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Rush, Janie Nadine (Wyatt) - Houston  
Janie Nadine Wyatt Rush, 80, of Houston, Texas, died January 20, 2015, at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Formerly of Bartlesville, OK, Mrs. Rush was born January 24, 1934, in Big Cabin, OK, to J.R. Wyatt and Nancy Wilkie Wyatt, one of 10 children. She lived many places in her life, from Dewey, OK, to North Carolina, to Brazil and London. She graduated Big Cabin High School in 1950 at the age of 16. That fall she entered Northeastern Oklahoma A & M Junior College, where she completed her studies and was recruited by Phillips Petroleum in 1952. There she met Gene Rush and they were married February 14, 1953. Mrs. Rush was a loving and wonderful person, quietly supportive and proud of her family. She was dignified and strong and never had a negative word to say. She was stylish and intelligent, funny and caring. Crossword puzzles were her favorite hobby – the harder the better. She followed politics but rarely took sides. Mrs. Rush is preceded in death by her husband; two sons, Kevin Rush and Jay Rush; and a grandson, Randy Rush. She is survived by her son Chris Rush and his wife Jenny; daughter Ann Clayton and her husband Ben; daughter-in-law Vickie Womack and her husband Rodney; 10 grandchildren, Derek Rush, Jason Rush, Carrie Lovejoy, Delaina Rush, DeWayne Rush, Rachel Womack, Taylor Womack, Katelyn Brenneis and Ashley Resewehr; and 11 great-grandchildren. A Gathering of Friends - Celebration of Life Service for Mrs. Rush will take place at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Walker-Brown Funeral Home Chapel in Bartlesville, OK with Rodney Womack officiating. A private graveside service will be held at Hickory Grove Cemetery near Grove, OK. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Walker-Brown Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to: Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, 516 North Adams Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301. Contributions may also be made online at barbarabush.org. Please place Mrs. Rush's name in the comment section so that family members may acknowledge gifts. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.walkerbrownfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Jan. 28 to Feb. 27, 2015
Sanders, Clifford Robert - Tulsa  
Clifford Robert Sanders, 55, resident of Caney, Kansas, and Volunteer Firefighter for the Caney Fire Department died at 2:40 AM, Thursday at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa. Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday at the Cornerstone Church in Caney Kansas, with Mr. Mark Artherton and Pastor Brad Sanders officiating. Cremation arrangements were under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory. A Memorial has been established in his name to the Caney Fire Department C/o Fire Chief Tom Jones 201 N. Spring Caney, Kansas 67333. Mr. Sanders was born on May 11, 1959 at Independence, Kansas to Clifford Harlan and Shirley Jean (Defenbaugh) Sanders. He was raised and received his education in Caney Public Schools in 1978. He was married to Debra Lloyd on April 21, 1994 at Coffeyville, Kansas. They had made their home in Caney all of their married life, where he was active in the community and with the Caney Fire Department as a Volunteer Firefighter since 1991, over 24 years. He loved serving his community as a firefighter, and was also dedicated to his family and grandchildren. He enjoyed watching football and all major sports. He was a laid back and easy going, fun loving guy. He loved being with his family and family get-togethers. Clifford is survived by his wife Debra Ann (Lloyd) Sanders of the home in Caney, by a daughter Bonda Frank and Fiancé Ronald Doheny, and by a son Brock Sanders of Caney Kansas, a sister Tamala Artherton and husband Mark of Caney, by his mother Shirley Sanders of Caney, and by two grandchildren Joshlynn Frank and Brycen Frank both of Caney; and his father and mother-in-law Gary & Floretta Lloyd of Caney. He was preceded in death by his father Clifford Harlan Sanders, and by his grandparents, and a host of Aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Friends who wish may sign the online guest book and leave condolences at www.stumpff.org
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Feb. 2 to Mar. 2, 2015
Sare, Clyde W. - Bartlesville  
