Obits

THOMAS, J. Harper

Services are scheduled at 2 p.m. Friday, May 23, 2003 for prominent retired educator and farmer J. Harper Thomas, a friend of the university, at Holy Name Catholic Church in Chickasha.
Harper Thomas (1920-2003) died this morning Tuesday, May 20. He and his wife of 52 years, Mary Ellen Thomas, were supporters of USAO. Mrs. Thomas is a 1976 graduate of USAO in English.
They met at the University of Wisconsin in 1949. After their marriage in 1951, they established a home in Norman, where he served as associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Oklahoma.

TEAM, Mary Ann (Biles)

Mary Ann Biles-Team went to be with Jesus, her Lord and Savior on Saturday, October 23, 2004.

TARPLEY, Juanita V.

Juanita V. Tarpley, 92, died Dec. 31, 2004, at Garden Valley Retirement Village, Garden City, Kan. She was born June 18, 1912, at Tabler, Okla., the daughter of Sterling M. and Winnie Pearl Key Tarpley. She graduated from Oklahoma College for Women in 1934 and taught school in Anadarko, Okla. A resident of Garden City since 1965, she was a schoolteacher. She was of the Methodist faith. She belonged to the Kansas Retired Teachers Association, AARP, Community Concert Association and Friends of the Zoo.

STEWART, Brian

Funeral Services for Brian Stewart, 29 of Tuttle, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. April 19, 2005, in the Tuttle High School Gymnasium.

Brian Stewart was born on July 3, 1975 to Jim and Jan Stewart of Tuttle, Oklahoma. Brian went to be with the Lord on April 16, 2005 after a 15-year battle with brain cancer. He was the world’s first pediatric gene pool therapy patient at St. Jude’s hospital in Memphis. After graduating from Tuttle High School, Brian attended Southwestern and USAO.

SMITH, Rita Jean (Watson)

Services for Rita Jean Smith, 69, of Norman will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19, 2004, at the Avoca Church of Christ in Avoca with Red Barnes officiating. Burial will be at Wanette Cemetery, under the direction of Primrose Funeral Service.
She died Tuesday, Nov. 16, in Norman.

SMITH, Laura V.

Laura Van Smith, 100, of Las Cruces, N.M., passed away quietly on the morning of Aug. 2, 2004 after a brief illness.
She is survived by her daughter, Laura Nan Snow and two grandchildren, Ivan and Tatiana Jontulovich. Laura Van had many interests and belonged to several organizations, some of which included the United Methodist Women, P.E.O. and the El Paso chapter of the American Management Association, in which she served two years as the first female President in the early fifties.

SMATHERS, David

A talented young artist with a bright smile, USAO junior art student David Smathers was tragically killed in a car accident early Saturday morning, Oct. 5, 2002, along I-35 in Moore. A memorial service honoring Smathers is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Sunnylane United Methodist Church, 2020 S Sunnylane in Del City.

An accomplished artist with several commissioned works, Smathers was known for his positive attitude and strong artistic -- and athletic -- abilities.

SELLERS, Mary Alleen (Guest)

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. -- Mary Alleen Sellers, 98, of Laguna Hills, Calif., died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005, in Rossmoor Leisure World, where she had lived since 1975. Funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday in Bailes-Polk Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Culley officiating.

Burial will be in Duncan Cemetery. Mary Alleen was born Dec. 21, 1906, in Belleville, Ark., the daughter of James Holland and Sallie Genn Grace Guest. She came to the Wood Reserve northwest of Duncan in 1907.

SCOTT, Mary Virginia (Jones)

Mary Virginia ""Ginny"" Scott, age 78, of Yardley, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 27, 2004 due to complications brought on by a rare carcinoid of the liver.

ROLLINS, Marcelea (Talley)

Graveside service for Marcelea Talley Rollins, age 76, of Edmond, Oklahoma, will be held 1:30 p.m. Saturday, January 15, 2005, at Laverty Cemetery.
Marcelea Talley Rollins, age 76, was born the daughter of B.R. and Nina Ruth (Miller) Talley November 1, 1928, at Laverty, Oklahoma. She died January 11, 2005, in Oklahoma City.
Mrs. Rollins was a teacher at the elementary, high school and college levels. She taught school in Oklahoma City and a couple of years in Texas. For 25 years she lived and taught school in Ocean Side, New York.

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