Obituaries

Tue
14
Nov

Mary Madelan Slyman, 1940 - 2017

Mary Madelan Slyman was born March 11, 1940, to David Joseph and Nellie Ann Slyman in Bristow. She departed this life Nov. 8, 2017, at the age of 77 years, seven months and 28 days. She graduated from Bristow High School. She retired from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission where she was a statistical analyst for over 30 years. Mary was a faithful member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church. She enjoyed hand stitching and cross stitching but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family. She is survived by three brothers, David Slyman and wife, Maxine, of San Antonio, Texas; Foad Slyman, of Bristow, Edmond Slyman and wife, Sherian, of Bristow; one sister, Rosanne Miller, of Tulsa and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents and one brother, George Slyman. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association. A Rosary service will be 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov.

Thu
09
Nov

Fred Lawrence Wesley, Jr., 1948- 2017

Fred Lawrence Wesley Jr. was born Nov. 7, 1948, to Fred Wesley Sr. and Betty Jo Wesley in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He departed this life Nov. 6, 2017, at the age of 68 years 11 months and 30 days. He was employed for a number of years in the public works department for the City of Bristow. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Fred had a good heart and was always willing to help anyone in need. He is survived by four daughters, Darla Rodriguez, of Sapulpa, Debra Trout, of Bristow, Jerrie Wesley, of Tulsa and McKayla Lewis, of Okmulgee; two sons, Damon Wesley, of Pretty Water and Fred Wesley III, of Bristow; one brother, Kenneth Wesley, of Bristow and Linda McGuire, of Gypsy; numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson and one brother, Bobby Joe Wesley. Graveside services are scheduled for 1 p.m, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at the family cemetery on Highway 16 east of Bristow officiated by Chaplain Roy Bingham.

Wed
08
Nov

Nicholas Lance Flood

Nicholas Lance Flood was born May 3, 1979, to Dusty and Rhonda Flood in Bristow. He departed this life Nov. 2, 2017 at the age of 38 years, five months and 30 days. Graduating from Bristow High School in 1997, Nick was valedictorian of his class. He was very active in high school serving as class president, a pirate football player and was inducted in the National Honor Society. He also attended the Cadet Lawman Academy, Boys State and served as a Capitol Page for Senator Ted Fisher. Nick attended the University of Oklahoma before transferring to Northeastern State University where in 2002 he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Nick had many personal interests such as reading, listening to music, watching movies and hanging out with friends. Nick always had a smile on his face and loved to make people happy. He was a huge Oklahoma Sooner fan and loved spending time with his niece and nephews.

Wed
08
Nov

Carlton Morse Johnson

Carlton Morse Johnson, 70, of Bristow died Nov. 3, 2017. Carlton was born in Inglewood, California on July 2, 1947, to Helmer and Odella (Smith) Johnson. Carlton married Dona Sambenedetto on June 13, 1976, and together raised two daughters, Samantha (Scott) Ballew, who resides in Chillicothe, Illinois, and Tabitha Sambenedetto, of Bristow. Carlton is survived by his daughters; one brother, Art Johnson, of Bristow; two grandchildren, Austin Del Toro and Katelyn Ballew; two nieces, Jennie Morris and Tamara Overstreet; one nephew, Scott Hyde and two great nieces, Shevon Bell and Kimberly Francis. Carlton is preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one infant daughter, Amber Johnson; one sister, Patsy O’Rourke and one grandson, Joey Del Toro Sambenedetto. Carlton graduated from high school in Lawndale, California after which he joined the Air Force. Carlton obtained the rank of Sgt while in the Air Force and served in Vietnam as an Aircraft Maintenance Specialist.

Thu
02
Nov

Lori An Dysart, 1962 - 2017

Lori An Dysart, a loving mother, grandmother, sister and daughter passed peacefully into the arms of her Lord and Savior on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. Born on Oct. 16, 1962, in Bristow, she is the daughter of Ms. Janice Bias of Kansas City, Missouri and Mr. Leroy Eslick of Bristow. Following her graduation from Ruskin High School in Kansas City, Missouri, she pursued a career as a legal secretary. Lori had a love and passion for her family. Her favorite color was purple and her favorite place to visit was the beach. A loyal and devoted mother and daughter, her greatest joy came from time spent with her children and grandchildren. Despite being diagnosed with multiple cancers, She never changed who she was. Lori's unwavering faith and determination were a testament to all and a source of encouragement and strength for those who fought beside her and with her.

