Originally sent June 1
Very sorry to report the passing of our '59 classmate Stephanie (Lester) Sosa Beatty, 68, of NYC. Stephanie passed Sunday evening, May 30, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Stephanie was the daughter of Phil and Mayme Lester. Phil was killed in WWll and Mayme later married Ben Hutchins, Jr. Stephanie held a BFA in Theater and Dance from the University of Oklahoma and danced with the Neubert Ballet at Carnegie Hall for ten years. Stephanie was a Certified teacher and trainer at the New York Pilates Studio. Stephanie is survived by her husband Dr. Ed Beatty; daughters, Thais Sosa, Maria Sosa Beatty, and Joanna Beatty Maddock; son, Richard Beatty; seven grand children. She will be cremated and a Memorial service will be held later this summer in NYC.
Also passing Billie Karen (Mercer) Sims, 67, of Aledo, TX. Billie passed on May 29. She taught school at several places in Texas and later at Eishenhower Middle school in Lawton. Billie was class '61. She is survived by her husband Jim; two sons, Ron and Blake Baker; daughter Michelle Anderson; 3 stepchildren: Jerrery, Jimmy, and Janna and numerous grandchildren. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Lawton at 1:00pm Wednesday June 2.Extended obit and guest book at: http://www.galbreaithpickard.com/obituary.aspx?MemberId=74226&MName=Billie%20Karen%20Sims
And, Roy Noble, 92, of Duncan passed on May 29. Mr. Noble is father of our '59 classmate Larry Noble and father-in-law to Larry's wife Reba (Strickland). Grave side services will be at 11:00am, Wednesday June 2, Highland Cemetery in Lawton. Extended obit and guest book at: www.beckerfuneral.com
Again, our sympathies and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones.
This note from Susan (Hankins) Ellington.......
"Jane (Kinzer) Lewis (my very good friend and sis-in-law) tells me that Gussie Barnett is in the Memorial Hospital on Gore. She's been there two weeks after falling and having her hip replaced. She will be transferred soon to a Wichita Falls facility for additional rehab. Mrs. Barnett taught shorthand at LHS for a year or two during the 1955-1956 time frame before she moved to Grandfield, and she also taught bookkeeping there. I saw Mrs. Barnett several years ago at Jane's mom's funeral in Grandfield, and she still had her red hair, her big smile, and was very trim at 80+ years."
'59 classmate Dan Glascock made a quick trip home just before the holiday! He was here to see friends and to celebrate the 80th birthday of Homer Page, class '48. Homer and Minette (Zak) Page are long time friends. Johnna Parks & I along with my Bill, had a fun lunch visit with Dan. We enjoyed many shared stories of school days past and current events as to travels and experiences after LHS! Dan resides in CA and is a world-wide traveller (53 countries) with lots of interesting stories. He looked great and still has a wonderful sense of humor and he is still very tall! (pix above). Dan & I and Ellen (Ewing) Jahnke.... used to do 'news' at LHS while students in one of Opal Fords classes.
"I just looked at the 'church camp' picture on the Wolverine blog. In the first row standing is my sister Pat Odom (class of 54) and her boyfriend Jess Jackson (not sure when he graduated LHS). They were married in 1955."
Barbara Odom Smith, '56
Emails from: Luther Green; Tommy Cook; Paul Soper; Doyce Grayson; Kay (Holsey) Strickland: Iva Lou Gilliam.
After all the ice and snow, it's near 100 today! Our weather is certainly ver-sa-tile! I have been watering (mostly) potted plants last few days and the wasps and butterflies follow me.....it's dry and they are thirsty!
Regards to all.... Georgia