Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma


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Forrest Best
Forrest "Frosty" Best, 60, Shawnee, died Sunday in a Pauls Valley hospital. He was born Jan. 24, 1939, in Cordell, Okla., to Charley E. and Esther Josephine (Cooper) Best. He attended Northwest Classen in Oklahoma City and Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. He was an installation engineer for Central Fixtures for 15 years, a sales representative for Bassett Furniture Industries for 10 years, managed Kib Warren Furniture for seven years and retired from Marquis Furniture. He married Kay Sugg on Oct. 23, 1963, in Oklahoma City. He served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1963, including a tour of duty in Korea. He moved to Shawnee in 1983. He is survived by his wife of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Tami and Chuck Tade, Shawnee, and Keli and Darin Atwell, Van Buren, Ark.; a son and daughter-in-law, Sean and Re Gina Best, Shawnee; six grandchildren, Stephanie Best, Lauren Tade, Garreth Atwell, Meghan Tade, Kayla Atwell & Kristen Best; brother, Glenn Best, Oklahoma City; sister, Pauletta Olea, Oklahoma City; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Ernest Strong. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Roesch-Walker Funeral Chapel.
[Source: THE SHAWNEE NEWS STAR Tuesday, April 13, 1999]



Lula Chamlee
Funeral for Mrs Lula CHAMLEE, 77 who died Thursday afternoon at her home, 706 South Chapman Street was conducted at 2:30 o'clock Friday afternoon at the Gaskill Chapel. Rev H H BURTON, Pastor of the Immanuel Baptist Church, Officiated at the service. Burial was at the Mission Cemetary.
She was a member of the Baptist Church and had lived in Shawnee for 22 years. Her Husband, Matthew C. Chamlee died November 14 from injuries he recieved when struck by and Automobile. She is survived by three sons, Jesse P. BURNS, Shawnee, Raymond C. Chamlee, Harrah, and William D. Chamlee, Wewoka.
[Obit posted Friday, December 9, 1932 in the Shawnee News-Star]


M.C. Chamlee
Accident Is Fatal To Aged Resident
M. C. CHAMLEE, 77 who was struck by a car Saturday afternoon on East Highhland Street, died at 10 o'clock Monday night in a local hospital. Streeter KNIPE, 14 year old youth whose home is near Tecumseh, was the driver of the car, but witnesses of the accident stated that it was unavoidable as the aged man stepped directly in front of the car. While it was not first believed that Chamlee's injuries were serious, his advanced age proved too great a handicap for recovery. He is survived by his widow, at the family home, Pesotum and Remmington streets, and two sons, Raymond Chamlee, Harrah and W. D. Chamlee, Wewoka. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Gaskills.
[Source: Shawnee News-Star Tuesday, November 15, 1932 ]


Esperance Kizzair Cleere
Esperance Kizzair Cleere, 102, passed from this earth to be with God August 15, 2007. She was a longtime homemaker, an artist who was well known and accepted for her china painting, member of the Methodist Faith, American Legion Auxiliary and Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank J. Cleere. She is survived by her son Robert L. Cleere. My mother, my madonna, my mom. Graveside service will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 20, 2007 at Resthaven Cemetery in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Services are under the direction of Moore s Memory Chapel, 1403 S. Peoria, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 918-583-6148.
[Muskogee Phoenix]


Donald R. Dinger
Shawnee resident Donald R. Dinger, 76, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2008 in Shawnee. He was born Sept. 12, 1931 in Oklahoma City to John Chester and Julia (Vanlandingham) Dinger. He was reared in Tecumseh; which is where he also graduated. He joined the U.S. Air Force and following his military service, he lived in California for many years. In 1974, he moved to Dallas and then returned to Tecumseh. A professional dog trainer, he trained Greyhounds and sporting dogs. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid reader. He was preceded in death by his wife, Deseree and his parents. He is survived by his son, Richard Lee Dinger of Oklahoma City; brother and sister-in-law, John and Penny Dinger of Richardson, Texas; grandsons, Justin Dinger of Oklahoma City, currently serving in Iraq, and Phineas Dinger of Tennessee; three nieces and three nephews. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Tecumseh Cemetery under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh. The family will greet friends at the funeral home on Wednesday at 10 a.m.
[Source: Shawnee News-Star ]