Thu
02
Nov

Molly Ailey Reeder, 1922 - 2017

Molly Ailey Reeder was born on Nov. 21, 1922, in Depew, to Harley and Fanny Ailey residents of Depew where both her grandparents and great-grand parents had come in the early 1900’s. She passed away in Norman on Oct. 27, 2017, surrounded by loved ones. Molly graduated from Milfay High School as class salutatorian, and a four year honor student. She participated in music, basketball, and was the high school queen. It was in high school that she first met a handsome basketball star who was known as the “Milfay Flash,” a name given by the coach. They dated steady all four years of high school. She graduated from Milfay at a young age. She attended Bristow Junior College for one year. The following year she went to Central State College (UCO) at Edmond. She began her career at Gypsy High School teaching half day English, History, and moving to the third grade in the afternoon.

Tue
31
Oct

Billy J. Phoenix, 1930 - 2017

Funeral services for Drumright resident Billy Joe Phoenix were held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in the Memorial Chapel of Michael’s Funeral Home of Drumright. His sonin- law, Pastor Doug Gable officiated. Interment was in the Drumright Oak Hill Cemetery. Military funeral honors were provided by the United States Air Force. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care of Michael’s Funeral Home of Drumright. Billy J. Phoenix was born in Tulsa, on Oct 26, 1930, to the late Richard H. Phoenix and Lena (Smith) Phoenix. With his family by his side, he went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at the age of 86 years, 11 month and 24 days. Bill was raised and educated in Bristow and was a graduate of Bristow High School. In 1950 he joined the United States Air Force and served his country during the Korean War. After his discharge in August of 1954, he married the love of his life, Jeannine Beasley on Sept. 26, 1954.

Tue
31
Oct

Emily Elizabeth Barrera, 1997 - 2017

Emily Elizabeth Barrera was born Jan. 30, 1997, to Monte and Bonnie Barrera in Claremore. She departed this life Oct. 29, 2017, at the age of 20 years, nine months and 29 days. She graduated from Bristow High School in 2015. She was never afraid of hard work. She had worked since she was 15 and was currently working at the Bristow 66 Junction convenience store. Emily was full of life and enjoyed hanging out with her friends. She was often seen dancing and singing no matter where she was at. She had a genuine love for people and never met a stranger.

Tue
31
Oct

Esther Zander Edwards, 1923 - 2017

Esther Zander Edwards was born July 24, 1923, to Andrew Valentine and Matilda Ann (Haddox) Osburn in Sallisaw. She departed this life October 26, 2017 at the age of 94 years, three months and two days. She attended Bigpond Public Schools near Milfay. On Aug. 20, 1941, Esther Osburn and Hubert Edwards were united in marriage. They enjoyed 73 years together before his passing Oct. 22, 2014. From this union were born four children, Bobby, Emely, Freddie and Jesse. Esther enjoyed many things including, cooking, being outdoors and going to church. Her pride and joy in life came from spending time with her family. She will always be remembered for her love for life and people.

Tue
31
Oct

Wanda Jean Gentry, 1931 - 2017

Wanda Jean Gentry was born on Sept. 6, 1931. She passed peacefully from this life in her home on Oct. 28, 2017. Wanda was born in Depew to Dora and Oran Brown. She attended Depew Schools. On Feb. 9, 1952, she was united in marriage to Curtis Gentry. They spent 58 years together before his passing in April, 2010. They shared their life with three children; their daughter Linda and two sons, Dennis and Mark. They moved to Fresno, California, and resided there for years before moving to Washington state, then returning to Oklahoma to be near their son. She loved to oil paint. Many of her paintings adorn the walls of her home. She enjoyed gardening and always made sure she had beautiful flowers around her home. In her younger days, she enjoyed bowling, playing on many leagues. Most of all she enjoyed having her family around her and all the family get togethers.

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