Clinton High School in 1942, where Berrong excelled in track, he
was called into military servicewith the U.S. Army. He served with the Army in the European theatre during World War II returning home in 1946. On September 5, 1948, Olen married Dorothy Jones in Clinton,

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