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Geraldine ‘Gerry’ Mae Beisner Marzec

Geraldine “Gerry” Mae Beisner Marzec, aged 90, passed peacefully into everlasting life on June 26, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas, in the presence of two of her sons, Philip and Andy.

Geraldine “Gerry” Mae Beisner Marzec

Geraldine was born in Natoma, Kan., on Sept, 30, 1923 along with twin brother, Gerald ”Jerry” Beisner. They were the last of nine children of their mother Nora Belle Beisner (nee Hogan), who died the day after their birth, and Otto Louis Beisner. Geraldine was raised through childhood on a farm north of Natoma by her father’s sister, Alvena and her husband Henry Pruter.

Gerry attended Marymount Academy and the Marymount College in Salina, Kan. and graduated with a B.S. degree in Medical Technology. Gerry interned at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, La., after graduation. After moving to Tulsa, she met and married Edmond Richard Marzec in 1949, and together they provided clinical laboratory services to the medical community and patients. They were blessed with five sons. After Ed’s retirement in 1982 they moved to Tucson, Ariz., to be near his mother, and became active in the church-based peace and justice community there, becoming active in the Community of Christ of the Desert. Gerry continued to provide medical technology services through urgent care for some years in Tucson, especially preferring the late shift that suited her “night owl” nature. They later moved to Mustang to live near son Jeff and family and became members of the Holy Spirit Catholic Community and joined the prayer network there. Ed passed in 2004, and Geraldine took residence at The Village at Incarnate Word in San Antonio in 2006, where she could be close to sons Philip and Andy and their families. Gerry made many good friends there.

Gerry is survived by brother Gerald of Macon, Ga.; sisters-in-law, Judy Beisner of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Anna Beisner of Lakewood, Colo.; son Mark and wife Mary Ann of Katy, Texas; son, Philip and wife Beate and son Andy and wife Jennifer, of San Antonio; son, Jeff and wife Bernice of Mustang; son, Michael and Paula Huber of Cleveland, Ohio; and Vici Marzec of San Antonio. Gerry is also survived by grandchildren, Mary Clare, Clark, Clint, Alex, Angela, James, Denise, Sean, Julie and Megan; great grandchildren, Van and Vivian and their mother Jessica Marzec; and step granddaughter, Jasmine Levasseur. Gerry is also survived by numerous nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces, and by cousins of the Beisner and Pruter families, including Twilla Wanker and husband Darrell of Holly Lake Ranch, Texas. Gerry and Ed were especially close to nephew, Mitchell Marzec and his wife Rachel of Albuquerque, N.M., and their children Patty, Mitch Jr., Joy and Daniel.

A memorial service for Geraldine will be held at 10 a.m. on July 9 in the St. Joseph’s chapel at The Village at Incarnate Word, 4707 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas. She will also be remembered during a Mass at the chapel commencing the same day at 11:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be mailed to The Village at Incarnate Word, 4707 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas, 78209.

Randy Dale Smith

Randy Dale Smith, age 57, passed away on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at his home in Mustang with his loving family by his side.

Randy Dale Smith

He was born June 19, 1957 in San Antonio, Texas to Dale and Doris (Spurgeon) Smith.  Randy grew up in Odessa, Texas and was a 1975 graduate of Permian High School in Odessa. He moved with his family to Mustang in May of 1984 and was an employee of Enterprise Engineering Service, where he was an electrical technician. He was an avid golfer and never turned down a chance to play. His four legged companions, Dollie, Harley and Paris were very important to him. Dollie was by his side to the very end.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and one sister, René.

Survivors include his wife, Sandy of the home; his parents, Dale and Doris Smith of Mustang; one son, Brian Ellis of Roundrock, Texas; one daughter, Kerri Weaver and husband Ty of McKinney, Texas; and five grandchildren, Alex, Madison, Brooklynn, Ashlyn and Hunter.

Visitation at the funeral home will be held from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 29, with the family greeting friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 30 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.

Jaxon Kade Martin

Jaxon Kade Martin, infant son of Joshua and Brittany Martin, passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus on Thursday, June 19, 2014.

Though his time on this earth was short, Little Jaxon touched many lives and his memory will always be on our minds.  Along with his parents, Joshua and Brittany; one brother, Landon Lum, and one sister, Lily Martin; grandparents, Dennis and Sharla Bush, Steve and Heidi Martin are left to mourn his passing and cherish his memory.

