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Rose (Grove) MacWatters, age 77, passed Monday, March 31, 2014.
She was born June 1, 1936 in Seattle, Wash. to Roscoe and Clara (Clemo) Grove. She grew up in Seattle and later moved to Yukon in 1977. She was a past queen of Job’s Daughters International. Rose worked for Eastern Airlines in Atlanta, before joining the law firm of Crowe & Dunlevy in Oklahoma City as a legal assistant and later retiring as a program manager at Federal Aviation Administration in Oklahoma City. She attended the Mustang Community Center on a daily basis, spending time with her friends playing dominoes and walking the trails. She was a loving mother and grandmother and a caregiver to those around her.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years Benjamin (2010); her parents; brothers, Arlyn, Les and Keith Grove; and sisters, Irene Shindelbower and Betty Hollifield.
Rose is survived by her three children, Col. Kevin MacWatters, Connie Wolfe and Ken MacWatters; four grandchildren, Alexa Prince, Scott MacWatters, Katherine and Stephen Wolfe; and two great-grandchildren, Christian and Adelyn Prince.
Viewing times for friends will be Thursday, April 3 from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. at McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Friday, April 4 at the Yukon Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.
Doris Nancy Gordon, age 78, died Saturday, March 29, 2014.
She was born Aug. 16, 1935 in Oklahoma City, to Clyde F. and Marie Elizabeth (Hedrick) Kinder. She moved to Keene, Texas as a teenager and was a graduate of Southwestern Junior College. She moved to Mustang in 1968 and worked in banking, as well as substitute teaching in Mustang Schools. She was a member of The Bridge (formerly Mustang Assembly of God), as well as being very active in the Mustang Senior Center.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Bobby; son-in-law Paul; her twin sister Dorothy; and another sister, Sylvia.
Survivors include one daughter, Nancy Renee Teasley of Yukon; two granddaughters, Nikki Douglas and Carissa Spears; three great-grandchildren, Nancy, Chris and Waylon. Also by one brother Clyde “Sonny” Kinder of Maithland, Fla. and one sister, Barbara LeBlance of Keene, Texas.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, at The Bridge Assembly of God Church in Mustang, with interment following in Mustang Cemetery under the direction of McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.
Wilma L. “Neal” Smith, age 83, died Thursday, March 27, 2014 at her home in Mustang, after an extended illness.
She was born July 6, 1930 at Scullin, Okla. to LeRoy and Tempie (Fussell) Neal. She grew up in the Scullin/Hickory area and was a graduate of Hickory High School. She moved to Oklahoma City after high school and moved to Mustang shortly after her marriage to Loren Ray “Pat” Smith in 1952. She was a devoted “farmers wife” and a loving mother and grandmother. She was member of Mustang United Methodist Church.
Wilma was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Johnny and Welton, as well as one sister, Connie.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Loren Ray “Pat” Smith of the home, one daughter, Carolyn Hudson and husband Jim of Maud, Okla.; and two sons, Mike Smith and wife Teresa of Mustang and Randy Smith and wife Vicki of Oklahoma City. Also by six grandchildren, Ryan, Cody, William, Brent, Matt and Kristin; two great granddaughters, Madison and Sydney; and one sister, Betty Thompson.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, in the Chapel of The Good Shepherd at McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service, with interment following in the Mustang Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.
Molly Elizabeth (Mahone) Holder passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her family on March 16, 2014.
She was the daughter of the Dr. M. Wilson and Abbe (Betty) Mahone. She graduated from Hobart High School in 1973. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Centenary College in Shreveport, La. in 1977 and her masters in social work from the University of Denver in 1979. She married her college sweetheart, Larry Holder, in the summer of 1979. They started their family with the birth of their daughter Lauren and added to their family with another daughter, Erin.
She began her career at the former Southwest Community Hospital in south Oklahoma City. She also worked for the Okarche hospital and with hospice in both Madill and Clinton. After choosing to no longer work outside of the home, Molly decided to devote her time to the churches her husband served in El Reno, Wewoka Madill, Clinton, and Mustang. Molly was a lifelong professional volunteer. She enjoyed spending her time participating in several organizations in the various towns she lived in. She also volunteered to lead several organizations her daughters were involved in. She was an active member of National Association of Social Workers, PEO, and Business and Professional Women. Molly was notorious for running on “Molly Time” which was at least fifteen minutes late, but she was “always just in time for the good stuff.” From church dinners to hospitality rooms to concession stands to holiday open houses to meals for family and friends, Molly just loved being in the kitchen. When Molly wasn’t in the kitchen, she was the constant entertainer and always found a way to make people laugh. Over the years, Molly helped raise many of her daughters’ friends. Several of these became more like part of the family. Molly loved music; she could find a song for any occasion. She was always singing or humming along to movies and musicals, much to the embarrassment of her children. She enjoyed spending time with her dogs, reading, going to the theater and sleeping. Her greatest joy was spoiling her granddaughter, Madelyn, like any good “Poopiehead” would do.
