Obituaries

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Jeannie O’Neal

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Jeannie (Loyall) O’Neal was called home to the Lord on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. She passed away at her home in Mustang that she shared with her loving daughter, Kimberlie, and grandson, Preston “P.”

Jeannie was a lifelong resident of El Reno, born March 7, 1944, to Gerlenas and Henry Loyall. She graduated from El Reno High School in 1962. After graduating, Jeannie got a job at Citizen National Bank where she spent many of her adult years. Jeannie then moved on to become a clerk at the Canadian County Assessor’s Office where she eventually retired.

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Patricia Ann (Laub) LaFoe

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Funeral services for Patricia (Pat) LaFoe were held Friday at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Weslaco, Texas.

Pat died March 9, 2020, in Ria Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen, Texas. She was born Oct. 2, 1944, in El Reno. Pat was a lifelong resident of the Calumet area. She graduated from Calumet School in 1962. She married Raymond J. LaFoe Jr. on Nov. 30, 1963. Pat became a teacher and taught for more than 30 years. After retiring, Pat and Ray moved to Weslaco, Texas, in 2000, and made their home there.

Ruby Garrett

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Graveside services for Ruby Faye Garrett were held Tuesday in the Yukon Cemetery.

Ruby passed away March 4, 2020, at 88 years of age. She was born in Mustang.

Ruby was a former El Reno resident and still owned a farm in El Reno.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Wright of Lindsay.

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Walter Ross

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Walter L. Ross, 96 years young, was born in Chickasha, Okla., the third of seven children of Henry Ross and Marie Decker Ross. Friends and family called him Wege or Wegie. To his grandchildren he was Grandad or Grandad Boop. His greeting to them in infancy and childhood was a big smile and a tap of the forefinger, punctuated by the sound “boop” – the sign that they were special and dearly loved.

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Mary Margaret Murray

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Funeral services for Mary Margaret Murray will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the Benson Memorial Chapel with Pastor Dick Kurtz officiating. Burial will be in the El Reno Cemetery under the direction of Huber-Benson Funeral Home.

Mary died March 7, 2020, at her home in El Reno. She was born Sept. 17, 1928, in El Reno. She was a lifelong resident of the community, graduating from El Reno High School in 1946. She worked at the El Reno Tribune before working as a court clerk for Canadian County. Mary was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church.

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James Walter Barker

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Services for James Walter Barker will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2020, at Wesley United Methodist Church with Rev. Allen Carson officiating. Burial will follow in the Buena Vista Cemetery under the direction of Huber-Benson Funeral Home. 

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Calvin Sankey

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Wake service for Calvin James Sankey will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Concho Community Hall. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Geary with Rev. George Akeen officiating. Burial will be in the Concho Cemetery under the direction of Huber-Benson Funeral Home.

C.J. died March 5, 2020, at Southwest Community Center in Oklahoma City. He was born May 28, 1982, in Lawton. He was raised in Geary and graduated from Geary High School where he excelled playing football.

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Tiffany Ann Wise

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Tiffany Ann Wise, 43, of Edmond, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, March 6, 2020, in Edmond after a long, hard battle with metastatic breast cancer.

Tiffany was born in El Reno. She was the daughter of Cindy and Zak Elgamal of Marble Falls, Texas, and Scott Fitzgerald of Newalla. She grew up in Edmond from the age of 10 along with her younger brothers, Colby Fitzgerald and Tyler Sharum, who came into the family when Tiffany was 13.

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John Garland Brooks

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Garland Brooks went to his eternal rest on Feb. 28, 2020. He was born Dec. 3, 1926, near Calumet to Allean Beverly Barker and Charles Frank Brooks and lived his entire life in Canadian County. He enlisted in the United States Navy and served from 1944 to 1946, a World War II veteran, after graduating from El Reno High School in 1944.

His yearbook picture noted that he was known for his “smiling eyes.”

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William Hutson

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William E. “Bill” Hutson left us on Feb. 28, 2020, to watch over us from his new heavenly home. He was loved by all who were privileged to know him. A man of gentle strength and loving kindness, he served his Lord and Savior faithfully.