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Garland Dickson Jr

Jan 26, 1948 - Nov 25, 2023

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Norman, OK

Garland Monroe Dickson, Jr. died November 25, 2023, in Norman, Oklahoma at the age of 75 years 9 months 30 days. Graveside services are scheduled for 2:00 PM, Thursday, November 30, 2023, at the Hillside Cemetery, entrusted to the care of Wadley’s Funeral Service. Garland was born January 26, 1948, in Hot Springs, Arkansas to Garland and Geneva (Plummons) Dickson. Garland Sr was a farmer, and in the military, so the family moved all over the country, so Garland Jr attended many schools th...Read More

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Gerald 'Mac' McCracken

Nov 10, 1929 - Jan 03, 2024

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Norman, OK

Gerald ‘Mac’ McCracken was 94 years old when he passed away on January 3, 2024. He was born in his family’s country home near Erie, Pennsylvania, on November 10, 1929. His parents, Marjorie and David, raised him alongside two older brothers, David Jr. and William. He met and married Mary Ann Wilcox of Norman in 1952, when he was stationed at the Naval Air Station in Norman, Oklahoma. Together they traveled the world and raised three daughters. They celebrated 67 years of marriage before Mary’s passing in 2018. His 20 years in the Navy sent him to many exotic places, and his life was never dull! A Navy Seabee, a veteran of the Korean War, where he was awarded the Bronze Star, Okinawa, and a security officer at Tinker Air Force Base are some of the highlights of his military career. He was working at the Navy base in Guantanamo Bay when Fidel Castro’s forces forced out the Batista regime in Cuba. One of his most interesting duty assignments was spending 16 months in Antarctica. After retirement from the Navy, he and Mary settled back in Norman. He is survived by his daughters, Karen Parris and husband Mike, Lynn Guthery and husband Kris, and Kelly Russell; four grandchildren, Sally Barton and husband Aaron, Lindsay Russell, Ethan Russell, Claire Vorster and husband Logan; as well as two great grandchildren, Simon Barton and Sadie Barton. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. The family would like to send a special thank you to Tammy. She gave unconditional love and support to both Mom and Dad and will always be a special member of the family. He will be interred at Norman I.O.O.F. Cemetery in a family plot. In lieu of flowers, you may consider donating to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at .

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Laura Margaret O’Connell

Apr 13, 1948 - Feb 22, 2024

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Norman, OK

On Thursday, February 22nd, Laura Margaret O’Connell, dearly beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt ended her earthly journey surrounded by her loving daughters.Laura was born in Lawton, Oklahoma on April 13th, 1948, to Doris Jeanne and Bill O’Connell. The family later moved to Norman where Laura graduated from Norman High School. She attended the University of Oklahoma, enjoying many campus activities as a member of Chi Omega sorority.Laura married Wayne Veal in 1969 and from that union was blessed with two daughters Kelly Anne and Abigail Leigh. After college Laura lived in Germany, California, North Carolina, and Georgia before settling back in Norman. Her daughters live in the Norman area and have richly blessed Laura’s life in countless ways but especially by giving her five grandchildren she adored: Madeline, Peyton, Reed, Mallory, and Bowen. As a mother and "Nanny" she always told her family, "I love you to the moon and back, to infinity, and beyond."Laura graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. She taught second grade at Madison Elementary in Norman for twenty-two years. Laura always had a heart for children and was thoroughly delighted through the years to find that former students recognized her around town and gave her big spontaneous hugs and many warm words of affection and appreciation.Laura is survived by her daughter Kelly Johnston and husband Joe; daughter Abbie Harris and husband Kyle; granddaughter Madeline Long; granddaughter Peyton Prock; grandson Reed Prock, granddaughter Mallory Long; granddaughter Bowen Harris; sister Mary Anne Lewis and husband Jay; sister Jeanie O’Connell; niece Carrie Lewis; nephew Rian Lewis; cousin Mark Smith; and treasured, dear friends and colleagues who have long enriched her beautiful life.Laura is preceded in death by her parents Doris Jeanne and Bill O'Connell; cousin Don Smith; and aunt Marilyn Hogue.A Celebration of Laura’s life will be held 2:00Monday March 4th, 2024 at First Baptist Church of Norman.

