The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Death Notices

August 5, 2013

Dorotha Belle Keller Hoffman

Published 8-6-13

ENID, Okla. — Dorotha Belle Keller Hoffman, 89, died Aug. 1, 2013, at The Commons in Enid, Okla., from complications of congestive heart failure and non-smokers lung cancer.

Dorotha was born to Rena Belle Hood Naylor and Roy Elmer Naylor on Feb. 15, 1924, on a farm near Braman, Okla., the fourth of five siblings who all preceded her in death.

She played the violin and piano and played the bass drum in the band. She was a forward for the Braman High School basketball team that went to the state championship in 1941. Dorotha remained an avid basketball fan all of her life following the OKC Thunder and especially the OSU and OU women’s basketball teams.

She entered the government-sponsored Cadet Nurse Corps in the Wesley School of Nursing during WWII and graduated as a registered nurse in July, 1945. Her first husband, Rex Keller, proposed but would not marry her until she graduated. They married on Aug. 26, 1945, in South Haven, Kan.

Dorotha and Rex moved to Garber in March 1950, where they raised their four children, ran Rex’s Upholstery Shop, and farmed east of Garber.  Dorotha often served as a community volunteer nurse and helped with the public vaccination programs in the early 1960s. She returned to nursing full-time in 1970, working as the director of nursing at the Garber Nursing Home for seven years. Later, she worked as a nurse in the hospital unit of the Enid State School for 12 years until her retirement.

Dorotha was very active in the Garber United Methodist Church as a member of the choir, United Methodist Women, and administrative board. She taught Sunday school and was instrumental in organizing the Sonshine Kids Mothers’ Day Out program. Dorotha also enjoyed traveling, making several trips with Rex to Europe and Korea to visit their children. Later, Dorotha and Leon also enjoyed traveling and going to Canada on fishing trips.

Rex died May 2, 1986, and Dorotha married Leon Hoffman on August 8, 1987.

Survivors are daughters Rexanna Keller Lester, Savannah GA; Rebecca Keller, Chula Vista CA; and Cleta (Ray) Moreau, Overland Park KS; and son, Stan (Anne) Keller, Sugar Land TX.

Grandchildren: Dr. Vanessa Keller (Patrick) Lee, Atlanta; Meera Lee (Orlan) Keller Braman, San Diego; Sara Keller, Fountain Valley CA and Xianne Keller, Chula Vista; Elizabeth (David) Nicolai, Anchorage; Susan (Jonathan) Holley, Seattle, and John Moreau, Overland Park; Eric, Jonathan and Erin Keller, Sugar Land.

Great-grandchildren: Isadora Lee, Atlanta; Shane Rex and Chloe Braman, San Diego.

Step-daughters: Jean (Virgil) Hart, Plainview TX; Gail (Pete) Zook, Haviland KS; and Margie (Harvey) Landrum, Enid.

Step-grandchildren: Greg (Emily) Hart, and Lesli Hart (Weston) Swearingen; Lori Zook, Becky Zook and Jeff (Michelle) Zook; Stephen Hoffman and Angie (Robert) Duck.

Stepgreat-grandchildren: Brianna and Luke Hart; Alexander and Jacob Swearingen; Clarissa Zook; Caleb and Joshua Zook; Zack and Isabelle Duck.

Visitation will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Dugger Funeral Home in Garber. The family will receive friends 12:30-1:30 p.m., Sat., Aug. 10, in the fellowship hall of the Garber United Methodist Church prior to the services at 2 p.m.  Linda Pope will officiate. Graveside services at the Garber Cemetery will immediately follow. Suggested memorial contributions are to the Garber United Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be sent to the family using the online guest book at www.brown-duggerfh.com.

(Submitted by family)

 

1
Text Only
Death Notices
  • Alvin Fortune.jpg Alvin F. Fortune

    “Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles. They will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” Isaiah 40:31
    Alvin F. Fortune was born on Feb. 4, 1934, at Dane Township in Major County, Okla., the son of Harry and Mable Warner Fortune, and he breathed his last breath on the sunny bright Saturday of July 26, 2014, in Cherokee.
    Alvin and Janet Fortune were married, and three children were born: Danny, Timmy and Clayton. Alvin married Faith Lovely on Dec. 30, 1978, and this union gave him four more sons: Randy, Ryan, Rory and Cory Lovely.
    Alvin and Faith owned and operated a grocery store and meat processing plant in Jet for 24 years. They still had time for fun things, such as boating, fishing, bike riding and playing card games.
    He lay peaceful and quiet. This is a man and a life that is cherished. Alvin was loved as a husband, father, son, grandpa and friend for 80 years. He lived his life building a family that will carry his memory for generations to come. Faithful and dedicated, he loved the Lord with all his heart. Strong and proud, Alvin worked throughout his life providing for those he loved the most. Gentle and tender, this man adored his children and grandchildren blessing his home. Fun and excited, he challenged the outdoors, fishing and hunting with his boys by his side (and a granddaughter or two.) Caring and devoted, Alvin affectionately loved his wife, Faith.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mark Haaser 001 (2).jpg Mark 'Po' Camac Haaser