Clyde W. Sare, 78, former state representative from Washington County and a prominent Bartlesville businessman, died Sunday morning in Bartlesville. Sare was born April 9, 1936 in Bartlesville and was a 1954 graduate of College High School. He was elected twice to the Oklahoma House of Representatives, in 1958 and again in 1960. He served as Vice Chair of the House Constitutional Amendment Committee (1959-60) and Chair of the House Reapportionment Committee (1961-62). Sare's long career in Bartlesville included ownership of a real estate brokerage firm, C.W. Sare & Co., for a number of years. In 1977, he and Mrs. Sare founded the Acorn Storage Center in Bartlesville, at a location on Comanche Street. Today, Acorn has several storage locations in Bartlesville and one in Branson, Missouri. Sare's survivors include his wife, Pat, of Bartlesville; his brother and sister-in law, Harold and Mary Lou Sare of Stillwater; his son, John Sare, of New York City; his daughter Crystal Sare of Bartlesville and Crystal's grandchildren Izzabella, Judah and Magnolia; and his daughter and son-in-law, Angel and William Rigg and their children, Patrick and Megan, of Bartlesville. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lucian Victor Sare and Bertha Vickers Sare, also of Bartlesville, and his brother, Dale Sare. His mother was the first among several Vickers sisters who moved to Bartlesville in the 1920s to teach in the local schools, and his extended family includes his brothers' children and grandchildren as well as the numerous members of the Nora Mitchell, Hazel Covington, and Esta Mae (Osborne) Blackburn families. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Journey Home Hospice, 3406 SE Kentucky St., Bartlesville, OK 74006, www.thejourneyhomeok.com. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, February 10 at 2 p.m. at the Grace Epworth United Methodist Church, 706 E.3rd Street, located east of the old county courthouse near downtown Bartlesville. Interment will be private at Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Carter Davis and the Davis Family Funeral Home. Online condolences and remembrances may be shared at www.DavisFamilyFuneralHome.com
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Feb. 9 to Mar. 9, 2015
Schnitzer, Winona (Maddox) - Bartlesville  
Winona Schnitzer, age 92, of Bartlesville, died on Sunday evening, January 25, 2015. She was born on a farm near Alva, Oklahoma to Mary and Lester Maddox. Her parents and three siblings, Elva Martin, Myron Maddox and Marjorie Schenbeck preceded her in death. When she was nine, the family moved to a farm near Aline, Oklahoma. Winona attended a rural one-room grade school taught by her father, who also farmed. She graduated from Aline High School in 1940 and attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva for three years. Due to the shortage of teachers during World War II, she obtained a temporary teacher's certificate and taught business at Burlington, Oklahoma High School during 1943. Winona married Naval Ensign Merrill Schnitzer in January 1944. They lived in State College, Pennsylvania, while he attended Naval Engineering class at Penn State University, then lived in Virginia Beach, Virginia while he attended amphibious warfare school in nearby Norfolk, Virginia. Winona then moved to New Orleans while Merrill was based there prior to going overseas. When he departed for the Pacific Theater, Winona returned to teaching business classes at Attica, Kansas High School. After the end of WWII, Winona and Merrill attended Oklahoma State University. She received her Bachelor's degree in Business Education in 1947 while Merrill was in graduate school. They moved to Dewey, Oklahoma in 1951 and subsequently to Bartlesville. Winona was a mother and homemaker and was active in church, school and civic organizations, including Girl Scouts, PTA, Bloodmobile, Washington County Election Board, Churches United for Community Concern and Mutual Girls Club. She was a strong supporter of education. Winona and her husband established scholarships at Northwestern Oklahoma State and Oklahoma City Universities. For recreation, she enjoyed gardening, fishing, travel, spectator sports, reading and bridge. Winona is survived by daughter, Janine Novack, son, Steven, granddaughter, Taylor Novack, two grandsons, Landon and Trenton Schnitzer and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made to the Winona Schnitzer Memorial Fund, c/o East Cross United Methodist Church, 820 S.E. Madison Blvd., Bartlesville, OK 74006. Services will be held on Thursday, January 29, at 10:00 AM, in the East Cross United Methodist Church, Bartlesville. Rev. Jeff Burress will be the officiant. Interment will follow the service in Alva, Oklahoma at 4:00 PM in the Alva Municipal Cemetery beside her husband, Merrill. Arrangements are under the direction of the Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home, Bartlesville. Online condolences may be left at www.honoringmemories.com.
