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 July 2016 Obituaries 

Rex Sanders, Sr

Funeral service for Rex Sanders, Sr., age 91, will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, July 18, 2016, at the Full Gospel Church. Sister Alice Wendling will officiate.

Rex was born the son of Charles R. Sanders and Myrtle Trimble Sanders on June 28, 1925 in Konawa, Oklahoma. He died on July 15, 2016 in Ada, Oklahoma.

Rex moved to California as a teenager and started running a dozer when he got a little older. He also worked at a cotton gin. In the 1950's, he moved back to Oklahoma where he lived in Minco, Pocasset, then Verden where he lived much of the rest of his life. After returning to Oklahoma, he was a partner in a trucking company and operated S & S Ditching. In his spare time, he loved to work in the garden and could grow anything.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, one brother, and one son.

He is survived by daughter Jodean Glass of Chickasha; daughter Veronica Hendrix of Bakersfield, CA; son Rex Sanders II of Verden; son CD Sanders of Oklahoma City; daughter Kimberley McCarney of Chickasha; daughter Karen Arters of Chickasha; daughter Anita Sanders of Chickasha; brother Harley Sanders of Bakersfield, CA; sister Earlene Donaldson of Bakersfield, CA; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren; numerous other family and friends.

Interment will be in the Verden Cemetery. Services are under the direction of McRay Funeral Home.


Lovie Kaye Lee

Lovie Kaye Lee was born on September 16, 1928 in Mercedes, Texas. She moved to a farm south of Verden in 1930 and lived there until she left for college. Kaye attended OCW (Oklahoma College of Women) for a Bachelor degree of Education. Kaye taught her first year in Clovis, New Mexico with a classroom size of 40 students. Kaye tells people she had no cell phone or tv and the land phone was so expensive that it was never used.

The early years included severe dust storms at night and she was forced to sleep with wash cloths on her face. The depression didn’t affect her greatly- as living on the farm they always had plenty to eat. Other things they needed were butchered.

Kaye attended Oklahoma State University the summer of 1951 and stayed with her aunt and uncle who were professors at OSU. Kaye didn’t want to go back to Clovis- Bonita (her roommate for 4 years and bridesmaid) was going overseas. That was when Kaye used an atlas to find two towns with exciting names: Newport and Coosbay on the Oregon coast. Newport wired Kaye and Coosbay wrote her offering her a job. Kaye chose Newport.

Kaye left Oklahoma City at mid-night with 100-degree weather and when she arrived in Newport she nearly froze.

Not knowing anyone Kaye took a bus to Newport and the superintendent met her and was supposed to have a room for her, but with it being the last week of summer there was not a room to be had! He drove her by where the teachers that were returning from last year lived and he told her they didn’t want an Okie living with them. The teachers agreed to let Kaye stay one night. That evening a group of young men came by to visit the three teachers. They invited them out to eat and go dancing at the local country club. Kaye met Neil before she was even able to see the ocean. The next day the three teachers asked her to move in with them for the school year.

Neil proposed on Valentines day and they were married the following summer. In the fall of 1953 they moved to Salem. Neil entered college at Willamette. It was difficult for Neil as he had never attended high school. After the first semester was over it was a breeze for him.

While living on the East Coast she was blessed with three wonderful children: William Curtis was born in January 1953, Jennifer Ann was born in April of 1959 and Jeannette Louise was born in July of 1963.

In 1970 their family moved back to her hometown of Verden, Oklahoma. Shortly after that they suffered a terrible tragedy. Their 17-year-old son went to California to attend a church camp. When Curtis arrived in Oklahoma he was invited to join his cousin Grant Loveless and the youth group of the First Baptist Church of Chickasha’s annual Falls Creek Camp. After returning from camp he was heading back for the Sunday night Falls Creek service on Grand Ave off of Lake Burchee road, where he lost control of his car and lost his life.

Kaye spoke of having to look at her life and stop to think about the two wonderful daughters that needed her now more than ever. Neil and Kaye walked many miles and cried many tears on the farm. They would come back to the house and face another day with the girls. Kaye wrote to her children that; one will face many unpleasant things during a life- that is life- you have no choice. However, how you react is your decision. Life continued with ups and downs of normal everyday living.

Neil was faced with lung cancer- another part of life- her tears once again in seclusion- a happy face for the rest of the world. Once again cancer rattled their lives when she was faced with breast cancer. Kaye put on a strong face and always had a positive attitude with a warm spirit surrounding her. Kaye would always say "her life is wonderful thanks to her family and trust in the Lord who has been her best friend since the third grade.

Kaye has joined her husband Neil of sixty plus years and their son Curtis in Heaven.

Kaye always said she has a family that is unbelievably fantastic and her two daughters blessed her with 3 granddaughters, 3 grandson-in-laws and five great grandchildren. Jennifer and Bruce Bates (of Chickasha) blessed Kaye with a daughter Leslie and son-in-law Dustin Lindsey of Edmond. Jeannette and Chris Thompson (of Verden) blessed her with Samantha and her husband Caylon Kimball, children Ri-Lee, Kaden and Aspyn Kaye of Robins Air Force Base, Georgia and also blessed her with Stevie Kaye and son-in-law Chez McMillan, children Rylee and Gracee of Verden.


Mary Louise Eakins

Funeral service for Mary Louise Eakins, 87, of Oklahoma City, OK will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 8, 2016 at Holy Name Catholic Church in Chickasha, OK. Father James Goins will officiate. Wake service will be held at 6:30 pm on Thursday in the McRay Funeral Home Chapel officiated by Father Vara Prasad.

Mary Louise Stottman Eakins was born the daughter of Henry Hubert Stottman and Otillia Mary Noel Stottman on November 17, 1928 in Chickasha, OK. She died on July 4, 2016 in Oklahoma City.

Mary grew up in Chickasha and graduated high school from St. Joseph’s Academy as Valedictorian. Except for a short time in Arkansas, she lived her whole life in Chickasha. She worked various retail jobs until her son James was born at which time she devoted herself to being a homemaker. Later in life she was employed with the American Cancer Society in Oklahoma City until her retirement. In 2014 she moved to Oklahoma City to be near her son. She was a strong, very active Catholic all her life and was a lifelong member of the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Chickasha, OK.

She was preceded in death by her parents Henry and Otillia Stottman; brothers George, Henry, John and Paul; sisters Anna, Rose and Florence; niece Mary Ann Miller.

Mary is survived by her son and wife James and Sherri Eakins of Edmond, OK; brother and wife Jerome and Pam Stottman of Del City, OK;  sister-in-law Margaret Stottman of Edmond, OK; step-granddaughter Amanda Smith of Edmond; step-grandson Aaron Sams of Cave Creek, AZ; step-great-grandson Hunter Sams of Cave Creek, AZ; step-great-granddaughter Chloe Smith of Edmond; numerous nieces and nephews.

Interment is in Fairlawn Cemetery in Chickasha officiated by Father Vara Prasad. Services are under the direction of 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

Email: mcrayfh@aol.com

Fax:  405-224-1584

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