She was preceded in death by her father, Dr. M. Wilson Mahone; and one brother, Michael Mahone.
Molly is survived by her husband of 35 years, Larry of Mustang; daughter and son-in-law, Lauren and Dr. Juston Weems of Prairie Village, Kan.; daughter and granddaughter, Erin and Madelyn Holder of Mustang; mother, Abbe Mahone of Oklahoma City; brothers, Dr. J. Kelly Mahone of Hot Springs, Ark. and David Mahone of Oklahoma City; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bill and Jane Holder of Fort Smith, Ark.; two aunts and one uncle; several nieces, nephews and their spouses; many more family and friends; and numerous “children” that she helped raise and treated as her own.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that remembrances be made to New Day Camp, 1501 NW 24th St/, Oklahoma City, OK 73106; to Skyline Urban Ministries (via Mustang United Methodist Church), P.O. Box 180, Mustang, OK 73064 or a charity of your choice.
Memorial services are scheduled for Saturday, March 29 at 2 p.m. at Mustang United Methodist Church, 211 S.H. 152. Services are under the direction of McNeil Funeral Home in Mustang, Oklahoma.
Aubrey Baty, 84, was called home on March 22.
Born May 3, 1929, in Enid, Okla., Aubrey lived in Medford until moving to Thayer, Kan., where he attended school until his senior year. He graduated from Marysville High School in California and joined the U.S. Air Force immediately afterward, serving four years. Aubrey worked for Bridgestone/Firestone until his retirement at 58. He filled his leisure time enjoying his cattle ranch, golfing, shooting pool, having coffee with longtime friends, spending time with family, vacationing and filling the leftover time just riding around the countryside seeing what had changed since his last drive.
Preceded in death by his mother, Opal Brown and step-father Ralph, his father Eugene Baty and step-mother Mildred, sister Najean Baty, and his son-in-law Pete Cox, he is deeply missed by his wife Elaine Sutherland Baty of 43 years; his daughters, Donna B Cox, Pam Hubbard (Howard) and Stacey Vascellaro (Adam); his sons, Rodney Baty (Jamie) and Scott Baty; eight granddaughters, six with their spouses; four grandsons; 14 great-granddaughters and seven great-grandsons.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, March 27 at Western Oaks Christian Church in Bethany. Online condolences may be made to www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.
Mary Agnes Parsons, 85, died Sunday, March 23, 2014 after a long illness.
She was born Nov. 28, 1928 in Oklahoma City to Dennis “D.R.” and Roberta J. (Wartchow) Majors. Mary grew up in southern Grant County and moved to the Oklahoma City/Spencer area as teenager. She was a graduate of Central High School in Oklahoma City. Mary was a housewife, mother and grandmother and was a painter of fine china. She was a member of Mustang United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bill, one brother Bob and a niece Julie.
Survivors include one son, Larry Joe Parsons and wife Suzanne of Mustang; one daughter, Carol Sue Miller of Edmond; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Integris Hospice House or the Leukemia Foundation in care of McNeil’s Funeral Service.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 26 in the Chapel of The Good Shepherd at McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service, with interment following in Yukon Cemetery, Yukon. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.
Shirley Ann Powell was born on Feb. 11, 1935 and went to be with the Lord on March 17, 2014.
Shirley was the daughter of Raymond and Olive Hudson of Broxton, Okla. She graduated from Broxton High School in 1952, married Kenneth Powell and began a career as mother, homemaker and as a business administrator for Huston-DePue.
Shirley loved traveling, fishing, and watching OU and Thunder basketball games. Her greatest joys were her grandchildren Tyler, Kaitlin and great-grandson, Beckham. She was a wonderful mother and MeMe. She will be dearly missed.
She is survived by daughter Taina and husband Dale Erickson of Yukon and daughter Shelly and husband Tim Jackson of Dallas. Also, sister Neva Phillips of Ninnekah and brother Larry and wife Shirley of Moore.
The family would like to thank the Arbor House Assisted Living for their wonderful caregiving.
D. Lee Hill, age 83, went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 17, 2014 from his home in Oklahoma City.
He was born Nov. 14, 1930 in Ravenna (Fannin County), Texas to Desmond and Allie Mae (Aderholt) Hill. He grew up in Amber and Oklahoma City and was a 1949 graduate of Capitol Hill High School. Lee proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Oklahoma. Lee worked over 30 years for the St. Paul Insurance Companies, retiring in 1993 as claims manager. He was an “avid” OU fan, loved to play golf and bowl. For many years he was a professional musician, playing keyboard. He was a longtime member of Mustang United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife Joyce Maudine (Shults); two sons, James L. Hill and wife Kim of Mustang and Kevin Eugene Hill and wife Michele of Deer Creek; and one daughter, Deborah Joyce Inman and husband David of Amarillo, Texas. Also nine grandchildren – Brian, Emilie, Lauren, Spencer and Nikki (twins) Noah, Bennett and Caroline (twins) and Chloe; five great grandchildren – Bralee, Carrington, Tanner, Haylee and Burklynn.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Malcom Hunter DAR Scholarship Fund in care of McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service.