    Mark (Po) Camac Haaser, 34, beloved son, brother, grandson and good friend, passed away July 25, 2014.
    He is survived by his dog, Abby, and preceded in death by his dog, Kia, parents, Pam and George Blair of Benton, Kan., John Haaser of Barling, Ark.; sisters, Christina (Mark) Haines of Panama City Beach, Fla., Renae (Juston) Myers of Pittsburg, Okla.; brother, Joey Blair of Enid, Okla., grandparents Margaret Snell of Enid, Okla., Theresa Haaser of Fort Smith, Ark., Morris Mizell of Fort Smith, Ark.; nephews, Nick Haines, Cole and Jaxon Myers, Carter Blair; numerous relatives, close friends and honorary family members.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • bixler pic 2.jpg Margaret E. Bixler

    The graveside service for Mrs. Margaret E. Bixler, 88, of Owasso, formerly of Enid, will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at the Memorial Hill Cemetery, Waynoka. A visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. today, July 29, 2014, at Brown-Cummings Funeral Home. Services are under the direction of Brown-Cummings Funeral Home.
    She was born on Sept. 15, 1925, to Raleigh R. and Margaret Peters Hesler in Avard, Okla., and passed away on July 27, 2014, in Owasso.
    She grew up in the Waynoka, Avard area. She graduated from Waynoka High School in 1945. She married Hiram Eugene Bixler on Nov. 7, 1943. They made Enid their home in the early 1950s. Margaret was a wonderful and caring wife and mother. She was employed as a bookkeeper for S&Q Clothier, Coca-Cola, Midwestern Life and Durheim Appliance. She was a former member of Central Christian Church.
    She is survived by four children, Judy and husband, David Durheim of Little Rock, Ark., Scott and wife, Kathy Bixler of Wichita, Kan., Cindy Ronck of Oklahoma City, and Joni and husband Tim Miller of Owasso; 10 grandchildren; 14 great- grandchildren; one brother, John and Barbara Hesler of Beaver; and several nieces and nephews.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Daniels, Maurita.jpg Matuita L. Daniels

    A service of remembrance and celebration of life for Maurita L. Daniels, 84, of Enid, will be Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 2 p.m. at Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home with the Revs. Jim Edmison and Gary Miller officiating. Interment will follow at the Enid Cemetery under the direction of the Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home.
    Maurita was born March 17, 1930, in Enid, Okla., the daughter of Vaughn and Mary Belle Inglish McClane, and passed away July 25, 2014, at her residence. She was a graduate of Carrier High School in 1948. She was united in marriage to Dale Daniels Sept. 22, 1950, in Enid, Okla. Maurita was employed for several years with Southwestern Bell. She was a member of New Hope United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Ladies’ Circle. Her family was the most important thing in her life and she will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed traveling with her family, especially to Colorado.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mary E. Koch

    Mass of Christian burial for Mary E. Koch, 63, Shattuck, will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Holy Name Catholic Church, Shattuck. Burial at Shattuck Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements by Mason Funeral Home, Shattuck.

    July 28, 2014

  • Thelma 'Cookie' Tibbetts-Reeves

    Funeral for Thelma “Cookie” Tibbetts-Reeves, 87, Longdale, will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Elm Grove Community Church. Burial at Brumfield Cemetery, Seiling. Arrangements by Redinger Funeral Home.

    July 28, 2014

  • Maurita L. Daniels

    A service of Remembrance and Celebration of Life for Maurita L. Daniels, 84, of Enid, will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at  Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home with Revs. Jim Edmison and Gary Miller officiating.

    July 28, 2014

  • Thelma “Cookie” Tibbetts-Reeves

    Service pending with Redinger Funeral Home in Seiling.

    July 28, 2014

  • Mrs. Margaret E. Bixler

    Service pending with Brown-Cummings Funeral Home.

    July 28, 2014

  • Glycene Bohn Glycene D. Bohn

    Service of Remembrance and Celebration of Life for Glycene D. Bohn, 87, of Enid, will be 2 p.m. Monday, July 28, 2014, at Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home, with Rev. Ted Kuschel officiating.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo