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CANADA, SANDRA  
July 2, 1948 - May 24, 2016 OKLAHOMA CITY Sandra Kay Canada went to be with her Heavenly Father May 24, 2016, surrounded by her family and after a brief illness, at Deaconess Hospital. Sandra was born July 2, 1948, to James and Vivian (Waldroup) Franklin in Wewoka, OK and moved to OKC in the 5th grade. She graduated from PC High School in 1966, where she made many lifelong friends and was anxiously awaiting her 50th Class Reunion, which she was helping to plan. After high school, she received a degree in home economics from Central State. Sandra married Michael Canada on June 27, 1971, and was approaching their 45th wedding anniversary. Sandra spent the majority of her working career in the mortgage business. Sandra helped many people get into the home of their dreams. There are a thousand words we could use to describe her, but the most fitting would be selfless. She was always putting others first. She treasured relationships. Sandra was the person so many called in times of celebration, crisis or to chat. Our hearts are broken because our "Person" is gone from her earthly home. Sandra has been a part of God's kingdom from a young age. Sandra and Mike have been members of New Covenant Christian Church for over 30 years. The highlight of "Gran's" life was her five grandchildren. They brought her so much joy. The only rules she had for them was do whatever you want. She would stop anything to spend time with them. She was the best Mom to Cari and Jami and often referred to them as her miracle babies. Mom was our greatest fan. There was not a day that went by that she didn't talk to her girls and knew what was going on daily. Sandra was preceded in death by her parents; her in-laws, Wynona Canada and Roy Canada; her grandparents; and her beloved aunts and uncles. Sandra is survived by her husband, Mike; daughters, Cari and Jami (Robby); grandchildren, Lauren, Logan, Lane, Harper, and Halle; brother, Stan (Judy) Franklin; sister-in-law, Cherry (David) Yount; nieces and nephews and their families, Julie Johnson, Stephanie Franklin, Rickey Brady, and Jeni Rainforth; many cousins; and countless friends. Services will be held on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at 1 p.m. at New Covenant Christian Church. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to New Covenant Christian Church general fund in memory of Sandra Canada. To share a memory or a condolence, please visit www.merer-adams.com www.merer-adams.com
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Published in The Oklahoman on May 30, 2016
COTTOM, MARVIN  
February 7, 1941 - May 27, 2016 OKLAHOMA CITY A great man left this earth for his heavenly reward May 27, 2016. Marvin Delbert Cottom was born on February 7, 1941, in his father's pickup truck on the way to the hospital in Enid. He was raised on the farm south of Meno that his grandfather homesteaded in the Cherokee Strip Land Run. He graduated from Ames High School in 1959 in a class of 12 students where he served two terms as the FFA President and was a starter on the basketball team that went to the Class B state finals. After high school, Marvin attended Enid Business College, where he met his lovely wife, Betty Penner, and the two were married in Fairview, OK on September 2, 1961. Marvin began his career as a bookkeeper at Republic Supply in Oklahoma City and while there, he was introduced to the Credit Union industry. Thus began his lifelong passion for the Credit Union movement and its dedication to "People helping People." Marvin was hired by the Oklahoma Credit Union League in 1966 and later served as the Assistant Manager at Tulsa Federal Employees Credit Union. While there, some managers at Western Electric contacted Marvin and asked him to help form a credit union to serve their employees' needs. WEOKIE Credit Union was founded in September 1969 and opened for business in January 1970. During his 37-year tenure, WEOKIE grew to over 50,000 members, more than $500 million in assets and several branches throughout the OKC metro area. Marvin was a visionary and fought for groundbreaking legislation that would allow credit unions to offer checking accounts to their members; it's no surprise WEOKIE was the first credit union in the state of Oklahoma to offer these services. Marvin was also active in the state, national and world Credit Union movement. He served as Director of the Oklahoma Credit Union League; Director of the Credit Union National Association for many years; and was Secretary and First Vice-Chairman