Visitation will be Thursday, March 20 from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m., with family receiving friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 21, at the Mustang United Methodist Church, with interment following at 2 p.m. in Ft. Sill National Cemetery, Elgin, Okla. under the direction of McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made to mcneilsmustangfs.com.
Ethel “Darlene” Crown was born to Joseph Elroy and Ethel Neola Haining Crown on Jan. 5, 1928, in Agra, Kan. She died on March 16, 2014, in Yukon at the age of 86.
Darlene was the youngest of seven children. She completed high school in Agra, Kan. and attended business classes at Brown Mackey College in Salina, Kan., before completing a radiology technician apprenticeship. She worked as an x-Ray technician in Nebraska and California until she married Dale E. Davis on Sept. 30, 1955, in Lacrosse, Kan. She continued to work occasionally throughout her marriage; at the time of her retirement in 1987, she was working at Parkview Hospital in El Reno, Okla.
Dale and Darlene raised four children while living in Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma. Darlene was an incredible wife and mother. She was the epitome of gentleness, kindness and love. As Dale worked long, hard hours on the railroad, he fully trusted Darlene to take care of everything in the home. Darlene greatly enriched Dale’s life, bringing joy, laughter and discipline to their home. Dale and Darlene took their children on wonderful vacations, visiting family and enjoying God’s richest creation. Darlene loved her Lord Jesus Christ and strived to live for him and taught her children to do the same.
Darlene was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Wayne Crown and Dale Crown and wife Thyral Crown; her sisters, Evelyn and husband Dale Haining, Opal and husband Steve Lagmay, Dorothy and husband Warren Davis and brother-in-law John Stallings.
She is survived by one sister, Esther Stallings, many nieces and nephews, and by her loving husband, Dale, and her children, Dana and wife Lesa Davis, LuAnne Nooe and husband Bob Nooe, son Kirby Davis and daughter Robin Stroud and husband Raymond Stroud, as well as her beloved grandchildren, Rachel Davis, Gretchen Stroud, Samantha Davis, Ray Stroud, Austin Nooe, Emily and husband and Waide Scott, Hilary Davis, Andy Davis, Katie Nooe and Joseph Stroud.
Darlene will be GREATLY missed by her family; but she will be welcomed by the multitude of saints in heaven who greeted her on her arrival!
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, at First Baptist Church, Mustang.
John Edward Towler of Lindsay, Okla. passed from this life on Friday, March 14, 2014, at the age of 57.
John was born Aug. 30, 1956, in Oklahoma City to Art Lee Towler and Geraldine Ann (Haggin) Towler-Boomer. John lived in the Lindsay area for many years and was a member of the Erin Springs Baptist Church. He enjoyed motorcycle riding, and was a member of the Patriot Guard Riders. His other favorite pastime activities included fishing and spending time with the grandkids. John worked as a truck driver for many years. He also worked at KBLP radio station and loved delivering flowers, especially at Valentine’s Day, for Jim & Jean’s Flowers.
John never met a stranger and was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone that needed it.
John is survived by two sons, Jason and wife Natalie Towler and Nick and wife Chelsie Towler, both of Mustang; the mother of their two sons, Patricia Boatright; three brothers, Mark Harris and wife Pam of Dibble, Okla., David Towler and wife Sandy of Lindsay, Okla. and Joe Towler of Edmond; three sisters, Paula Fletcher of Moore, Katherine Shelburne of Mustang and Barbara Trujillo and husband Poncho of Mustang. He also leaves behind five grandchildren, Cody Lee, Chase Towler, Lyric Towler, Chord Towler and Landon Towler, and a host of nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his father, Art Towler and stepmother, Libby Towler; his mother, Geraldine “Geri” Towler-Boomer and stepfather Herschel Boomer; his sister, Teri Nichols; one brother, Arthur Towler; one brother-in-law, James Fletcher; one sister-in-law, Deborah Towler; three nephews, Troy Whatley, Craig and Kyle Towler; and one niece, Ginger Sharp.
Funeral Services for John are at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 18, at Erin Springs Baptist Church, located on Highway 76 south of Lindsay, Okla. with Bro. Bill Love officiating. Interment will follow at Green Hill Cemetery in Lindsay. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.boydstonfuneralhome.com.