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Donald 'Donnie' Ray Baird, II

Jul 24, 1970 - Feb 25, 2024

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Norman, OK

Donald ‘Donnie’ Ray Baird, II, age 53, of Norman, passed away on February 25, 2024. He was born on July 24, 1970, in Norman to Donald Ray Baird, Sr. and Rebecca Jane Daniels. Donnie enjoyed his career as a truck driver which enabled him to see the country. He also experienced his love of travel through many trips on his Harley-Davidson. He was an avid hunter and also enjoyed fishing and camping. Donnie was a very loyal friend and always was willing to help anyone in need. He loved his family and friends deeply, and they loved him. He will be missed by all who knew him. Donnie is survived by his mother, Rebecca Daniels; father, Donald Baird, Sr.; step-son, Jeff Hand; brother, Bobby Daniels and his wife Natalie Smart; step-granddaughter, Valora Green; aunts, Kim Anderson-Russell, Judy Edwards, and Sue Kimbell and her husband Doug; cousin, Lucinda; life-long friend and brother, Jason Rapp; and his canine companion, Chubby. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, William and Wanda Edwards; paternal grandparents, Clayton and Ruth Baird; uncles, Ron Edwards, Tom Edwards and John Davis; and aunt, Nickey Ketner and her husband Billy. Donnie was an avid supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, so the family requests in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions be in Donnie’s name at www.stjude.org.

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Toby Keith Covel

Jul 07, 1961 - Feb 03, 2024

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Norman, OK

"Country music star Toby Keith passed away on February 4th, 2024, at the age of 62 after battling stomach cancer. He gained fame with hits like ""Red Solo Cup"" and ""Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)."" He was famous for supporting US service members, performing at countless events, and visiting troops overseas. Despite his political views, Keith's dedication to the military transcended politics. He emphasized that supporting troops was a matter of patriotism, not politics. In 2021, former President Donald Trump honored Keith with the National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contributions to the arts. Keith's music touched the hearts of many. Moreover, his generosity extended beyond the stage. At his concerts, he often surprised wounded veterans with wheelchairs. Thus leaving a legacy of compassion and patriotism. His family announced his peaceful passing, asking for privacy during their time of grief. His wife Tricia and three children, Shelley, Krystal, and Stelen, survive Keith. As fans mourn the loss of this country icon, Toby Keith's music and philanthropy will continue to inspire generations to come. "

Vicki Lynn (Walker) Ivester

Dec 13, 1950 - Feb 18, 2024

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Norman, OK

Vicki Lynn (Walker) Ivester, 73, died on February 18, 2024, at her second home in Norman, Oklahoma, surrounded by her family. A remembrance of Vicki will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2024, at 604 Hunter Lane in Sayre. All are welcome.Vicki was born December 13, 1950 to John Lee Walker Sr. and Lavona Mae Walker in Waynoka, Oklahoma. Vicki was a 1969 graduate of Putnam City High School. She attended the University of Oklahoma receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 1973. It was at OU that she met her husband Jack. Vicki and Jack were married on June 21, 1972. After moving to Sayre in 1973, they welcomed two daughters, Jennifer and Jana.As a Registered Physical Therapist, Vicki provided care to numerous western Oklahoma communities for 30 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Sayre. Her most loved role in the church was being a member of the Chancel Choir. Vicki was very active in school related programs as her daughters were growing up. Vicki was a member of the En Avant Club, the As You Like It Club and on the initial board of the Sayre Day Care Center.Vicki traveled extensively and had a lifetime of experiences and adventures with the people she treasured. She loved OU football and attended many games with Jack and best friends of 50 years, Pete and Connie Doughty, traveling to many away games that took them from the University of Washington, San Diego State, Notre Dame, Miami University and everywhere in between. Her greatest passion, as many know, was cooking and hosting dinner parties with Joan Ellison and Ruth Atterberry. She also found great joy in walking, fishing, making stained glass and learning how to play bridge.Vicki was preceded in death by her daughter Jana Leigh Ivester, brother John Lee Walker, Jr., sister Patti Lou Graham, mother Lavona Mae Niles, father John Lee Walker Sr., paternal grandparents Walter Eugene and Bessie May Walker, and maternal grandparents George E. and Mildred Pfleider.She is survived by her husband Jack of 51 years, daughter Jennifer Ivester Berry and husband Steve of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, brother Jeffery Charles Linihan and wife Louise of Edmond, Oklahoma, sister Sandra Sue Smith and husband Bob, of Perry, Oklahoma, brother-in-law, Robert Linthicum Ivester and wife Ann, of McAlester, Oklahoma, as well as many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and friends.In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration: https://www.classy.org/give/381228/#!/donation/checkout.

