Enid News & Eagle
Violet M. (Barnes) Stephenson, of Okeene, will celebrate her 99th birthday with family and friends Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at her home. Cards may be sent to P.O. Box 308, Okeene, OK 73763.,
Violet was born Sept. 9, 1913, near Carlton, Blaine County, the daughter of William and Rebecca Harper Haigler.
She is a graduate of Southard High School and received her teaching certificate from Northwestern Oklahoma State University.
She began her teaching career in a one-room school. She later completed her degree at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
She taught school in Broadview, Pleasant Hill, Arapahoe, Homestead and Okeene, completing 41 years of teaching of mostly first-grade students.
She married and moved to Okeene in 1937, where she has been active at Okeene United Methodist Church, Order of Eastern Star and P.E.O. Chapter A.
She married William Carroll Stephenson Aug. 12, 1980.
Her children are Bill Barnes and wife Karen, Ames, and Bunnie Bond, Okeene. She has four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.