Frances Zent


Graveside services for former El Reno resident Frances (Dorine) Zent will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 1, 2020, in the El Reno Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home. 

Dorine died March 23, 2020, in Tucson, Ariz., with her family by her side. She was born Sept. 14, 1933, in El Reno.

She attended El Reno High School where she met and married Danny Ray Zent, deceased. Dorine and Danny moved shortly after their marriage to Tucson.

Mary King


Graveside service for Mary King, 87, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the El Reno Cemetery Pavilion.

Viewing will be Sunday, May 31 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home. 

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George Akeen Jr.


Funeral services for George Clay Akeen Jr. of El Reno were held Tuesday with Dr. Michael Jenkins and Minister Reiko Jenkins officiating. Burial was in the Concho Cemetery under the direction of Huber-Benson Funeral Home.

George died May 21, 2020, at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City. He was born Feb. 17, 1949, in Clinton. He attended school in Canton and lived in Gracemont before moving to El Reno. A Cheyenne Chief, he was a member of the Dog Soldier Society and was an Arrow Priest. He was also a minister and member of the Native American Church.

Catherine Jones


Graveside service for Catherine Jones, 78, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2020, in the El Reno Cemetery.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home. 


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John Robert Thompson


Private graveside services for John Robert Thompson of El Reno will be held in the El Reno Cemetery. Visitation will be at Huber-Benson Funeral Home on Sunday, May 24 from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday, May 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mr. Thompson died May 19, 2020, at his home. He was born Dec. 20, 1934, in Calumet.

He attended Oklahoma State University and graduated from Central State College with a teaching degree in elementary education. John was a U.S. Army veteran.

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Doris Rhae Young


Funeral services for Doris Rhae Young will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at Mustang United Methodist Church, with interment following in the Mustang Cemetery. Services are under direction of McNeil’s Funeral Service.

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Novella Lee Ashley


Funeral services for Novella Lee Ashley will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 21, 2020, in the Wilson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Darrell Bullock officiating. Burial will follow in the El Reno Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Wilson Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 20 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Novella passed away May 5, 2020, at her home in El Reno, where she was a lifelong resident. She was born July 26, 1941, in Minco to Clifton and Lucille Marcom.

Novella married Jesse Lee Ashley on Aug. 7, 1959, in Kingfisher. She was a devoted housewife and mother.

Carolyn Sue Smith


Carolyn Sue Smith, known to most as Sue, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 15, 2020, in Union City with her family by her side. 

Sue was born to Homer and Lillian Smith on Oct. 15, 1944, in Dallas, Texas. She lived in the Texas Panhandle briefly before establishing her forever home in Watonga.

Sue found the calling that suited her servant heart when she discovered nursing.

She was a Certified Medications Aide and very knowledgeable in many areas of medicine and trained others who were coming up in the field of nursing.

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Marion Welenz Hedrick


Marion Martha Antoinette Welenz Hedrick, 89, formerly of El Reno, passed away April 30, 2020, at Baltimore Veterans Administration Hospital in Baltimore, Md. 

Born in Scranton, Penn., on Nov. 24, 1930, to Anton Joseph and Catherine Veronica (Dudek) Welenz, Marion was the second of three daughters.

In her youth, she loved swimming and ice skating. She was classically trained in voice and piano, gifts she shared throughout her life. In her later years, she found a deep passion for art, winning several awards for her original paintings.