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Ida Sue Carsten

Jan 22, 1943 - Feb 22, 2024

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Norman, OK

Ida “Sue” Carsten (Baber) was born at home in McLoud, OK. She went to school at McLoud Elementary and graduated from McLoud Highschool. Sue attended Oklahoma University in Norman for one year and she got her CPA from Moore Norman VoTech. She worked at OU Medical Center as a Financial Counselor until she retired. Sue was a loving mother, sister and grandmother. She enjoyed reading books, playing Yahtzee, Elvis Presley and spending time with her family. She passed away peacefully at Norman Regional Hospital on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at the age of 81 years young. Sue is preceded in death by her father, Leslie Baber, mother Virgie Anna Alexander Baber, sister Retha Jenkins and sister Anne Flewallen. She leaves behind her son Billy Cox, daughter Kimi Cox, brother Billy Baber, sister Gail Hatfield, 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and cousins. Her family is holding a Celebration of Life for Sue on March 3, 2024 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Station, 700 S. Broadway, Room 1, Moore, OK. To to the family or in memory of Ida Sue Carsten, please

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Courtney Steinbroner

Nov 15, 1989 - Feb 23, 2024

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Norman, OK

Courtney Steinbroner, age 34, of Norman, Oklahoma passed away on Friday, February 23, 2024. Courtney was born in Orlando, Florida.

