Mrs. Wilda Jean Sample went home to be with the Lord and her beloved husband, John, on Sunday, the 23rd of Sept., 2012. She was a long-time resident of Claremore. Services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sat., Sept. 29, 2012 in the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service. Friends may visit at the funeral home from 2-8 p.m. on Friday. The family will receive visitors from 6-8 p.m.
Born on the 10th of December, 1922 in Climax, Kan., Wilda was the daughter of Vern and Elsie (Bate) Lyon. She met her future husband, John Sample, when her family moved to Toronto, Kan. several years later. They both graduated from Toronto High School in 1940 and attended the College of Emporia (C of E) in Emporia, Kansas. John soon went into the U.S. Army during WWII, and Wilda finished college and worked in the war industry for a time. When John returned from the war in 1945, they were married and lived on the campus of C of E until he graduated. By that time they had a son, John Philip.
In the following years they lived in Russell, Lakin, Salina and Wichita, Kan.. John taught music and Wilda taught Junior High English. Both always received rave reviews from their students. They moved to Claremore in 1973 when John took a job at Claremore College (now Rogers State University). They participated in many community groups. Wilda was a long-time and very proud member of PEO.
On her last day, Wilda was surrounded by all of her immediate family and was able to talk by phone to others, including two nieces, Cathy, in Seattle, and Carole, in New York. She passed peacefully in her sleep. She is survived by her son, Phil; her daughter-in-law, JoAnn; her granddaughter, Kristina, and husband, Valentin Maldonado; two nieces, Carole and Cathy Cowan; nephew, Robert Cowan; and numerous cousins.
Jonathan Ashford “J.J.” Sluka
Funeral service for Jonathan Ashford “J.J.” Sluka will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 23, at River of Life Assembly of God with Pastor Rodney Wilborn officiating. Burial with military honors by the U.S. Army will follow at Highland Cemetery under the direction of the Inola Funeral Home & Crematory. Visitation will be held at the funeral home Tuesday, 1-8 p.m., and family will greet friends from 5-8 p.m.
Doris Ann Chafin
Funeral service for Doris Ann Chafin will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 18, at Verdigris Assembly of God with Brother Harold Brannon officiating. Burial will follow at Lone Elm Cemetery under the direction of MMS-Payne Funeral Home & Cremation Service. Visitation will be held Thursday 1-8 p.m., and family will greet friends 5-7 p.m.
Patricia (Pat) D. Nickerson
Graveside service for Patricia (Pat) D. Nickerson will be held 10 a.m. Friday, July 18, 2014 at Oakhaven Memorial Gardens in Claremore. Pallbearers will be Roy Rollins, Rob Rollins, Ron Rollins, Wayne Allen, Kelsey Wells, Angela Nowlin, Amber Holinsworth, and Maegan Gardner; and honorary pallbearer will be Rev. Joey Bentley. Visitation will be held on Thursday, from 1-8 p.m. with family greeting friends from 6-8 p.m.
Jewel S. Starr
Funeral service for Jewel S. Starr will be 1 p.m., Friday, July 18, at the MMS-Payne Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Paul Simpson and Chaplain Bishop Bell officiating. Burial will follow at Wann Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral home Thursday 1-8 p.m., and family will greet friends 6-8 p.m.
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She operated one of Claremore’s first daycare for children. She died Friday, July 11, 2014 at the age of 86.
Johnny Lee Fivecoats
Services celebrating the life of Johnny Lee Fivecoats will be 3 p.m., Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Memorial Heights Baptist Church, Claremore. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, under the direction of MMS-Payne Funeral Home. Friends may visit at the funeral home from 1-8pm on Tuesday, July 15, with family receiving visitors from 6-8 p.m.
Jasper Leroy Ham
Services for Jasper Leroy Ham will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at MMS-Payne Funeral Home Chapel; burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may visit at the funeral home on Monday, July 14 from 1-8 p.m.
Austin Dermott “Derm” Cloud
A celebration of life service with full military honors for Austin Dermott “Derm” Cloud will be 2 p.m., Monday, July 14, 2014 in the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service. Visitation will be today from 1-5 at the funeral home. Derm passed away on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. He was 88.
Charles Edward “Chuck” Griffin
Memorial service for Charles Edward “Chuck” Griffin will be 11 a.m., Monday, July 14, at Eden Mennonite Church, Inola. Military honors will be presented by the U.S. Marine Corps.
Eva Olive Hornbaker
Private family services for Eva Olive Hornbaker will be Wednesday, July 16, 2014 in Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colo. Eva passed away on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. She was 85.
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