December, 2013

now browsing by month


Mustang Schools close again Tuesday

snow day

Mustang Public Schools on Monday announced school and all activities scheduled for Tuesday would be canceled, due to slick road conditions throughout the district.

Monday’s school board meeting, set for 6 p.m. Monday, is still scheduled.

Mustang announces Monday school closing

Photo by mymustangnews

Superintendant Sean McDaniel Sunday afternoon confirmed that school and all student activities scheduled for Monday would be canceled.

As of Sunday afternoon, Monday evening’s school board meeting, set for 6 p.m., has not been canceled.

See our website, Facebook page or Twitter for updates.

Students collect 2,300 coats for those who need warmth

noshiver group

By Traci Chapman

A student drive to help others really heated up – and 2,300 people will have a warm coat this winter, thanks to their efforts.

noshiver 2

“No-Shiver November” was a project undertaken by Mustang High School teacher Matt Vaughan and his students. The drive was embraced by Vaughan’s Leadership I class, who worked to spread the word and collect coats for Oklahoma City Rescue Mission, Vaughan said.

The class first started with a “Socktober” project, collecting about 300 socks for those in need. However, that effort wasn’t as big as Vaughan had first envisioned, he said.

“It fell short of what we wanted,” Vaughan said. “I told the students that everyone is watching us now – succeed or fail, it will be big.”

And succeed they did, and in a big way, Oklahoma City Rescue Mission officials said. Mission operations director Scott Stevenson, who came out to pick up the coats, said he was amazed at students’ efforts.

“I hope we have a big enough truck,” he said. “We never dreamed they would do this much.”

Students’ efforts were contagious, as teachers joined in the effort, encouraging other students to pitch in, Vaughan said. That even extended to the project’s final day, as Leadership students hauled large bags of coats to the Mission truck, another joined the effort, bringing out several bundles.

“I don’t even know who that kid is,” Vaughan said with a laugh. “That is great.”

Students said they got as much out of the project as they put into it, and as they loaded – even with broken bags and making several trips – many talked about how happy they were to have been part of the effort.

“It was amazing how much they all got into this and how much they accomplished,” Vaughan said. “I am so proud of them.”





Project Participants


Sarah Adams, Heather Balliew, Treyce Belcher, Carlito Benford, Audrey Easterling, Kaymi Fitzer, Krystin Hurst, Steven Jackson, Sarah Kinnamon, Maggie McLaughlin, Alyssa Moon, Zachary Myers, Matthew Oburn, Elly Ortiz, Cody Pistole, Carter Rees, Alyssa Rodgers, Rylee Schones, Riley Stewart, Cassidy Trail, Sabrina Truong, Lexis Tucker, Kayla VanWinkle, Kaylee Woods, Madison Young and Abel Zacharia.



Animal shelter announces new hours

Mustang Animal Shelter has announced a change in its hours of operation.

The shelter is now open from 9 a.m. until noon and 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday. The shelter is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Shelter officials ask that anyone wishing to reclaim their pet or adopt an animal call 376-2488 and make an appointment.

“Because we would like to personally introduce you to the animals that may interest you, we ask that you call in advance to schedule an appointment,” officials said via email. “Our shelter does not have open viewing of the animals so there is no ‘window shopping.’”

When picking up a lost pet from the shelter, residents are asked to bring the animal’s current rabies vaccination certificate. Annual city tags and licenses can also be purchased for $6. Pets are required to wear identification tags, which are renewed each January.

Animals available for adoption and other information is available on the shelter’s Facebook page, located at


Centennial students set sail for contest

Mustang Elementary School may have won two Made by Milk national championships, but Centennial Elementary students are not about to let that ship sail without them.



In fact, a ship is exactly what Centennial’s Kristen Polson helped students create. The first-year teacher conferred with Mustang Elementary’s Kent Hathaway, who was assigned as her mentor, and the two devised the project for Centennial’s fourth-grade art club.

More than 30 students take part in the club, which means they give up recess once a week to work on special art projects. Students collected milk cartons for more than a month and fashioned RMS Titanic with 2,761 of them, Polson said.

“I’m so proud of them,” Polson said. “They did a great job and they were super enthusiastic and passionate about it every day. Even on the most boring jobs, like stacking 500 cartons together, they were doing it and were amazing at it.”

Winners for the national contest will be announced Jan. 6.


Majorie Ruth Mathes

Marjorie Ruth Mathes, age 85, died Monday, Dec. 2 after a short period of declining health. 

Marjorie Ruth Mathes

Marjorie Ruth Mathes

Mrs. Mathes was born Feb. 8, 1928, in Konawa, Okla., to Hiram F. and Nancy E. (Skelton) Scroggins. She grew up in Konawa and was a graduate of Konawa High School. Marjorie came to Oklahoma City in the late 1940s. She had a 40-plus-year career in banking, retiring in 1991 from Bank of Oklahoma (and its many predecessors) as a vice president and trust officer. She loved to travel, especially to Las Vegas. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bernie; two brothers, Wes and Newt; and four sisters, Opal, Thelma, Stella and Florence. 

Survivors include one son, Harold Mathes and wife, Sharon of Mustang; one daughter, Carolyn S. Dail and companion, George of Choctaw; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. 

Services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 4 in the Chapel of The Good Shepherd at McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service, with interment following in Mustang Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made at

Mary Evelyn Cox – June 19, 1947-November 22, 2013

Mary Evelyn (Aikens) Cox, age 66, died Friday, Nov. 22.