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Charles Evan Shaw

May 16, 1957 - Feb 18, 2024

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Norman, OK

Charles Evan Shaw died at home, of lung and liver cancer, on Sunday, February 18, 2024 at the age of 66 years, 9 months, 2 days, 7 hours and 52 minutes. He was born in Oklahoma City on May 16, 1957 to Lois and Ray Shaw, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife Mary Anne, his daughter Cassady (Norman Maennena), grandson Tyrnyn Maennena (whose name, Charlie said, looked like it was an Eye-Exam Chart), sister Judy (Annette Prince) and sister Karen (Robert Bradford), Per Charlie's request, there will be no funeral; a private ceremony to scatter his ashes will take place this summer. If you'd like to know more of Charlie's story, read on - When we were going through Charlie's things, we found one of his old college term papers where his professor had written "A bit melodramatic in parts, but very good overall." And I realized that that was a great synopsis of his life as well. The soul that would live this life as Charles Evan Shaw entered the Earth plane on May 16, 1957, a Thursday, at 9:11 AM in Oklahoma City, OK. He was the third child who chose Lois and Ray Shaw as their parents, four years after sister Karen, and eight years after sister Judy. The Shaw family moved to Norman when Charlie was a toddler, taking up residence on Grover Lane. When he was five years old, Charlie ran away. He packed six pairs of underwear and a loaf of bread and escaped through his bedroom window in the middle of the night. His dad found him sleeping in nearby Lions Park the next morning. Like most '60s kids, Charlie rode his bike everywhere and was very active physically - one could say a bit reckless - a pattern that would follow him throughout life. He broke his arm several times as a kid. He was a good Baptist boy - until he hit his teen years, when he started smoking both cigarettes and marijuana. Both substances would remain in his life for over 50 years and both fueled his too-early death. Charlie graduated from Norman High in 1975 - by the skin of his teeth and nowhere near approaching his true potential. To the horror of his parents, after graduation he let his hair grow LONG past his shoulders, at a time when this was not nearly as accepted as it is today. He earned a certificate from Moore-Norman Vo-Tech in Heating and Air Conditioning and moved to Tennessee for a few years, where he practiced that craft. Charlie then embarked on the more melodramatic part of his life, when he went to California to work on a (then highly illegal) Pot Farm with a close friend. Wow the stories he told about that! It ended badly, with his arrest. He avoided jail time then, with only probation, and moved to Stillwater where he attended Oklahoma State University as a Journalism major. That is where I met him. He worked as a stage carpenter in the theater department, where I taught. It was not love at first sight, but it was extreme LIKE - here was this guy, just a year younger than I was, tall, big, handsome, extremely well-read, charismatic as all get-out, funny as hell, and smart as a whip. I started watching NBA games with him - he was a huge Celtics fan and I was a huge Pistons fan - and the bond started to grow after that. We became even closer after Charlie suffered a horrific fall off a scaffolding while at work. He tried to break his fall with his arms, and wound up shattering bones in both. He also suffered a head injury, so they were not able to give him any pain medication that first night, and I think of him having to lie there and suffer through it. It was a very long and painful recovery that required a number of surgeries. I'm not sure when my feelings for him switched to love, but they definitely did. Honestly, I was not his type at all. But the choice was actually not ours to make. Another soul, this one belonging to the beautiful woman who would become our daughter, Cassady Allen Shaw, was yearning to get to Earth and for some reason she decided that these two wildly disparate people should be her parents. And she was kind of a miracle baby. I should not even have been able to get pregnant, after a surgery the year before to remove a large uterine tumor, and if I did, the doctor said, I would probably not be able to carry a pregnancy to term. But I did get pregnant and I did carry her to term. The next several years were rocky to say the least. Charlie tried, but he was not ready to be a parent yet. I left my Stillwater position and moved to Norman to be closer to his family for support, eventually getting a job at OU as an academic advisor. Charlie left OSU two credits shy of his degree, then violated his probation conditions and wound up doing six months in McAlester. It was a dark time, but we got through it somehow. Cassady brought us together, but we stayed together on our own. Several years ago, he said "Mary Anne, I didn't love you at first but now I adore you." And I, him. After he was released from prison, no one would hire him - except his long-time friend and fellow Dead-Head, the late Brent Barnett, who owned the old (and much-missed) Breadworks restaurant in Norman. Brent hired Charlie to manage Breadworks, and we are forever grateful to him for it. Charlie would go on to serve as manager until Breadworks closed. He then managed the legendary restaurant Pizza Shuttle on Lindsey. After he left Shuttle, he delivered "The Daily Oklahoman" to a whopping FIVE routes. This is a very demanding job with absolutely no benefits or support of any kind. At that time, it was every single day. And it lasted for years. It used to drive him nuts when movies set in the present STILL portrayed a kid flinging papers from his bike. I helped him on his route a few times, during the holidays, when the papers weighed a lot more and took up more room. It was not fun. If you have your paper delivered, please tip your delivery person well at Christmas. He sponsored a child through Children International, Amaury de Jesus Bellido Torres, in Colombia, from the time Amaury was six until he turned 19 several years ago. The staff worker at Children International said it is quite rare for someone to sponsor a child all the way through; most stop after a few years. And then there was Cleo. The Shaw family had many pets while Charlie was growing up, but he never had one of his own as an adult - until Cleopatra Rocketta Jones, a nine-pound mini red dachshund, came into our lives. Cassady found her through an ad, and Cleo was supposed to be hers - and while Miss Cleo did indeed love her Mom (and her Gammy) it was the BIG DOG she truly adored. She bonded with Charlie immediately. She LOVED digging in the dirt with her man in the back yard, and snuggling by him in his Big Dog Chair. Cleo came from an abusive home and could have easily been snappy and mean, but she was always a turbo-charged Love Machine, saving most of it for Charlie. Right before he died, he and Cassady had the most wonderful talk - her memories of the things they'd done together - his attempt at camping at Turner Falls, which he thought was a failure and she absolutely loved, putting together the entertainment center as a birthday present for me, stirring the dirt in the garden, teaching her how to ride a bike, teaching her how to play chess, driving around campus honking the horn after the last National Championship. It was a very special talk, his last while still lucid. Charlie