Pioneer Genealogical Society - In Memory Of Our Members

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Pioneer Woman Statue

Ponca City, OK – Bryant Baker, Sculptor – Dedicated April 22, 1930.

Marland Mansion

Ponca City, OK - Constructed 1928.

Ponca City Library

Ponca City, OK – Constructed 1935.

Standing Bear Museum & Education Center

Ponca City, OK - Dedicated September 29, 2007.

Kay County Courthouse

Newkirk, OK – Constructed 1926.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Graydon Lester Brown died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2005, in Oklahoma City. A memorial service will be held at the Brill Chapel at Epworth Villa, 14901 North Pennsylvania Avenue, Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m.
Born Aug. 7, 1924, the son of Ethel Pratt and Simpson Lester Brown in Newkirk, Brown went through grade school and high school there. His college education at Oklahoma A&M, now Oklahoma State University, was interrupted by World War II. He served as a radio technician in the U.S. Navy.
Graydon received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in 1948 and 1952 from Oklahoma State University. After his graduation he worked for the Research Foundation of Oklahoma State University. He participated in the development of a radar beacon missile tracking system from 1948 to 1951. He married Marquetta Griswold in 1951. In 1952, Graydon went to work for Conoco in the Research and Development Department in the development of geophysical instrumentation in Ponca City. He contributed to the development of the "Vibroseis" exploration system, which searches for oil without using dynamite.
Graydon was granted 22 patents by the U.S. Patent Office assigned to Conoco. He retired in 1986 as director of technical and administrative services. He then went to work for Pelton Co., where he taught classes in the use of "Vibroseis." In addition to Ponca City, he taught classes in Canada, Germany and Pakistan.
After he retired from Pelton Co., he served as a consulting engineer. He is a member of the IEEE and the Oklahoma Society of Professional Engineers and a member and Distinguished Lecturer of the Society of Exploration Geophysics.
Active in the Ponca City community, Graydon was chairman of the Community Concert Board for several terms. He was also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the First United Methodist Church for several terms. He was a Boy Scout leader and took a troop on a tour of Europe. He enjoyed back packing and helped Don Miller sponsor church back packing trips.
On his travels in the United States Graydon would stop at court houses and do genealogical research. He was active in the Ponca Genealogy Society, serving as president. He gave many programs. His favorite presentations were "Researching in England" and "Land Records."
The family hosted two foreign exchange students from Australia and Brazil. When visiting the Australian student, Graydon scuba dived in the Great Barrier Reef. He also dived in the Cayman Islands and the Caribbean.
He became interested in the Antarctic as a youth when listening to the radio broadcasts of polar explorer Admiral Richard Byrd. He realized his dream of cruising around Antarctica in 1997. He made several wet landings taking photos of he penguins and seals.
Another pastime was snow skiing in Colorado. He did ski the slopes of Inssbruck, Austria, once, just to say he had, but he liked Colorado better.
He is survived by his wife and their children, Gracelyn Brown, Los Angeles; G. Wesley and Kelly Brown, Erin and Madeline Rose, Tulsa; Anitra and Christopher Rowley, New York; and Jolly and Greg Pugh, Michael, Allison and Tyler, Norman; Helen Brennan, Australia, and Lu Machado D'Oliveria, Brazil, and a host of friends and relatives.
In lieu of flowers, send contributions to First United Methodist Church, 200 South Sixth street, Ponca City, Okla. 74601, or Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, 825 NE 13th Street, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73104.
Friends may pay their respects to the family from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 at the Goldenstern home.