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Jan. 27 to Feb. 26, 2015
Sharp, Essie Faye (Ray) - Bartlesville  
Essie Faye (Ray) Sharp, age 91, a long-time Bartlesville resident and member of East Cross United Methodist Church passed on to heaven January 24, 2015. A graveside service will be held Saturday, January 31, 2015, at 10:00 AM at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Bartlesville, followed by a memorial service at 11:00 AM at East Cross United Methodist Church, 820 Madison Blvd. Essie was born to Rufus (Dock) and Maud Etta (Morgan) Ray on December 20, 1923, near Paden, Oklahoma, where she lived on a farm and was educated in the public schools. She valued her large caring family very much. After attending Draughn Business College in Oklahoma City and working for more than a year for the War Department in Washington, D.C during WW II, she attended Oklahoma A & M College where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics. While working in the Legal Department of Phillips Petroleum Company in Bartlesville, Oklahoma; she met and married Howard Raymond Sharp on April 6, 1952. Howard was also employed by Phillips Petroleum Company as a Mechanical Design Engineer. They were blessed with three children. He preceded her in death in 1996. Essie constantly busied herself caring for her family and doing volunteer work at her church, the Concern Child Learning Center, the public school system, the Mutual Girls Club, and the Tuesday House. She is survived by two brothers, Glen Ray and Wayne Ray; by her children: Joan Spears and husband Charlie of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Alan Sharp and wife Susan of Cleveland, Ohio; and Sally Likens and husband Stan of Bartlesville. Survivors also include grandchildren Daeva Blacc Spears, Matthew Spears, Andrea Proctor, Danielle Wheeler, Katherine Snitzer, and Philip Likens. Also surviving Essie are fifteen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, six sisters including her identical twin Bess K. Newmaster, six brothers and her husband. Those who wish may make contributions to Essie's favorite charities: East Cross United Methodist Church, 820 Madison Boulevard, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 74006 and MUTUAL Girls Club, ATTN: Penny Meadows, PO Box 2405, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 74005. Arrangements are under the direction of Stumpff Funeral Home. Friends who wish may sign the online guestbook and leave condolences at www.stumpff.org.
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Jan. 28 to Feb. 27, 2015
Sherwin, Douglas Simon - Bartlesville  
Mr. Douglas Simon Sherwin, 96, of Bartlesville, died at 9:50 A.M. on Monday, February 9, 2015 in Bartlesville. No services are planned and cremation arrangements were directed by the Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory. Douglas Simon Sherwin was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 16, 1918 to Benjamin Franklin Sherwin and Tillie (Schnitzler) Sherwin. He attended schools in Long Island, New York and graduated from high school at Lawrence High School on Long Island. He attended Stevens Institute of Technology at Hoboken New Jersey and then Pennsylvania State College at State College, Pennsylvania earning a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering and later Oxford University in Oxford, England where he received Bachelors and Master degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He was employed with a chemical company in Newark, New Jersey and later transferred to Phillips Chemical Company in Bartlesville to help design and operate a butadiene plant in Borger, Texas. He was a civilian wartime government employee during World War II, loaned to the U.S. forces by Phillips Petroleum Company. He was married to Joyce Llewellyn McCarthy on August 22, 1946 in Saltillo, California. They later made their home in Lexington, Kentucky where he was president of Phillips Products Company and later moved to Bartlesville and retired from Phillips in 1985. Mrs. Sherwin preceded him in death on April 8, 2013.
