EVELYN JEANETTE ‘TIPPY’ PRUITT RIGDON
Our beautiful Mama stepped out today (May 22, 2013) for the final time here on earth. She left with the same dignity and grace that she always walked in, just as we knew she would. We just didn’t know it would be today. Her family surrounded her as we wept, laughed, and wondered at the amazing woman that we knew and will always love. We celebrate her freedom from earth’s pain, bondages and worries. And we are all better persons for having had her love us.
Evelyn Jeanette Pruitt was born Nov. 19, 1928, in Forney, Ala., to Tommie and Hazel Pruitt.
She grew up on Black Bluff Road in Rome, Ga., with her parents, brother, sisters and a slew of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Evelyn was know as “Tippy” by family and friends. Her early years included picking cotton with her Mother. She left school at 14, when her father died. She later moved to town, lived with a close friend, worked at a fabric plant and took dancing lessons.
She met and married Harold Hutchins and from this union, four children, Lindy, Nancy, Glen and Gary were born.
She married Dennis Rigdon May 5, 1970, and they just celebrated 43 years of loving and working together. Dennis’ two children, Dean and Mindy made a seamless entry into the family and Tippy gladly welcomed the challenge of raising and caring for them all. The family grew to include 11 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Tippy and Dennis moved to Lafayette, La., and Dennis worked for Exxon. They later settled in Kaw City, Okla. They became an integral part of that community, as owner/operators of Buffy’s Restaurant, a marina and a motel. They served in other capacities as well, giving of themselves to make their community a better place.
Tippy is remembered as an excellent cook, decorator and homemaker. She had a servant’s heart and loved feeding her family and friends, and sharing her many other talents with them. She was an artist whose oil paintings grace the walls of her family. She was a published poet and a lover of music (especially when performed by her children). She also loved nature and that is evident in the many oil paintings she did. She never met a dog she didn’t love. She was always proper, but was very witty and had a great sense of humor.
To her husband, family, friends, co-workers and church, she was loyal, faithful and tolerant. She saw the good in everybody and brought out the best in all.
Tippy leaves a legacy of caring, of sharing life and of love. She touched all who knew her and will be greatly missed.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. today, May 25, 2013, at Grace World Outreach Church, 2502 W. Elm, Enid, OK 73703.
(Submitted by family)
EVELYN JEANETTE ‘TIPPY’ PRUITT RIGDON
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Dr. John "Stan" Miller
Service pending with Anderson-Burris Funeral Home & Crematory.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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