Memorial services were held Monday, June 23 in Babyland in Mustang Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service.

Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.

Jaxon Kade Martin

Jaxon Kade Martin, infant son of Joshua and Brittany Martin, passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus on Thursday, June 19, 2014.

Jaxon Kade Martin

Though his time on this earth was short, Little Jaxon touched many lives and his memory will always be on our minds.  Along with his parents, Joshua and Brittany; one brother, Landon Lum; one sister, Lily Martin; grandparents, Dennis and Sharla Bush.

Steve and Heidi Martin are left to mourn his passing and cherish his memory.

Memorial Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 23 in Babyland in Mustang Cemetery. Arrangements were under the directions of McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service.

Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.

Lt. Col. (ret) Charles Ray Peters

Lt. Col. (retired) Charles Ray Peters, age 73, died Saturday, May 31, 2014 in an Oklahoma City hospital after a short illness.

Lt. Col. (ret) Charles Ray Peters

He was born Aug. 10, 1940 in Hartford, Ky. to Charles Jasper and Alta G. (Fuqua) Peters. He grew up in Louisville, Ky. and was a graduate of DuPont Manual High School. He attended the University of Louisville, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1962, and he later earned a Master of Science in counseling and guidance from Troy State University in 1974. He was a career veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1962 onward, including service in Vietnam as a C-130 pilot and later activity in air traffic control. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1983. After a short time working in real estate, he returned to aviation and was employed for twenty years by the Federal Aviation Administration, where he was active in flight checking navigational aids for instrument approaches. During his flying career, he gained significant operational experience in over ten separate models of turboprop and jet aircraft, from the T-38 to the Boeing 737. While based in Washington, D.C., Charlie flew many senior level FAA, NTSB and other U.S. government officials worldwide, to assist in transportation accident investigations and other official government business.  After retiring from FAA in 2004, he very much enjoyed being a “gentleman farmer and rancher” in Mustang. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of the Good Shepherd.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents and two wives, Robbie and Linda Ruth.

He is survived by his first wife, Georgiana Peters of Oklahoma City; their two daughters, Kim Wilson and husband John of Hanover, N.H. and Katherine Clark and husband Jeff of Oklahoma City; and two stepdaughters, Susan Collyar and husband Todd of Colorado and Karen Kay Nadeau of Dalton, Ga.  He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Carter, Chandler, Daniel, Rebecca, Kennedy, Kassidy and Rachel; three step-grandchildren; an aunt; and several cousins.

The family will receive visitors on Sunday, June 8 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 9 at United Methodist Church of the Good Shepherd in Yukon, with interment following in Mt. View Cemetery in Mt. View, Okla. Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to United Methodist Church of the Good Shepherd, or to the Wounded Warrior Project.

The family would like to express their deep gratitude to Charlie’s special friends, Larry and Beverly Gable and Richard and Vicki Mason, for their abiding love and support during his recent illness.

Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.

Dorothy Lorraine Flowers

Dorothy Lorraine Flowers, age 92, went peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday evening, June 2, 2014.

Dorothy Lorraine Flowers

She was born Feb. 11, 1922 in Marshall, Okla. to Frank H. and Emilie C. (Weber) Ficken. She grew up in Marshall and was a 1941 graduate of Marshall High School. Being a farmer’s daughter, she helped on the family farm until moving to Enid, where she worked a various jobs before becoming a medical assistant to several doctors. She moved to Mustang in 1970 and worked for a time at the FAA cafeteria. She was a member of Mustang United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter; and two brothers, Leon and Alfred.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Royce of the home; one daughter, Joyce Flowers of Yukon; two sons, Tim Flowers and wife Diana of Decatur, Ga. and Robert Flowers and wife Melissa of Leesburg, Ga. Also by one granddaughter, Louisa; and one sister, Hilda Miller of Coppell, Texas. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 6 at Mustang United Methodist Church, with interment following in Mustang Cemetery.  Arrangements are by McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.

 

Earlene Rollins

Earlene Rollins, age 70, died Sunday, June 8, 2014 at her home in Mustang.

She was born July 23, 1943 in Oklahoma City to Earl and Stella (Watkins) Parson. Earlene was a 1961 graduate of U.S. Grant High School. She received her business degree and worked as a compliance officer for the U.S. Department of Labor, retiring in 1990. She was a member of The Bridge Assembly of God Church in Mustang. She was a hospice volunteer and a judge for the USA Boxing and Golden Gloves organizations. She enjoyed redecorating her house and working in the yard but loved spending time with her family, her close friends and her animals.

