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Walter Richey

Oct 22, 1958 - Nov 13, 2023

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Owasso, OK

"Walter Lee Richey was born October 22, 1958, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Coy Jerry Richey and Shirley Ann Westbrook Richey. He died Monday, November 13, 2023, in Watova, Oklahoma, at the age of 65 years. Walter completed his secondary education in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and graduated with the Will Rogers High School Class of 1976. He spent most of his working as a glass specialist with Solar Auto Glass, Sunbelt Glass, and most recently with Tristar Auto Glass in Tulsa. He was married November 27, 1996, in...Read More

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Sue Scruggs

Dec 23, 1936 - Feb 24, 2024

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Owasso, OK

Sue Scruggs passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2024, in Owasso, OK at the age of 87. Sue was born to Carl Benton and Gena Marie (Smallwood) Scruggs in Judsonia, AR on December 23, 1936. She was a lifelong member of the area, having worked for Silvey Insurance Company for 45 years until her retirement.

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Grieving Nex Benedict

Jan 07, 2008 - Feb 07, 2024

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Owasso, OK

In memory of Nex Benedict, a 16-year-old nonbinary youth from El Paso, Texas, who tragically passed away on February 8, 2024, following a brutal assault at Owasso High School in Oklahoma, we mourn a life cut short and reflect on the heartbreaking circumstances surrounding their death. Nex, born on January 11, 2008, identified as nonbinary, using they/them pronouns. Described as a nature lover, cat enthusiast, and straight-A student, Nex enjoyed activities like watching "The Walking Dead," drawing, reading, and playing Ark and Minecraft. Their family fondly recalled Nex's love for cooking and creating unique recipes. The incident unfolded on February 7, with three older girls reportedly assaulting Nex in a high school bathroom. Despite the severity of the attack, medical assistance was not promptly provided on-site, raising concerns about the school's response to such violence. Nex was taken to the hospital by their grandmother after the fight, released that evening, but tragically passed away the next day. Amidst the tragedy, questions arise about the school's policies, the role of in-school resource officers, and the obligation to address the situation promptly. It is a stark reminder of the vulnerability nonbinary individuals often face, even in educational settings. Despite the gravity of this incident, media coverage has largely overlooked Nex's story, misgendering and deadnaming them. In contrast, sensationalized reports about a non-trans-related incident have garnered undue attention. We remember Nex not only for the unimaginable challenges they faced but as a young soul deserving of a full and happy life. Our thoughts are with Nex's family and friends. May they find peace and justice, and may Nex's memory be a catalyst for broader conversations about ensuring the safety and well-being of all students, regardless of their gender identity. Rest in power, Nex.

Kathie Fierro

May 11, 1949 - Feb 05, 2024

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Owasso, OK

Kathie Fierro, age 74, passed peacefully in Owasso Oklahoma on February 5th, 2024. She was born May 11, 1949 in Inglewood California.She's survived by her husband, Armando, married 52 years, daughter Angela and sister Diane. As well has her 9 grandchildren and her 3 great grandchildren and 4 grand-dogs.Kathie retired in Owasso, Oklahoma for the last 5 years of her beautiful life with her husband Armando. They married on July 7th, 1972. Having two beautiful daughters, Tina and Angela.Kathie worked at CCI Controls as a secretary for over 20 years. She also joined weight watchers and loved her WW family, and was an avid walker.She would never forget a special day or moment and sent many beautiful hand written cards sending her love and encouragement.Kathie would often accompany her sister Diane in the summer months in San Marcos for some well needed sister time and fun.Although she never had a pets, she had befriended all the amazing pets in her neighborhood as well has her daughter Angela, 3 dogs, named Chandler, Buttercup, Baby G, and her grandsons newest puppy Sequoia.Kathie Fierro would pass peacefully next to her husband and best friend Armando Fierro on February 5th, 2024, and would soon join her oldest daughter, Tina Gamponia, who passed in 2007 of colon cancer.

