Claremore Daily Progress


January 2, 2014

Catherian LaRue Smith


A celebration of the life of Catherian L. Smith will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Rejoice Church in Owasso. Cathe passed away on December 23, 2013.  She was 68. 
Born on January 8, 1945 in Drumright, OK to Cleo and Jessie (White) Matherly, Cathe was raised and educated in Torrence, CA.  In 1974 Cathe graduated from barber school and she then went on to start her own business “Hair by Cathe,” a barber shop in Pryor where she lived.  
A wonderful mother and grandmother, Cathe was affectionately referred to as “Mimi” by her children and grandchildren.  Cathe loved to spend time with her family and shower them with love.  Her favorite times were spent with her family playing cards, dominoes, farkle, dice or just whatever the kids wanted to do.  The family enjoyed spending time at their Mimi’s house and she often came up with fun things for the grandchildren. Cathe through her own devices and to her grandchildren’s great enjoyment would provide a day of pony rides at her home.  She also enjoyed watching the family as they were target practicing, shooting rockets, or riding go-carts and motorcycles.  She was a fun Mimi that loved to have a great time with her family. 
Every year during Christmas time, Cathe, the doting grandmother, would create homemade Christmas ornaments for her grandchildren with their pictures.  She loved to do whatever she could to make her family’s holidays special.  Cathe was creative and enjoyed making all those treasured gifts for her family.
She was also referred to as being a MacGyver, always utilizing what she had to make it work.  One of her favorite phrases was “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”  A selfless and patriotic person, Cathe always wanted to care for veterans and show her appreciation for their sacrifice.  She loved being outdoors and gardening.  She enjoyed dancing and music and liked to mention that she shared a birthday with Elvis Presley.   Cathe also loved to praise the Lord.  She recently told her family “Don’t cry for me, I’m with the Lord.”  Cathe also proclaimed to her family, “When it’s your time, it’s your time.”  

Text Only
  • Lois Whorton

    Services for Lois Whorton will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at MMS-Payne Funeral Home Chapel; burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may visit at the funeral home on Tuesday, April 15, from 1-8 p.m. with family receiving visitors from 5-8 p.m.

    April 15, 2014

  • Jean Noreen Young

    Jean Noreen Young was born in 1938 in Defiance County, Ohio.
    She is the daughter of Fred and Ida Cook Birchmeier. She spent her early life traveling, as her dad worked on the pipeline construction projects. She was in the 4th grade when her family bought a farm in Emporia, Kan.

    April 15, 2014

  • Kenneth Wayne DeLozier, Sr.

    A celebration of the life of Kenneth Wayne DeLozier, Sr., will be 10 a.m., Wed., April 16, 2014 at First Baptist Church in Chelsea. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Chelsea Cemetery under the direction of Rice Funeral Service. Visitation will be Monday from 1-5 p.m. at the funeral home.

    April 12, 2014

  • Betty Whitfield

    Graveside service for Betty Whitfield will be 2:00p.m., Monday, April 14, 2014 at Oakhaven Memorial Gardens, under the direction of MMS-Payne Funeral Home & Cremation Service.  Bro. Sam Nichols will officiate.  Visitation will be Sunday, April 13, from 4—6.  Betty passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014 at the age of 84.

    April 12, 2014

  • James “Jimmy” Doolittle

    Memorial service  for James “Jimmy”  Doolittle will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Chelsea High School Gymnasium.

    April 11, 2014

  • Johnny G. McClure

    Graveside service for Johnny G. McClure will be 10:30a.m., Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Chelsea Cemetery, under the direction of Chelsea Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Friends may visit at the funeral home on Friday, April 11, from 4-6 p.m.  Johnny passed away on Monday, April 7, 2014, at the age of 71.

    April 11, 2014

  • George Daniels

    A celebration of the life of George Daniels will be today, at 2 p.m., at Rehoboth Baptist Church.

    April 9, 2014

  • Marion “Buddy” Robertson, Sr.

    A mass of Christian burial for Marion “Buddy” Robertson, Sr. will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church with Father Paul Eichoff officiating.  Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery under the direction of Rice Funeral Service.  Visitation will be Friday from 3-7 with a wake and prayer vigil at 5:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service.   Family will receive visitors at the conclusion of the prayer service.

    April 4, 2014

  • Mary Nell Gray

    Memorial service for Mary Nell Gray (Gilbert-Overstreet) will be 1 p.m., Fri., April 4, at the MMS-Payne Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Lonnie Sanders officiating.

    April 4, 2014

  • Donald Gene Dennis

    Memorial service for Donald Gene Dennis will be 11 a.m., Sat., April 5, at Eastern Hills Baptist Church. Services are under the direction of MMS-Payne Funeral Home & Cremation Service.
    Don passed away Friday, March 28, 2014, at his home at the age of 78.

    April 4, 2014