Obituaries

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01
May
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Judith Ann Schwab

Judith Ann Schwab, age 71, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on April 10, 2018, in Denton, Texas. She was born July 16, 1946 in Cordell, Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by her mother LouEllen Mc- Daniel and her father Hugh McDaniel. Judy is survived by her husband, Max L. Schwab, of Corinth, Texas and two children, Tamra L. Schwab of Tioga, Texas and Mark L. Schwab and his wife Lynn of Denton, Texas. She was also blessed with two grandchildren Kaitlyn Schwab and Brooke Schwab and one sister, Donna Hamel and her husband Gordon of Peoria, Arizona. She is also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins who loved her very much. Judy attended school Judith Ann Schwab in Cordell and graduated from Cordell High School in 1964. It was then she met the love of her life. On March 14, 1965, Max and Judy were married and they spent 53 wonderful years together.

Tue
01
May
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Holly Dawn Winters

Early in the morning of Saturday, April 21, as she lay sleeping, Holly Dawn Winters went home. She was not alone as our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was gently holding her hand. She was known by many as a Christian servant, wife, mother, and friend. Born in Houston on December 18, 1970, Holly spent the early years of her youth in Cordell, Oklahoma. Her family moved to Clinton, Oklahoma where she graduated from high school in 1989. She attended Oklahoma State University where she joined the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority and graduated with a degree in Sociology. High school and college were great times for Holly where she made many great friends that she spoke of often. After graduating, she moved to Weatherford, Oklahoma where she married Aaron Winters. It was during this time that she attained a masters degree from SWOSU in Psychology, worked at Foss Lake Adventure Program, and started a family. With the birth of her first child, Holly found her true calling as a homemaker.

Tue
24
Apr
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Marian Merkey

Marian Merkey, 90, of Wellington, Kansas, formerly of Cordell, Oklahoma, passed away on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington, Kansas. Marian S. Merkey was born October 13, 1927 in Lancaster County Pennsylvania. At a very young age she was adopted by David and Elizabeth (Garman) Shearer. Marian graduated from Mt Joy High School in 1945. After graduation she worked for Elizabeth College and then for Continental Press where she became manager of one of the departments and worked there for 11 years. Jean Geyer, a very good friend of hers went to McPherson, Kansas for college where she met Esther (Merkey) Neher. Together, the two of them got Marian to start corresponding with Esther’s brother, George Merkey who lived on a farm in Cordell, Oklahoma. They wrote letters to each other for some time and when they were finally able to meet, they fell in love and were married on November 12, 1961 in Mt Joy, Pennsylvania.

Tue
27
Mar
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Mary Lou Knox

Mary Lou Prickett Knox, 89, passed away in Dallas, Texas on March 22, 2018, after a lengthy illness. Her passing was peaceful, painless, and ready for Glory. She was born on September 24, 1928 to John and Mamie Prickett on a farm outside of Dill City, Oklahoma. She was the seventh of 10 children and second of three girls. She attended Dill City schools all twelve years of her education and graduated in 1946 and honored with a special certificate for perfect attendance. After graduation she attended OSU for her Freshman year, when she got a call from Stan Keas, one of her former Dill City principals. He had transferred to be head of a small country school in Adrian, Texas and asked her to come teach for him. She accepted and began teaching at a very early age. She promptly enrolled at nearby West Texas State in Canyon, Texas to complete her college courses. While at Adrian, she was introduced to the son of a fellow teacher, Alberta Bones, and soon after became Mrs. Ted Bones.

Tue
27
Mar
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Dessie Mae Wilson Sutterfield

Dessie Mae Wilson Sutterfield, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, died at the age of 105, at St. John’s Medical Center on Friday, March 23, 2018, in the company of her family. Dessie was born in Murray, Kentucky, on October 22, 1912, to Celina McDaniel Wilson and James Robert Wilson. She married O.C. Sutterfield, a Southern Baptist Minister, on April 4, 1931. Her many years were devoted to her husband, children and grandchildren along with being a minister’s wife and a wonderful nurse. Dessie was preceeded in death by her husband, O.C. Sutterfield, one son, Donald Wayne Sutterfield, who died at birth, her parents, one brother and four sisters. Dessie is survived by son, Perry Sutterfield and his wife, Barbara, of Duncan, Oklahoma, her daughters, Mary Sutterfield Stark of Denton, Texas and Jean Sutterfield Grady and husband, Ken, of Collinsville, Oklahoma.