Mary Lou Eastes
EASTES, Mary Lou, five months old baby of Mr. and Mrs. John EASTES, died July 17, at the family home friday morning after a short illness of pneumonia. The body was taken to Shawnee for burial. A short funeral service was held at the home conducted by Rev. G.M. FORD assisted by Rev. W.O. BUCY. Rev. W.S. LEE had charge of the services at the cemetery.
[Source: Shawnee News-Star July 18, 1930]

James Clinton Farrand
James Clinton J.C. Farrand, 59, of Shawnee, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007, at his home from cancer. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Resthaven Cemetery. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Shawnee. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Walker Funeral Services of Shawnee. A celebration honoring his life and ministry will be at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 9 at First Baptist Church in Shawnee. Born Nov. 3, 1947, in Oklahoma City, he was the son of Robert Lee and Gladys Marie (Jackson) Farrand. He was a Shawnee High School graduate in 1966 and later attended Oklahoma Baptist University, the University of North Texas, and the Southwestern Seminary. He began singing at a young age and studied music alongside religion and theology throughout his life. He joined The CenturyMen, a national men s choral group in 1982, and rose to the position of president in 2005. He was a member of the Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma, was director of the Central Oklahoma Choral Society (Sine Nomine); and created numerous childrens, youth, adult and senior vocal and hand bell choirs. He was a community leader, serving at First Baptist Church of Shawnee for 18 years. He served his communities by counseling and organizing volunteer work with Gateway to Prevention and Recovery, the Shawnee Ministerial Association, the Shawnee Youth Coalition, the Oklahoma Alliance for Ligurgy and the Arts, the Shawnee Youth Baseball Association and various arts and humanities. He became associate pastor at the age of 23 in Denton, Texas and later served in Tulia, Texas, Sulphur, Baton Rouge, La., and McAlester before settling in Shawnee in 1989.
He taught as a professor at Oklahoma Baptist University. As a public speaker he spoke at various organizations. Survivors include his wife, Linda, of Shawnee; two children, Carri, New York, and Clinton and Dresden, St. Louis; two sisters, Shelia Thomas, of Shawnee, and Tammy and her husband, Gus Gonzalez, Denton, Texas, and numerous nieces, nephews and other family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Gladys Farrand, of Shawnee.
[Source: August 30, 2007 McAlester News-Capital]


Charles C. Hart
HART, Charles Coleman, 77, passed away Friday, April 4, 2008 in Tulsa, OK. Born January 4, 1931 in Lubbock, TX to Henry Coleman and Mildred E. (Lewis) Hart. He was a retired Stations and Branch Manager for the U. S. Post Office. Veteran of the Korean Conflict serving in the U. S. Navy. Preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Helen Lavonne (Miller). Survived by his wife, Nettie Hart of the home; son, Chris Hart and wife, Ana of Cave Springs, AR; step-sons, David McMullen and wife, Lenora of Collinsville, OK and John McMullen and wife, Kay of Tulsa, OK; grandchildren, Heather, Jimmy, Phillip, Sarah, Timothy and Anna; sister, Betty Densmore and husband, Jerry of Oklahoma City, OK; two nephews, David Densmore and wife, Alice, and Steve Densmore and wife, Sandy, both of Texas; brother-in-law, Levi Miller and wife, Winona of Tulsa, OK. Visitation will be 6-8 P.M., Monday, April 7, 2008 at Moore s Southlawn. Service will be 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at Mason Chapel~Asbury United Methodist Church. Graveside service will be 2:00 P.M., Resthaven Cemetery, Shawnee, OK. Family suggests contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.
[Source: Moore's Southlawn Chapel Ultimate Tributes]