Mary Evelyn Cox

Mary Evelyn Cox

Mary Evelyn was born June 19, 1947, in Amarillo, Texas, to John Edward and Mary Evelyn (Hamilton) Aikens. She was a 1965 graduate of Tascosa High School in Amarillo and was a cheerleader at Panhandle State in Oklahoma. She was a dance instructor before becoming a stay-at-home mother, taking care of her two daughters. She took care of her daughter, Angela, who had brain cancer for over 21 years. This took her into a career of care-giving, always lending to those family and friends dealing with cancer and being a “Mimi” to kids who needed her. She moved from Woodward to Oklahoma City to be near her daughter, Nikki in 1999. She enjoyed fishing and visiting the casinos, but loved being with her grandkids and around people.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Angela; her parents; sister, Gail Carter; niece, Paula Aikens; nephew, Cole Carter; father-in-law, James Cox; and sister-in-law, Dana Tagge.

She is survived by her daughter, Nikki Mitchell and husband, Joe of Mustang; grandchildren, Madison, Hunter and Haley; brother, James Andrew Aikens and wife, Nancy; sister, Rena Roberts and husband, John; and by brother-in-law, Charles Carter. Also, by nieces and nephews, Kelley Freeman and husband, Dan, James Andrew Aikens Jr., Cecilia Mary Johnson, Nancy Aikens and husband, Ted Golwacki, Matthew Joseph Aikens and his son, Matthew Aubrey, Charles Kirkland Carter and wife, Pam, Kimberly Gail Carter, Amy Lynn Dikes and husband, Barry, and Michael Dennis Roberts and wife, Holly; and numerous other family and friends.

Memorial services were held at Mustang McNeil’s Funeral Service.

Online condolences may be made to

Merel Burnett

Merel Ann Burnett, age 74, died Friday, Nov. 29 at an Oklahoma City hospital after a sudden illness. 

Merel Burnett

Merel Burnett

Mrs. Burnett was born Sept. 9, 1939, in Oklahoma City to Jewel and Agnes (Littlefield) Wallace. She grew up in the Putnam City community and was a 1957 graduate of Putnam City High School. Merel was a beautician for many years and also worked in the family businesses of Red Hill Pottery and Burnett Machine Shop. She was a member of the Church of Christ and loved to quilt, for which she won many awards.  She was also an avid reader. She lived in Mustang since the early 1960s. 

Merel was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Clayton; and two brothers, Larry and Don. 

Survivors include her husband, Odell of the home; three sons, Scott Wallis and wife, Diane of Weatherford, Jamie Burnett and wife, Dawn of St. Joseph, Mo., and Tim Burnett of Mustang; one daughter, Edith Purcell and husband, Stormy of Jenks; 17 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Max Wallace of Mustang. 

Memorial services were held Dec. 3 at West Metro Church of Christ.  McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at

Fern Chambers

Fern B. (Luttrell) Chambers, age 89, died Monday, Nov. 25 at an Oklahoma City hospital after a time of declining health.

Fern Chambers

Fern Chambers

Fern was born Oct. 19, 1924, near Fort Cobb in Caddo County to Robert and Minnie (Pinkston) Williams. She grew up in the area around Fort Cobb and lived most of her adult life in the Cowden and Mt. View communities. She was a licensed beauty operator but worked many years for C.R. Anthony Co. in Oklahoma City, Cordell and Weatherford before retiring. She moved to Oklahoma City in 1956 and to Wheatland in 1959, then back to the Mt. View and Cordell area in 1965.  She was a member of First Baptist Church in Cordell. 

Fern was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Sammie; two grandchildren; four brothers, Jack, Otis, Floyd and Lawrence; and five sisters, Bessie, Ada, Eula, Ollie and Josie. 

Survivors include one son, Dwight Luttrell and wife, Donna of Ninnekah; two daughters, Pat Oltermann and husband, Dewayne of Mustang and Laquetta Treadaway of Tuttle; seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Services were held Nov. 29 at Chisholm Heights Baptist Church, Mustang, with interment following at Mt. View Cemetery, under the direction of McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service.

Online condolences may be made at

Earl Moreno

Earl Vernon Moreno, age 71, died Thursday, Nov. 21. Mr. Moreno was born Oct. 28, 1942, in Concho to Frank and Addie (McDonald) Moreno.  He was a graduate of Central High School in Oklahoma City and began working in the printing industry after graduation. He owned and operated Aries Printing in Union City until his retirement in 2000. 

Earl Moreno

Earl Moreno

Vernon was a practical joker, who enjoyed making people laugh with his quick wit, guitar-playing and songwriting. But most of all he was a family man who adored his wife and loved his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lawrence and Ray; and sister, Mercy Haag. 

Vernon is survived by his wife, Angela (Puerta); son, Earl Vernon Jr. and wife, Carrie, and son, Chris; daughters, Mari Beth Lodes and husband, Matthew, Connie Cook and Renita Moreno and husband, Joe Belleville. Also by nine grandchildren, Kaylee, Earl Moreno III, Charde’, Tyler, McKayla, Corbin, Camden, Cadence and Lennon;  three great-grandchildren, Riley, Jakob and Charlize; two grand-pups, Maizey and Cowboy; his  brother, Gene; and sisters, Francis Anderson and Helen Castro. 

Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 25 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Union City, with internment in Sunnylane Cemetery in Del City. Services were under the direction of McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service.

Online condolences may be made too