Aug. 17, 1915 - Jan. 1, 2013 EDMOND Oma passed away peacefully on 1/1/2013 at the age of 97 surrounded by her loving family. She was born Aug. 17, 1915 to Oscar and Lillie Hastings (Stone) in a one room cabin with dirt floors in Paden, OK. She attended school in Paden and Tribbey, OK prior to moving to Edmond in 1928. After moving she attended Higbee and Deer Creek School where she completed the 8th grade. She met and married Cecil Pack. Out of that union 8 children were born. Together they owned and operated Cecil's Transfer OKC until 1954. She was employed at TG&Y, C.R. Anthony's and the Little Red Barn at Frontier City. Her marriage ended in 1963. On May 1, 1964 she married her life and soul mate, Ben Checotah. Upon Ben's retirement they worked side by side at Nichols Casing Crews until they retired in 1984. Her strong Christian faith led her to become a member of Temple Baptist Church. Some of her favorite hobbies were growing large vegetable gardens, beautiful rose gardens, fishing, camping, collecting dolls, and most of all cooking for her growing family. She also loved to sing karaoke. Her favorite song to sing was "Will the Circle be Unbroken". No matter where she sang she got a standing ovation. Among her many talents and hobbies, she loved her family most of all. She gave each family member unconditional love and devotion that grew deeper every day. She will live on in our memories as an incredible wife, mother, and grandmother who always placed the needs of her family above her own. Her family grew by leaps and bounds with each passing year. She had 8 children, 20 grandchildren, 52 fourth generations, 57 fifth generations and 1 sixth generation. There are 164 total members of her clan. She was preceded in death by husbands, Ben Checotah and Cecil Pack, sons, Don and wife Judy Pack, Bobby Pack, and Charles Pack, daughter, Sharon Pack, granddaughter, Debbie Ross (Pritchard), infant grandchildren, Donald Wayne, Terry Merle and Sharon Kay Pack, infant twin great-granddaughters and sons-in-law, Herald Pritchard and Tom Finley. She is survived by her son, Jerry and wife Debbie Pack of Fredericksburg, PA; daughters, LaNoma and husband Mike Crouch of Gore, OK, Pat and husband Sid Wishon of Edmond, Linda and husband Gary Underwood of Edmond; brother-in-law, Roland Schmidt of Edmond; sister-in-law, Pauline Hastings of Edmond. She leaves behind good friend, Jeff Wisdom and many other friends and relatives too numerous to mention. The entire family would like to thank Amanda and Danielle at Interim Hospice OKC for the loving compassionate care they gave to our mom and family. We would also like to show our extreme gratitude for the wonderful years of care Dr. Rickie Conrady provided. Reverend Terry Ward will officiate the service to be held 2pm Fri., Jan. 4, 2013, at the Baggerley Chapel. Our Angel will close her service with her original recording of "Will the Circle be Unbroken". Interment will follow at Gracelawn Cemetery in Edmond, where she will be laid to rest beside her loving husband.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 3, 2013