Kelly S. Cornelison
Kelly Sue Cornelison, 46, of Oklahoma City died Wednesday, April 19, in Oklahoma City, after an extended illness. Services will be 1 p.m., Monday at Havenbrook Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Don Hunter officiating. Burial will follow at 3:30 p.m. at Resthaven Cemetery in Shawnee. Services are under the direction of Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman.
[Source: The Norman Transcript April 22, 2006]


Amy K. Jordan
Amy Katherine Goodwin Jordan was born May 31, 1910, in Olustee, OK, to Lynford A. and Amy Josephine Cobb Goodwin, who were married before statehood in 1905. She was reared in Altus, OK, and was graduated from Altus High School in 1927. She attended college at the Oklahoma College for Women and the University of Oklahoma, where she pledged Delta Gamma and then returned to Altus to teach until her marriage in 1937 to William H. Jordan of Thomas, OK. She spent many years as a homemaker in Calumet and El Reno, OK, where she was actively involved in sewing and bridge clubs and with the activities of her children. In 1966, she returned to college at Central State University for a degree and certification in Library Science and then returned to Altus as the supervisor of the Altus High School Library. She also did post graduate work at St. Johns College in Santa Fe, NM, and at the Peabody School of Library Science at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She retired at age 75 and moved to Shawnee, OK, to be near her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. In 2001, Katherine moved to the Statesman Club in Oklahoma City and enjoyed living with many dear friends, old and new. Katherine died May 30, 2006, in Shawnee. She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings: L. A. Goodwin, Jr., Emerson Goodwin, Josephine Goodwin Ellis, and Edward Arthur Goodwin. She is survived by her children, Patrick Goodwin Jordan and his wife Bonnie of Calumet and Mary Jane Jordan Richards and her husband Gordon of Shawnee, grandchildren, Dr. Dorrie Jordan-Parrott and her husband Terry of El Reno, Jeffrey Jordan Richards and his wife Cheri of Shawnee, and Samuel Vahn Richards and his fiancee Kathleen Ludwig of Norman, OK; great-grandchildren Jordan and Caleb Richards of Shawnee and Jordan and Logan Parrott of El Reno, and nieces and nephews Joanne Randall of Mechanicsville, VA, Harry Ellis of Honolulu, HI, Laurel Baggett of Oklahoma City, Jane Goodwin of Albuquerque, NM, and Lynn Goodwin of Tulsa, OK. Katherine was a unique and beautiful lady and devoted mother who was dearly loved and who will be greatly missed by her friends and family. A family graveside memorial service will be held at Resthaven Cemetery in Shawnee, Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 10:00 am under the direction of Walk Funeral Service.


Isaac B. Littleton
Shawnee: May 17,-(Special)-Services for I.B. Littleton, 23, World War II veteran killed in an Albuquerque auto accident Sunday, were Friday in Gaskill's chapel here. Littleton, a former Pottawatomie County court clerk's deputy, is survived by his wife, Mrs. Theresa Littleton and one daughter, Mildred Sue, of the home at Albuqurque, his mother, Mrs. Maude Littleton, Earlsboro, and two brothers, Charles of Miami, Oklahoma and J.W. of Inverness, Mississippi. (father is Pugh Littleton mother Maude (Vanlandingham), buried in Tecumseh Cemetery.
[Source: Daily Oklahoman May 18, 1946 and family info on parents names. ]