remained a very spiritual person and a very literate one as well. He amassed an impressive library of esoteric literature and read every single word of every book he had. He didn't read fiction very much. He thought it was a waste of time! The only fiction authors he liked were Thomas Wolfe, Upton Sinclair, and Leon Uris (hardly the bastions of fun reads) but he devoured books on topics that would bore most people to tears. We always loved telling people that he read a 400-page book on DIRT ("Secrets of the Soil"). And music! OMG music! He was a talented trumpet player in high school, but let it slide as that instrument requires good lungs, and the tobacco and pot smoke were already taking a toll even in his twenties. But he LOVED concerts! Several years ago, I encouraged him to make a list of all the concerts he had seen - and the list (which is at the end of this obit) is truly impressive. He went to over 150 concerts and saw 97 different artists, a number of them two, three, and four times - and in the case of the Grateful Dead, over TWENTY times. All musical genres, from Reggae to Hard Rock. David Bowie for $13.50. Many at the Lloyd Noble Center when OU was still hosting classic concerts in the early 1980s. He got to travel a bit - to Amsterdam and the UK to see the Grateful Dead, to Mexico on a bit of a spiritual quest. And I got to show him a little of my home state, Michigan. One of my best memories is our trip to Ojo Caliente, New Mexico, in 2013, where we enjoyed an amazing, almost mystical week at the healing mineral springs there. . He was a gifted carpenter. And a careful one - proper measurements were key! "A 1/16th of an inch here will grow to an inch later on!" And sandpaper - firmly believed in several grades for any project. And screws - he never nailed anything together, always screws, so it could be taken apart easier if needed. He built the fence around our backyard - everyone who sees it, from friends to professional workers - is highly impressed. It's just gorgeous, and led to some contract work, creating several gates and fences for people who stopped to ask about it. Everything he built was built SHAW-TOUGH, built to last. He built our front porch (which has stopped traffic), the mailbox, the porch bench, shelves in the kitchen, counter top, the most beautiful spice rack in the known universe, a dog house, a desk for Tyrynyn - and of course, HOMETREE. Charlie preferred to show his love rather than saying it. To that end, he built Cassady an enormous, 800-pound (seriously) shelving unit that had multiple spaces - including a secret compartment (Charlie LOVED secret compartments). It was in four separate sections and his love infused the whole thing. We named it Hometree (from the movie "Avatar") because it was. Tapping into his old HAC skills, Charlie also replaced all our duct work in the attic and under the house, earning praise on his attention to detail and craftsmanship from current HAC professionals who perform our semi-annual check-up. He never used a computer, other than his cell phone, which he begrudgingly grew to like. He did discover YouTube through Cox Cable's Contour, and he LOVED it. He watched a wide variety of everything - music videos, political pieces, lots of history stuff, stand-up, commentaries (his faves were Thomas Sowell, Greg Palast, and Colonel Douglas MacGregor), and health-related videos. I'm sure his viewing habits threw YouTube's algorithm into a tizzy. We established a common-law marriage shortly after moving to Norman in 1991, but didn't make it official until December 27, 2023, in a very small, private ceremony. I wore the dress he brought me back from his trip to Mexico, some thirty years earlier. He had lived with some degree of pain since his fall from the scaffolding decades earlier, but overall his health really started to go down about two years ago. In June of 2023, he stopped smoking everything but it was too late. Sadly, Charlie resisted almost all modern medical treatment, preferring only alternative therapies. We finally had to take him to the ER, where he was diagnosed with liver and lung cancer. Only five days later - barely one of them in hospice - he was gone. That was how he wanted it. He wanted to be home, not in a hospital, and I'm so glad he was. He didn't want to linger. He said he was ready to go, and I am so very glad he is no longer in pain. Charlie Shaw loved: The Grateful Dead, The song "Denise" by Randy and the Rainbows, "Laurence of Arabia" (he loved quoting Anthony Quinn's speech about being a River for his People), A muffin and coffee at Panera in the morning, "Nexus" magazine, Stand-Up Comedy, "Deadwood" and "Succession" on HBO-MAX. We watched all of "Deadwood" again this past fall, our third viewing of the series. Wow, he loved that show. The Sports page from "The Daily Oklahoman" (BTW, he was VERY upset "The Daily" has stopped carrying the "Herman" cartoon - he would cut notable "Herman" cartoons for me, and I kept every one of them.), The Earth restaurant in Norman, The Sooners - he was SO looking forward to them playing in the SEC, and now I'll have to watch all those games by myself and I actually hate football, but I won't miss one of them, Toothpicks - Man would annihilate them. When I offered one to Tyrnyn once he said "I don't want to eat that." And I said, "No, only Papa eats them. Most people just use them to pick stuff out of their teeth." Mexican food - the hotter the better. He could eat habanero salsa like candy. Juan del Fuego's and Tarahumara's were his favorite restaurants. His sisters. His daughter. His grandson. Me. I very happy that this obituary is online, and will live on the internet forever somewhere. Charlie drove me nuts a lot, but I still wouldn't have changed a thing about him. Well, maybe the smoking part. I know he and Cleo are digging together somewhere now, somewhere marvelous and pain-free. I'll see you there someday, Charlie. Until then, Your wife, Mary Anne The Concert List: At first, I started alphabetizing them, but then I realized that wasn't him, so I stopped. B.B. King Billy Cobham Billy Preston Blue Oyster Cult Bonnie Raitt Branford Marsalis Bruce Springsteen (4x) Crosby, Stills, Nash (4x) Dixie Dregs (2x) Eddie Harris Eric Burden (2x) Eric Clapton (2x) Frank Zappa Freddie King (2x) Grand Funk Railroad (3x) Jethro Tull Jimmy Cliff Led Zeppelin Leon Russell Lynyrd Skynyrd (3x) Rare Earth Stephen Stills Marshall Tucker (2x) Moody Blues (2x) The New Barbarians Rod Stewart Santana (2x) Steele Pulse Ten Years After The Who Willie Nelson ZZ Top (3x) Arlo Guthrie (4x) Jimmy Spheeris (4x) Don McLean Edgar Winter J. Geils Band Grateful Dead (20x) Allman Brothers Jefferson Starship Tod Rundgren (2x) Papa John Creech Emerson, Lake, & Palmer Jackson Browne Linda Ronstadt Fleetwood Mac (2x) Kenny Loggins (2x) Bob Dylan (2x) Phil Lesch & Friends Joan Baez (2x) REM The Police Asleep at the Wheel Leo Kotke Michaal Murphy Van Halen U2 Black-eyed Peas Rick Derringer J.J. Cale Jerry Jeff Walker Sea Level Elvin Bishop Ted Nugent Bad Company Joan Jett Maria Muldaur B-52's Peter Tosh (2x) The Beach Boys (2x) Rita Coolidge The Clash Squeeze Joe Jackson English Beat Gladys Knight & the Pips Aretha Franklin Rick James Black Uhuru Tracy Chapman Stray Cats (2x) Stevie Nicks Stevie Ray Vaughn Neil Young (3x) David Bowie Simon & Garfunkel REO Speedwagon (2x) Joe Walsh (2x) Eek-A-Mouse Don Henley Katrina & the Waves Foghat Jeff Beck Jan Hammer Men at Work Buddy Rich Christopher Cross