Earlene was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Rollins; son, Jon Hays Foster; both parents; and brother, Robert Parson.

Earlene Rollins

She is survived by three daughters, Kelly Provencio, Tina Wilson and significant other Jeff Roberts and Stephanie Ann Rollins.  Also by Craig Hasbrouck, her significant other and best friend; five grandchildren, Jade Wilson, Jagger Wilson, Destiny Foster, Jacob Provencio and Presley Nowlin; one brother, Charles Parson; and sister, Loretta Petterson.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday June 11 at McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service, with interment to follow in Mustang Cemetery. Online condolences may be made too www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.

Nita Colleen (York) Chestnut

Nita Colleen (York) Chestnut, age 77, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, June 7, 2014.

Nita Colleen Chestnut

She was born Oct 23, 1936, in Nash, Okla. to LeRoy and Alma (Yoder) York. She graduated from Nash High School in 1955 as class Valedictorian. Nita worked as a medical transcriptionist in Shattuck, Okla., before moving to Mustang in 1973. While living in Mustang, Nita worked as an administrative assistant at Mustang Public Schools for 21 years. She was an active member of The Bridge Assembly of God. She served as an information volunteer, compassion cook and member of the sewing ministry, providing prayer quilts and dresses as missionary work. Nita was a sports fanatic, but her pride and joy of life was watching her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren participate in activities, no matter how far she had to travel.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, O’Neil of the home; two daughters, Anita Rae and husband Tommy Emmons of Shattuck and, Deanna and husband Larry Ashpaugh of Shattuck; three sons, Terry and wife Fran of Mustang, Troy of Bixby and Craig and wife Shannon of Mustang.  She had nine grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. She is also survived by three siblings, Bill York of Nash, Pat Cronkhite of Enid and Tommy York, also of Nash.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Bridge Assembly of God Inner City Church Plant.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 11 at The Bridge Assembly of God Church, with interment to follow at Mustang Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.

 

DePurda ‘De” Willits, Jr.

DePurda ”De” Willits, Jr., age 77, died peacefully at his home in Mustang on Saturday, June 7, 2014.

DePurda ‘De” Willits, Jr.

He was born June 28, 1936 at Big Cabin, Okla. to Depurda and Mabel (Ishmael) Willits, Sr. The family moved frequently, so growing up and attending school was spread from Tennessee, Arizona, Texas and finally back to northeast Oklahoma, where he graduated from Vinita High School in Vinita, Okla. De served proudly in the U.S. Air Force, where he was stationed in the United States and Japan. He worked many years in the field of banking, retiring in 2003.  De was a member of Canadian Valley Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Leo and Delbert; and two sister,s Juanita and Velma.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Louise of the home; one son, David Willits and wife Christie of Mustang; two daughters, Dea Anna Mengers and husband Karl of Mustang and Sharon Louise Dillon and husband Allen of Blanchard.  Also by six grandchildren, Jessica, Kristine, Ashley, Arron, Jeneve and Matthew. De was looking forward to his first great grandchild in September.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at Mustang Cemetery under the direction of McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.

David A. Abbey

David A. Abbey was born June 7, 1947 in Lapeer, Mich. to David Lewis Abbey and Myrtle Alta (Raymond) Abbey.

David A. Abbey

He passed away June 1, 2014, at his home in Mustang in the presence of family and friends. David grew up in Flint, Mich. and joined the U.S. Army in 1966, where he served actively for over 14 years. David moved to Mustang in 1981 and worked for the city of Mustang water/sewer department for more than 10 years.

David was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Judy Eastburn of Rocky Comfort, Mo.

David is survived by his wife, Patsy of 46 years; daughter, Diana Walker and husband Robert of Weatherford; son, Christopher Abbey and wife Stephanie of Bethany; youngest daughter, Marilyn Nichols and husband Chris of Mustang; eight grandchildren, Misty and Kevin Walker, David Abbey and wife Bre, Kirsten and Christopher Abbey, Angel Mowry and husband Ryan, Alex Boyd and Brett Johnson; two great grandchildren, Elijah and Maisie; brother, James Abbey and wife Sally of Dunnellon, Fla.; sister, Joyce LaBean and husband Al of Oklahoma City; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 6, at Mustang Nazarene Church at 700 E. state Highway 152 in Mustang.