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DAISY FUDGE

March 9, 1919 - December 7, 2012 WICHITA FALLS, TX Daisy Fudge, 93, of Wichita Falls, died Friday, December 7, 2012. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, January 19, 2013, at Crown Heights Christian Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with The Rev. Parker Cross officiating. Daisy Fudge was born Daisy Winifred Radley on March 9, 1919, in St. Louis, Missouri, the fourth of five children. Her British parents married in London and emigrated to the United States in 1911, settling in St. Louis and opening a bakery. Sadly, Daisy's mother passed away when Daisy was just eleven years old. Prior to Mrs. Radley's passing, the family sailed to England and stayed six months to allow her mother time to visit with her parents and siblings who had remained in England. After graduating from Harris Teachers College, Daisy taught elementary school in inner city St. Louis, providing full care for her needy students, in many cases bathing and feeding students before class. When the United States entered World War II, all five Radley children joined the armed forces and worked hard for their country. Daisy joined the Women's Army Corps while her first husband, Les, fought in the Pacific. Les was killed in action in the Philippines in 1945, and Daisy finished her commitment as a WAC and returned home to St. Louis, working at Stix, Baer and Fuller. At the age of 29, Daisy was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer, the same illness that took her mother's life many years earlier. But Daisy was a fighter and was able to beat the odds and survive! In 1952, Daisy met Bernard Fudge, Jr., of Oklahoma, through friends when he was in St. Louis on business, and the two began corresponding. Bernard (Barney) was divorced and the father of one son, Wayne Bernard, who was born during his deployment as a Flying Tiger in China with the 14th Air Force, 74th Fighter Squadron of the 23rd Fighter Group. The correspondence became serious! Yes, they married in 1953 and built a wonderful life, first in Clinton, Oklahoma, and later in Oklahoma City. While Bernard worked hard in his business ventures, 7-UP Bottling Company and Harley Davidson Motorcycle Dealership, Daisy made many close friends as she became involved in many charitable and church activities. Daisy was also on the Board of Directors of Lyric Theater and Deaconess Hospital. She was a pioneer in the Meals on Wheels through the Crown Heights Christian Church. Daisy and Barney were active church members, avid game players (Bridge, Rummikub, Hand & Foot) and lifelong devoted travelers, having crossed the globe many times, reaching exotic and unusual destinations. Barney retired early from his business endeavors, and the couple roamed the world, much to our collective envy? During the 1950s and 1960s, Daisy and Barney often hosted nieces and nephews, as well as Wayne Bernard and his half-brother, Mark, over many summer vacations, exhibiting great generosity and even greater patience! All of us have wonderful memories of these summers! In December 2007, Daisy's beloved husband, Barney, passed away, and Daisy continued living in Oklahoma until December of 2010, when Wayne Bernard and his wife, Leisa, brought her to Rolling Meadows in Wichita Falls, so that she could relax and be pampered and loved by the wonderful staff. Daisy is survived by Wayne Bernard "Barney" Fudge and wife Leisa; four grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Memorial donations are requested to be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls, 4909 Johnson Rd, Wichita Falls, TX 76310; World Neighbors, 4127 NW 122nd St, Oklahoma City, OK 76120; or to Crown Heights Christian Church, 4020 N Western, Oklahoma City, OK 73118.


Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 17, 2013
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