of the World Council of Credit Unions, where he helped start credit unions in Central America. Marvin was recognized by his peers nationwide by receiving the Distinguished Service Award for Credit Union Professionals and was inducted into the Credit Union Executive Society Hall of Fame in November 1999. He was revered as a leader, truly embodied the credit union philosophy and has helped countless people realize their financial dreams. Upon his retirement, Governor Brad Henry named April 20, 2007, as "Marvin Cottom Day" within the state of Oklahoma for his service and contributions in the financial industry. Marvin was raised in a Christian home and accepted Jesus as his personal Savior and was baptized as a teenager. Church was very important to him, and he was active in the Shartel Church of God where he coached a high school boys basketball team, participated in the Joyaire's activities and served in many capacities, including the Board of Elders for many years. Marvin also served on the Board of Directors of Mid-America Christian University and was bestowed an honorary Doctorate of Management by MACU in May 2011. He was a true lover of sports, especially the OU Sooners, where he had been a season ticket holder since 1970; and the OKC Thunder. But most of all, Marvin truly loved his three families: his personal family, his church family and his WEOKIE family. His best times were when the family was all together. The most special were the bi-annual trips to Dauphin Island, the days spent at "The Farm," or just being together at the house. Marvin was an amazing man who had a big heart and loved life. He might have been just a little stubborn, but he never complained about the adversities that came his way and he lived his life with grace and dignity. It has been said that Marvin loved everybody and everybody loved Marvin. His family and friends are truly blessed to have loved such a great man. Marvin is survived by his wife, Betty; his daughter, Cindy Borden; and sons, Darren and Polly Cottom and Steve and Heather Cottom. The lights of his life were his grandchildren, Kyle and Christin Borden, Jandolyn and Blake Overton, Mackenzie Borden, Cody and Kelsey Cottom, Julia Cottom, Savannah Cottom, Summer Cottom and Shane Cottom. His great-grandchildren, Kylie and Gunnar Borden, Kaden, Blaze, Raphe and Oakes Overton, loved their "Papa Marvin," and his cane was their favorite toy, and they loved rides on his walker. He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Clara Mae Cottom; and sister, Martha Cottom; and his infant sister, Ruby Elaine Cottom. Visitation will be Monday, 4 to 8 p.m. The family will be present Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. to greet friends at the funeral home. Services to celebrate and remember his life will be held on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at 10 a.m. at Shartel Church of God, 11600 S. Western Ave., OKC, 73170, with interment to follow at Heritage Burial Park. Memorials may be made to the Shartel Church of God Building Fund, Mid America Christian University or Special Olympics.
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Published in The Oklahoman on May 30, 2016
ESQUIVIAS, FELICIA (Memoriam)  
May 30, 1977 - May 3, 2008 Happy 39th Birthday, my precious daughter. We miss you every day but know we will be together again in Heaven. Your Loving Mother, Vanessa, Brad, Briley, Brycen and William
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Published in The Oklahoman on May 30, 2016
HONEYCUTT, HOYT  
Honeycutt Sept. 2, 1935 - May 27, 2016 MOORE Hoyt Farrell Honeycutt, 80, passed away May 27, 2016. Hoyt was born Sept. 2, 1935, in Tulsa, OK to Lee and Ercell (Roberts) Honeycutt. Hoyt was employed at Gulfstream Aerospace Technology for over 42 years. He enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, and most of all, going to Fort Cobb Lake. Hoyt also enjoyed playing cards and dominoes. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joy Honeycutt; one daughter, Rhonda Lingle and husband Mark; granddaughter, Savannah Melton; granddog, "Scout"; nephew, Billy Wayne Honeycutt Jr.; niece, Deborah Bandy; and other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Letha Honeycutt and Deborah Green; one brother, Billy Wayne Honeycutt; and one nephew, Lee Honeycutt. Funeral Services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at the chapel of the John M. Ireland Funeral Home in Moore, OK. Interment to follow at the Moore Cemetery. Services are under the direction of the John M. Ireland Funeral Home and Chapel in Moore, OK.
