Dec 21, 1959 - Nov 20, 2023
Jan 26, 1940 - Feb 26, 2024
Alma Williams, 84, died February 26, 2024. Funeral services will begin at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 7, 2024 at the Bible Baptist Church with burial following at 3:00 p.m. in the Wetumka Cemetery. Strode Funeral Home and Cremation is in charge of the arrangements. Alma was born January 26, 1940 to Wallace R. and Ophelia Alma (Knapp) Smith in Weleetka, Oklahoma. She was 16 years old when she married Wendell Williams on February 2, 1956. They spent 68 years together until his passing. Alma is preceded in death by both parents and her husband, her brother John Wallace Smith; step-sisters, Jacquelyn Westerman and Dona Magnus; her grandson, Jason Williams; nephews, Marlin and David Williams. She is survived by her children, Alan and wife Annette Williams, Sharon and husband Tony Andrews, Mark (Bill Bill ) Williams, Tammie Herell, Eric and his wife Tessa Williams; grandchildren Vanessa and husband Jeremy Reagan, Crystal and husband Andrew Stewart, Jessie and husband Jason Gage, Erik and Charies Bedford, and Matthew Williams; as well as 14 great grand-children.
Dana Marie Jones Patton
Dec 13, 1968 - Feb 23, 2024
On February 23rd, 2024, Dana Marie Jones Patton passed away at Stillwater Medical Center, surrounded by her family. She was 57 years old. Dana was born on December 13th, 1968, to Dennis Michael Jones and Connie Jane Daniel Jones. She attended Farmers Branch Elementary in Texas, then transferred to Newkirk High School in Oklahoma. Later, she moved to Chapparal High School in Anthony, Kansas, where she graduated in 1985. She then attended the University of Kentucky and received an Associate of Applied Science Degree. Dana later moved to Vail, Colorado, where she worked at ski resorts. She met and married her first husband, Anthony Carter, and they had a son, Zack, before divorcing. She then married Ray Patton. Dana worked for many years as a Pet Department Head at Walmart and was affectionately known as "the fish lady" due to her love for animals. She also enjoyed making jewelry and often gifted her family beautiful creations. Dana leaves behind her son Zack Patton, who cared for her until the end, her sisters Denise Michelle Jones, her children Michael Jones, Shana Brett, Michelle Goucher, Shayla Addison, April Matal, Alyssa Matal, and Daniel Matal, and numerous grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Diana Lea Jones Christy, her husband, Mark Christy, and her two daughters, Tia Imel Bent and Heather Hamm, and grandchild Evora, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. A memorial service for Dana will take place on Saturday, March 2, 2024, 10 a.m., at Church On The Move in Tulsa, with Pastor Priscilla Shields officiating.
Claudia June Gatewood Pannell
May 22, 1951 - Feb 29, 2024
Claudia June Gatewood Pannell, graced this world with her presence on May 22, 1951, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She departed from this earthly realm on February 29, 2024, in Stillwater, Oklahoma. She was surrounded by her family when she gently passed out of this world and jumped into the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.Described as full of love, warm, kind-hearted, open-minded, and compassionate towards others, Claudia touched the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing her. Her legacy of generosity and positivity will continue to inspire those who were fortunate enough to cross paths with her. She enjoyed assisting start-up entrepreneurs through her role as a business advisor for the Oklahoma Small Development Center. Her efforts garnered her the award of Oklahoma’s SBDC State Star for 2023. Those skills were honed over 15 years spent as an IT manager for Abbott Labs in Abbott Park, Illinois and advising businesses at the College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois. Mourning her loss and cherishing her memory are her surviving family members: husband of 53 years Larry R. Pannell; devoted daughter Jennifer Rosenboom and son-in-law Chad; cherished grandchildren Austin Siegfried, Cody Siegfried, Jena Siegfried; adored great-grandson Tanner Siegfried; sister Donna Kirk and brother-in-law Melvin; nephew Howard Kirk and wife Courtney; nephew Robert Kirk and wife Karrie; sister-in-law Janell McCormack and niece Sara McCormack. Claudia was greeted in the afterlife by her dear departed father Claude Howard Gatewood and mother Velma Udell Van Devender Gatewood. Their spirits reunite as Claudia's light continues to shine brightly in the hearts of those she left behind.Claudia's life will be celebrated at a "Celebration of Life" viewing to be held on March 5, 2024, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Brown-Dugger Funeral Home located at 1010 N 7th St, Perry, OK 73077. The service will be a testament to the love and kindness that radiated from Claudia throughout her life.In honoring Claudia June Pannell's life, let us remember her for the love she shared unconditionally and the kindness she bestowed upon everyone around her. Her memory will forever remain a beacon of warmth and compassion for all who knew her.In her memory, please consider making a donation payable to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at pancan.org/donate, or through the mail at 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suites 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.
