Nov. 25, 1913 - Dec. 30, 2012 OKLAHOMA CITY Helen Margene Lang passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on Dec. 30 at Integris Hospice House in Oklahoma City. Margene was born Nov. 25, 1913 in Altus to Eugene Albert Talkington and Naomi Marguarite Fox Talkington and was the older sister of Leera Pauline Crouch, Wilbur Lee Talkington, Mary Blanche McKinney and Grace Love Wolf. After graduating from Altus High School and attending business school, Margene met Bernard Gilroy Lang, a chemical engineer with Dow Chemical, and they were married May 8, 1937 in Hobbs, N.M. After living in Shawnee, Great Bend, KS, and Long Beach, CA, Margene and Bernard were transferred to Victoria, Texas in 1941, where Bernard supervised chemical engineering during the buildup to World War II. During the war, Margene assisted Bernard in his sideline as a photographer specializing in family and sweetheart portraits sent to overseas servicemen. After the war, Margene and Bernard moved to Oklahoma City, where he worked as a geologist. Margene was a homemaker until 1955, when she went to work for Wise Remembrance Company as a graphic artist and press operator. Returning to homemaking in 1962, Margene devoted her free time to knitting, crocheting and bowling, playing in women's and mixed-league teams and competing in national tournaments. Her career high bowling score was 291. She was an avid college, NBA and Oklahoma City Thunder basketball fan. Margene was a devoted and loving wife of 55 years, a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and is survived by sister Grace Wolf of Port Clinton, Ohio; son Daniel and daughter-in-law Linda Lang of Guthrie; grandson George, granddaughter-in-law Laura and great-grandson Sam Lang of Oklahoma City; and grandson Chris, granddaughter-in-law Jodi and great-grandchildren Annabelle and Quentin Lang of Valdosta, GA; and numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 4 at Smith Gallo Funeral Home, 220 N. 1st Street in Guthrie, OK. Interment at White Cemetery, Hunter, Oklahoma. Floral arrangements provided by A Flower Place, Edmond, OK. 405-216-0600. Donations in memory of Margene Lang can be made to: Integris Hospice House, 13920 Quailbrook Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73134-1718.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 3, 2013