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.
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AKERS, MARVIN HENRY, 72, Chelsea, retired machinist, died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. Memorial service 11 a.m. Saturday, The Sanctuary Christian Worship Center, Chelsea. Chelsea Funeral Home & Cremation Service.
Helen Louise Clark
Services for Helen Louise Clark will be 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, in The Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service. She will be laid to rest beside her mother, at Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may visit at the funeral home Wednesday until 7 p.m., with family receiving friends from 5-7 p.m. that evening.
Tom Gene Jackson
A celebration of the life of Tom G. Jackson will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 at First Baptist Church. Burial will follow at McLaughlin Cemetery in Cleora, Okla. Rice Funeral Service has been entrusted with Tom’s care.
Charles Ray Knierihm
Funeral service for Charles Ray Knierihm will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 at the Harvest Baptist Church in Claremore. Burial will follow at the Hennessey Cemetery under the direction of the MMS-Payne Funeral Home & Cremation Service.
Donna Jean Riggs
Funeral service for Donna Jean Riggs will be 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 at MMS-Payne Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Chelsea Cemetery.
A celebration of the life of JoAnn Brooner will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 in the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service. Burial will follow at Oakhill Cemetery in Oologah. Visitation will be Wednesday from 1-7 p.m., with family receiving visitors from 5 – 7 p.m.. JoAnn passed away on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. She was 82.
Barbara Elizabeth Olmstead
A celebration of the life of Barbara Elizabeth Olmstead will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 at the First Baptist Church in Claremore. Burial will follow at Lone Elm Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1-7 p.m. with family receiving visitors from 5-7 p.m.
Mary “Dianne” Martin
Funeral service for Mary “Dianne” Martin will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 at MMS-Payne Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Lone Elm Cemetery, Claremore.
John Michael Ryan
A memorial service celebrating the life of John Michael “Mike” “Ryano” Ryan will be 2:00 p.m., Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 at First United Methodist Church, Claremore, under the direction of MMS-Payne Funeral Home & Cremation Service.
Kenneth Don Morgan
Funeral service for Kenneth Don Morgan will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, November 26 at the MMS-Payne Funeral Home Chapel. Kenneth passed away Wed., November 20, 2013, at St. John Hospital, Tulsa, at the age of 72.
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