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Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2008 12:00 am

Sister Margaret Bergschneider

Sister Margaret Bergschneider came to us from Buckner, Missouri, in May of 1984. She has served faithfully as our Chaplain since then, with a perfect attendance record.

Serving on her Investigating Committee were: Buna Payne, Preston Payne,and Evelyn Chilvers.

She worked to serve her community many ways. She made lap robes, place mats and pot holders during her spare time. We called her the lap robe Queen, having made over 3,500 lap robes and giving them to various local nursing homes. We always appreciated her handmade pot holders that she gave us for special occasions.

She donated the wall can opener, the step stool and the clock to our Chapter.

She has received many honors during her time with us: Life Member, Perpetual Member, Honorary Past Matron, Chapter Sweetheart and 50 year member.

Serving on her Eastern Star Funeral were: Alton Dragoo, Worthy Patron; Catharine Simpson, Worthy Matron; Brian Reiswig, Chaplain; Lucy Hay, Adah; Jan Rosamond, Ruth; Ann Reiswig, Esther; Shirley Fisher, Martha; and DeeAnn Simpson, Electa. Other members present were: Tom Rosamond, Glynn Simpson and Gretchen Reiswig.

At our Eastern Star meeting, May 15, our Charter was draped in Margaret’s memory. This will be draped for one lunar month. Serving on the draping committee were: Lucy Hay and Ann Reiswig, Co-Chaplains; and DeeAnn Simpson and Jan Rosamond, Escorts

She will be sorely missed.

Blake Thomas Couch

Funeral services for Blake Thomas Couch, the infant son of Rebekah and Jeremiah Couch of Purcell, were held May 16, 2008 at First Baptist Church in Purcell with the Rev. Carroll Milner officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery under the direction of Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Purcell.

Master Couch died May 12, 2008 at Lieds Transplant Hospital in Omaha, Neb.

He was born Dec. 14, 2006, the son of Rebekah and Jeremiah Couch. He was the joy and delight of his family, despite many health challenges and three transplanted organs.

Survivors include his parents, Jeremiah and Rebekah Couch; his grandparents, Tom and Jean Heck of Purcell, Tommy Scroggins of Arcadia, Calif., and Melinda Scroggins of Norman and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Pallbearers were Tommy Couch, Thomas Heck, Joseph Heck, Robert Heck, Robert Figueroa and Dustin Terry.

Honorary pallbearers were Kevin Wiginton, Bob Heck, Ryan Smith, Greg Cypert and Leslie Scroggins.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Emergency Liver & Small Bowel Transplant Fund, c/o Tracy Kvaffer, Texas Surgery Department, Omaha, Neb. 68198.

June Cypert

Funeral services for June Cypert, 85, of Purcell were held May 20, 2008 at Wadley’s Funeral Service with Dennis Fulks officating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery under the direction of Wadley’s Funeral Service.

Mrs. Cypert died May 17, 2008 at Purcell Municipal Hospital.

She was born June 28, 1922 in Noble, the daughter of Thomas Howard and Pearl (Brown) Tefertiller. She was reared and attended school in Purcell. She had lived most of her life in Purcell, coming from Dibble.

On Aug. 5, 1939 she married Dennis Edward Lee Cypert in Purcell.

Mrs. Cypert worked in various retail stores in Purcell and was a member of the 9th & Pierce Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lee; two sons, Dwaine Cypert and Dale Cypert; three brothers, Ray Tefertiller, Claude Tefertiller and Herbert Tefertiller and four sisters, Mable Carroll, Goldie Curl, Mae Shivers and Margaret Hayes.

Survivors include one son, Larry Cypert and his wife, Barbara, of Ardmore; one daughter, Linda Estep and her husband, Kenneth, of Purcell; two daughters-in-law, Linda Cypert of Purcell and Sue Cypert of Norman;one sister, Sylvia McPherson and her husband, Gene, of Goldsby; two sisters-in-law, Ada Tefertiller and Nola Cypert; 13 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Crystal Elaine Motsenbocker Dean

Funeral services for Crystal Elaine Motsenbocker Dean, 69, of Tecumseh were held May 17, 2008 at the Rosedale Baptist Church.

She was born Jan. 26, 1939 in Daugherty, Okla.

Survivors include her husband, Glen Dean of the home; two brothers, Duane and Rick Motsenbocker; two daughters, Gina Hassen of Midwest City and Verna Jo Farley of Midland, Texas; two sons, Mike and David Dean of Oklahoma City; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Elaine Clarene Draper

Memorial services for Elaine Clarene Draper, 86, of Purcell will be held Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 2 p.m. at Wilson-Little Funeral Home Chapel with Conrad Draper officiating. Services will be under the direction of Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Purcell.