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Christina Bloomer Rehkop

Nov 29, 1977 - Feb 23, 2024

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Norman, OK

Christina Bloomer Rehkop died on Feb. 23, 2024 at age 46 with her loved ones near her. She was preceded in death by her grandparents A.B. and Lillian Marie Henderson and Cy and Fern Evelyn Bloomer. She described herself as a child of Christ, a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mom, a friend and a fitness enthusiast. Christina loved her people and kept them close to her wherever she was – a tropical beach, a snowy ski mountain, a European tour or at the lake. Born in Huntsville, Ala.; and raised in Norman, Okla., she later joined the Alpha Chi sisterhood at the University of Oklahoma, where she also got her master’s degree and created lifelong friends. Christina married the love of her life, Brandon, on Feb. 18, 2007, on the beach in Key West, Fla. They recently celebrated their 17th year of marriage. She was an avid Sooner fan, but Christina’s favorite athletes to cheer for were her children, Carson (14) and Emily (12). She also loved the theater and sharing it with Emily. Christina spoke proudly of her family above all and regularly mentioned each of their individual accomplishments, determination and grit – core values of the Rehkop family. She was committed to leading by example for her children – demonstrating perseverance and the importance of being an engaged mother who can simultaneously pursue her passions. Christina ran a full marathon shortly after the birth of Emily, and later set her sights on running a half-marathon in under 2 hours. Her children witnessed her multiple attempts, and the third time she came in under 8 minutes, which she marked as her most significant personal accomplishment! She was proud Carson and Emily saw the dedication and focus it took to reach her goal. Christina also had a heart for service. Her life’s work, both personally and professionally, was making the world better. As Devon Energy’s director of community relations, Christina’s bold vision and innovative spirit transformed how the company engaged with communities. She was known for dreaming big, challenging the status quo and bringing others along to make change happen. Perhaps the most visible result of her dedication was creating a partnership with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation to install over 150 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) centers to serve elementary and middle school students around the country. As a community partner, she always worked with people to understand their needs, rather than dictating how the company would give. Christina was committed to creating lasting impact and developing true relationships. She served on countless nonprofit boards, and her efforts will positively affect thousands of lives for generations. Christina was a loyal friend, revered colleague, beloved daughter, cherished wife and devoted mother who will be greatly missed. She was an organ donor, and her legacy includes saving lives. Her spirit will live on in the people who encourage each other and celebrate together with the four words she often said: “Go team, take state!” Christina is survived by her husband, Brandon; children, Carson and Emily; brother Mark Bloomer; sister-in-law Stephanie Bloomer; mother JoAnn Bloomer; father Larry Bloomer; father-in-law John Rehkop; mother-in-law Lena Rehkop; and brother-in-law JJ Rehkop. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in honor of Christina to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma or First Responders Children’s Foundation.

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Jeff Cooke

May 17, 1966 - Feb 22, 2024

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Norman, OK

Jeff Cooke, age 57 passed away February 22, 2024 at Norman, OK. Funeral arrangements are pending. To to the family or in memory of Jeff Cooke, please

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