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September 6, 1919 - March 10, 2014 MIDWEST CITY/YUKON Lenorah Barnes Polk, 94, passed away on Monday, March 10, 2014. Lenorah was born September 6, 1919 in Kosoma, Oklahoma to Edith (Hamby) and James Elmer Adams. They moved to Oklahoma City when she was two and one-half years old. Lenorah graduated from OKC "Old Central High" at the age of 15. She received her BS from OSU, MS from OU, did doctorial studies at OSU. Her son attended OSU and her daughter attended OU. Her grandson graduated from OU and her granddaughter graduated from OSU. People would wonder and ask her, "Who do you root for?" Laughing, she would reply, "Sometimes OU, sometimes OSU. I truly live in a house divided." Lenorah retired from a long career as an Oklahoma teacher, consultant, writer, editor, leader and adviser, all in the same profession. She began her professional career in Midwest City-Del City School Systems as a Home Economics teacher and school counselor. She left there to spend ten years in the Oklahoma State Department of Career Tech Education as a District Supervisor and later served as State Advisor of Young Homemakers of Oklahoma, Home Economics Curriculum. The remainder of her 37-year-career was spent in Education at the University of Central Oklahoma, retiring as Professor Emeritus in 1986. Upon retirement, she did Adjunct teaching at UCO, OU, and DeMarge College in Oklahoma City. After her husband Ray died in 1998, Lenorah moved to Spanish Cove Retirement Village in Yukon, where she met many new friends and other retired educators. We are thankful to the kind and helpful staff there who were wonderful to her. Many of them told us in the last week that they all thought the world of her. Lenorah was active in her professional organizations serving as president of the OK Home Economics Association and served in many other positions. Among the many honors and awards recognizing her leadership and service was the "1991 OHEA Professional Award." She was presented the "Pioneer Award" in 2010 in recognition of her many years of dedicated service rendered as a pioneer teacher in the schools of Oklahoma. Lenorah was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ray L. Polk; her daughter, Primela Rae Polk; her sisters, LeClede Arnn and Leveta Land; her brother, James E. Adams; and a very close cousin, Dick Hartsell. She is survived by son, Larry Barnes II and his wife Nancy, of Bethany; and stepson, Ron L. Polk, of San Diego, CA. She leaves behind two grandchildren, Larry Barnes III and his wife Stacy and Deanna Olds and her husband Martin. Surviving great-grandchildren, who often brought a big smile and a sparkle to her eyes, include: Tori Hunger and her husband Casey, Ty Fanning, Trevor Barnes, Trenton Barnes, Morgan Olds, Allison Olds, and Karlee Olds. Also surviving are a very special friend, Alex McBride; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families. Visitation will be Sunday, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. at Mercer-Adams, located at 3925 N. Asbury in Bethany. Following a private burial earlier, a Memorial Service for Lenorah will be held Monday, March 17 at 3 p.m. in the Mercer-Adams Chapel. To share a memory or condolence, visit www.mercer-adams.com www.mercer-adams.com
Published in The Oklahoman on Mar. 16, 2014
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