Obituaries

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06
Mar
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Robin Watkins

Robin was born December 11, 1954 in Oklahoma City to Otis and Wanda (Meeks) Watkins, and passed away Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Deaconess Hospital in Oklahoma City. Robin was raised in Altus and attended school at Southside and later achieved her teaching degree at South- Eastern in Durant. At the time of her passing she was employed at the Elk City Public Schools System. Robin was a member at the Trinity Fellowship Church in Sayre. Her hobbies included Art, and Raising and Training Animals. She was preceded in death by her father Otis Watkins.

Tue
20
Feb
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Darrell Dixon

Darrell Dixon, of Cordell, Oklahoma, passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2018, in Cordell, Oklahoma at the age of 66. Darrell was born January 1, 1952, in Sentinel, Oklahoma to Joe and Thelma (Vanderveer) Dixon. Darrell was raised on a farm southeast of Dill City, Oklahoma and attended Dill City Schools where he was a member of the Future Farmers of America chapter. He showed cattle and played sports, graduating in 1971. He married Deborah Miller in 1972 in Cordell, Oklahoma and to this union they had three sons. Darrell served in the United States Army in an artillery division during the Vietnam War. Darrell was a lifelong hot rod enthusiast and loved tinkering and building on them. Darrell also owned and operated Dodgers Diesel Service in Cordell, Oklahoma for many years and operated a trucking company. He married Tonjua Holman in 1977 and to this union they had one daughter. Darrell enjoyed spending time visiting with friends and was a regular at the Right Here coffee crowd.

Tue
20
Feb
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Edna Dowdy

Edna Dowdy, 102, passed from this life on February 9, 2018. She was born March 21, 1915 to Carrick and Sally (McElroy) Scott near Cowden, Oklahoma. Edna was raised on a farm with three sisters and four brothers. She attended Anchor School through the eighth grade and played basketball. She then went to Alfalfa School through the tenth grade. Edna met and married the love of her life, Gene Dowdy on March 18, 1933. They were married for 71 years. He preceded her in death on January 23, 2004. She was a loving and caring mother to their only son Bobbie. He had M.S. for the last seven years of his life and she took total care of him. Edna was a member of the Northside Church of Christ. She was in the Home Extension Club for years and won many ribbons at the County Fair for crocheted flowers and homemade pies. Her yard was beautiful and she enjoyed working with her flowers.

Tue
06
Feb
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Morris Neal Wilmeth

Morris Neal Wilmeth, 83, died Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the Integris Hospice House following a brief illness. He was born February 3, 1934 in Cordell, Oklahoma to Thurman and Hattie Wilmeth. He was the oldest of four boys. After graduating from Cordell High School, Morris served in the Air Force as a radar technician for 20 years before retiring in 1973. He met and married Barbara Yetman in 1955 while stationed in Newfoundland, Canada. Barbara and Morris had three children. They were stationed in many countries during his Air Force career, including the United States, Canada, Spain, and Turkey. They returned to Western Oklahoma after retiring, where he worked as a Dill City police officer and at the Burns Flat golf course. After Barbara’s death in 2008, Morris moved to Edmond Oklahoma. In 2012 Morris was married to Judy Johnson. Morris and Judy enjoyed reading together, listening to music and spending time with friends and church family.

Tue
06
Feb
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Charlotte Jean Schmidt

Charlotte Jean Schmidt,79, went to her heavenly home after a brief battle with cancer, January 30, 2018 with family by her side. She was born October 20, 1938 to Albert and Clara (Chadd) Knauf on the family farm near Cordell. It was her grandfather who declared her name could be Charlotte. She grew up in Cordell, graduating from Cordell High School in 1956. Charlotte married Earl Schmidt on February 1, 1957, at the First United Methodist Church in Cordell, and passed away 2 days short of their 61st wedding anniversary. To this marriage, 3 daughters were born. Charlotte was a very talented artist, always creating colorful designs, whether in her paintings, her quilts or her flower gardens. She was an active member of the Herold Mennonite Church. In Women in Mission, she sewed dozens of quilts and hundreds of cloth bags for health or school kits for the mission field.