Theresa Rose Meyer
Aug 16, 1935 - Feb 26, 2024
On Monday, February 26, 2024, Theresa Rose Meyer passed away peacefully in Stillwater at the age of 88. A Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 3, 2024, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Stillwater. Funeral services will begin at 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 4, 2024, at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Okarche, Oklahoma. Burial will follow at Holy Trinity Cemetery under the direction of Strode Funeral Home and Cremation. Theresa was born on August 16, 1935 to John and Mary (Melcher) Mendel in Okarche, Oklahoma, where she was raised. She attended and graduated from Okarche Catholic Schools. In 1959, she married Victor Henry Meyer, the love of her life. They moved to Perry, Oklahoma and started their family. Eventually, Theresa and Vic moved the family to their farm in Morrison, Oklahoma, where they worked together gardening, raising livestock and growing crops. They raised a son, David, and a daughter, Ann. Theresa had a deep love for her family and was proud of each and every one of them. She enjoyed watching EWTN and Hallmark Christmas movies, playing bingo, singing and family dinner on Sundays. Theresa was a member of the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. This faith sustained her throughout her entire life. Her warm smile and kind, compassionate personality touched the lives of her family and friends. We will miss her dearly and will love her forever more. She is preceded in death by her husband, Victor, parents, John and Mary Mendel, brothers, Tony and Martin Mendel, sisters, Elizabeth (Betty) Kuehn and Louise Kastl. Left to cherish her memory is her son, David Meyer and wife, Raeann; daughter, Ann Patterson and husband, Dan; grandchildren, Lauren and Bret Patterson; sister, Mary Sigl and husband, Gerald. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Karman Legacy Hospice and the nurses at Stillwater Medical Center for all the support and compassionate care they gave during Theresa's stay.
