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Melvin Graham

Nov 08, 1940 - Nov 22, 2023

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Stillwater, OK

Melvin Iliff Graham III, 83, passed from this life, peacefully in his home, on November 22, 2023 after a lengthy struggle with dementia. A celebration of his life will be 2:00 p. m. Friday, December 1, 2023 at the Friends Chapel Church in Coyle, Oklahoma. Strode Funeral Home and Cremations is in charge of the arrangements. Melvin was born on November 8, 1940 near Coyle, to Garland and Ina Graham, on the rural homestead of his grandparents, Walter and Clara Graham. He grew up, lived, and farmed...Read More

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Dolores Kay Bartram

Mar 17, 1947 - Feb 16, 2024

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Stillwater, OK

Dolores Kay Bartram was born March 17, 1947, to Rosa Ross and Robert Ross and left this earth to her forever home at 76 years old on February 16, 2024, at her home in Stillwater, Oklahoma after a short battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her nieces and nephews.Dolores loved anything country music and her all-time favorite ELVIS! Her favorite color was red, and you always seen her in red, whether it was clothes, fingernails, toenails or jewelry she had something red on. She followed alongside her husband William Bartram who passed away 26 days prior, and she missed him every minute he was gone so we her family knows she was ready to be out of misery and join him and her momma and daddy as well as her poodles in heaven.She was a spit fire and oh so sassy but that’s what made her, HER. Her sassy, loving and unremarkable heart will be missed dearly by her family and friends, but we are at peace knowing she is no longer in pain.She is survived by her 2 sisters, Dorothy and Ramona of Arizona, Her beloved nieces, Diana, Misti, Angela, Marie, Evelyn, Brandi all of Oklahoma and Angel of Colorado, and her nephews, Daniel Wayne, Christian, Dustin, and Daniel Ray all of Oklahoma. Stepson Billy Bartram and wife Linda Bartram. Grandson: Kenny Bartram and granddaughter: Cindy. Along with many other cousins, family, and friends.Her funeral will be on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at Dighton Marler Funeral Home at 10AM with graveside to follow. We, her nieces appreciate all the love and support we have received and will forever miss our “Aunt dee”.Condolences may be sent to the family via an online guestbook at www.dightonmarler.com.

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Mary Ann Higginbotham Davis

Jul 18, 1950 - Feb 17, 2024

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Stillwater, OK

Mary Ann Higginbotham Davis, a beloved mother, grandmother, and sister passed away on February 17, 2024, in Stillwater, Oklahoma, at the age of 73. Born July 18, 1950, in Texarkana, Texas, Mary Ann leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness, and cherished memories.Mary Ann will be remembered for her amazing laugh, feisty spirit and her unwavering love for her family. She touched the lives of many, and her memory will continue to inspire and bring comfort to those who knew her best. A self described chocoholic, Mary Ann loved fast cars, the beach, flower arranging, laughing, shopping for treasures and doting on her little dogs.Mary Ann was always willing to lend a helping hand and volunteer wherever she could. She was an active member of Hardy United Memorial Methodist Church. She loved helping with the turkey dinners and decorating the church. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and the Texarkana Car Club.Mary Ann worked for the Social Security Administration until retirement. Although never shy about proclaiming she hated her job, she loved being able to help people and she loved the people that she worked with; many of whom became chosen family and lifelong friends to her and her children. Mary Ann is survived by her daughters and their husbands: Toni Ann and Dustin Ivey of Stillwater, OK; and Cory Davis and Zachary Lewis of Athens, GA. She was the proud grandmother of six grandchildren: Vivien Ann, William Michael, and Henry Desmond Ivey; Davis Austin, Jackson William, and Parker Mae Lewis. Mary Ann loved her grandchildren and her presence in their lives will be deeply missed.She is also survived by the father of her children, Jimmy Davis; their grandmother, Wanda Alexander; her sister, Rebecca Jo Higginbotham Clem; and three nieces. Additionally, she is survived by her Aunt Margie Higginbotham and several cousins.Along with raising her own children, Mary Ann formed a special bond with their friends, many of which she loved like her own. Even Alzheimer’s couldn’t take away her love for them and she asked about them to the very end. You know who you are.Mary Ann is preceded in death by her parents, Alma Jewel (Cromer) and Desmond William Higginbotham; and many aunts and uncles.We ask that you keep Mary Ann in your memories and share funny stories of and about her. Every once in a while, have a Mr. Goodbar, eat some Mexican food, and wash it down with a Diet Coke in her memory. A celebration of Mary Ann's life will be held to honor her memory and the profound impact she had on all who knew her. As an option to flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at https://www.alz.org/, in honor of Mary Ann's generous spirit and her dedication to helping others.