Published in The Ponca City News December 12, 2005 - Ponca City, Oklahoma


Barbara Jessie Chambers, longtime resident of Ponca City, passed away Monday, May 16, 2005. She was 91.
The funeral will be held Friday, May 20, at 10 a.m. at Grace Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Diana C. Leaf, associate pastor of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery.
Barbara was born Sept. 8, 1913, in Morrison, the daughter of William T. Rivers and Jessie E. Tilford Rivers. The family moved to Edmond when Barbara was 2 1/2 years old. She lived in Edmond for the duration of her childhood, graduating from Central State Teachers College (currently the University of Central Oklahoma) in the spring of 1933. Barbara graduated at the age of 19 with teaching degrees in mathematics and physical education. While at CSTC, Barbara enjoyed and excelled at swimming, tennis and field hockey.
In the fall of 1933, Barbara moved to Fletcher, where she began her teaching career. It was during this time that Barbara earned a master's degree in math from the University of Oklahoma.
She was united in marriage to Irl T. Chambers on March 25, 1951, in New Orleans, La. They made their home together in Ponca City. Barbara began teaching for the Ponca City Public School System in 1943 and continued until she retired in 1981 after 48 years dedicated to teaching.
Following her teaching career, Barbara served the community by volunteering at the Ponca City Library and the Ponca City Hospital, and as an active member of DAR and AAUW.
Barbara is survived by her two sons, Keith Chambers of Tulsa and Mark Chambers and wife Tammie of Corpus Christi, Texas; two grandsons, Daniel Chambers and Matthew Chambers; two nephews, Ronald Rivers of Katy, Texas, and Warren Rivers of Ponca City; one niece, Beth Rivers of Grand Junction, Colo.; and other great nieces and nephews. Barbara will always be remembered for her immense love for her family and passion for teaching.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Irl, on Sept. 9, 1989, and 12 brothers and sisters.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children, 103 Tuleta, San Antonio, Texas 78212.

Published in The Ponca City News May 18, 2005 - Ponca City, Oklahoma


Lulu Mae Marshall Keathly, Ponca City resident, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005, at Shawn Manor Nursing Home. She was 77.
The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, in the chapel of First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Michael Seabaugh, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park under the direction of Trout Funeral Home.
Lulu Mae "Lou" Marshall Keathly was born to Dwight Park and Lulu Bell Hopper Marshall in Grenola, Kan., on June 11, 1927. Her family lived in Ponca City until 1930 and, after several moves with Continental Oil Company, returned to Ponca City in 1935. She graduated from Ponca City High School in 1945. An only child, she held a special bond with her parents.
Lulu Mae married Jack Wayne Keathly in Ponca City on May 18, 1945. They established a farm home in the Bressie community south of Ponca City on land still in the family today. In 1958, to insure a better education for their three children, they purchased a second home in Ponca City and for many years Lou was a homemaker for both the farm and the town homes.
Lou was very active in her children's activities. She was a den mother for Cub Scouts, a Camp Fire leader, a home room mother and held various offices in the Liberty School PTA.
In 1960 she supported her husband in the establishment of Keathly Nursery on the family farm in Bressie. In 1964 the nursery was moved to its present site in Osage County and renamed Keathly Nursery and Landscape Company. Lou worked in the family business until ill health caused her retirement in 1999.
Her hobbies included her grandchildren's activities, reading, travel, antiques and, her passion, genealogy. She collected a large home library of genealogy materials and, with her husband or friends, traveled the United States in search of family genealogy information. One trip took them to Ireland to find the Keathly family roots. She was named Outstanding Nurserywoman of the Year in 1988. She became a member of The Daughters of the American Revolution on Oct. 14, 1977.
She worked diligently with the DAR and served on several committees for more than 25 years. She also served on the Ponca City Library board and the Friends of the Cultural Center. She was a member of both the 101 Ranch Oldtimer's Association and 101 Collectors organization. She was a member of First United Methodist Church.
Surviving are her husband, Jack of the home; three children and their spouses, David and Marcia Keathly, Jane and Bruce Horinek and Richard and Jackie Keathly, all of Ponca City; her grandchildren, Bryan Trigalet of Marland, Jonathan and Cindy Keathly of Frisco, Texas, Ezra Smith, Elisa Smith and Park Waller of Ponca City, Layne Keathly of Stillwater, and Austin and Annie Keathly of Ponca City; her great-grandchildren, Carson Smith and Jude and Joel Shed of Ponca City.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Casket bearers will be her six grandsons and two nephews.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Ponca City Hospice, c/o Trout Funeral Home, 505 W. Grand, Ponca City, Okla. 74601.

