Obituaries

Janet A. (Althoff) Orton

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Janet A. Orton, of Guthrie, Oklahoma (formerly of Ramona and Oologah) passed away on April 19, 2020 after a long, but generally very sweet, battle with Alzheimer’s. Jan was born to Raymond and Myrtle Althoff on April 30, 1934 in St. Louis, Missouri. She grew up in St. Louis as part of a small but very closely-knit family, graduating from high school in 1952. Jan then attended and graduated from Harris Teachers’ College (St. Louis in 1956).

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Marilyn Smith Branch

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Marilyn Smith Branch was born on January 13, 1936 to Howard S. and Dorothy E. Smith (nee VanHoozer) in Guthrie. She passed away on April 17, 2020 at her home in Guthrie, Oklahoma at the age of 84.

A lifetime Guthrie resident, Marilyn graduated from Guthrie High School and in 1952 married her sweetheart, Lester C. Branch. They were married for 65 years, until his passing in 2018.

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William McKee

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William “Bill” McKee passed away April 7, 2020. He was born to Ted and Thelma McKee on October 12,
1943 in Quinton, Oklahoma. He is survived by his wife Paula McKee of 49 years. Sister June Hileman and
husband Kenny. Daughters Kelli Keith and husband Bob, Candie McKee and fiancé Jeffery Williams,
Brandi Walker and husband Brian. 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Memorial services will be
held at a later date. Services under the direction of Matthews Funeral Home.

Jarrel Lloyd Hibbs

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Jarrel Lloyd Hibbs, age 91 passed away April 4, 2020. He was born on April 19,1928 to Allen Clayton and Elsie May (Parsons) Hibbs.

 

Private family graveside services were held and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Services are under the direction of Hayes Funeral Home.

 

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook at www.hayesfh.com

Richard Jefferson Lee Billey

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Richard Jefferson Lee Billey, 20, of Guthrie, OK passed away Friday, March 27, 2020 in Oklahoma City, OK. He was born February 2, 2000 in Oklahoma City, OK to Sprouse Jefferson and Bobbie Jean (Harrod) Billey, Jr.

Arrangements were under the direction of Smith-Gallo Funeral Home.

Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.smithgallo.com.

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Linda Nivens

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Linda Nivens, 72, of Coyle, OK passed away on March 26, 2020 in Edmond, OK. Linda was born in Guthrie, OK to Don and Eva Gooch on August 1, 1947.

She went to Guthrie High School and Oklahoma State University. She married Darrel Nivens on September 17, 1970. Linda taught math at Coyle High School for several years before focusing all her attention on the family farm. She later went on to teach math at Langston University for several years. Linda also volunteered extensively with 4-H.

Sharon Kay Jurina

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Sharon Kay Jurina, 58, of Purcell, OK passed away Friday, March 27, 2020 in Purcell. She was born June 17, 1961 in Guthrie, OK to Lee Russell and Eunice (Perry) Clay.

Services were under the direction of Smith-Gallo Funeral Home.

Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.smithgallo.com.

Donald LeRoy Payne

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Donald LeRoy Payne, 84, of Guthrie, OK passed away Friday, March 27, 2020 in Guthrie. He
was born May 9, 1935 in Hydro, OK to Alonso Bartley and Marcella Ruth (Miller) Payne.


Arrangements are under the direction of Smith-Gallo Funeral Home, Guthrie.


Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.smithgallo.com.

Cuba DeAnn Mash

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One of the greatest accomplishments of any life is to have lived in the service of others. Cuba DeAnn Mash was that kind of person.


‘Cuba D’ as her beloved husband Jerry called her, generously gave her time and talents to helping others. Whether she was sorting clothes or packing boxes of food for Mission Native America or watching little ones at Church at the North Gate, Cuba was happiest when serving others.