Dyer Lovelady
D. LOVELADY Killed at Capitol City
Funeral of pioneer resident held here Monday with burial at Fairview. Funeral of Dyer Lovelady who was killed at Oklahoma City, Saturday night when he was struck by an automobile was held in Shawnee yesterday with burial at Fairview. Mr. Lovelady who was a pioneer resident of Shawnee having lived here nearly 30 years was 70 years old. For past few years he had made his home with daughter Mrs. J. S. PRUITT and Mr. Pruitt at 301 North McKinley street. Mr. Lovelady had been in Oklahoma City for extended visit with daughter Mrs. George BAIN and son W. H. Lovelady and families. Saturday evening about 8 o clock he was on his way to the son s house from daughter s. When according to those who saw the accident; he was blinded by the bright lights of an approaching car and stepped in the way of one going in opposite direction and was killed instantly.
Mr. Lovelady was born in Jackson County, Missouri; coming to Shawnee 1898. He is survived by five children; His wife died 1904. The children are Mrs. Bain and W. H. Lovelady, Oklahoma City. Mrs. Pruitt and J. H. Lovelady, Shawnee. Mrs. W. F. TROOP of San Diego. Mr. Lovelady had 16 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Services held at Gaskill s with the Rev. W. A. Merrill, First Christian Church where Mr. Lovelady was a member, officiated.
[Source: Shawnee Morning News November 30, 1926]


Mary Jane McKinney
Mrs. M.J. MCKINNEY was born in Jackson County, Indiana, Nov. 12, 1850, came with her parents, John MAXWELL and wife to Missouri in 1869. Was married to T.C. MCKINNEY of Cassville, Mo., in 1872. to this union were born six children, five of whom survive her, one having died at the age of two years. She came with her husband and family to Oklahoma nine years ago. Had been a resident of Shawnee four years. She had been a member of the Christian church a number of years. Was a devoted wife and mother. She was afflicted with paralysis for two years and passed peacefully away Dec. 29, 1912. Dearest sister thou hast left us Here thy loss we deeply feel But 'tis God that hast bereft us He can all our sorrows heal. A Sister.
[Source: Shawnee News-Star December 30, 1912]


Helen J. Montgomery
BEDFORD, TEXAS Services for Helen Jeannine Montgomery, 78, Bedford, Texas, formerly of Ada, are 11:00 a.m. Monday at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel, Floyd Kaiser will officiate. Burial will follow at Resthaven Cemetery in Shawnee. Mrs. Montgomery died Thursday, May 3, 2007 at a Fort Worth, Texas hospice center. She was born December 24, 1928 at Wilson, Oklahoma to William and Virgie Davis Casebolt. She was raised in St. Louis, Oklahoma and graduated from St. Louis High School. She married Cecil Montgomery on November 27, 1948 in Gainesville, Texas. He died December 23, 1997 at Ada, Oklahoma. Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery lived in Woodward, Oklahoma from 1957 until they moved to Ada in 1976. Mrs. Montgomery was a homemaker and a member of Southwest Church of Christ. While living in Woodward, she played golf with the Ladies Golf Association and also played bridge.
Survivors include a son, Terry Montgomery and wife Rebecca, Bedford, Texas; grandchildren, David Kay and Amy Kay, both of Fort Worth, Texas; and a sister, Betty Jo Nelson, Oklahoma City. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and sisters, Eula Faye and Bernadine.
[Source: Ada Evening News Published May 7, 2007]


Jarvis H. Newton
Services for Jarvis Houston Newton, 68, a Wanette native, are set for 10:00 a.m. today in the Wanette Chapel, with Rev. Theodore Loveless officiating. Interment will be in the Wanette Cemetery. Mr. Newton died Wednesday in his home. Born March 27, 1911, in Wanette, he had lived there most of his life. Mr. Newton worked as a mechanic and welder and had been retired since 1974. A daughter, Rosie Lee NEWTON, died in 1938. Survivors include 2 daughters and 7 sons, 58 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Cooper Funeral Home, Tecumseh, is in charge of arrangements
Garry Earle Ryan passed away Feb. 17, 2007. Family held a visitation March 1, 2007, at Hibbs Funeral Home in Choctaw. Graveside services were at Resthaven Cemetery 1 p.m. March 2, 2007, in Shawnee. He was born Feb. 19, 1934, in St. Joseph, Mo., the son of Nelson H. and Vida (Tate) Ryan. He graduated Shawnee High School in 1952. He also attended Oklahoma A&M, Oklahoma Baptist University and Oklahoma University. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957. He was an active reservist until 1965. In 1958, he married Carol Ridenour. They had five children. He was a 42-year employee of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Mr. Ryan was a longtime member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Shawnee. He was a certified track and field official for many years. He is survived by his children, Garry II, Karra Sipes, Paula Sendall, Sharra Wilson and Marla (Jeanie) Padron; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Source: The Sun- Published May 5, 2007