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Feb. 15 to Mar. 14, 2015
Smith, Sue (Caldwell) - Bartlesville  
On January 30th, in Bartlesville, OK, Sue Caldwell Smith, passed away from natural causes, peacefully and surrounded with love, in her home of 27 years. Sue was the youngest of five brothers and sisters, born in Frederick, OK to Pioneer parents, Charles and Margaret Caldwell. Sue and her family lived on the farm that her grandfather homesteaded in 1906. Sue received her Bachelor's degree in Vocational Home Economics from Oklahoma College for Women, now known as USAO, in Chickasha, OK. While there, she served as President of the Junior Class, President of the Student Government, was selected for two years to Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, and represented the college as Miss OCW. In 1951, Sue met the man she would marry and spend the rest of her life loving, James Virgil Smith. In 1955, they began the growth of their family with the birth of their only son Jim, followed by the birth of their only daughter, Cindy in 1958. Mrs. Smith was the first Vocational Home Economics teacher in Bartlesville Schools and started the first chapter of FHA at the local High School. She taught for 19 years at Bartlesville High School and developed and implemented the Family Living Curriculum that was used at the High School from 1972 to 1986. She was a member of the committee to write the first Family Living Curriculum for the state of Oklahoma, as well as, a committee member in the development of a survival skills curriculum for the State Department of Education. She was one of the two home economics teachers in Oklahoma selected to represent vocational home economics at the First Governors' Conference on Education. Throughout the years, Mrs. Smith has received many recognitions and awards for her devoted work with the youth of Oklahoma. In 1981, Sue was the recipient of the Helen Jensen Award. In 1985, she was chosen as Bartlesville's Teacher of the Year, and as of January 2015, it was announced, that Mrs. Smith will be inducted into the Bartlesville Public School Foundation Educator Hall of Fame. Sue was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and Kappa Kappa Iota, both national Honorary Teachers Organizations, a member of Oklahoma Retired Teachers Association and Washington Co. Retired Teachers, a previous President of Chapter ED-PEO, a member of the Advisory Board for Mutual Girl's Club, a member of the Advisory Board for Family Care Services, a volunteer for Green Country Free Clinic, a member of the First United Methodist Church, a member of the United Methodist Women's Board, a member of UMW Circle, and was one of the organizers for the Wedding Hostess Committee of which she was a co-chairperson for 23 years. Mrs. Smith and her late husband, Virgil Smith have established several scholarships to enable young people to further their education. In her spare time, you would find Sue enjoying the sounds of Tom Netherton and all the other Lawrence Welk members, cooking Oklahoma bread for her grandchildren, creating thread masterpieces, visiting with friends from near and far, chatting with her late sisters and best friends, Miriam and Tommy, and most of all surrounding herself with the ones she loved the most. The Family would like to express their appreciation for all the wonderful and loving care provided by her caretakers and Cornerstone Hospice. Mrs. Smith is survived by her loving Son; Jim Smith and his wife Joani Smith; her daughter, Cindy Smith and her husband, Bob Delaney; her three grandchildren, Ashley Trombetta, Nicole Trombetta, and Jesse Smith; and her many adoring nieces, nephews, and her many dear, life-long friends. An open visitation will be held at Stumpff Funeral Home in Bartlesville, OK from Monday, February 2nd, from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm and Tuesday, February 3rd from 9:00 am until 11:00 am. A service celebrating her life will be held at the Bartlesville First Church on Tuesday, February 3rd, at 2:00 pm and on Wednesday, February 4th, at 1:00 pm in Frederick, OK, Sue will be laid to rest for the final time next to the love of her life, Virgil. Contributions can be made to Family Care Services of Bartlesville, Bartlesville First Church, or to a Charity of the donor's Choice. Friends who wish may sign the online guest book & leave condolences at www.stumpff.org.
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Feb. 2 to Mar. 2, 2015
Sparks, Suzanne "Sue" (Dancer) - Bartlesville  
Mrs. Suzanne (Sue) Dancer Sparks, 90, of Bartlesville, died at 2:10 A.M. on Monday February16, 2015 in Bartlesville. Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday at the St. Luke's Episcopal Church with Fr. T. Lee Stephens officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home. Suzanne (Sue) Dancer Sparks was born in Dewey, Oklahoma on August 18, 1924, to William J. and Marion R. Dancer. She was graduated from Dewey High School and continued her education at Texas University, and began her teaching career. In 1947 she married Silas F. Sparks, and they made their home in Bartlesville, where Silas was employed by Phillips Petroleum Company. Upon Silas transfer to Denver, Sue continued her education at the University of Denver and received her Master's in English. She taught in the Denver school system until 1963. Upon returning to Bartlesville, Sue then taught English and Spanish in the Bartlesville school system. Some of Sue's most memorable times were taking her students on school trips to Spain and Mexico. She loved traveling to Europe, with friends and sometimes alone. Playing bridge was a great passion, and she enjoyed attending many events with her friends. Sue and Silas had three daughters: Shelley Sparks of Bartlesville, Terry Robinson, and Holly Sparks of Tucson, Arizona. Also surviving are her granddaughter, Charissa Lewis, and great-granddaughter Rylee, both of Tucson. She also leaves behind many great friends with whom she had fun over the years. Silas preceded Sue in death in 2006. The family wishes to thank the many friends and health providers who supported her in the past few months. She was a long-time member of the St. Luke's Episcopal Church, where she was the first female lay reader, which she continued for 35 years. She relinquished reading in 2006 and scheduling in 2010. Any memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. A memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Friends who wish may sign the online guest book and leave condolences at www.stumpff.org.