LaVeta Mae Marshall
May 10, 1934 - Feb 26, 2024
LaVeta Mae Marshall was born May 10, 1934, to Eithel Delbert Williams and Bertha Emily (Hensley) Williams in Butler, OK and passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2024, in Stillwater, OK.LaVeta was raised and attended school in Butler, OK. She also attended a bookkeeping and secretarial school to learn shorthand and secretarial skills. She was employed as a secretary to a doctor at the Tuberculosis Sanitorium before having a career with Collins and Aikman Factory where she retired as personnel manager.She was married to Leland Wheeler in 1956, in Dill City, OK and Bill Goodrum in 1971, in Cordell, OK and Mr. Goodrum preceded her in death, and she later married Raymond Marshall in 1991 in TX and he preceded her in death.She had a love for the Lord and gave her life to Jesus Christ at the Broadway Heights Baptist Church in Clinton. She was a long time and active member of the Bessie Baptist Church where she was a member of the Women’s Missionary Group and the Bessie Messengers singing group. The singing group traveled to many nursing homes singing and ministering to the elderly and shut ins. For the past 11 years she was a member of the Cordell First Baptist Church and enjoyed being a part of her Sunday School Class and prayer group.She grew up in a musically talented family and they all enjoyed getting together to play the guitar, sing and fellowship. She loved horses, barrel racing and going to rodeos. All who knew LaVeta loved her. She was always happy, smiling, and her contagious laughter lit up the room. She loved traveling with her kids and grandkids and spending time with her whole family.Besides her husbands, she is preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Sharon Wheeler, grandson, Josh Ramsey, sisters, Delores Stidham, Martha Jo Swart, Wanda Blain, Anna Lee McDaniel, and Linda Shannon, two brothers, Delbert Williams, and Eddie Pool.She is survived by daughters, Debbi Mantooth and husband, Chuck, Sterling, OK, Gina Ramsey and husband, Michael, Stillwater, OK, Emily Weixel and husband, Mike, Cordell, OK, son, Brent Wheeler and Tammra, Elk City, OK, three sisters, Betty Davis, Elk City, OK, Delberta Lynch, Cheyenne, OK, Nelda Johnson and husband, Robert, Carter, OK.She is also survived by two stepsons, Butch Marshall and wife, Patti, Elk City, OK and Joel Marshall and wife, Liz, Arapaho, OK, step daughter, Renee’ DeSpain and husband, Carl, Arapaho, OK 11 grandchildren, Jennifer Cary, Justin Skaggs, James Evans, Christina Watts, Matt Chu, Laura Chu, Brandon Standingwater, Brian Ramsey, Angela Short, Brooklin Bell and Tyler Weixel and nine great-grandchildren and several bonus grandchildren and great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Rae Andrea Dillon
Jul 22, 1940 - Feb 14, 2024
Rae Andrea Dillon, 83, died February 14, 2024, at her home in Stillwater, Oklahoma with family by her side. Her memorial service will begin at 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 11, 2024 at Strode Funeral Home Chapel. It will be officiated by Reverend Katie Paul. Strode Funeral Home and Cremation is in charge of the arrangements. She was born July 22, 1940 to Jacqueline and John Hill in Oxford, Nebraska. She graduated school from Arapahoe, Nebraska. After school, she joined the Navy and was stationed at Camp Penelton where she became a nurse. There she met her future husband, Joseph Dillon. Rae and Joe were married on December 18, 1959, in Fallbrook, California. They spent 62 years together. She has had many vocations throughout her life, but her favorite was remolding houses with her husband. Her hobbies included reading and crafts. Those preceding her in death were her husband, Joe Dillon, daughters Shelly Dillon and Jackie Richardson, and grandson, Zackary Richardson. Survivors include her children, Shawn Dillon, Linda Burrage, Joseph Dillon II and Shilynn Setser; grandchildren William Richardson, Ranielle Richardson, Jed Richardson, Logan Lucas, Dustin Dillon, Sarah Sullivan, Katelyn Longest, Pheonix Dillon, Sloane Setser and Margot Setser; 9 great-grandchildren; and siblings Gae Tennison and Steve Hill. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be made to Wings of Hope Family Crisis, 3800 N Washington St., Stillwater, Oklahoma 74075 in Rae's name. The family would like to extend their appreciation and thanks to Karmen Legacy Hospice for their care and concern during this difficult time.
