Obituaries

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Donna Hawk-West

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Graveside services for Donna Grace Hawk-West will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 in the Concho Cemetery under the direction of Huber-Benson Funeral Home.

Donna died Sept. 15, 2020, at the VA Medical Center in Oklahoma City. She was born Feb. 11, 1956, in Inglewood, Calif., and was raised in El Reno. After her graduation from Fort Sill Indian School, she joined the Army, serving as a mechanic. She was a member of the Indian Methodist Church.

Brenda Duran

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Memorial services for Brenda Duran of Amarillo, Texas, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in La Crosse, Kan., with burial in the La Crosse Cemetery.

Services are under the direction of Lighthouse Funeral Services, Amarillo.

Brenda passed away Sept. 13, 2020. She was born Nov. 11, 1954, in Great Bend, Kan.

She is survived by her children, Pam Brown of Amarillo, Rachel Whitestar of Moore and Christopher Duran of El Reno; nine brothers and sisters; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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Judith Stevenson Thompson

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Private graveside services for Judith Stevenson Thompson of El Reno will be held in the El Reno Cemetery under the direction of Huber-Benson Funeral Home.

Judith died Sept. 12, 2020, at her home. She was born March 2, 1937, in El Reno.

She was the owner of Thompson’s Gift and Office Supply. Judith was a member of First Baptist Church, P.E.O. Sisterhood, Athenaeum and Alpha Chi Omega sorority.

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Melvin Lee Roy Payton

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Melvin Lee Roy Payton, 79, of El Reno, peacefully passed away in Oklahoma City on Sept. 10, 2020. He was born March 12, 1941, to parents, Benjamin Franklin Payton and Helen Louise (Mathis) Payton in Lovell, Okla.

Melvin was a high school graduate of El Reno High School in the year 1959. Melvin married the love of his life, Linda, on Jan. 6, 1961, and together they shared 59 wonderful years.

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Harriet Irene Whiteshirt

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Wake services for Harriet Irene Whiteshirt, 62, of El Reno were held Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, at the Canton Community Center. Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, at the Canton Community Center with Pastor James Scott officiating. Interment followed in the Canton Indian Mennonite Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Pierce Funeral Home in Canton.

Harriet was born Dec. 1, 1957, in Clinton to Arlie and Laverne (White Horse) Lime. She departed this life on Sept. 8, 2020, in Oklahoma City.

Harriet was raised at Seiling and attended school there.

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Virgil Whiteshirt Jr.

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Wake services for Virgil Whiteshirt Jr., 66, of El Reno were held Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, at the Canton Community Center. Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, at the Canton Community Center with Pastor James Scott officiating. Interment followed in the Canton Indian Mennonite Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Pierce Funeral Home in Canton.

Virgil was born Oct. 4, 1953, in Clinton to Virgil and Winnie (Chiefly) Whiteshirt. He departed this life on Sept. 5, 2020, in Oklahoma City.

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Robert Edward Palmer

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Services for Robert Edward Palmer were held Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church with Revs. Donald Hefta and Aaron Kotila officiating.

Burial with military honors followed at the El Reno Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Huber-Benson Funeral Home.

Bob was born Dec. 6, 1933, on the family farm north of El Reno. He graduated from El Reno High School in 1952, where he played basketball coached by Jenks Simmons.

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Peter Marquez

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Prayer service for Peter Marquez will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14 at St. John Nepomuk Church in Yukon, with Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John with Rev. Rex Arnold and Deacon John Teague officiating.

Burial will be in the El Reno Cemetery under the direction of Huber-Benson Funeral Home.

Mr. Marquez died Sept. 7, 2020, at his home in Yukon. He was born Feb. 16, 1953, in El Reno and lived here until the early 1970s when he moved to Yukon.

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Joy Ellen Canon

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Joy Ellen Canon was born Sept. 3, 1931, near Calumet, the daughter of Edward Loy and Edith (Andersen) Spear.

An elementary schoolteacher, her career took her to Hutchinson, Kan., and later, while working for the Department of Defense Dependent School System, to Okinawa, Japan, and Ulm, Germany. After her retirement, she returned to Calumet. She enjoyed a simple life living on the farm, caring for her pets and joining friends for coffee at the 270 Cafe.

Joy died Aug. 25, 2020, at Willowood Assisted Living in Mustang.

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Ella Mae Reese

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Wake service for Ella Mae Reese was held Thursday at the Geary Community Building, with graveside services on Friday at the Pedro Family Cemetery in Calumet. Services were under the direction of Huber-Benson Funeral Home.

Ella died Aug. 27, 2020, at Holy Cross Hospital in Taos, N.M. She was born Feb. 18, 1944, in Concho.  She resided in Oklahoma City before moving to Taos in 2019. She was a homemaker and member of the Native American Church.

Survivors include her sister, Linda Gomez of Taos, and brother, David Pedro, also of Taos.