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Nelda Eileen Henry

Mar 20, 1943 - Feb 17, 2024

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Stillwater, OK

Nelda Eileen (Guest) Henry, 80, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family, on February 17, 2024 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 23, 2024 at the First Church of the Nazarene in Stillwater, with burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Strode Funeral Home and Cremation is in charge of the arrangements. Nelda was born on March 20, 1943 to Phillip Edward and Sue Lois "Dimple" (Pritchett) Guest in Yale, Oklahoma. She was a 1961 graduate of Yale High School where she played basketball. She moved to Stillwater with friends and began her 43 year career for OSU Student Union food services. She married Roy Leon Henry on August 14, 1964. She raised 3 sons while working. After the death of her husband in 2003, she soon retired and began enjoying life with her friends and family. Nelda attended Fellowship Freewill Baptist Church in Stillwater. She is survived by her three sons and their wives, all of Stillwater, Ronald and Leah, Roger and Gale, and Everett and Deanita Henry. She leaves 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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Sandra Sanders

Feb 28, 1950 - Feb 12, 2024

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Stillwater, OK

Sandra Sanders, age 73, died Monday February 12, 2024, at her home in Stillwater surrounded by family. A memorial service will begin at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 18, 2024 at Strode Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Mike Sanders is officiating. Inurnment following at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Strode Funeral Home and Cremation is in charge of the arrangements. Sandra was born in Carmi, Illinois to Edward and Sarah (South) Sanders on February 28, 1950. She had many occupations, but the most meaningful were working at King's Grocery, in the mailroom at Meridian Technology Center, and as an office assistant for Causley Productions, where they supported her desire to put her family first. She worked there until her retirement to help raise her grandchildren. All of which she made many lifelong friends. Her hobbies included spending time with her family and friends, playing games, and reading late into the night. Nothing meant more to her than time with family, and her annual sister trips. She is preceded in death by her mother and father, her sister Melody Sanders, her brother Randy Sanders, and her great grandchild Aiden Gabriel Torres. She is survived by son Mike Sanders and wife Terri, and Jeff Ventris and wife Jessica; daughter Samantha Thompson and husband John; sisters Terry Kimble and husband Richard, Tammy Sanders, Candy Klein and husband Phil; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and cousins. The family would like to thank all of those who loved Sandy and have supported the family during this difficult time. Sandy has left a memory in so many hearts. The family asks that you continue to remember her by loving your family and friends above all else.

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Frank William Adams

Jun 11, 1946 - Feb 08, 2024

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Stillwater, OK

Frank William Adams, 77, of Stillwater, passed away Thursday February 8, 2024, in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Funeral services have been entrusted to the care of Dighton-Marler Funeral Home of Stillwater.Frank was born June 11, 1946, in Stillwater, Oklahoma to Claud and Loretta (Eyler) Adams. He graduated from Stillwater High School in 1964 and went directly into the National Guard bootcamp since he enlisted just prior to graduating high school. He served for six years gaining the rank of Private First Class until being discharged in 1970. He married Sandra Nottingham September 1, 1966, where she blessed him with three daughters, Cathy, Barbara, and Deborah.Frank worked as a proud union electrician for over 55 years. He always had a family farm with cattle and occasionally other livestock. Frank loved the outdoors, was an avid hunter and fisherman sharing his knowledge with his wife, daughters, grandchildren, and anyone else who asked. Frank was a rockhound constantly searching the land for arrowheads and other treasures lost in time.Frank was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John Duck and Eddie Adams; and sister, Mary Wilson.Frank is survived by his wife, Sandra of the home; three daughters, Cathy and Deborah Adams of Stillwater, and Barbara Adams of Washington; four grandchildren, Amanda Fitzgerald, Jacob Ventris, Trevor Dunbar, and Kimberly Dunbar of Stillwater and one sister, Jane Caswell of California. He was much loved and will be missed.Visitation will be 9AM to 8PM Thursday at Dighton-Marler Funeral Home in Stillwater. Funeral services will be 10AM Friday, February 16, 2024 at Southside Baptist Church in Stillwater with Paul Hutchison officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery.In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Special Olympics or charity of your choice.Condolences may be sent to the family via an online guestbook at www.dightonmarler.com