Published in The Ponca City News January 25, 2005 - Ponca City, Oklahoma


Ray Laughrey, longtime resident of Ponca City, died Wednesday, June 9, 2004, at Presbyterian Manor Health Care Unit in Arkansas City, Kan. He was 80.
The funeral will be held Saturday, June 12, at 2 p.m. at Grace Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Michael Brien, nephew and pastor of Seiling Gospel Lighthouse in Seiling, officiating. Burial will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery with military honors provided by the American Legion Huff-Minor Post 14.
Ray was born Feb. 11, 1924, in South Haven, Kan., the son of Fred Blaine and Rozena DeSha Laughrey. He grew up on the family farm in South Haven. Ray was inducted into the U.S. Army on Aug. 14, 1943, and served with the 170th Engineer Combat Battalion including tours in Okinawa and the Philippines. He received honorable discharge on Feb. 13, 1946. Following his discharge, Ray began a career with the Santa Fe Railroad as a brakeman. After more than 40 years, he retired as a switchman foreman.
On Aug. 14, 1954, Ray married Maxine Miller in Wichita, Kan. She preceded him in death on May 22, 1974. He later married Virginia Lowrie on March 15, 1991, in Miami, Okla., and she preceded him in death on Jan. 4, 2002.
Ray was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church as well as the Ponca City Genealogy Society and loved researching genealogy. He was also a member of the Ponca City Masonic Lodge, American Legion Huff-Minor Post 14, and a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars. Ray enjoyed deer hunting, fishing and collecting ball point pins.
He is survived by one daughter, Diana Brien and her husband Teck of Ponca City; one stepdaughter, Connie Graham and her husband Larry of Arkansas City, Kan.; one stepson, Lynn Wilson of Ponca City; two sisters, Grace Harrison of Tulsa and Veda Hamilton of Wagoner; nine grandchildren, Heather, Holly, Jenna, Nicole, Christy, Misty, Stace, Chad and Les; and numerous nephews, nieces and friends as well as a very special nephew and niece, Larry and Wanda Gould.
In addition to both wives, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon on Dec. 11, 1994; one sister, Lena Drowatzky; and two brothers, Lynn and Earle Laughrey.
Casket bearers will be Earl Frazier, Gary McCain, Dave McClure, Bill Gibson, Ron Hunt and Steve Shea. Honorary bearers will be Kenny Bryer, Gaylard Ross, Dale Beall and Jack Ruff.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in Ray's memory to Alzheimer's Association, 6465 S. Yale, Suite 318, Tulsa, Okla. 74136.

Published in The Ponca City News June 11, 2004 - Ponca City, Oklahoma


Raymona Mae Potts LeBaron, Ponca City resident, died Friday June 10, 2005, at the Ponca City Nursing Home. She was 78.
A service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday June 14, at Woodlands Christian Church with the Rev. Paul Krueger, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park under the direction of Trout Funeral Home.
Raymona Mae Potts LeBaron, the first of four children, was born Jan. 4, 1927, in Ponca City to Ray Potts and Thelma Paris Potts. She lived here all her life.
Raymona was baptized into Christ in her youth and was an active member of First Christian Church while growing up.
She attended Roosevelt Elementary, East Junior High, and graduated from Ponca City High School with the class of 1945.
Raymona took a job with Continental Oil Company in pipeline accounting. It was through her association with Continental that she met her future husband, Lloyd LeBaron. They were married June 21, 1948, at the First Christian Church.
Lloyd and Raymona joined Woodlands Christian Church in 1958 where Raymona served for many years as a Sunday school teacher, member of the choir, member of the board, and finally as church secretary, retiring in 1990.
Raymona had a great love for Ponca City. She took pride in the fact that her mother and father were friends of E.W. Marland and of Will Rogers. She was active in her community over the years by participating in many civic activities. A few of these include establishment of Ponca City Helpline (with good friend Joan Mason), Ponca City Welcome Wagon, Relay for Life, Crop Walk, Daughters of the American Revolution, Ponca City Garden Club, PTL (Lutheran Elementary), PTA (Roosevelt Elementary), Cub Scout den leader, Blue Bird and Campfire leader.
Lloyd and Raymona enjoyed playing bridge with family friends, pitching horseshoes as members of the Oklahoma Horseshoe Pitchers Association and bowling, where they belonged to various leagues. They also enjoyed long walks around Lake Ponca.
Raymona had a great love for genealogy research. She was able to learn a lot about family history and to correspond with family members from all over the United States.
Raymona entered Ponca City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center May 29, 2003, following a stroke. She lived there — visited daily by her husband Lloyd and daughter Darla — until her death June 10, 2005, at the age of 78 years, five months and six days. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Raymona leaves to remember her, her husband Lloyd, of the home; one son and his wife, Jerold and Mellanie LeBaron and their children Keith, Philip, Brian and Rachel of Newkirk; one daughter and her husband, Darla and Richard Jones and their children, Robert "Robbie" Jones, and Darla's son and his wife, Nathan and Cammie Caudill and their infant daughter Natalie, and Darla's daughter and her husband, Nicole Caudill and Ritchie Golay and their children Cole and Korie, all of Ponca City; a sister and her husband, Lela and Ralph Freeman of Iliff, Colo.; a brother and his wife, Johnny and Phyllis Potts of Amarillo, Texas; a sister, Adagia DiGaia (formerly Helen Potts) of Newkirk; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Published in The Ponca City News June 12, 2005 - Ponca City, Oklahoma