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Published in The Oklahoman on May 30, 2016
SMITH, JOYCE - Shawnee  
June 6, 1937 - May 26, 2016 NEWALLA Joyce Vernell Smith, 78, of Newalla, OK, died Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Oklahoma City. Services are set for Wednesday, June 1 at 2 p.m. in Walker Funeral Service Chapel in Shawnee, the Rev Larry Sparks officiating. Burial to follow at Pilgrims Rest Cemetery. Joyce was born June 6, 1937, in Hollis, OK to William Vernon and Goldie May (Mefford) McElroy. She was a greenhouse owner and operator. She married Glen Smith June 21, 1955. He precedes her in death, along with her parents, two daughters and her three brothers. She is survived by son, Danny Smith; her daughters, Dianna Lynn Smith, Donna & husband Don Charlow, Denise & husband Steve Hood; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
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Published in The Oklahoman on May 30, 2016

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ANDERSON, JAMES - Norman  
Sept. 16, 1924 - May 26, 2016 NORMAN James K. "Jim" Anderson, 91, of Norman, OK, passed away at his home, surrounded by family and friends, Thursday, May 26, 2016. Jim was born in Ada, OK to Mildred Kerr and James L. Anderson Sept. 16, 1924. Jim attended the New Mexico Military Institute for high school and junior college. While awaiting the call to Officer's Candidate School, he decided to enlist with the first available unit in the Army. He fought in World War II as an Infantry Scout in the 319th Regiment, 80th Infantry in Patton's Third Army. While in the Army, he received two Bronze Stars. After the war, Jim attended The University of Oklahoma, where, in three short years, he graduated with a B.S. in geological engineering in 1949. While at OU, he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity as well as honor fraternities of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Tau and Sigma Gamma Epsilon and Gamma Tau Kappa. Jim owned and operated an oil and gas exploration and production company for 61 years, James K. Anderson, Inc. He was a founding contributor of Sarkey's Energy Center and a recipient of The University of Oklahoma Regents Award. Jim was the chairman of the committee for the Oil Pioneer Plaza at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History. He was inducted into the New Mexico Military Institute Hall of Fame and also received the George Ward Memorial Award from the New Mexico Military Institute as well. Jim was also a member of the Society of the Cincinnati. Jim was a member of St. Luke's Methodist Church in Oklahoma City. He is survived by his wife, Jerrie; children, Judi Anderson Guetens and husband Ed, Melanie Anderson, and James R. Anderson and wife Mary; stepchildren, Allen Buchanan, Mike Buchanan and wife Caryn, Don L. Buchanan, and Becky Archey and husband Brian; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; his dear cousins; and dear friend, Lisa Gracey. The family would like to extend their thanks to Dr. Kelley Lobb and the staff of The McCortney Hospice Group. Memorials may be made to The University of Oklahoma or The McCortney Hospice House. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 6-8 p.m. at Havenbrook Funeral Home. Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in the Chapel of Havenbrook Funeral Home, with interment to follow at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Norman. To offer condolences to the family or share your favorite memory of Jim, please visit: www.HavenbrookFuneral Home.com
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Published in The Oklahoman on May 29, 2016
ASKINS, DEBRA - Oklahoma City  
April 10, 1942 - May 26, 2016 OKLAHOMA CITY Debra Jane Askins, 74, aka "mom," "grandma," "fierce shopper," "chocolate lover," "grandchild spoiler," "animal lover," and "die-hard OU and Thunder fan," would like you to know her battle here is over. The Lord called her home Thursday, May 26, 2016, at 11:36 a.m. while surrounded by her family. She is currently reuniting with her parents, Al and Sybil Ayers, other family and friends and many beloved pets that she hasn't seen in a long time. Debra was born April 10, 1942, in Seminole, OK. She is a former Lancer Princess from the Class of 1960 at Northwest Classen High School. From there, she attended Central State College. She is survived by her adoring husband, James; daughters, Lori Walker (Brian) and Jami West; four grandchildren, Thomas and Tobey Walker, Georgia and Canon West; her sisters, Gene Ayers and Yvonne Albers (Denny); along with many other beloved extended family members. The family especially thanks Dr. Aleda Toma of Cancer Specialists of OKC and Care Plus Home Health Care of OKC for providing her favorite care giver, Dorcas "D" Owens, who was such a blessing and took such good care of her during her illness. A Celebration of Debra's Life will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at Cornerstone Methodist Church, 2604 N. May Ave., OKC. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Human Society are appreciated.