Alma E. Tiffin
FLOMOT - Alma E. Tiffin, 93, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 1997.Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Flomot Cemetery with Jim Lindstrom, of Plainview, officiating. Arrangements are by Myers-Long Funeral Directors.Mrs. Tiffin was born in Potawatamie County, Okla. She attended nursing school at Norman, Okla. She married Von Tiffin in 1921 at Beaver, Okla.; he died in 1992. She moved from Beaver to the Fairmount community in 1922. She was a registered nurse and a Jehovah¹s Witness.She was also preceded in death by a son, Emmitt Tiffin.Survivors include two sons, Rex Tiffin of Silverton and Glenn Dale Tiffin of Flomot; two daughters, Laura Mae McDonald of Lubbock and Joyce Jeffrey of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-greatgrandchildren.
[Source: Amarillo Globe News]


Francis M. Turner
Francis Marion Turner passed away in Austin on Monday, June 30, 2008 at the age of 80. Francis was born in Meeker, Oklahoma where he was a graduate of Meeker High School. He later attended East Central State College in Ada, Oklahoma. He married Freda Ware on June 9, 1950. They had two daughters, Tara Upshaw and Cindy Isaacs. He retired from Tinker Field Air Force Base in Oklahoma City after 30 years. He owned Turner's Gun Shop in Shawnee, Oklahoma for many years. He was a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Shawnee. He and his wife Freda moved to Austin in 1995 to join their daughter, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Francis enjoyed spending time in his gun shop, fishing, reading and playing chess. He also loved all types of music and played the guitar, violin and organ. He especially loved country music. He was a unique, loving and gentle man. Friends and family will never forget his kind heart and quick wit. He had a wonderful, unique sense of humor and loved to make people laugh. He was preceded in death by his parents Holland and Jane Turner. He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Freda, his sister Edna Finley, her son Rick Ragsdale and wife Linda, and their son Tanner, daughters Tara Upshaw and Cindy Isaacs and husband Jim. His grandchildren, Carrie Berry, Mardina Chen, Macey Isaacs, Nick Turner and Joseph Ocasio, and by great-grandchildren Sawyer and Hudson Berry. The family would like to thank the staff at The Summit at Lakeway, with special thanks to Sylvia, Terry, Ada, Pablo, Melissa, Bertha, Rachel and Laura. The family would also like to thank Katrina, Debbie, Diana, Maura, Angel, Amelia, Gary and Michael of Grace Hospice for their love and care. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 3, 2008, at Resthaven Funeral Home in Shawnee, Oklahoma, with funeral services to follow at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be held at Resthaven Cemetery.
[Source: online memorial obituary, GateHouse News Service, Posted May 02, 2008]


Cecil M. Wall
Shawnee, OK Cecil Malcom Wall was born on October 22, 1914, in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and departed this life on Wednesday, April 30, 2008, in Shawnee, Oklahoma, at the age of 93. Cecil, the son of Richard L. and Chessie May (Mosley) Wall, was a resident of Shawnee. He married Lillie Belle (Hemphill) Wright on February 14, 1980 in Shawnee. Cecil proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He retired from Aurora Aircraft where he worked in aircraft construction. Cecil was of the Baptist faith and was a member of the American Legion. His parents, three brothers, one sister, and two sons preceded Cecil in death. Survivors include his wife, Lillie Wall of the home; sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald and Janice Wall of Blanchard, Harold Wall of Oklahoma City, Gary and Carolyn Wall of Oklahoma City, Lloyd Wall of Arizona, Bill and Carmen Wall of California, Melvin and Pat Wall of Texas, Darrell Wall of Oklahoma City, Donald and Donnie Wright of Arizona, George and Pat Wright of Albuquerque, NM; daughters and sons-in-law, Hazel and Glenn Daley of Macomb, Patsy and R.A. Williams of Shawnee, Linda and Buddy Hankins of Sulphur; brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Modena Wall of Edmond; sister, Vera Higgingbottom of Oklahoma; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 5, 2008 at 10:00 AM, at Parks Brothers Funeral Chapel in Prague with Rev. Sam Hendry officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Cemetery in Shawnee. Services are under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service in Prague.
[Published April 10, 2007 The Express Star-Grady Counties News SourceWillis; Vesta Lee Sprowls; and Stanley Burton Morris.]