Iris D. Lowry, former resident of Ponca City, died on Monday, July 14, 2003, in Arkansas City, Kan., at the home of her daughter Sue and her husband Ernest Patrick, where she had resided for the past three years. She was 91.
A graveside service will be held at Odd Fellows Cemetery on Friday, July 18, at 9 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. Sheila Combs-Francis, Albright Methodist Church, officiating. Services are under the direction of the Trout Funeral Home.
Iris D. Alley was born in Washington County on March 28, 1912, the daughter of Iva and Chalmer Alley. She received her early education in Bartlesville and Blackwell and the University Preparatory School (NOC) in Tonkawa. She married Burnie G. Lowry on Aug. 30, 1932. They were longtime members of the Sunshine Beagle Club and the Ponca City Genealogy Society.
She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Sue and Ernest Patrick of Arkansas City, Kan., and Janice and Ken Whinery of Norman; one son, Jeff Lowry of Montgomery, Texas; ten grandchildren, Karen Young, Jon Patrick, Paul Whinery, Sam Whinery, Tom Whinery, Kathy McDuffie, Sheryl Tate, Stephen Lowry, Michael Lowry and Andrew Lowry; nine great-grandchildren, Jace Patrick, Stephanie Whinery, Joshua Whinery, Michelle Whinery, Rachel Whinery, Brandi Shedd, Tyler Tate, Jeré Tate and Madison McDuffie.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Scott Lowry; two brothers, Dayton O. Alley and Reginald "Bus" Alley; a daughter-in-law, Cynthia Lowry; and a great-grandchild, Tanner Tate.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ponca City Humane Society, 900 W. Prospect, Ponca City, Okla. 74601 or to Hospice Care, 1401 Main, Winfield, Kan. 67156.

Published in The Ponca City News July 16, 2003 - Ponca City, Oklahoma


Mamie Ruth Holroyd Ramey, resident of Tonkawa, died Thursday, March 17, 2005, at the Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kan. She was 90.
A funeral will be held Saturday, March 19, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Tonkawa with the Rev. Dr. Richard Thomasson officiating. Burial will follow in the Union Cemetery in Billings.
Mamie Ruth Holroyd Ramey was born July 2, 1914, in Billings, the daughter of Roy and Mollie Ellen Kirk Holroyd. She married Clair Edward "Bud" Ramey Jan. 8, 1938, in Enid. They lived in many states before they settled in Tonkawa in the mid 1950s. She enjoyed researching family history.
Survivors include a daughter, Mollie Smith of Prattville, Ala.; a son, John Clair Ramey of Tonkawa; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two brothers, a sister and a grandson.
Memorial donations may be made the Methodist Church in Billings.