Mrs. Draper died May 19, 2008 at her home.

She was born May 5, 1922 in Beaver County, Okla., the seventh of 11 children of Harmon Riley Strickland and Carrie Meyer Vancleave. She was reared on a farm near Carnegie, graduating from Alden High School in 1941.

Mrs. Draper worked for Cessna Aircraft for two years and in 1944 she enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served until the end of World War II in 1945. Returning home to Oklahoma, she attended Hills Business College.

On June 25, 1946 she married Ellsworth Draper in Oklahoma City. The couple remained living in the Oklahoma City area until 1960. She worked at various jobs but was mainly a homemaker rearing four children. In 1961 they moved to Norman, later in 1972 they bought a horse farm in Washington.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ellsworth Draper Oct. 31, 2002; two sons, Ellsworth Duane Draper Feb. 11, 1991 and Craig Leighton Draper April 23, 1991; two sisters, Quida and Darlene Strickland and three brothers, Ernest, Omar and Thaine Strickland.

Survivors include one daughter, Renee Williams and her husband, Doyle, of Purcell; one son, Conrad Draper and his wife, Susan, of Norman; three sisters, Audrey Tully of Carnegie, Dawn Tully and her husband, Lawrence, of Tulsa and Avadel Sexton of Lawton; two brothers, Clayton Strickland and his wife, Fran, of Grove and Kennard Strickland and his wife, Jan, of Southwest, Mo.; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Betty Herrin

Funeral services for Betty Herrin, 71, of Washington were held May 21, 2008 at the Goldsby Baptist Church with the Rev. Fred Greening officating. Interment was at Washington Cemetery under the direction of Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Purcell.

Mrs. Herrin died May 17, 2008 at Norman Regional Hospital.

She was born Aug. 8, 1936 on the family farm near Sisseton, S.D., the fifth of six children of Albert and Tolly (Tober) Nickolauson. She spent her early childhood and attended school in Sisseton.

After school she moved to Kansas City to live near her brother, Nickel. She began working for Sears and met her future husband. On June 7, 1957 she married Jim Herrin in Kansas City. The couple moved to Oklahoma, settled in Washington in 1964 where they reared their three children, James, Mike and Tammy.

Mrs. Herrin worked for many years doing upholstery and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Herrin in April 2007; her parents and one brother, Delvin “Tiny” Nickolauson.

Survivors include one daughter, Tammy Brown and her husband, Pete, of Washington; two sons, James Herrin and his wife, Diana, of Justin, Texas, and Mike Herrin and his wife, Linda, of Washington; three brothers, Marvin “Nickel” Nickolauson of Independence, Mo., Donald Albert Nickolauson of Frederic, Wisc., and Lavern Eugene Nickolauson of Grand Forks, N.D.; one sister, Lila Mae Rayburn of Hurley, S.D.; six grandchilden and two great-grandchilden.

Lucas Isaac Irwin

Graveside services for Lucas Isaac Irwin, the infant son of Rebecca Irwin, were held May 21, 2008 at Washington Cemetery.

Services were under the direction of John Williams of Winans Funeral Home in Maysville.

Col. (Ret.) Gary W. Jackson

Funeral services for Col. (Ret.) Gary W. Jackson, 66, of Purcell were held May 17, 2008 at First Baptist Church in Purcell with Dr. Mike Butler officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery under the direction of Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Purcell.

Col. Jackson died May 13, 2008 in Norman.

He was born July 14, 1941 in Altus, the oldest of four children of James Wood Jackson and Viola Gay Warren. He graduated from Altus High School in 1959 and later from Oklahoma City University.

Col. Jackson enlisted in the Oklahoma National Guard in 1960 and retired in 1996.

He married Joelle Harris Mitchell June 22, 1982 and they made their home in Purcell.

Col. Jackson served on the Purcell Municipal Hospital Board for 10 years and was a member of the Purcell First Baptist Church.

His 36 years in the National Guard gained him numerous awards and citations. From 1997 to 2007 he worked as an executive assistant to the Oklahoma Adjutant General.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Jackson and one brother, Gaylon Jackson.

Survivors include his mother, Vi Jackson of Altus; his wife, Joelle, of the home; four children, Tobin Jackson and his wife, Lanette, of Edmond, Kane Jackson and his wife, Melissa, of Collinsville, Kristin Eck and her husband, Jerod, of Lavaca, Ark., and Kassi Buchanan and her husband, Ryan, of Purcell; two brothers, Ricky Jackson of Altus and Woody Joe Jackson and his wife, Debbie, of Midland, Texas and nine grandchildren.

