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September 18, 1916 - November 5, 2012 OKLAHOMA CITY "Myrtle E." as she was affectionately known, was born in Edmond, OK to Professor Francis Coram Oakes and Myrtle Lucille (Gibson) Oakes. Her parents, one sister and 3 brothers predeceased her: Nellie Marie Oakes, Gibson Oakes, Glen Oakes and Fred Oakes. She attended all eight grades at the Central State College Grade School. She graduated from Edmond High School in 1933 where she was a cheerleader. While a student at Central State College (now UCO) she married her high school sweetheart, A.D. "Jake" Jacobson, and they enjoyed 64 years of marriage before his death in 1997. To this marriage 3 beautiful daughters were born who survive her: Jeanne Anne Hubbard, Okla. City, Jill Clark (Steve), Goltry, OK, and Janie Jacobson, Houston, TX. She received her B.S. degree from Central State College in English and Commerce in 1936, and was later named a distinguished graduate. When she was only 20 years old she taught English to high school seniors in Stroud, OK and later taught typing and bookkeeping to businessmen while living in Terral, OK. During her career she worked for the Oklahoma State Merit System, and the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission in Oklahoma City. When she retired she affiliated with Town Hall, Civic Music Assn., Ladies Music Club, OK retired citizens, R.O.S.E.S., Travel Club, Hospitality Club, En Ami and Criterion Book Club. She was also a member of PEO. Myrtle E. was always on the go, and during her retired years she would start her day at 5:30 a.m. swimming at the Bethany YMCA. She would then get dressed "to the nines" and go to her book and music clubs and at the end of the day would wonder why she was so tired. She kept this pace into her early nineties. Myrtle E. loved to travel, go to luncheons, fashion shows, Lyric Theater, Broadway shows and anything where she could get dressed up. She loved hats and you rarely saw her without one. In some circles she was known as the "hat lady." Most important was Myrtle E.'s relationship with Jesus Christ. She accepted the Lord as her Savior at a young age and continued to serve Him throughout her life. She was an active member of her church participating in Bible studies, church choir, and by teaching Sunday School classes to teenagers and keenagers. Besides her three daughters, Myrtle E. is survived by 7 grandchildren: Jeff Lyon, Jill Rumbaugh (Rob), Andrew Jacobson Stover (Anna), Ryan Stover (Brittany), Tyler Davis, Stephanie Clark, and Chad Clark; 11 great grandchildren: Madeleine Lyon, Clayton Jacobson Keck and Duncan Rumbaugh, London, Lilly, and Sadie Beth Stover, Henry Jake, Taylor Grace, and Weston Stover, and Cason and Callee Clark. The family will receive friends at Hahn Cook, 6600 Broadway Ext., on Thursday, November 8 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Her celebration of life will be Friday, November 9 at 11:00AM at the Baptist Temple, 2433 NW 30, Oklahoma City, OK 73112. The family wishes to thank the staff of the Green Neighborhood at Epworth Villa, Quality of Life Hospice, and Phyllis Cornell. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to: The Baptist Temple, or Quality of Life Hospice 14901 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73134. To God be the glory!

Published in The Oklahoman on Nov. 8, 2012
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