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Feb. 18 to Mar. 18, 2015
Stephens, Barbara Ann (Cotton) - Rogers  
Barbara Ann Cotton Stephens, 79 of Rogers Arkansas, was warmly welcomed into Heaven on February 1, 2015 in Keller, Texas. She was born on August 27, 1935 in Paris Arkansas to her parents Henry and Bernice Cotton. Barbara remained in Paris until she went to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where she received her Degree in Home Economics and this is where she met and Married James Stephens in June 1957. Jim and Barbara enjoyed traveling! They moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma and raised 3 boys and then retired in Rogers where they were long time members of the First Baptist Church of Rogers for many years. Barbara always enjoyed quilting, sewing and gardening. Her Elephant Ears were wanted by everyone! Barbara is preceded in Death by her parents, Husband James of 57 years, her brother John cotton, sister Emily Bane, her middle son Mark Stephens and a granddaughter Robyn Stephens. Barbara is survived by her oldest son Mike Stephens and wife Pat of the Colony, Tx. and her youngest son Phil Stephens and wife Ronna of Haslet, Tx., Sisters Mary Westerfield of St. Louis, Mo. and Margaret Fox of Anchorage, Ak. Five Grandchildren, Kim, Sarah, Rachel, Robert and Ryan Stephens and a host of nieces, nephews. cousins, and friends. Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, February 6, 2015 at Roller Funeral Home Chapel in Paris with burial in Oakwood Cemetery in Paris under the direction of Roller Funeral Home. Online guestbook at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com Pallbearers will be Phil Stephens, Mike Stephens, Kim Stephens, Sarah Stephens, Rachel Stephens, Robert Stephens and Ryan Stephens.
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Feb. 5 to Mar. 5, 2015
Strachan, Clyde Wilson - Bartlesville  
Clyde Wilson Strachan, 77, of Bartlesville died Saturday February 14, 2015, in Bartlesville. Clyde was born the son of Clyde Graham and Clarice (Bowers) Strachan on October 9, 1937, in Tulsa, OK. His family spent many memorable summers at the family cabin on Grand Lake. Every year Clyde and his father traveled to Canada for canoeing - a tradition Clyde continued with his own children in Tahlequah. After graduating from Northeastern State with his bachelors, Clyde went to work for Phillips Petroleum Co. where he met Helen, who was working there as an elevator operator. They were united in marriage in Caney, KS in 1965. Clyde retired as a computer programmer after 35 years of faithful service in 1999. Clyde loved to volunteer with various local agencies. He gave his time to the American Red Cross and Kiddie Park for many years while his children were in school. He was a member of the Bartlesville Roundup Club and Bartlesville Civitan Club. Clyde coached track and field, and soccer. In his free time, he liked to repair and sell pinball machines, and he and Helen loved garage selling and attending auctions together. He was a loving husband and father who will be dearly missed. Clyde is survived by his wife Helen Marie Strachan of the home; three children James Strachan and Tracy of Copan, Chris Strachan and Jeannie of Copan, and Meredith Scott and Billy of Bartlesville; nine grandchildren plus one on the way; three great grandchildren and two more on the way. He is preceded in death by his parents. Clyde's family will receive friends at the Davis Family Funeral Home, 918-534-3030, 113 S. Osage (Hwy. 75), Dewey, on Thursday, February 19, from 6-8 p.m. Friends may also view Wednesday 12-8 and Thursday 10-8. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Clyde's memory to the Kiddie Park, Bartlesville Area Friends of the Park, Attn: John Miller, P.O. Box 1001, Bartlesville, OK 74005. Services are under the direction of Carter Davis and the Davis Family Funeral Home. Online condolences and remembrances may be shared with Clyde's family at www.DavisFamilyFuneralHome.com.
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Feb. 18 to Mar. 18, 2015
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