Lawrence G. Willis
Funeral service for Lawrence Gerald Willis, 78, of Chickasha, Oklahoma will be held at 10:30a.m.,Thursday, April 12, 2007 at the Southern Oaks Church of Christ, Chickasha. Graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Thursday at the Resthaven Cemetery, Shawnee, Oklahoma. Lawrence Gerald Willis was born March 18, 1929 in Britton, Oklahoma and died April 9, 2007 in Chickasha. Mr. Willis moved to Chickasha from Chicago and lived in Chickasha since 1972. He worked for Rock Island Railroad for 30 years and later worked for Katy Railroad retiring in 1981. He and Mary Margaret Bennett were married July 3, 1948. She preceded him in death in 1999. Mr. Willis served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the Southern Oaks Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by: one son: Tony Willis in 2004; Parents: Hugh Densmore Willis, Etta Emily (Lansford) Willis. Survivors include: one daughter and her husband: Lisa and Brian Johnson of Chickasha; two brothers: H.D. Willis of Joplin, Missouri; Don Willis of Aurora, Colorado; two sisters: Dorothy Hutcheson of Tulsa; Sandy Andre of Annaheim Hills, California; five grandchildren: Kendra and husband Joe Meador; Gary Willis; Cody Willis; Piper Johnson; Katie Johnson; three great-grandchildren: Christina and Elijah and Lillie; Daughter-in-law: Kay Willis of Chickasha; Sister-in-law: LaVon Gear of Shawnee; Special friend: Ada Wood of Chickasha. Interment will be at the Resthaven Cemetery, Shawnee, Oklahoma, under the direction of Sevier Funeral Home.


William Fay Willson
Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Great Grandfather, departed this life Friday, Aug. 29, 2008, at the age of 94. He was born Jan. 25, 1914, in Maud to father John Willson and step-mother Beth, and mother Virgie May West and Step-Father Gus. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby S. (Sullivan) Willson; parents; brothers, Glenn and Earl Willson.
He leaves behind three children, Willie Willson and wife Kay of Earlsboro, Anne Osborn and husband Jimmy of Moore, and Darlene Jenkins of Shawnee; 11 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; many, many great-great grandchildren; sisters, Virginia Limkie and Dixie Fulton of Shawnee; sisters-in-law, Virginia Sullivan and Lavern Sullivan of Shawnee. Graveside service weather permitting, will be 10 a.m. today at Resthaven Memorial Park with Chaplain Mike McCauley officiating.

Mary Monnot Cuff 

It is our sad duty to chronicle the death of Mrs. A. Cuff of Maud, nee Mary Monnot, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Monnot of Sacred Heart.Mrs. Cuff died after a short illness leaving one child, a babe, of a few months. The funeral, held at Sacred Heart, was largely attended by the relatives and friends of the deceased. The Advocate extends sincere condolence to the bereaved family.

