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
Helen June Greb
Robert “Bob” E. Chester
Jan. 27, 1926 – June 30, 2014
Deanna Marcella (Graybill) Barney
Funeral service for Deanna Marcella (Graybill) Barney, 73-year-old Weatherford, Okla., resident, will be 10 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, at First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Lynn Brack officiating. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Brumfield Cemetery in Seiling, Okla., under the direction of Lockstone Funeral Home, Weatherford.
Deanna was born Sept. 4, 1940, in Hammon, Okla., to Dale Boone and Naomi “Toots” (Albright) Graybill and passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Weatherford Regional Hospital.
Deanna was raised on the family farm in Leedey, Okla., where she attended Leedey Public Schools and graduated in 1958. She attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford and graduated with degrees in both business and mathematics.
Deanna began her teaching career at Seiling Public Schools in 1961.
Helen J. Greb
Funeral for Helen Greb will be 10 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, at United Methodist Church, Waukomis. Burial will follow in Bierig Cemetery, near Okeene. Arrangements are by Henninger-Hinson Funeral Home.
Melissa Big Medicine
Service pending with Haigler-Pierce Funeral Home, Canton.
Funeral for Loren Pollard, 84, will be 10 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014, at First Baptist Church, Hennessey, officiated by the Rev. Keith Wilkerson. Burial will follow at Dover Cemetery under the direction of Cordry-Gritz Funeral Home, Hennessey.
Loren was born in Lovell on April 28, 1930, to Jack and Velma Sample Pollard and died Monday July 21, 2014, at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Enid.
He was a member of Marshall Masonic Lodge, Kingfisher County Cattlemen’s Association, and was on the board of directors of Kingfisher Bank and Trust.
Evelyn Marie Fuxa Traynor
Mass of Christian burial for Evelyn Marie Fuxa Traynor, 82-year-old Enid resident, will be 10 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. The Rev. Rajesh Mankena will officiate. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery under the direction of Henninger-Hinson Funeral Home.
Our dear wife, mother and grandmother left us on Monday, July 21, 2014. Evelyn was the last of her family of John A. and Mary C. Fuxa.
Also preceding her was Ernest who died in World war II, Henry, Virgil, Benny and Louise Conrady.
She is survived by her loving husband, R.A. “Skeeter” and children, Linda and husband Randy Fuller of Enid and son, Dennis Traynor of Waukomis and friend Cindy Zaloudek of Tulsa. Evelyn’s grandchildren of whom she was so proud are Justin and Lauren Traynor of Yukon, Okla., Dr. Megan Traynor of Rochester, Minn., Allison Traynor RN and fiancee’ Cody Daniels of Edmond, Okla., and Stephen Fuller of Oklahoma City.
Evelyn was born Aug. 11, 1931, in Bison, Okla., and graduated from Wakoumis in 1947. She was basketball homecoming queen, played sports and helped work the family farm.
Gerald E. Murray
Funeral for Gerald E. Murray, 75-year-old Enid resident, will be 2 p.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Henninger-Hinson Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Vernon Lee will officiate. Burial will follow at Enid Cemetery.
Gerald was born Sept. 12, 1938, in Enid, Okla., to Lee and Jesse (Campbell) Murray and died Monday, July 21, 2014, at his home in Enid.
At age 16, Gerald started working for the Frisco Railroad, which later became Burlington Northern. He served in many capacities with the railroad, retiring after 38 years of service.
He served in the National Guard.
On Aug. 24, 1959, he married Lois Colvard in Aurora, Mo. The couple made their home in Enid, where he attended Gospel Light Baptist Church. He was an avid fisherman, liked playing card games and listening to music. But he mostly enjoyed spending time with his family.
Funeral service for Charlene Pitcher will be 1 p.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Canton First Baptist Church. Interment is 3:30 p.m. at Elmwood Cemetery, Woodward. Visitation is Wednesday afternoon, July 23, and Thursday morning until 11 a.m. at Haigler-Pierce Funeral Home, Canton.
Duglas Earl Roach
Funeral service for Duglas Earl Roach, 68, of Dacoma, will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, at Wharton Funeral Chapel, Alva, followed by a private interment.
Duglas Earl of Dacoma, Okla., was born to Vynone (Pullan) and Floyd Roach on August 8, 1945 in Alva, Okla. He passed away on July 19, 2014, in Oklahoma City at the age of 68 years, 10 months and 11 days.
Duglas attended The Alva School System until he joined the Army on Sept. 11, 1962, later receiving his GED while with USAR Control GP (Reinforcement) USA Admin Center St. Louis, Mo., and Btry A 4th Msl Bn (MH) 7th Arty Bergstrom AFB Texas ARADCOM and was discharged on Sept. 30, 1965.
On July 3, 1992, he was married to Clara Mathews in Globe, Ariz.
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