Pallbearers were the Oklahoma Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors Team.

Honorary pallbearers were Dan Pennington, Col. (Ret.) Danny Marler, Eddie Jones, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Mike Miller, Danny Jacobs, Tommy Herrell, Lt. Col. (Ret.) John Redelsperger, Maj. Gen. Harry Wyatt, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Steve Cortright, Col. (Ret.) Charlie Frazier and Lt. Col. (Ret.) Bill Carter.

Memorials may be made to the Oklahoma Military Dept., Attn: National Guard Relief Fund, 3501 Military Circle, Oklahoma City, OK 73111-4398. Memorial checks need to be made to the State of Oklahoma Military Department and on the memo line relief fund.

Emilia de Loera

Emilia de Loera, 81, died May 15, 2008 in El Terrero, Aguascalientes Mexico.

In 1941 she married Jose Avila Sr. in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

She was reared Catholic and was an active member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in El Terrero. She was a member of the Altar Society, Parish Council and served as an Eucharist minister for 20 years. She was a seamstress and homemaker.

Mrs. de Loera organized prayer groups and food for numerous funerals of family and non-family members in the town of El Terrero, offered her home and hospitality to people traveling to attend the memorial service of the loved ones whom had died.

She was preceded in death by her son, Jose Avila Jr., May 16, 2002, and her husband, Jose Avila Sr., May 5, 1995.

Survivors include Maria Ruiz, owner of Los Dos Amigos Restaurants, Ramon Avila of Chickasha, Jesus Avila of Mexico, Gumaro Avila of Bethany, Jose Guadalupe Avila of Bethany, Isaias Avila of Purcell, Sanjuana Avila of Mexico, Esther Avila of Mexico and Maria Avila of Mexico; 64 grandchildren; 124 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

James William “Bill” Maynard

Funeral services for James William “Bill” Maynard, 92, of Purcell were held May 17, 2008 at First Baptist Church in Purcell with Dr. Mike Butler and the Rev. Blake Western officiating. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery under the direction of Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Purcell.

Mr. Maynard died May 13, 2008 at the Purcell Municipal Hospital.

He was born April 1, 1916 in Hester, the youngest of nine children of Jacob Burse Maynard and Martha Louisa Cassell Maynard. He was reared in McClain County in the Woody Chapel community west of Purcell. His early school years were at Woody Chapel and later years were at Washington High School where he graduated with the class of 1935.

After high school he sang with a traveling gospel quartet and enjoyed playing the mandolin and guitar.

He met Nadine Dyer, his wife of 68 years in Searcy County, Ark. They were married Jan. 6, 1940 in Shawnee. In 1963 they bought a farm and moved north of Wayne.

During his farming career he also worked at Tinker Air Force Base for over 20 years.

He was a member of First Baptist Church of Purcell where he taught a Sunday school class and often led singing.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Louis, Lindsay, Johnny and Allen Maynard and three sisters, Annie Curry, Maybell Dockery and Jane Collins.

Survivors include his wife, Nadine, of the home; two sons, Jerry Maynard and his wife, Margaret, of Purcell and Gary Maynard and his wife, Donna, of Towson, Md.; one sister, Della Melton of Moore; one sister-in-law, Barbara Maynard of Washington; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were his nephews, Dale, Rick, Ronnie, Ken and Lonnie Maynard, Larry Melton and Jimmy Horton.

Honorary pallbearers were the members of his Sunday school class.

Memorials may be made to the Purcell First Baptist Church Building Fund.

Linda Jennings Smith

Graveside services for Linda Jennings Smith, 53, of Norman were held April 29, 2008 at Fairview Maguire Cemetery in Noble with the Rev. Ken Huddleston officiating. Services were under the direction of Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman.

Mrs. Smith died April 25, 2008 in Norman.

She was born Nov. 28, 1954 in Norman, the daughter of John Eugene Jennings and Daveline Houghton Jennings. She attended Norman Public Schools.

In 2001 she married Tim Smith in Norman.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Luther and Onie Jennings and Magaret Mae Houghton.

Survivors include her father, John Jennings of Norman; her mother, Daveline Jennings of Norman; her husband, Tim Smith of Norman; one daughter, Penny Pelkey of Purcell; two sisters, Debbie Wullich and her husband, John, and Brenda Ranchal and her husband, Ray, all of Norman and two grandchildren.

Memorials contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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