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Clifford Birtton Risley

May 27, 1943 - Feb 10, 2024

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Owasso, OK

Clifford Birtton Risley, 80 years old; passed from this life on February 10, 2024 In Owasso, Oklahoma. He was born May 27, 1943 in Qualls, Oklahoma to parents Ruby Marie, and Guy Birtton Risley. Clifford married Christine (Tina) on October 25, 1962 They have been married for 61 Years. They have five children Wayne, Samantha, David, Alex and Sarah. He was a career construction sheetrock hanger. He was an avid outdoorsman. He loved Hunting, anything that had a season Especially racoons and deer. He also loved to fish for anything he could catch and was known for his extraordinary patience when doing either. His famous quote (They will be along directly “drectly”) He also loved sharing these experiences with His family and especially his grandchildren. Clifford is preceded in death by his Father, Mother, one Sister Virginia Queen, Brothers Ray Risley, Floyd Risley, and Glen Risley. His son and daughter-n-law Wayne and Belinda Risley, and daughter Sarah Torrance. Clifford is survived by his wife Christine (Tina) Risley, Daughter Samantha Law Sons David and Alex Risley. Lots of grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Leona Armor (Darrell), Wynona Cordray (Dennis), Viola Norris, and brother John T Risley.

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Terry Alan Hazlewood

Sep 15, 1945 - Jan 23, 2024

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Owasso, OK

Terry Alan Hazlewood, a cherished family man and esteemed member of the Owasso community, passed away peacefully on January 23, 2024, at the age of 78. Born on September 15, 1945, in Tupelo, Mississippi, Terry was the son of the late Edgar Alan Hazlewood and Edith Massie. His journey through life took him from his southern roots to the heart of Oklahoma, where he established a legacy of kindness and generosity that touched the lives of many.Terry's formative years in Tupelo laid a strong foundation for the man he would become—a person of unwavering integrity and warmth. His move to Owasso, Oklahoma, marked the beginning of a new chapter, where he met and married the love of his life, Florence Katherine Hazlewood. Their enduring partnership was blessed with two wonderful children, Monte and Lottie Hazlewood, who in turn filled Terry's life with the joy of five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.Professionally, Terry was a skilled brick mason, known for his meticulous craftsmanship and dedication to excellence. His hands shaped not only the bricks and mortar of the structures he worked on but also the lives of those who had the privilege to work alongside him. Terry took great pride in his remodel work, transforming spaces with his keen eye for detail and his commitment to creating beauty in the world.Beyond his work, Terry's true passion lay in the time he spent with his family and the meaningful contributions he made to the AA Fellowship. For 39 years, he was a steadfast presence in the Fellowship, sharing his journey with others and offering a helping hand to those in need. His unwavering support and wise counsel were sources of comfort and inspiration to countless individuals seeking guidance on their path to recovery.Those who knew Terry would describe him as the epitome of friendliness. His kind demeanor and generous spirit were evident in every interaction. He approached life with a gentle smile and an open heart, always ready to extend a helping hand or a word of encouragement. His presence was a beacon of light, and his absence will leave a profound void in the hearts of all who loved him.As we bid farewell to Terry Alan Hazlewood, we are reminded of the indelible mark he has left on this world. His legacy will live on through the cherished memories shared by his family, the structures he built with his hands, and the lives he touched with his compassionate soul. Though he may no longer walk among us, his spirit will continue to guide and inspire us, as we carry forward the lessons of love, kindness, and generosity he embodied throughout his life.Terry's life was a testament to the power of human connection and the impact one person can have on a community. He will be deeply missed by his beloved wife, Florence; his son, Monte; his daughter, Lottie; his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and the many friends and individuals whose lives he enriched. Though our hearts grieve, we take solace in knowing that Terry's legacy will forever be etched in the hearts of those he loved and the community he served with such devotion.

