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October 12, 1923 - April 26, 2012 OKLAHOMA CITY Leah Mignon Putty Albers, 88, a longtime resident of Oklahoma City, died on April 26, 2012. She was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Dr. Donald D. Albers. She is survived by her children: Leah Albers and husband Tom Roberts of Albuquerque, NM; Paul Albers and wife Leigh Ann Albers of Oklahoma City, OK; Dede Albers of Arlington, MA; and Sue Ann Lawrence and husband Bart Lawrence of Ipswich MA; and her five adored grandchildren, Brian Lawrence and Kara Lawrence Taylor (who married Zach Taylor), Leah and Kate Henoch, and Donald B. Albers. Mignon was born on October 12, 1923, in Wichita Falls, Texas, to Leah Daugherty Putty and Paul Gowan Putty. Her brother, Paul Gowan Putty, Jr., was born the following year. In 1936, the family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma. Mignon graduated from Tulsa Central High School in 1941. She then went to Oklahoma State University and graduated cum laude in the summer of 1944 with a major in home economics. While in college, she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority, and she worked as a telephone switchboard operator. After college, she attended a training program in Occupational Therapy (OT) at Milwaukee-Downer College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She worked as an OT at Ashborn General Hospital in McKinney, Texas, and at William Beaumont Hospital in El Paso, Texas. She married Dr. Donald Dean Albers on August 12, 1946, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After the wedding, the couple moved to Bethesda, Maryland, where Dr. Albers took a bacteriology course at Bethesda Naval Hospital and Mignon practiced OT at Walter Reed Army Hospital. In 1947, the couple moved to Rochester, Minnesota, for Dr. Albers to begin a urology residency at the Mayo Clinic. Mignon worked in OT at Mayo until her first child, a daughter, was born in 1948. Her son was born at Mayo in 1950. Later that year, the family moved to Oklahoma City for Dr. Albers to join the Oklahoma City Clinic. Two daughters were born in 1953 and 1955. Mignon was busy raising children for many years, but this did not preclude involvement in numerous community organizations. A member of Crown Heights Christian Church for over 60 years, Mignon has been a Sunday school teacher, delivered meals-on-wheels for over 20 years, and served several terms as a Deaconess. She was active in Girl Scouts, serving as a troop leader, on the Executive Committee, and as Treasurer of the Girl Scout Council. She was PTA president at both the Nichols Hills Elementary School and the John Marshall Junior-Senior High Schools when her children were students there. She was a longtime member of the Medical Auxiliaries of Wesley Hospital and later, Presbyterian Hospital. She has been a board member of the Northside YMCA. She was a member of a Sewing Club of loyal friends that started in 1962 and still has monthly meetings. She was a founding member of a book club called O-Kee-Pa. Mignon has always had abundant friendships. She will be remembered for her sweet nature and generosity of spirit; for being a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend; and for always visiting her children in the far-flung and unusual places they have lived and worked over the years. She taught her loved ones to honor every milestone in life, be grateful for small blessings, and to read lots of books and pass them around. Should friends desire, contributions may be made in honor of Leah Mignon Albers to Girl Scouts - Western Oklahoma, 6100 N Robinson, Oklahoma City, OK 73118, (405) 528-4475; or to World Neighbors, 4127 NW 122nd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73120, (405) 752-9700. A memorial service will be held in June, date to be determined.

Published in The Oklahoman on Apr. 29, 2012
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