 The Indian Advocate (Sacred Heart, Okla.) January 1, 1910


In Memoriam

Martin Touron

The Angel of Death hath once more visited us. On June 11th Martin Touron, in Religion Bro. Francis breathed his last in St. Anthony's Hospital, Oklahoma City, Okla. after four day's sickness of intestinal complications.
Bro', Francis was born July 10, 1867 at St. Palais, diocese of Bayonne, France. He came to Sacred Heart Mission in 1888 and made his Profession in Dec. 1890.
Mildness of character, zeal for the work of God; ready obedience, unalloyed charity, spirit of poverty, such arc, in a few words the principal virtues that shone forth during the short span of his useful life. Hence he was a great favorite with all whom he came in contact with, especially the children of our schools.
The remains were conveyed from Oklahoma City. Tuesday the 12th ult. to the Abbatial Church Sacred Heart where a Solemn Requiem Mass was celebrated by Very Rev Father Prior in the presence of a large Congregation including the pupils of St Mary's Academy, the Sisters of Mercy, the Benedictine Sisters, our own students and as many of the Fathers as could possibly attend.
Interment took-place in the Monastery Cemetery.
Kind Reader, in your charity, breathe a fervent prayer tor the repose of his soul
R I. P.

The Indian Advocate (Sacred Heart, Okla.) July 1, 1906


Rev. D. (Bernard) Sylvester Castera

 God s ways are not ours. In his inscrutable Providence He often disposes of our affairs in a way the least expected. He gives and takes away as He pleases. Ever blessed be his holy name! We had not as yet recovered from the sad impression caused by the disastrous fire of the Jau. 156h, viz: the total destruction of our Institution, when our dear Fr. Sylvester was taken away from us by an untimely and inexorable death.

Rev. D. (Bernard) Sylvester Castera was born in Lucq-de-Bearn, Diocese of Bayoune, France, February 15, 1875.

His parents being deeply imbued with Christian piety, instilled into the heart of young Bernard the first principles of our holy Religion, preaching to him as much by their example as by their words. From a tender age he showed a great love for study and an ardent desire of becoming a priest. Great was his happiness when his good parents, after his first Communion, yielded to his pious aspirations and allowed him to enter the alumnate of the Benedictine Abbey of Belloc. His Superiors soon discovered in the new recruit, a soul deeply inclined to piety and a mind open to ready and profound literary pursuits. During the four years of his alumnate, he made the joy of his masters and the edification of his companions. Not content of following himself the divine calling, be obtained by his prayers and repeated entreaties, that one of his sisters should also enter the religious life.

In 1893 he generously volunteered, to devote himself with four companions, to the Missions of Indian and Oklahoma Territories.

He made his novitiate, at Sacred Heart, with remarkable piety, applying himself to the study of spiritual matters, for which he had a special taste.

His masters and his confreres have witnessed his eminent qualities of mind and heart. He aimed to become a perfect religious, a saint. His obedience was most edifying and irreproachable. He beheld in his Superior the representative of God, and showed him always profound respect and love. He was ready to obey even his companions, to oblige them.

 In recreation he was never heard to make remarks against holy Charity. Nevertheless, his conversation was genial and interesting. He was very punctual to all the regular exercises of the community. He loved the silence as a means of advancement in piety and in learning.

These virtues were not the momentary effect of the fervor of his Novitiate; he practiced them in a progressive scale, after his holy profession and till his death. His  simple profession took place Aug. 22,1864. His Superiors, recognizing in him more than ordinary talents and relying on further usefulness, sent him to St. Benedict's College, Atchison, Kansas, to perfect himself in some special studies, and be fitted to teach in our
College of Sacred Heart. His progress was very gratifying; after two years he returned with a Diploma. He then studied Philosophy and Theology. As he was gifted with a serious and thoughtful mind, he advanced rapidly in the sacred sciences. Like St. Thomas Aquiuas, he prayed to God to enlighten him, as if he could do nothing of himself; and he worked as if all the success depended on his application. He was not satisfied with a superficial knowledge, but he always endeavored to penetrate to the very root. On the 3d of Oct. 1897 he pronounced his solemn vows; and on June 29th, 1899 he was promoted to the holy priesthood. Now his piety knew no bounds. He offered himself to the Lord as a victim of expiation for the sins of the world in general, and of the religious in particular. His sacrifice was accepted and God alone knows all that this devout young priest suffered physically and morally, in a short lapse of time,