Don L. Boyd
Aug 02, 1945 - Feb 27, 2024
Don L. Boyd, 78, passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Graveside service will be held on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at 1:00pm at Pleasant Valley Sumner Cemetery. Dighton Marler Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.Don was born on August 2, 1945, in Tipton, Oklahoma to J.W. and Ira (Neal) Boyd. He grew up in Tipton, Oklahoma and joined the United States Army National Guard and obtained the rank of E6. He married Sharon Gutowski on June 3, 1966, at the First Christian Church in Perry.Don was a deacon at the church, he was on the Sumner school board. He worked for Bon Ray Oil company for five years and then worked for Ditch Witch for many years. Don’s greatest legacy was his family. Family was everything to him. Don was very proficient in making yard ornaments out of metal around the holidays, such as Christmas trees, pumpkins, snowmen.Don is preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, his brothers, Bill Boyd and J.C. Boyd and sister Wanda Stillson.He is survived by his wife Sharon, his children, Craig Boyd and his wife Lesa, Lisa Harman and her husband Mark, Coby Boyd and his wife Meliah and Dusty Boyd and his wife Alisa, and thirteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, Bonnie Hefner, Carol Spillard and Joy Holcomb.Pallbearers will be Craig Boyd, Dusty Boyd, Coby Boyd, Wyatt Boyd, Tyler Adams, and Lane Harman. Honorary Pallbearers will be Troy Karcher, Travis Richarson, Jeff Richardson, and Mark Haman.Condolences may be sent to the family via an online guestbook at www.dightonmarler.com.
Jannett Orlee Holt
Mar 18, 1953 - Jan 29, 2024
"A Celebration of Life Service for Jannett Orlee Holt, age 70 of Perkins, OK, will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 3, 2024, in the Anderson-Burris Funeral Home Chapel, 3002 N. Van Buren, Enid, OK, with Chaplain Russell Hughes officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Anderson-Burris Funeral Home. Visitation with the family will be Friday from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Jannett Holt was born March 18, 1953, to Leonard and Ludie Mae Vaden in Roosevelt, TX, and passed away Monday, January 29, 2024 in Stillwater. Jannett was the youngest of eleven children and graduated from Carrier High School in 1971. On May 27, 1972, she married her high school sweetheart, Lonnie. They lived together in Enid until 1985, then moved to Kremlin, OK in 2000 and presided there until her death. Jannett loved her Savior and was a member and served at the First Baptist Church of Enid. She enjoyed visiting her family, spoiling her thirteen grandchildren with extra love, traveling to the Rocky Mountains, and camping and fishing with Lonnie. Her love was unconditional and would always serve others before herself. She is survived by her husband of fifty-one years, Lonnie Holt, daughter Jennifer Cox and her husband Jason and their children Jaelin, Jordan, and Jocelyn, and two sons, Jeff and his wife Anna and their children Elizabeth, Abella, Maverick, Matthew, and Jaxon, and Erik and his wife Helen Holt and their children Angela, Allison, Greyson, and Easton, two sisters Nelline \u0026amp; Rosie and one brother Lynn. Jannett was preceded in death by her daughter Melissa Ann, dad Leonard, mom Ludie Mae, three sisters and four brothers. Any flowers and/or sympathy cards can be arranged through Uptown Floral."
Marjorie Kaye Hamm
Nov 06, 1939 - Feb 23, 2024
Marjorie “Kaye” Hamm passed away on February 23, 2024, at Legacy Village in Stillwater, OK where she resided the last two years. She was born on November 6, 1939, in Geary, Oklahoma, to Vincent D. and Stella Mae (Keely) Creveling. She attended Geary Public Schools and graduated from Geary High School. After graduation she married Ervin B. Abraham of Geary. They moved to Perry, Oklahoma in 1963 when Ervin was offered a job as a teacher at Perry Junior High School. They were married for 40 years and raised three children together. After Ervin’s death in 1998, Kaye married Carl B. Hamm. They were married for 10 years until his death in 2009.Kaye was employed at the First Bank and Trust Company of Perry for many years. She was a Vice President of the bank when she retired. Kaye had a passion for service. She was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church of Perry where she served as Treasurer for 30 plus years. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women in Faith. Other organizations that Kaye belonged to were P.E.O. Chapter BH Perry and the Ladies Tuesday Afternoon Club. Some additional passions were cooking, shopping, and traveling.Kaye is survived by her children, Debra Smith of Miami, Oklahoma; Valerie Villarreal of Mabank, Texas; and Vincent Abraham (Amy) of Perry; her grandchildren, Heather McCann (Scott) of Montgomery, Texas; Erin Smith of Louisville, Kentucky; Matthew Villarreal (Jessica) of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Austin North (Adriana) of Ft. Myers, Florida; her great grandchildren, Mason McCann of Montgomery, Texas; and Sophia Rodriguez of Ft. Myers, Florida; her brother, Dwight Creveling (Jan) of Tulsa, OK; her sister-in-law, Mitzi Warstler (CL) of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and other extended family members.Kaye is preceded in death by her parents, Vincent, and Stella Creveling; her first husband, Ervin B. Abraham; her second husband, Carl B. Hamm; her brother Duane Creveling and his wife Patsy; her beloved aunt and namesake Marjorie Schwartz; and additional extended family members.Services are being arranged by Dighton-Marler Funeral Home of Stillwater/Perry. A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 AM on March 1 at the First United Methodist Church of Perry. Officiating will be Pastor Matt Gary. A private burial will take place at Grace Hill Cemetery later in the day. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Perry or to the Alzheimer’s Association.Condolences may be sent to the family via an online guestbook at www.dightonmarler.com.
