Obituaries

Tue
31
Jan

Carolyn Parker

Carol Virginia Tate came into this world on September 5, 1924, in Mountain View, Oklahoma. She was born to Lee and Margaret Hollis Tate and big brother Kenneth. Younger brothers William and Donald followed. The Tate family lived in Mountain View until Carol was 14 years old. At that time they moved to Canute. Carol saw this as a perfect time to change her name to Carolyn, a name she liked much better. After a year in Canute, the family moved to Dill City, where Carolyn graduated from high school. Her childhood was blessed with a close family of aunts, uncles, and cousins on her mother's side, the Hollis family. This family, all good singers, had a tradition of gathering from all over Oklahoma several times a year, for many years, on Sunday afternoon and singing old hymns and gospel songs for hours, with Aunt Minnie playing rag time gospel piano. Music remained important to Carolyn all her life. In high school Carolyn met her future husband, Wayne Parker.

Tue
24
Jan

Evelyn Louise Jackson

Evelyn Louise Jackson, 82, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 1, 2017, in Seattle, Washington, from complications of COPD.

Evelyn was born October 5, 1934, in Anadarko, Oklahoma, to the late Charlie Hileman and Winona (Sinsentaffar) Harrelson.

She was preceded in death by her older sister, Ruth Bogle and older brother, Wilbur “Buddy” Hileman.

Evelyn married Luther “Wayne” Jackson on June 9, 1951, and they were married for 27 years before divorcing in 1979.

She and Wayne lived in many places, including Mississippi, Spokane, Washington, Phoenix, Arizona, and Sacramento, California, before settling in Fort Collins, Colorado, to build their own business, The Dog House boarding kennel.

Evelyn returned to Oklahoma, in 1985, to be near her sister, brothers, and their families.

She moved to Seattle, Washington, in the spring of 2012, to be near her daughter, son-in-law, and two granddaughters.

Tue
17
Jan

Kelso Lee Williams

Kelso Lee Williams, 93, passed peacefully from this life to be with his Heavenly Father on January 11, 2017. He was born March 19, 1923, to James Robert and Dixie Opal Watson Williams on the family farm in Washita County, just outside of Rocky, Oklahoma. The day after graduating from high school at Rocky, Kelso enrolled in a welding school in Cordell. Kelso completed two sessions, then moved to California to work in the Kaiser Shipyards, helping build one Liberty ship a day. He was drafted into the U.S. Army, and served his country during WWII as a mechanic and crane operator in numerous countries in the Pacific Theater. Upon returning home to Oklahoma, he married Lillian Morris on October 26, 1946, in Cordell, Oklahoma. He earned a degree in soil science in two years and seven months, from Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College, graduating in 1951. Upon graduation from college, Kelso accepted a job in Kansas as a soil conservationist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Tue
17
Jan

Mary Carolyn Forbes

Mary Carolyn Forbes, 75, of Hobart, Oklahoma, passed away January 9, 2017. She was born in Carnegie, Oklahoma, on August 21, 1941, to Raymond and Pauline (Dooley) Dudgeon. The nickname "Jeepers" came later when her father decided she could go over chairs just like an Army jeep. It stayed with her for most of her life. Mary was the second oldest of thirteen children. She had eight brothers and four sisters. They moved to Cordell in 1950, and she graduated from high school there in 1959. For a couple of years after graduation, she moved from one paying job to another, and in 1962, she applied to join the Air Force. Mary spent twenty years in the military and retired in 1983. Her husband was retired military. They had purchased a forty acre farm in Arkansas, and she went back to school, to college this time. She was forty-two at that time and college was a lot harder than she had thought it would be.

Tue
17
Jan

Wanda Lou “Keng” Mitchell

Wanda Lou Mitchell, 87, of Duncan, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at Country Club Care Nursing Center. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at Virginia Avenue Baptist Church in Anadarko, Oklahoma, with Rev. Donnie Edmondson, Rev. Monte Moran and Rev. Roger Bennett officiating. Interment followed at South Burns Cemetery in Dill City, Oklahoma at 3:00 p.m., and arrangements have been entrusted to the family care of Carter-Smart Funeral Home. The family received friends for visitation from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday evening, at the Carter-Smart Funeral Home. Wanda was born in Roscoe, Texas, April 16, 1929, to Fred William and Gladys Lucille “Cheves” Keng. They came to Dill City, Oklahoma, when she was the age of five. She graduated from Dill City High School in May, 1947. Wanda married Edward Dean Mitchell on January 11, 1947, at Cordell, Oklahoma.