Published in The Ponca City News March 18, 2005 - Ponca City, Oklahoma


Helen Elizabeth Spore, longtime Newkirk area resident, died Monday evening, Dec. 13, 2004, in Via Christi Oklahoma Regional Medical Center in Ponca City. She was 95.
Funeral services have been scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 16 in the First United Methodist Church of Newkirk with the Rev. Sarah Parker, minister of the First Presbyterian Church of Newkirk, officiating. Burial will follow in Newkirk Cemetery under the direction of Miller-Stahl Funeral Service.
Those serving as casket bearers will be David Spore, David Lavers, David Engelking, John Spore, Chris Lavers, Jace Hall, Toby Lavers and Bob Walter.
Those wishing to may honor Helen's memory with a contribution to a charity of choice.
Helen Elizabeth Spore was born April 20, 1909, near Newkirk, the daughter of Thomas Sidney and Bertha Elizabeth Patten Spore. She grew up in the rural area and received her early education in the Kildare and Liberty schools and Newkirk High School where she graduated with the class of 1928. She then attended Ponca City Business College.
Helen worked for Ponca City Building and Loan Company and the Security Bank in Ponca City before going to work for Conoco in 1930. She worked in various positions there until retiring in May 1971 from the Interviewing and Testing Section of Personnel Relations.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ponca City and the Presbyterian Women's Association. She was a former charter member of Beta Sigma Phi. Helen was active in Pioneer Genealogical Society of Ponca City and served on the board of the Newkirk Community Historical Society and the Cher-Ok-Kan Gateway Association. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Ponca City and was active in the Lilac Garden Club.
She is survived by one sister-in-law, Ann Spore of Newkirk; nephews and nieces and their spouses, John and Sally Spore of Ponca City, Jean and David Lavers of Newkirk, David and Linda Spore of Kildare and Julie and David Engelking of Derby, Kan.; great-nephews and great-nieces, Chris and Cory Lavers of Kansas City, Angie and Bob Walter of Stillwater, Lisa and Jace Hall of Kildare, Sonya Spore of Kildare, Matt Spore, stationed in Iraq, Toby and Kendra Lavers, stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, and Anna Lavers of Newkirk; one great-niece; one great-great-nephew; and two great-great-nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Sidney Spore and Franklin Spore, and one sister, Eletha Rowell.

Published in The Ponca City News December 14, 2004 - Ponca City, Oklahoma


Lois Nell Whitfield, lifelong Ponca City resident, died Friday, Aug. 19, 2005, at Westminster Village following a brief illness. She went home to be with her Lord and savior at the age of 67.
The funeral will be held Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m. at the First Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. David Bigger, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Old Fellows Cemetery under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel.
Lois was born Aug. 23, 1937, at her grandparents' home in the Ranch Drive/Bois' D'Arc community. She lived in this area all her life except for a few years as a child and the first year of her marriage. She attended Union 76 School, Jefferson, Lincoln, McKinley, Roosevelt, East Junior High, and graduated from Ponca City High in 1956. After graduating from high school, she worked for a few years for a family caring for their child.
On Dec. 31, 1959, she and James E. Whitfield were married at the Ranch Drive Baptist Church in Ponca City. In December 2004 they celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. They continued to live in Ponca City.
Lois was dedicated to her family and served them as a homemaker. After her mother's death in 1993, she looked after her father until her recent illness.
Lois was a member of the Ranch Drive Baptist Church, which her grandparents started, and she accepted the Lord as her savior at an early age and was baptized. She also attended Free Will Baptist Church in Ponca City. Faith and family were the most important to her. She enjoyed traveling and made room for other family members to go along. It was said she never met a stranger and people always remembered her smile.
Lois liked playing the piano, listening to music especially music at church, working on genealogy, attending class of '56 gatherings, Union 76 School reunions, family reunions, and school events for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Lois liked to collect music boxes, dolls, Hallmark collectibles and glassware. She loved her Pepsi, chocolate, cotton candy and peeps.
She is survived by her husband, Jim of the home; one son, William "Bill" Whitfield of Bartlesville; one daughter, Naomi Melichar and husband Mike of Marland; her father, Rolla Sober of Ponca City; one brother, Rusty Sober and wife Pat of Ponca City; two sisters, Janice McCabe and husband Kenny of Dodge City, Kan., and Betty Penner and husband Wilbur of Oklahoma City; two grandchildren, Jared Padgett of Marland and Andrea Burris and husband Robert of Ponca City; three great-grandchildren, Anthony, Shayla and Xavier Burris; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins; and a very special, lifelong friend, Cloma Goldman.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Naomi Sober, and her grandparents, William and Edna Ivie and Burt and Nellie Sober.
Casket bearers will be Jared Padgett, Robert Burris, Mike Melichar, Gene Ivie, Arthur King and Don Goldman. Honorary bearers will be all that loved her.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in Lois' memory to Hospice of North Central Oklahoma, 1904 N. Union, Suite 103, Ponca City, Okla. 74601, First Free Will Baptist Church, 1900 E. Hubbard Road, Ponca City, Okla. 74604, or the Ranch Drive Baptist Church Building Fund, 2985 South Ranch Drive, Ponca City, Okla. 74601