Tue
20
Mar
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Herman Earl Swart

Herman Earl Swart, beloved husband, brother, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed from this life at the age of 94 on March 12, 2018 in Palestine, Texas. Better known as “Earl”, the long-time Leon County resident was a rancher, as well as active in various community organizations. Earl is survived by his wife of 69 years, Rachel Anderson Swart and his brother, Walter Swart. Other important survivors include, sister-in-law, Estelle McAtee, niece, Judy and husband Michael Thomason, sister-in-law, Shirley and husband Herman Teinert, all of Oakwood, sister-in-law, Lawana (Lewis) Swart and Florene (Walter) Swart, from Oklahoma, and a host of nieces and nephews from around the state. His legacy includes three sons, Bruce and wife Karen Swart of Palestine, Kent and his wife Ping Swart of Mont Belvieu, Ret. Col. Brent and his wife Chris Swart of Lacey Springs, Alaska. His treasure was his family, especially Rachel, who was always at his side in sickness and health.

Tue
13
Mar
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Melvin Francis Woodruff

Melvin Francis was born on June 19, 1926 to John Frank and Flossie J (Sappington) Woodruff. He was the second of four children born to John and Flossie. He passed from this life on March 6, 2018 at the age of 91. He attended school in Cowden, Oklahoma through the ninth grade, then started working at various farm-related jobs, in addition to helping his father. When Melvin was 20 years old, he volunteered for a tour of duty in the U.S. army near the end of WWII. After receiving his basic and infantry training, he arrived in Japan for duty, only to learn that he had been reassigned to fill in a gap in the “medical unit”. He was later called back to the U.S. because of a medical issue with his father Frank and was later granted an honorable discharge, so he did not return for duty in Japan. On August 7, 1949, Melvin married his sweetheart, Mary Fern House at her parents’ home near Carter, Oklahoma. To this union three children were born.

Tue
06
Mar
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Eileen Leeper

Eileen Bird Leeper completed her life’s work and was welcomed home by her many friends and family on March 1, 2018. Eileen was born on February 18, 1924 to Bill and Merriam Bird in Ponca City. She and her brother, James, followed their parents’ footsteps into the teaching profession, and Eileen spent over 30 years teaching generations of children. Eileen was a talented writer and worked at several newspapers and published articles in Christian magazines. In 1954, Eileen married the love of her life, Leo Leeper, and they settled in Cordell. They had two children, Billy and Tracy, whom they doted on. While there were many lean times, the family had an abundance of love, and they sacrificed so that their children never felt deprived of anything. One of Eileen’s biggest joys in life was being a grandmother to Kale, Kolby, and Alli, who were the light of her life. Through her actions, she taught those around her the importance of family, compassion, forgiveness, and gratitude.

Tue
06
Mar
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David Hale

David Hale, age 79, of McKinney, Texas, passed away January 29, 2018. David grew up in Guymon, Oklahoma. He excelled in athletics, participating in track, baseball and most importantly, basketball. He was an All-American basketball player in high school and earned a full scholarship to Oklahoma City University. When not competing on the athletic fields, he loved restoring old cars, carpentry, and fixing things. These interests lead to his earning a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. While at OCU, he met the love of his life, Miss Sherry Gay Maddox, and on August 15, 1958, they were married in Sherry’s home town of Cordell, Oklahoma. After graduating from OCU in 1960, David taught mechanical drawing and coached basketball at Star Spencer High School in Oklahoma City. After leaving Star Spencer, he found another opportunity at Lee-Way Motor Freight as head of sales. David and Sherry welcomed their first daughter, Jacquelyn Elayne, during his stint at Lee- Way.

Tue
06
Mar
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George Vernon Isbell

Rev. George Vernon Isbell, 90, of Cordell, Oklahoma, passed away with family by his side on February 25, 2018. He was born on March 31, 1927 in Cloud Chief, Oklahoma, to Osborne Kieffer “O.K.” and Maudie (Matlage) Isbell. George attended school at Cloud Chief, graduating in 1945. He married Barbara Lou Simpson on April 18, 1945 at the United Methodist Church in Sayre, Oklahoma. To this union, 5 children were born. George served in the Navy with the Seabees in World War II. He was a man of many talents, including farming, carpentry, singing, and teaching. He had the ability to take an idea from concept to completion, inspiring others to contribute their talents. He had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. While attending Oklahoma A and M, he heard the call from God. He answered that call by serving a church while finishing his Bachelor’s Degree.

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