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Unformatted text preview: Section Publish Date Hide Data Title Content Main Image Align Main Image Main Image Caption Detailed Image Align Detail Image Detailed Image Caption Author Include In HomePage Include In Featured Stories Include In Top Stories Include in News Ticker Allow Visitor Comments Allow Bookmark and Sharing Scheduling Activated On Scheduling Closed On Meta-Tag Keywords Status Community News 12/26/2017 -Select- Holiday stress-busting Many people find the holiday season can be stressful. Holiday hosts may bear the brunt of seasonal stress, but the season also may be challenging for those who have lost loved ones or do not have close families to celebrate with. When holiday hustle leads to frayed nerves, there are some things people can do to reduce their stress. · Hit the gym. The American Society for Exercise Physiologists says exercise has been shown to increase one's sense of well-being, mood, self-esteem, and stress responsivity. Stress can rev up adrenaline, and exercise can help relieve any pent-up energy and frustration. · Eat the right foods. Stay hydrated and eat plenty of fiber, fruits and vegetables. This can help stabilize blood sugar levels and decrease cravings for comfort foods. Do not turn to caffeine, sugary sweets and alcohol to reduce stress, as such foods and beverages may only compound the problem. · Get ample rest. Go to bed and rise at the same time each day. Many adults function best when they get between seven and eight hours of sleep per night, and a good night's rest can help in the fight against stress. · Engage in activities you enjoy. Make time for activities that you like to do, such as crafts, hobbies and listening to music. Take time away from holiday tasks to give yourself a break. · Skip the need to be perfect. Christmas movies and holiday ideals portrayed in advertisements can put undue pressure on the average person. Ignore any perceived pressure to have a perfect holiday season, instead resolving to enjoy the time with family and friends. Stress can impact the ability to enjoy oneself during the holidays. But stress can be overcome, even during this busy time of year. Left Align feet_up_26122017211149.jpg Left Align -- Select -- 12/26/2017 YES Local deaths 12/26/2017 -Select- Bernard Stottmann ... Bernard H. Stottmann, a loving father, is now in the arms of Jesus. He was born on December 5, 1922 in Sterling, Oklahoma to Herman and Ida (Schulte) Stottmann. He passed away on December 21, 2017 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at the age of 95. He grew up working on a farm. He married Helen Kobza. She preceded him in death in 1994 after 48 years of marriage. He worked at St. Patrick Indian Mission, the peanut mill and at Tindel Concrete which later became Dolese Concrete. His family will always have fond memories of his annual hay rides. Anyone who knew him quickly learned of his sense of humor and called him ornery. Bernard was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. ((BREAK)) He is survived by his three daughters and their husbands: Jodi and Ron Scales, of Blanchard, OK; Maggie and Dave Williams, of Oklahoma City, OK; Cathy and Mike Brown, of Marshfield, MO; his brother: Herman Stottmann; his sisters: Sister Agnes Stottmann, Lucy Bruehl and Lydia Foote. He is also survived by his five grandchildren: Stephanie Akers, Cari Baker, Justin Brown, Nan Perkins and Rick Scales; 14 great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren. Bernard was preceded in death by: his parents, his wife; Helen Stottmann in 1994, his son; Tony Stottmann in 2004, two sisters; Mary Hayden and Anna Kobza and his brother, Joe Stottmann. A Wake Service was scheduled for 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Anadarko, OK. His Mass is 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Anadarko, Oklahoma, and burial in the Memory Lane Cemetery, Anadarko, OK Services under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Anadarko, OK.<a href=" ; (Back to Obituaries page)</a> Left Align Memorial_candle_2612201720059.jpg Left Align -- Select -- YES 12/26/2017 YES Local deaths 12/26/2017 -Select- Betty Lou Hackney ... Funeral services for Betty Lou Hackney, 81, of Chickasha, will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, December 28, 2017 in the Ferguson Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Charles Bishop officiating. Betty Lou (Cape) Hackney was born August 5, 1936 in Cement, Oklahoma, the daughter of Floyd and Dorothy Cape and the oldest of their six children. During her early years, the family lived mostly in the Grady County area. On Christmas Eve, December 24, 2017, Jesus sent his angels to carry her away into His waiting arms. ((BREAK)) She married Tommy Lee Hackney on April 28, 1962 in Anadarko, Oklahoma. They made their home in Chickasha, Oklahoma, where Betty worked at Pet Milk and Sentry Manufacturing. Betty loved children and in 1992, she began Kiddie Korner Home Daycare. Her daycare was her pride and joy and she loved each and every child that came through her door. She retired in 2007, when she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which she battled until the very end. She bowled for many years at the Grady County Bowl and Southland Bowling Alley. Betty loved to dance and liked Country and Western, Bluegrass, and Christian music. She enjoyed shopping and had a shoe collection to prove it. Betty was a member of Maranatha Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School and Children’s Church for many years. Her favorite holiday was Christmas and she always had several Christmas Trees and her house was decorated to emphasize her passion. But most of all, she loved her family. She attended all the games and events that her son and grandchildren were involved in. She was the matriarch and the anchor that kept the family all together, her house was always open to anyone. She took care of many and had a great love for her son, grandson, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by both parents; infant son, Tommy Lee Hackney, Jr.; and sister, Gay Harmon. Survivors include her husband, Tom Hackney of the home; son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Carol Hackney of Chickasha; sister, Jean Sells of Carnegie; brothers and sisters-in-law, Eddie and Patsy Cape of Elk City and Jerry and Cathy Cape of Carnegie; sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Roger Merchant of Chickasha; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; many other extended family and friends. Interment will be in Fairlawn Cemetery under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home.