Tue
06
Feb
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Pearl June Klaassen

Pearl June Klaassen passed away on January 30, 2018. She was born on November 22, 1937, in Cordell, Oklahoma, to David and Edna Reimer. Throughout her life, she was best known for loyalty to family and friends, an abiding faith, her musical talent, and a great sense of humor. She was intelligent, insightful, and hard working. A graduate of Corn Bible Academy, June went on to receive a Master of Science in Financial Services in later life. She was married to Denver James Klaassen on February 15, 1957, and they had two daughters, Kerry and Leslie. June loved visiting their children and grandchildren as well as traveling, going to China and Europe. She was musically talented, serving as church organist and pianist. She and Denver were longtime members of Metropolitan Baptist Church.

Wed
31
Jan

Morris Neal Wilmeth

Morris Neal Wilmeth

Morris Neal Wilmeth

 

Morris Neal Wilmeth, 83, died Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the Integris Hospice House following a brief illness. He was born February 3, 1934 in Cordell, Oklahoma to Thurman and Hattie Wilmeth. He was the oldest of four boys. 

After graduating from Cordell High School, Morris served in the Air Force as a radar technician for 20 years before retiring in 1973. He met and married Barbara Yetman in 1955 while stationed in Newfoundland, Canada. Barbara and Morris had three children. 

They were stationed in many countries during his Air Force career, including the United States, Canada, Spain, and Turkey. They returned to Western Oklahoma after retiring, where he worked as a Dill City police officer and at the Burns Flat golf course. 

Tue
30
Jan
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Gene Dee Patton

Gene Dee Patton, 87, of Burns Flat, Oklahoma passed away January 22, 2018 at Cordell Memorial Hospital with family by his side. He was born on July 25, 1930, on the family farm near Putnam, Oklahoma, to Ervin Virgil and Ionia Anna (Dilocker) Patton. Gene graduated in 1948 from Independence School, which was located between Custer and Putnam. He married the love of his life, Vanda Davis, on August 28, 1954, in Thomas, Oklahoma. He served in the United States Army. Gene studied electronics and graduated from the Okmulgee Vocational School. After graduation, he went to work at Convair where he worked on the B-58 bomber. After that he owned and operated Gene’s TV Sales and Service in Burns Flat, Oklahoma. He also worked at MODA and retired from Wagner. After retirement, Gene taught a knife making course at the Burns Flat Vo-Tech. He enjoyed knife making and wood working. He also enjoyed going to the coffee shop to see his friends. Gene and Vanda had been happily married for 63 years.

Wed
24
Jan
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Auma Jean Holt

Auma Jean Holt of Cordell, Oklahoma, passed away January 17, 2018, in the Elkview Hospital in Hobart, Oklahoma, at the age of 93. Auma Jean was born September 22, 1924, on a farm near Rocky, Oklahoma, to Amos James and Winnie (Baird) Price. At an early age, she moved to Cloud Chief where she attended Cloud Chief Public Schools graduating in 1942. She married Henry Ray Holt on March 18, 1944, in Cordell, Oklahoma. She enjoyed many lifelong friends from Cloud Chief and was actively involved in the school activities there. She and Hank served as class parents to several classes at Cloud Chief through the years. They were chiefly responsible for the first all-school reunion in 1980 that was held every other year for several years. At an early age, she began pulling (not picking) cotton for her dad, and she loved talking about it to anyone who would listen.

Wed
24
Jan
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Ruby Isabelle Thiessen

Funeral services for Ruby Isabelle Thiessen, 93-yearold Eakly, Oklahoma resident, were held Saturday, January 20, 2018, at 2:00 P.M. at the First Assembly of God Church in Eakly, Oklahoma with Pastor Michael McDaniel officiating. Burial followed in Eakly Cemetery under the direction of Lockstone Funeral Home. Ruby was born June 24, 1924, in Cordell, Oklahoma to Arthur Justin and Rufina Frances (Sandefer) Newton. She was called home to her beloved Savior on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at Maple Lawn Manor in Hydro, Oklahoma. Ruby was raised and attended school in Cordell, Oklahoma. On November 15, 1942, she married Jesse Louis Bowen in Cordell. Ruby worked as a Nanny for many years before becoming a CNA, (Certified Nursing Assistant). She worked as a nurse’s aide at the Cordell Memorial Hospital for 15 years and assisted with numerous newborns during this time.

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