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 February 2017 Obituaries 

Katherine Colleen Pelham Montgomery

Funeral for Katherine C. Montgomery, age 84, will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, March 6, 2017, at New Life Christian Church.  Ezell Nelson will officiate.

Katherine Colleen Pelham Montgomery took her Lord’s hand and stepped into glory February 26, 2017.

She was born in Seattle, Washington to Harold Stanford and Blanche Robison Pelham on July 18, 1932.  Growing up in Seattle, she graduated from Franklin High School in 1950, followed by two years at Washington State University at Pullman.  She met her husband, Thomas O. Montgomery while he was serving in the Korean War.  They were married May 3, 1953 and were together 57 years.  Katherine completed her Masters degree in Library Science in August of 1976.  She was an avid historian with love for genealogy and the family tree.  She and her husband moved to Chickasha in 1977 where she was a librarian for USAO.  Mom loved all her family, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and always made sure they had the best books to read.  She loved to knit and sew and taught her children.  Mom was a woman of faith with a silver crown who stayed true to her walk of faith.  She encouraged her children and grandchildren to know the Lord.  She gifted them with church camp in their early years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother.

Katherine is survived by her son and wife John Thomas and Vicki Montgomery of Tolono, Illinois and their daughters, Morgan, Kelsey and Shelby; daughter and husband Laura Ruth and Ramon Gil of Lawton and their daughter Jillian; daughter and husband Diane Louise and Kip Cudd of Meeker and their sons Dane and wife Emily, Tyson and wife Teresa and Rory and wife Olivia; and great-grandchildren Troy, Tatum, Amya, Gabriel, Wyatt, Mercy, Micah and Selah.

Interment will be in the Ft. Sill National Cemetery in Elgin, Oklahoma.  Service will be under the direction of McRay Funeral Home.

Carl Gene Whitt

Graveside funeral service for Carl Gene Whitt, 75, of Cement, OK will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at the Cement Cemetery in Cement.  Rev. Laurie Stinnett will officiate.

Carl Gene Whitt was born the son of Carl Whitt and Georgia Wissman Whitt on May 3, 1941 in Middletown, OH.  He died on February 26, 2017 in Cement, OK.

Carl married his wife Mary on Christmas Eve in 1975.  He served in the United States Navy on the USS Intrepid as an aviation ordinance crewman.  Serving during the Cuban Missile Crisis, he received the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for aviation on the VS-27.  After his military service, Carl drove a cross country 18-wheeler; worked in the oil field for many years in positions from worm to tool pusher; he was an insurance salesman for Mutual of Omaha; he started a contracting business called GWGS Roofing; and he owned a custom paint shop doing commercial  painting on  trailers and cars.  Carl wrote passionately on his life experiences in many poems and short stories.  He wrote two books which are yet to be published.  He also coached summer league boys baseball.  Carl was a member of the Cement United Methodist Church, Elks Lodge and Odd Fellows Lodge.

Carl was preceded in death by his mother and father Georgia and Carl Whitt; brothers Gary Whitt and Blain Lee Whitt; and a sister Barbara Sonnyborn.

Carl is survived by his wife Mary Whitt of the home; grandchildren Rose and Robert Brookshire of the home; son Carl Gene Whitt, Jr.; son Terry Garmon; son Timothy Garmon; daughter Trisha Garmon; brother Tom Whitt; sister and husband Kathy and Mike Goodwin; 17 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren; mother-in-law Jennie Carr; numerous other family and friends.

Service is under the direction of McRay Funeral Home.

Douglas Edward Dexter

Edward Douglas Dexter, born Nov. 23, 1939 in Riverside County, CA to Clair F. and Evelyn F. Dexter, went home to heaven on February 23, 2017, in Chickasha, OK.  

The oldest of 4 children, Edward was the first called upon every morning and every evening to tend to the farm, developing a strong work ethic that would carry forward into his adult life.   Edward was a teacher, a scholar, a philosopher, a theologian, a minister, and a loving and devoted husband and father. 

