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
Frances M. Willenbring
Recitation of the Rosary for Frances M. Willenbring will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Henninger Hinson Funeral Home.
Margery Jean Shorter
July 21, 1924—Dec. 10, 2013
May 18, 1925—Dec. 9, 2013
Margaret Jirik Rothermel
Margaret was born Jan. 21, 1928, to Louis and Agnes Jirik in Bison, Okla.
There will be a private family burial at a later date for Jerry Downing, 58-year-old Enid resident.
Winona Marie Lahman Spurgeon
Graveside service for Winona Spurgeon, 90, of Helena, will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in Carmen City Cemetery, Carmen, Okla.
Herman Leroy Davis
Funeral service for Herman Davis, 71, will be 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at Anderson-Burris Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Lyle Buller officiating.
Burial will follow in Enid Cemetery.
Herman was born Jan. 29, 1942, in Clinton, Okla., to Herman and Berdeen (Hays) Davis and passed away Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.
Herman graduated from Clinton High School and attended college at SWOSU in Weatherford.
Inez Mae Peters Viers
Memorial service for Inez Mae Peters Viers will be 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at Henninger-Hinson Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Tom Pullin will officiate. A private burial of her cremains will follow in Covington Cemetery.
Inez was born Nov. 9, 1920, in Covington, Okla., at the home of her parents, C.D. and Inez Peters. She died in Enid, Okla., Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at the age of 93.
Inez Mae Peters grew up in Covington, where she attended elementary school and graduated from Covington High School in 1938.
Inez Mae joined Covington Free Methodist Church as a young child. She was quite active and played the piano, taught Sunday school and was a member of the Women’s Missionary Society.
After high school, Inez Mae went to Central College in McPherson, Kan. She majored in education and teaching. She attended for two years.
After two years, she came home to be with her mother who was then alone with the death of her father in 1940.
Robert Dale Miller
Robert Dale Miller, born Oct. 16, 1951, in Enid, Okla., died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Tulsa, Okla.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Martha (McGann) Miller.
Surviving are his brother, Richard Miller of Dallas; his wife, Sheryl; daughter, Sarah and family; and son, Zachary and wife.
Bob attended Coolidge and Longfellow, graduating from Enid High in 1969.
Larry Earl Henderson
Larry was born Aug. 26, 1949, and passed away Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.
Service will be at the Columbarium at Fort Sill National Cemetery at a later time.
He is survived by three children, Angela Goodman, Larry W. Henderson and Brian Henderson; five grandchildren, Chandler Henderson, Julie and Jeffery Glenn, Zackary and Adin Henderson, all of Hennessey; one brother, David Henderson of Edmond; and two sisters, Mary Fiala of Texas and Nancy Mann of Enid.
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