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Maria Vassiliou

Oct 10, 1934 - Feb 01, 2024

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Owasso, OK

"Maria Vassiliou was born on October 10, 1934, in Athens, Greece to Christos Vassiliou and Anastasia Vassiliou. She passed from this life on Thursday, February 1, 2024, at her home in Owasso, Oklahoma at the age of 89 years. Maria was raised and educated in Athens and on the island of Mytilene in Greece where she graduated from the Girls High School of Mytilene in 1953. In 1961 she married her first husband, Stelios Zacharopoulos, and in 1963 birthed her first child Christos. In 1965, she moved to the United States with them where her daughter, Loretta was born in 1966 in Chicago. The family moved to Queens, New York in 1967 when she got a job working for the Greek Mission to the United Nations. While working full time and raising her children, she furthered her education by earning a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University in NYC, and a master’s degree from New York University in NYC. Maria devoted her life to fighting for and defending human rights. She started as a Human Rights Expert working for decades for the Greek Mission to the United Nations, representing Greece on the 3rd committee of the UN in NYC. In 1991, she was chosen to serve as first assistant to the High Commissioner of Human Rights to the United Nations and moved to Geneva, Switzerland. In 1996, she “retired” to Greece where she started and ran her own Non-Governmental Organization for over 20 years “The Human Rights Defense Center.” In these years, she helped many Greeks (both children with anti-bullying work and adults), many people in Balkan countries, including Cypriot prisoners in Turkey, girls and women who were trafficked throughout Europe and so many others. She was married on July 8, 1993, in Geneva, Switzerland to Harry Psomiades, the love of her life. In her spare time, Maria loved spending time with her children, and then her grandchildren, as well as various pastimes such as swimming, playing tennis, reading, and most of all helping others. She is survived by: 1 Child, Loretta Anastasia Zacharopoulos Farrell; 3 Grandchildren, Michael Christos Farrell, Joshua Thomas Farrell, Anastasia Zoe Farrell; Siblings, Constance “Toto” Tagopoulos, Demetra Egan, Julia Roussou. She was preceded in death by her parents, Christos and Anastasia Vassiliou; her husband, Harry Psomiades; and her greatest devastation was the loss of her son, Chris Zacharopoulos, at the age of 26, in December 1989. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6, 2024. Funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 7, 2024. Both the visitation and the funeral service will be in the Mowery Funeral Service Chapel."

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Bonnie Jeannine Shackelford

Apr 24, 1958 - Jan 28, 2024

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Owasso, OK

"Bonnie Jeannine Shackelford was born April 24, 1958, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Jack Edward Stewart and Phyllis Jo (Picaman) Stewart. She passed from this life on Sunday, January 28, 2024, at her home in Owasso, Oklahoma, at the age of 65 years. Bonnie was raised in Tulsa, and attended Mclain High School, but transferred to and graduated from Edison High School. After graduation, Bonnie got a job with Bank of Oklahoma as a receptionist. She worked there throughout her entire career, retiring as Financial Systems Administrator as well as Assistant Vice President, after 44 years of service. Her favorite past times after retirement were talking to neighbors, phone calls with friends that would last hours, and playing Red Ball slot machines at the casino. Those she leaves behind who hold many cherished memories include daughters, Catrina Shackelford, of Owasso, Oklahoma, and Brooke Shackelford, of Joplin, Missouri; grandchildren, Silas Shackelford, of Oologah, Oklahoma, and Jadyn Newman, of Ketchum, Oklahoma; brothers, Jack Stewart, Jr., of Germany, and Jimmy Lee Stewart, of Skiatook, Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Phyllis Stewart. The memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Thursday, February 8, 2024, at the Mowery Funeral Service Chapel in Owasso, with Reverend Kevin Laufer officiating."

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Bobby Gene Taylor

Apr 27, 1959 - Jan 22, 2024

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Owasso, OK

"Bobby Gene Taylor was born on April 27, 1959, in Vinita, Oklahoma to Robert Lloyd Taylor and Carole Faye (Ridgley) Taylor. He passed from this life on Monday, January 22, 2024, in Owasso, Oklahoma at the age of 64 years. Bobby was raised and educated in Tulsa as a part of the East Central High School Class of 1977. After high school, Bobby worked for PSO for 19 years but spent most of his working life as an aircraft mechanic with Nordam for the past 27 years. Bobby was married on August 27, 1983, in Tulsa to Kathryn Ann (Kaiser) Taylor. In his spare time, Bobby enjoyed a variety of pastimes such as lawn and gardening, and watching the St. Louis Cardinals and Oklahoma Sooners. His favorite love of all was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He is survived by: His Loving Wife; Kathryn Taylor 2 Daughters; Shannon Martinez and husband R.J. of Collinsville, OK Lindsay Drake and her husband Derek of Broken Arrow, OK 4 Grandchildren; Judah Martinez, Jentzen Martinez, Hadleigh Martinez, and Adley Drake Brother; Wade Taylor and his wife Denise He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Carole Taylor, sister, Debbie Hougland, paternal grandparents, Henry and Cora Taylor, maternal grandparents, Estel and Melba Ridgley, and his in-laws, John and Elise Kaiser. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 25, 2024, at Mowery Funeral Service in Owasso. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 26, 2024, at Owasso First Assembly. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Bobby’s memory to Neighbors in Need, 708 N. Main St, Owasso, OK 74055. Arrangements and services were entrusted to Mowery Funeral Service."