A year ago a beginning of mental derangement was noticed in him, resulting from the excessive strain of his mind. He was sent immediately to St. Elizabeth's Hospital, in Chicago, to follow the treatment of a specialist. After three months he returned to Sacred Heart, apparently cured. To prevent a relapse he was forbidden to study for a while and was sent as assistant to Rev. D. Constantine, of El Reno, Okla. His health kept improving till the middle of last Feb., then he suffered of an acute attack of "La Grippe" and Neuralgia, which turned into semi-paralysis. He was taken immediately to St. Anthony's Hospital, Oklahoma City; where all possible cares were tendered to him by the good sisters, the physicians and the Fathers that attended on him. Our dear Fr. Sylvester received the last sacraments with consciousness and marks of sincere devotion. After a few days of painful agony, he committed his beautiful soul in the hands of the Lord, on the 5th of March, 1901. R. I. P.

 The Indian Advocate (Sacred Heart, Okla.) April 1, 1901


Nellie Wano

Died at St. Mary s Academy. S. Heart, O. T., on March 7th, Nellie Wano, an Indian girl, aged 17 years. She received the last Sacraments, and was well prepared for death.

            For the past then years, Nellie attended the school of the Sisters of Mercy, and proved herself to be an industrious, generous hearted pupil. Owing to her persevering efforts, Nellie was admitted, last October, to the Academy; in delicate health, she had since then been gradually sinking until the end came.

            The funeral took place at 10 a. m., March 8th.

                        There is a reaper whose name is Death.

                        And, with his sickle keen.

                        He reaps the bearded grain at a breath,

                        And the flowers that grow between.

                                                                        -Longfellow.

The Indian Advocate Sacred Heart, Okla. May 1, 1900



I. Hager
Shawnee, Okla., Dec. 25. – I. Hagar, an Oklahoman pioneer, died here last night, aged 89 years. He was a member of an old Kentucky family, coming to Oklahoma at the opening in 1889.
(Daily Oklahoman (26 Dec. 1909) transcribed by FoFG MZ)

D. H. Golden
Shawnee, Okla., May 30. – D. H. Golden, a prominent cotton buyer for R. H. Hooper Cotton company of Liverpool, located in Shawnee for ten years, died this morning of appendicitis.
(Daily Oklahoman (31 May 1910) transcribed by FoFG MZ)

Rev. J. L. Keller
Shawnee, Okla., Nov. 6. – Funeral services for the Rev. J. L. Keller, pastor of the Shawnee Baptist church, who died last Sunday will be held Saturday, November 8, at 2 o’clock p.m. They were delayed at the request of officers of the State Baptist association, now holding its annual convention at Chickasha. The Rev. Stubblefield of Ada, assisted by other prominent Baptist ministers, will officiate.
(Daily Oklahoman (7 Nov. 1913) transcribed by FoFG MZ)

Goodwin R. Wiley
Shawnee, Okla., April 3. – Goodwin R. Wiley, head of the city sanitary department, died here suddenly Monday of internal hemorrhages. He was 65 years old. He came to Shawnee four years ago from Bethel, Minn., and was first cousin and one of the most active supporters of Commodore Peary.
(Daily Oklahoman (4 Apr. 1911) transcribed by FoFG MZ)

J. M. Hammond
Shawnee, Okla., Dec. 14. – J. M. Hammond, aged eighty years, died here today of literally a broken heart. His death was very sudden and a post mortem disclosed a ruptured left ventricle, a thing that local physicians assert is exceeding rare. His heart showed signs of fatty degeneration.
(Daily Oklahoman (15 Dec. 1911) transcribed by FoFG MZ)
Mrs. H. Stiffler

Mrs. H. Stiffler died May 10th. The body was laid at rest in the Garden Grove cemetery May 11th. She leaves a husband and three children and many friends to mourn her loss. (The Prague News. Thursday, May 17, 1917)


 

 

 


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