Gabrielle Claudia Ann Long
Feb 22, 2005 - Feb 22, 2024
The world lost a bright, shining angel on February 22, 2024. Gabrielle Claudia Ann Long, 19, of Stillwater, Oklahoma, passed away on her 19th birthday when she fell victim to a fatal hit and run driver. Gabi was born on February 22, 2005 to her parents Steve and Danielle Long in Vancouver, Washington. The family moved to Stillwater in the summer of 2021, Gabi's junior year where she attended Stillwater High School and graduated in May of 2023. She enrolled at Oklahoma State University to pursue a degree in Graphic Arts. Gabi was a good student carrying a 3.7 GPA and taking Honors classes. Gabi was a kid at heart, and her parents never saw her as anything more than their little girl. She had a wide-eyed wonder of the world, loved learning new things and sharing them with others. She always had a smile on her face and she lit up the room when she walked in. Her eyes shone with her love of life, and she was loved by all who knew her. Gabi loved to draw and spent most of her free time creating characters, what her dad called her own version of anime. She had a profound love of animals, sloths and raccoons in particular, but she especially loved her cat Billy. She loved Pokemon, Dungeons and Dragons, and Anime. She had a huge collection of stuffed animals and never met a Squishmellow she didn't need to get. She always seemed to need just one more. She was a wonderful singer and sang all the time, and she loved to spend time with her family and friends. Gabi started dating her boyfriend Caden not long after she arrived in Stillwater and they shared a deep love and respect for each other. Those who know them say they were made for each other. To Caden's family, Craig, Heather, brothers Lucah and Tristan, and grandparents Jerry and Lydia, she became the daughter they never had, and she loved them dearly. Gabi was a combo of the best of all of us. She was smart like her older sister Alexis, would fight fiercely like her brother Gunnar and her mom for friends and family, and had creativity and a bit of a free spirit like her sister Emi, and a sense of humor like dad. She was the sweetest, kindest person you could know, and everyone who met her loved her. Her smile lit up the room and her eyes sparkled with her love of life. She loved to talk and would end the day telling her parents about her day and something new she had learned or discovered. We will miss those talks terribly. She was such an amazing, special person and had become such a beautiful young woman, her family is so proud of who she was and this world is darker without her smile. We will miss her painfully. Gabi is survived by her parents Steve and Danielle, her sister Alexis White and her husband Matt, and their children Grayson, Scarlett, Atticus, and Lylah, her sister Emilee, her brother Gunnar and his wife Kelleena and daughter Susie, and her grandparents Jim and Judy Rick. Funeral services will be held at Countryside Baptist Church in Stillwater on February 29, 2024 at 2PM. Burial will follow in Fairlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Stillwater Animal Welfare to honor her love for all animals.