Published in The Ponca City News August 22, 2005 - Ponca City, Oklahoma


Peggy Clack Williams, resident of Ponca City, died Monday, March 28, 2005, at her residence. She was 75.
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 31, at the First Baptist Church Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Michael Seabaugh, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Trout Funeral Home. Viewing is available Wednesday.
Peggy was born Dec. 9, 1929, in Hobart, to W.A. and Willie Crow Clack. She was married on May 29, 1948, to Franklin H. Williams in Phillips, Texas. Peggy and her husband moved to Ponca City in 1956. In 1967 they moved away and then returned to retire in 1981.
She was an active member of the First Baptist Church and the Mary Martha Sunday school class. Peggy enjoyed researching her family genealogy. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and an active member of the Pioneer Genealogical Society. She participated in the indexing of Kay County cemeteries, deeds and records.
She is survived by her husband, Frank of Ponca City; three sons, Steven Williams and his wife Sheri of Tulsa, Randall Williams and his wife Donna of New Albany, Ind., and Kelly Williams and his wife Sandy of Redding, Calif.; four grandchildren, Arrin Williams of Chicago, Ill., Drew Williams of Lake Forest, Calif., and Chad and Katherine Williams of Redding, Calif.; and one sister-in-law, Carla McWilliams of Olathe, Colo.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Casket bearers will be Keith Hunter, Coolidge Campbell, Gene Cockriel, John Young, H.T. Duff and James McDonald.
Honorary casket bearers are Mary Martha Sunday school class of First Baptist Church in Ponca City.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of North Central Oklahoma, 1904 North Union, Suite 103, Ponca City, Okla. 74601.

Published The Ponca City News March 30, 2005, Ponca City, Oklahoma


Zenna Waggoner Wright passed away at her home at Westminster Village on Jan. 2, 2005. She was 86.
A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, at Albright United Methodist Church with the Rev. Sheila Combs-Francis presiding. Private internment will take place at IOOF Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel.
Zenna was born on March 24, 1918, near Mulhall in Logan County, the daughter of Ben and Clara Newman Waggoner. She attended Elkhorn and Midco schools, graduating from Billings High School in 1935. She then moved to Ponca City to attend Business College where she met Kenneth Wright. The couple was married on Feb. 27, 1938, and would have celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary in February.
She was a member of the Albright United Methodist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher and youth group sponsor for a number of years. In addition, she was active in the United Methodist Women's Missionary Group and was chairman of the annual bake sale and fall luncheon for a number of years. She was also a longtime volunteer at the Via Christi Regional Medical Center, working in the social services department.
Interests included crafts and ceramics which led to involvement with the 55 and Older Club where she was executive director for 10 years. She was also active in the Roosevelt Elementary School PTA as well as den mother in Bluebirds and Camp Fire Girls. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Society of Mayflower Descendants and the National Society of the Magna Carta Dames.
She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother whose greatest joy in life was creating a loving home for her family. She will be greatly missed by her family and dear friends, but she is now at peace and has gone on to a better place. Rest in peace, dear mother.
She is survived by her loving husband and best friend, Kenneth "Doc" Wright; sister, Claribel Deda of Pratt, Kan.; brother, Cecil Waggoner of San Francisco, Calif.; daughter, Judith Wright Clemmons and husband Alfred of Albuquerque, N.M.; son, Philip D. Wright and wife Diane of Wichita, Kan.; grandchildren, Kevin M. Petre of Ponca City, Gregory T. Petre of Albuquerque, N.M., Joel C. Wright of Wichita, Kan., and Lesley B. Levine and husband Josh of Hunnington, N.Y.; great-grandchildren, Brittany Petre, Michael Petre and Dylan Stephens.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Bernice Harmon and Cleta Bucholz; and four-year-old grandson, Jeffrey Hester.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Albright United Methodist Church, 128 South Palm, Ponca City, Okla. 74601.

Published in The Ponca City News January 7, 2005 - Ponca City, Oklahoma


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*Jun 30* - Internet - (Live) NEHGS Webinar:   Jewish Life in Rural New England: How did the Jews get to Mars Hill, Maine & Other Stories From the Field - Michael Hoberman

*Jul 1* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  The 1939 Register for Family Historians - Fiona Brooker