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Vera Lee Monday

Sep 27, 1935 - Feb 08, 2024

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Stillwater, OK

Vera Lee Monday, 88, passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2024, at her home in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Graveside service will be held on Friday, February 16, 2024, at 12:00pm at Mountain View Cemetery in Hackett, Arkansas. Dighton Marler Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.Vera Lee was born on September 27, 1935, in Fort Smith, Arkansas to M.D. and Grace (Horton) Williams. She grew up in Fort Smith and went to Fort Smith Schools. She married Thomas Larry Monday on November 8, 1968, in Fort Smith, Arkansas.She had a passion for many things, such as singing, oil painting, and horses to name a few. She was a devout Christian and loving wife, supportive mother, and proud grandmother (Mammaw).Vera is preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, Jack Faubus, Fern Roller, and Betty Brown, all of Arkansas.She is survived by her husband Thomas Larry Monday of Stillwater, her daughter Tommie Lee Lester and husband JJ of Stillwater and son Lance Monday, her grandchildren, Halle Jae Lester and fiancé Dane Matthews and Jevyn Lester, her sister Pat Fisher of Van Buren, Arkansas, as well as several nieces and great nieces & nephews'.Condolences may be sent to the family via an online guestbook at www.dightonmarler.com.

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Deborah Jane Strickland

Jul 31, 1939 - Feb 10, 2024

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Stillwater, OK

Deborah Jane Strickland, 84, died February 10, 2024. A memorial service will be 2:00 p.m Saturday, February 17, 2024 at the First United Methodist Church in Stillwater.

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Frank William Adams

Jun 11, 1946 - Feb 08, 2024

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Stillwater, OK

Frank William Adams, 77, of Stillwater, passed away Thursday February 8, 2024, in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Funeral services have been entrusted to the care of Dighton-Marler Funeral Home of Stillwater.Frank was born June 11, 1946, in Stillwater, Oklahoma to Claud and Loretta (Eyler) Adams. He graduated from Stillwater High School in 1964 and went directly into the National Guard bootcamp since he enlisted just prior to graduating high school. He served for six years gaining the rank of Private First Class until being discharged in 1970. He married Sandra Nottingham September 1, 1966, where she blessed him with three daughters, Cathy, Barbara, and Deborah.Frank worked as a proud union electrician for over 55 years. He always had a family farm with cattle and occasionally other livestock. Frank loved the outdoors, was an avid hunter and fisherman sharing his knowledge with his wife, daughters, grandchildren, and anyone else who asked. Frank was a rockhound constantly searching the land for arrowheads and other treasures lost in time.Frank was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John Duck and Eddie Adams; and sister, Mary Wilson.Frank is survived by his wife, Sandra of the home; three daughters, Cathy and Deborah Adams of Stillwater, and Barbara Adams of Washington; four grandchildren, Amanda Fitzgerald, Jacob Ventris, Trevor Dunbar, and Kimberly Dunbar of Stillwater and one sister, Jane Caswell of California. He was much loved and will be missed.Visitation will be 9AM to 8PM Thursday at Dighton-Marler Funeral Home in Stillwater. Funeral services will be 10AM Friday, February 16, 2024 at Southside Baptist Church in Stillwater with Paul Hutchison officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery.In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Special Olympics or charity of your choice.Condolences may be sent to the family via an online guestbook at www.dightonmarler.com