Tue
17
Jan

Linda Irene Breland

Linda Irene Breland was born March 2, 1950, in Quinton, Oklahoma, to Alley Laverne and Jess Aubrey Stephens. She passed away January 9, 2017, at Elk City, Oklahoma, at the age of 66 years, ten months and seven days. Linda graduated from Alva High School and later moved to California for several years. She attended college at UCLA and worked as a model. Linda returned to Oklahoma in 1978, and lived in Dill City, where she remained until moving to Elk City in 2009. She loved collecting antiques, caring for her plants and dogs, but her greatest love was her family. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ken Breland; an infant daughter, Michelle Denise Annett; and a nephew, Buddy Segler.

Tue
10
Jan

Ora Leland Arganbright

Ora Leland Arganbright, 74, Cordell, Oklahoma, passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2017. He was born on November 10, 1942, to Ora Rueban and Edna Mae (Eaton) Arganbright in Geary, Oklahoma. Leland grew up, attended, and graduated school at Lake Valley. He married Betty Burns on October 21, 1961, at Lake Valley, and later made their home in Cordell, Oklahoma. In Leland's early years he farmed and worked for Cliff Delk. He worked for Sewell Brothers for 40 years, he also drove a rock truck for Jennings.

Tue
10
Jan

Ruby Mildred Hayes Reuber

Ruby Mildred Hayes Reuber passed peacefully to her heavenly home on Saturday, January 7, 2017, at the age of 103. Ruby was born on November 2, 1913, in Mountain View, Oklahoma, the daughter of Claude Elmore and Edna Pearl (McIver) Hayes. She was raised on the family farm with her sister Jessie. On April 12, 1941, in Bessie, Oklahoma, Ruby married Marvin Reuber. Marvin and Ruby were blessed with three children, Donald, Patsy, and Dennis. Ruby graduated from high school in Sentinel, Oklahoma. Following graduation, she attended Southwestern College in Weatherford, Oklahoma, graduating with her Bachelors of Education. Ruby then began touching the lives of students in Custer County Schools and Clinton Sherman Air Force Base in Burns Flat, Oklahoma. After retiring from teaching she continued her love of making a difference and helping others.

Tue
10
Jan

Herbert Miller

Funeral services for Herbert Miller, 97, Washita County resident will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 11, 2017, in the Kiesau Memorial Chapel officiated by Rev. Dennis Knight. Burial will conclude in the Lawnview Cemetery in Cordell, Oklahoma under the direction of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral home. Herbert Miller was born September 11, 1919, to Otto Miller and Anna (Foote) Miller in Bessie, Oklahoma, and passed away just about five miles from where he was born, in his rural Corn home. Mr. Miller was raised in Washita County and has lived his life between Bessie and Corn, Oklahoma. He attended the Flynn School and also attended Tabor College in Kansas. Mr. Miller returned to Oklahoma and settled in Washita County, where he made his home on the family farm. He was married to Clara Frey on February 16, 1943, in Bessie, Oklahoma, and they continued to farm and ranch. They were married for over 66 years and she preceded him in death in March of 2009.

Tue
10
Jan

Walter Luttmer

Walter Luttmer was born February 18, 1927, in Oakes, North Dakota, to Anna Marie and Bernard John Luttmer. He passed away January 5, 2017, at Canute, Oklahoma, at the age of 89 years, ten months and 17 days. Walter moved throughout the United States as a young boy and was drafted the summer of his junior year of high school. He served in the United States Army during World War II, where he was stationed in Japan. In December of 1946, he was honorably discharged and purchased a farm in Littlefield, Texas. Walter was married in a double wedding to Agnes Paulina (Zigenfuss) Luttmer at Holy Family on January 20, 1948, along with Walter's brother and Agnes' sister. After their marriage they moved to Littlefield, Texas, southwest of Burns Flat, Oklahoma, and Hammon, Oklahoma, before settling west of Canute, in 1962, where they raised their family. In 1963, he owned and operated the APCO gas station and farmed.

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