Those left to cherish his memories are his two sisters and their spouses, Sharon & Eldon Orrell of Barnes, KS, Janice & Jim Owen of Peoria, AZ, his sister-in-law Donna Dexter of Golden Valley, AZ, his wife, Rev. Jerrie Dexter of Chickasha, OK, his two daughters and their spouses, Kimberlee & Robert Griffin of Yukon, OK, Kathleen Dexter-Mitchell & Nicholas Mitchell of Naperville, IL, his son Kendal Dexter of Edmond, OK, his step-son and his spouse Terrance & Brandy Enouen of Oklahoma City, OK and his step-son Lawrence Enouen of Norman, OK.  His former wife Jeanie Chancellor (Dexter) of Bethany, OK and his 14 grandchildren: Zachary, Emily, Evan, Emmaleigh, Trenton, Lauren, Sarah, Erin Gay, Simon Paul, Emma, Trey, Dryden, Tanner, Dashel & Everly.

Edward was preceded in death by his parents, Clair and Evelyn Dexter, his brother Melvin Dexter, and his step-son Paul Enouen, Jr. 

A Memorial service to celebrate Ed’s life will held on Tuesday, February 28, 10:00am at Epworth United Methodist Church, in Chickasha, OK.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Skyline Urban Ministry Community Outreach Program, 500 SE 15th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73129


Ada Katherine Wood

Funeral service for Ada Wood, age 100, formerly of Chickasha, will be held at the Southern Oaks Church of Christ on Monday, February 6, 2017, at 1:00 P.M.

Ada was born the daughter of William Henry Colbert and Maggie Mae Kelley Colbert on September 14, 1916, in Killeen, Texas.  She died on February 2, 2017, in Wichita, Kansas.

Ada grew up in east Texas, and later moved to Wills Point, Texas, where she met and married Thomas Wood.  Thomas worked in the oilfield and they lived many places following his work.  After the death of her husband in 1978, she continued to live in Ardmore, Oklahoma.  In 1989, she moved to Chickasha.  She was a member of the Southern Oaks Church of Christ and taught bible school for over twenty five years.

She was preceded in death by her parents William and Maggie Colbert; husband Thomas Wood on June 19, 1978; two sons: James “Skip” Wood and Don Wood and granddaughter Kathy Wood Garrett. 

Survivors include her daughter, Rosemary Bartel, of Wichita, Kansas; seven grandchildren: Mark Wood, John Wood, Tommy Wood, Daniel Wood, Thomas Wood, Dusty Wood, and Skye Custer; many great-grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren.

Interment will be in the IOOF Cemetery in Noble, Oklahoma.  Service will be under  the direction of the McRay Funeral Home.

Andrea Collins

Graveside service for Andrea Collins, age 86 of Verden, Oklahoma, will be held
in the Roache Cemetery on Friday, February 3, 2017 at 11:30 am.  Rev. Johnny Wray will officiate.

Andrea was born the daughter of Sotero Roache and Eustolia Hernandez Roache on November 10, 1930 in Lawton, Oklahoma.  She died on January 30, 2017 in Chickasha.

Andrea grew up in Verden and graduated from Verden High School.  She married and lived several places before settling in Pampa, Texas.  Andrea lived there fifty seven years then moved back to Verden to care for her ailing mother.  She worked most of her life as a school custodian and was also a seamstress.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers Joe, Benny, Teddy, and Junior; two sisters Susie and Delores; one daughter Lisa.

Survivors include son Van Collins of Claude, Texas; son Benny Collins of Marlow; daughter Elaine Slater of Pampa, Texas; sister Carmen Roache of Chickasha; sister Rose Burns of Minnesota; sister Esperanza Costa of Minnesota; brother Johnny Roache of Chickasha; eight grandchildren; eight great grandchildren.

Service will be under the direction of the McRay Funeral Home.

McRay Funeral Home
Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 806, Chickasha, OK  73023
Location:  110 S. 8th Street, Chickasha, OK  73018 
Corner of 8th & Chickasha Ave. Near Downtown
Phone: 405-224-4141


Fax:  405-224-1584

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