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Alan Kramer

Aug 21, 1952 - Feb 05, 2024

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Stillwater, OK

With deep sadness and heavy hearts, we inform you of the passing of Alan Kramer. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Alan was born in Konawa, Oklahoma to William Alvin and Vausy Marie (Brazell) Kramer. He loved growing up there, as he explained, it was like living in Mayberry. He graduated from Konawa High School in 1969, and in 1970 he and his best friend Drew Watts enlisted in the National Guard on the Buddy System. They ended up being sent to different camps. After his duty he returned to Oklahoma to attend OSU, graduating with an Associate's degree in Engineering. After graduation he went to work at Seminole Power Plant, transferring to Sooner Power Plant by Red Rock in 1978. He married Alice Brooks on September 6, 1976. To this union they had a daughter Cary Denise Kramer on August of 1979. They later divorced. Alan worked for OG&E for 34 years before taking early retirement at 56. He loved his job at OG&E and all the friends he made during his time at OG&E where he received many accolades. He claimed to have Kramer's luck at Men & Women's Club with OG&E winning lots of prizes. During the 1990's his past time he worked the Pritt crew for his friends racing team, which he enjoyed. In June of 1998, he went on his first date with the love of his life Nancy (Griffith) Dvorak and they were together every day when they married June 19, 1999 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. To this union he gained sons Nick and Nelson. We had so much fun together from going to OSU sports, Concerts, Musicals, car shows, Antique shows and our home away form home in Crested Butte, Colorado. He will be greatly missed. He is preceded in death by his Father, William Alvin, Mother, Vausy Marie, Sister Vanessa Butler, God parents Ted & Molly Slagle. He is survived by his daughter, Cary Denise Kramer; Sons Nick (Gala) Nelson Dvorak and Jared Dvorak. Grandchildren Alyssa (Coby), Zoey (Adrian), Leo (Rylee), Camden and Stephen. Great grandchildren, Kensley, Ka'drien & Zariah. Great Grandchild MaKenna. Beloved Boxers Deacon and Darlin Ragdolls Andy and Dolly Rose.

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Betty Ann Woods Stroup

Oct 13, 1939 - Feb 07, 2024

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Stillwater, OK

Betty Ann Woods Stroup October 13, 1939- February 7, 2024 Betty Ann Woods Stroup was born on Friday the 13th of October 1939 to Nova Zemelia Woods and Martha Mae Claybaugh Woods in Seminole, Oklahoma. She was the first of 4 children, as the eldest she always got the “warm, clean bath water first”. They moved several times during her early life and came to reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she graduated from Will Rogers High School Class of 1959. During high school she met her husband Ray Gene Stroup and was married on Friday, August 21, 1959. They had two children, Gerald (Jerry) Wayne and Sandra Kay. They moved to Muskogee, Oklahoma where Ray and Betty raised their family. She was a loving mother and housewife, working part time at TG&Y. Later the family moved to Yorba Linda, California. During this time she began painting and needlework, a tradition in her family. In 1981 the family moved to Plano, Texas. Betty remained a housewife while also working part time at the local Woolworth until the sudden death of her husband Ray in 1983. Betty remained in Plano and began working at Burroughs Office Systems. Later, she left office work to pursue a career as an interstate truck driver, like her sister Pat. She was proud to be a long-haul trucker. Her handle was “Popcorn”. Years later she retired from trucking and became resident of Stillwater, Oklahoma. She began driving a school bus, transporting special needs children to school in Stillwater. Betty took up her mother’s and her sister Margaret’s passion for quilting. She earned several ribbons and awards at various fairs. She moved to Claremore, Oklahoma to be closer to her mother and worked at the Mayberry’s Truck Stop/Diner in Catoosa. She also began driving Bus #27 for Claremore Public Schools. She loved the kids on her bus. Betty retired in 2013 from CPS. She dearly loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and they brought much joy, meaning, and delight to her. Betty went peacefully to be with the Lord, her savior, on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at the age of 84. Her family was present with her. Betty was preceded in death by her husband Ray, her parents “Novie” and “Marty”, her siblings Pat Carter, Tommy Woods, and Margaret Cromer and one grandchild, Lauren Jade Stroup. She is survived by her son Jerry Stroup and his wife Connie, her daughter Sandra Mace; grandchildren, Kristen Dill and husband John, Casey Hodges and husband Bo, Alan Stroup and wife Micaela, Brianna Katsigiannis and husband Billy, and Josh Sanders, Aunt Emma Nichols who regards Betty as “more like a sister”, along with numerous great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. She was laid to rest beside her husband Ray in Greenhill Cemetery, Muskogee Ok.

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