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Goldie Commalita Hearn

Feb 01, 1935 - Feb 06, 2024

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Owasso, OK

Obituary Goldie Commalita Hearn, daughter of The late Ruben Quigley and Emma Williams Quigley, was born February 1, 1935, in Piggot Arkansas and departed this life on February 6, 2024 at the age of 89 years 5 days. Goldie married Rubin Henry Hearn on December 10, 1951 in Mississippi Goldie was a resident of Owasso OK, a member of First United Pentecostal Church of Collinsville OK Survivors include Two Sons: Ora (Debbie) Hearn, Jeff Hearn Two Daughters Sheila (Darvin) Willhoite, Gaye Lynn Hearn Grandchildten: Travis Willhoite, Brandon Hearn, Erin West, Taylor Hearn Great Grandchildren: Haley West, Hudson West, Vaughn Hearn, Violet Hearn, Emma Willhoite Goldie was preceeded in death by her sisters: Hazel Quigley, Wanda Lafferty, Dorothy Walker, Darlene Davidson, Juanita Byrd, Opal Cheshire, and Ruby Johnson. Visitation will be Friday, February 9, 2024 from 9:00 am -8:00 pm at the Collinsville Dolton Funeral Home with the family receiving guests from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, February 10, 2024 at the First Pentecostal Church in Collinsville with Sr. Pastor Don Martin and Campus Pastor Kyle Holt officiating. Interment will follow at Ridgelawn Cemetery in Collinsville. Services are under the direction of Collinsville Dolton Funeral Home, (918) 371-2111, collinsvillefh.com.

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Vernon Gail Susmilch

May 16, 1933 - Jan 27, 2024

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Owasso, OK

Vernon Gail Susmilch, a devoted husband, loving father, and proud veteran, peacefully passed away on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at his Owasso residence. He was 90 years old. Born on May 16, 1933, near Chicago in River Grove, Illinois, Vernon was the cherished son of Louis and Freida Lily (Haeger) Susmilch. He grew up in the Chicago area. Following his graduation, Vernon enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on January 20, 1952, serving with honor for an impressive 22 years. Most of his military service was stationed at Grissom Air Force Base in Indiana, with an additional year-long assignment in Japan. Vernon retired from the Air Force on April 30, 1974, achieving the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. Post-retirement, he continued to contribute to the aviation industry, working for Federal Express and Flight Safety. On May 26, 1954, Vernon wed the love of his life, Sandra Elizabeth Temples, and they celebrated nearly 70 years of marriage. Vernon was known for his incredible handiness, capable of fixing almost anything. Even in his senior years, he embraced technology (with mixed results). He had successful auto reupholstery and television repair businesses, always ensuring his family's well-being. Vernon had a dry sense of humor and was renowned for his wit. His drive for success, charm, and social nature made him a beloved figure. He enjoyed camping and fishing with his family in state parks throughout the United States. During their retirement years, Vernon and Sandra traveled the world, exploring destinations like Alaska, Germany, Hawaii, and Australia. An avid reader, puzzle enthusiast, cook, and skilled clock repairman, Vernon also excelled in stained glasswork, winning an award at the Tulsa State Fair. Woodworking was another passion he pursued with dedication as well as automobile restoration and repair. Vernon is survived by his loving wife, Sandra, and their children Mark Susmilch (Joanne), Susan Rutherford (Charles Edward), Christy Bernal (Jose), and Michael Susmilch (Barbara Thomas). He is also remembered by his grandchildren Justin, Madison, Caroline, Melissa, Michelle, Matthew, Reid, Emily, and Corina, as well as great-grandchildren, McKenna, Graham, Nolan, Lily, Leighton, Ryan, Hank, Malcolm, Ollie, Mabel Jane, and Louie, Rilee, Reid Jr., Levi, and Landon, Gentri, Hannah; goddaughter, Glenda "Muffun" Ray, nieces, nephews and many cherished friends in the Owasso/Tulsa area. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Freida Lily Susmilch, and two brothers, Raymond and Glenn Susmilch. A graveside ceremony with U.S. Air Force military honors will take place at 2 PM on Thursday, February 8, at the Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis., MN. Visitation is scheduled from 2-4 PM on Sunday, February 4, in the Parlor of Bixby-South Tulsa Funeral Service. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at 6 PM on Monday, February 5, at the Emersumnice Brewery in Owasso. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to COPD Foundation in Vernon's honor. Vernon will be deeply missed but forever remembered for his warmth, humor, and enduring love for his family and friends. May he rest in eternal peace.

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