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
- Death Notices
Harold C. Jones
Funeral service for Harold C. Jones will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at Alva Church of God. The Rev. Bob Brown and Chuck Lightfoot will officiate. Interment will be in Waynoka Municipal Cemetery under the direction of Marshall Funeral Home of Alva.
Harold C. Jones, a longtime resident and businessman of Alva, Okla., passed away on Saturday, March 8, 2013. Harold was born Feb. 17, 1927, in Roosevelt, Calif., to John David (JD) Jones and Mary Elizabeth Brown Jones.
Harold entered the U.S. Army on Sept. 28, 1950. He was honorably discharged on Sept. 6, 1952.
Harold married Laura Jane Morris Achemire on Nov. 8, 1952, in Clayton N.M. They had two children: stepson, Roy Achemire, and daughter, Brenda Sue Jones Nusser.
Harold managed Ken’s Truck Stop, where Ampride is today, and then Ken’s Sport Shop. He owned the Western Motel for two years and an antique and used furniture store before retiring to full-time buying, repairing, selling and trading.
Colleen Maxine Milledge Johnson
Colleen Maxine Milledge Johnson, 83, passed from this world to her heavenly home on Sunday, March 9, 2014, surrounded by her family at Greenbrier Nursing Home, Enid, Okla. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 14, 2014, at First Christian Church, Perryton, Texas, officiated by the Revs. Dan Anderson and Tracy Wilson. Burial will follow in Ochiltree Cemetery, Perryton, Texas. A visitation for family and friends will be 6-7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at Boxwell Brother’s Funeral Home. Also, a Celebration of Life memorial service will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at Oakwood Christian Church, Enid, Okla.
Colleen was born June 18, 1930, to Andrew Franklin and Ruby Faye Milledge in Perryton. She was the first baby born in Ochiltree County Hospital and attended school in Twitchell, Perryton, and Colorado Women’s College in Denver, Colo.
Johnny Louie Conley
Johnny Louie Conley, of Enid, Okla., died Friday, March 7, 2014, at age 80, at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Enid of complications following a stroke. His immediate family members and other loved ones were by his bedside when he died.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at Christian Church of the Covenant in Enid. The Rev. Pat Sutherlin will officiate. Burial will take place in Fairview Cemetery, Fairview, Okla. Arrangements are under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home.
Johnny was born Nov. 4, 1933, on the family farm, located near Midway Corner, west of Fairview. His parents were Lou Earl Conley and Grace Sterling Conley.
The family moved to Fairview a few years later, where he graduated from Fairview High School. During high school he worked in the Buick auto dealership of his future father-in-law, Walter James.
After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and entered military service in 1953.
Gerald Eugene 'Gary' Tuttle
A come-and-go visitation with family to honor Gary Tuttle will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Aline Senior Center. Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home Inc. of Helena.
Patricia Ring Romero
Service for Patricia Ring Romero, 80, of Tulsa, Okla., will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Moore’s Southlawn Chapel, Tulsa. She died Friday, March 7, 2014, in Tulsa.
Billie D. Brooks
Visitation with the family of Billie D. Brooks, 80, formerly of Enid, Okla., will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at Gent Funeral Home in Alton, Ill. A private burial will be held at a later date in Rosehill Cemetery in Whittier, Calif.
Audrey Mae Abshire
Funeral service for Audrey Mae Abshire, 84, of Canton, Okla., will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at Canton Christian Church. Interment will follow in Canton Cemetery. Arrangements by Haigler-Pierce Funeral Home, Canton.
Edward E. Schultz
Service pending with Henninger-Hinson Funeral Home.
Thomas Jones Arnold
Visitation and viewing for Thomas Arnold, 60, of Carmen, will be 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Tuesday at Anderson-Burris Funeral Home.
Johnny l. Conley
Funeral service for Johnny l. Conley, 80, of Enid, will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at Christian Church of the Covenant.
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