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Published in The Oklahoman on May 29, 2016
BEARD, RICHARD - Moore  
Feb. 25, 1952 - May 23, 2016 OKLAHOMA CITY On May 23, 2016, the day The Queen cried and her heart was broken and became grief stricken with the loss of her best friend, lover, plumber, and last but not least, her husband, The King, Richard A. Beard, left his home on earth to walk through the gates of heaven. Born in Joplin, MO Feb. 25, 1952, the son of Paul Beard and Lucille Beard Stephens. For many years, Richard owned his own plumbing company before joining the Plumbers/Pipefitters Local 430 out of Tulsa, OK. His hobbies were watching the History Channel, NASCAR, OSU football, hunting, fishing, but most of all, golfing and spending time with his buddies. Richard was a kindhearted man who was always ready to help anyone in need; all they had to do was ask. His greatest gift of all was a piece of himself; he was an organ donor. Even though we will miss him so very much, he will live on and be able to extend the life of someone else. His survivors include the love of his life, his wife, Linda; his beloved dog, Goofy; stepson, Jim Gorre & wife Teresa; daughters, Lisa Lott & husband Skeeter and Misty Lange & husband Brett; grandchildren, Chandler Lott, Alise Gilbert, Zachary Gilbert, Jalen Lange, Kurtis & Robyn Gorre, Devon Gorre, and Catelynne Gorre; and great-grandson, K. Dean Gorre; siblings: brothers, Danny & Charlotte Beard, George & Leona Beard, Wayne Beard, and David Beard; and sister, Cindy & Allen Mayhill; and many nieces and nephews. Richard was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents. Viewing will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at the John Ireland Funeral Home, 120 S. Broadway in Moore, OK. Services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, June 2 at the Lynlee Mae Chapel & Event Center, 507 E. Main St., Moore, OK. Services are under direction of the John M. Ireland Funeral Home.
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Published in The Oklahoman on May 29, 2016
BRADFORD, ELTA - Oklahoma City  
Jan. 23, 1923 - May 23, 2016 OKLAHOMA CITY Elta Marie Price Bradford, 93, passed away May 23, 2016. Elta was born Jan. 23, 1923, in Tulsa, OK to Cora and Ernest Price. She had two sisters, Floreine and Cora; and two brothers, Bob and Tommy. She married the love of her life, Doyle Bradford, in 1943, and they enjoyed a wonderful life together until Doyle passed away in 2003. Elta is survived by her sons, Dennis Bradford and his wife Deloris, of OKC; Harry "Bud" Bradford and his wife Lenore, of Auburn, WA; Kenneth "Ken" Bradford and his wife Kim, of OKC; her daughter, Claudia Robertson and her husband Jim, of OKC; and eight grandchildren, Tiffany Hunt and her husband Darrell, Ashley Cayce and her husband Ty, Jordan Bradford and his wife Brandi, Katherine Hunter and her husband Russell, Lauren Quick, Jacob Robertson, Brendon Quick and his wife Genevieve, and Lucy Robertson. She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren, Hannah, Toby, Carys, Kendyl, Jack, Melian, Madeleine, and Ransom. Elta devoted her life to her family, her friends, and her church. Above all, her strong faith defined her, and she lived a life where others could see Christ's light shining through. She was active at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, especially enjoying the Chancel Choir and the United Methodist Women. Mission work was important to her and, throughout her life, she served others selflessly. She had a wonderful sense of humor with an infectious smile and laughter that brightened every day. She had an unending love of children and music and combined the two teaching music at Mother's Day Out, where she touched the lives of many children. She had many passions and joys. She was a wonderful cook, gardener, seamstress, quilter, vocalist, artist and poet. But her greatest joy was her family. Her charge to us all was to "Love One Another and to Love Life." Although small in stature, she "Loved Big." Visitation will be on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at Smith & Kernke, 14624 N. May Ave., with the family there to receive guests from 5 to 7 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at 2 p.m. at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 2717 W. Hefner Rd. Memorial Gifts may be given to Chapel Hill United Methodist Church.
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Published in The Oklahoman on May 29, 2016
BRENNER, GARY - Moore  
Feb. 13, 1942 - May 24, 2016 OKLAHOMA CITY Gary Dean Brenner, 74, of Oklahoma City, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, following a long illness. Gary was born Feb. 13, 1942, to Nolva D. & Chester L. Fennel in Los Angeles, CA. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Ronald R. Brenner. Gary is survived by his wife, Janice, of the home; and his two daughters, Dwanise L. Foster, of Oakhurst, CA; and Deana D. Depry, of Las Vegas, NV. He is also survived by two grandsons, Bradley A. Foster and Jeffrey A. Foster; many close friends and extended family. Gary served in the U.S. Army 1959-1962. Gary had a long career as a pilot and flight instructor. He operated a long and successful medical flight and charter business in Reno, NV. His love of flying continued well past retirement. In Sept. 2013, Gary was honored by the FAA with inclusion in the prestigious FAA Airmen Certification Database. Special appreciation is extended to Drs. Stephen Adler and Jess Armor, of Mercy Hospital; and the caring staff of Excell Home Health and Hospice. A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, May 31 at 10 a.m. at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City. Services are under the direction of the John M. Ireland Funeral Home and Chapel in Moore, OK.
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Published in The Oklahoman on May 29, 2016
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