<a href=" ; (Back to Obituaries page)</a> Left Align Memorial_candle_26122017193913.jpg Left Align -- Select -- YES 12/26/2017 YES Local deaths 12/22/2017 -Select- Connie Louise Duncan ... Funeral services for Connie Louise Duncan, 67, of Chickasha, will be held 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, December 28, 2017 in the Ferguson Funeral Home Chapel. Connie Louise (Byrum) Duncan was born June 1, 1950 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was the daughter of Noel Byrum and Marie (Spears) Byrum. She died Thursday, December 21, 2017 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.((BREAK)) Connie grew up in Chickasha and graduated from Chickasha High School in 1967. She married Danny Reed and her son, Edric, was born to this union. Connie then married Bill Criss and to this marriage her son, Chris, was born. Later she married W.R. Duncan and his children, William and Debra, became a part of her family. In her younger years she worked as a caregiver for local families and in home health. In her most recent years, Connie received several awards for her volunteer work with the Washita Valley Head Start and Grand Avenue School as a “grandma”, helping children with their reading. She enjoyed watching westerns and loved crafting. Connie was very creative and had recently made props and helped haunt for the Chickasha Haunted Warehouse. Connie was preceded in death by both parents and her good friend, Jan Watts. Survivors include her sons and daughter-in-law, Edric Reed, Chris and Wendy Criss, all of Chickasha; step-children, William Duncan and Debra Duncan, also of Chickasha; sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Dave R. Bennett, of Ninnekah; brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth W. and Susan Byrum, of Harrah; a younger biological sister, Carol Ann Carroll; grandchildren, Bethany Gobert and Misty McGrew; several great-grandchildren; and other extended family and friends. Interment will be in Fairlawn Cemetery under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at . <a href=" ; (Back to Obituaries page)</a> Left Align untitled_(2)_copy_22122017171926.jpg Left Align -- Select -- YES 12/22/2017 YES Local deaths 12/22/2017 -Select- Henrietta Ann McKee ...  A memorial service for Henrietta Ann McKee, age 66 of Glen Rose, Texas, formerly of Alex, Oklahoma, will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, December 22, 2017 in the Southern Baptist Chapel in Alex.  Henrietta Ann was born the daughter of William Henry McKee and Lena Fae Fleming McKee on November 2, 1951 in Chickasha, Oklahoma. She died on December 18, 2017 in Chickasha.  Henrietta grew up in Alex and graduated from Alex High School. She attended USAO and then entered the United States Army. After being discharged from the Army, she finished her college degree. Henrietta taught math in the Verden Schools and later went into the computer industry. After retiring, she moved to Italy to take care of her grand nephew. She later moved to Glen Rose, Texas to live with her sister Nancy.  She was preceded in death by her father W. H. McKee; niece Julie McKee; nephew Kevin McKee; brother-in-law Danny Chapman.  Survivors include her mother Lena McKee of Alex; two brothers and wives Ken and Brenda McKee of Lindsay and Henry and Debra McKee of Alex; three sisters Malena Wies and husband Rod of Port Ludlow, WA, Nancy Chapman of Glen Rose, TX and Sarah Young of San Antonio, TX; four nieces; eight nephews; nine grand nieces; eight grand nephews; thousands of lives she touched around the world.  Cremation and service is under direction of McRay Funeral Home, Chickasha.  Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www. mcrayfuneralhome.com.<a href=" ; (Back to Obituaries page)</a> Left Align Left Align -- Select -- 12/22/2017 YES Local deaths 12/22/2017 -Select- Jerry Dewayne McConnell ...  Jerry Dewayne McConnell, left this world Tuesday, December 19, 2017 in Duncan at the age of 71.  Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, December 22, 2017, at the First Baptist Church in Marlow, with Dr. Joe Ligon officiating. Burial will be in the Westview Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by the Stephens County Honor Guard. All arrangements have been entrusted to the Callaway-Smith-Cobb Chapel in Rush Springs.  Jerry was born Sunday, July 7, 1946 in Chickasha, to Grady G. and Martha Mae (Capps) McConnell. He attended school at Dibble and had lived in the Grady County area most of his life. Jerry married the love of his life Sandra Lynn Blair on October 8, 1964 in Clarendon, Texas and had been married for 53 wonderful years.  He was a truck driver for T&G until retiring. Jerry was an Army veteran that served during the Vietnam War as a door gunner on a helicopter and earned many awards such as the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Combat Medal, and three Purple Hearts.  He enjoyed farming on his cattle farm and watching western movies. Jerry also loved working in the yard and tinkering with his lawn mower. It was his passion to plant a beautiful vegetable garden that his family could enjoy. But most of all Jerry just loved having his children and grandchildren over, they were his pride and joy and he loved them very much.  Survivors include his wife, Sandy McConnell of the home, a son, Randy McConnell and wife Ardina of Chickasha, daughter, Angie Brantley and husband Daryn of Marlow, daughter, Laura Ratley of Rush Springs, 11 grandchildren, brother, Glenn McConnell and wife Charlotte of Chickasha, brother, Ray McConnell and companion Sheri Misleh of Moore, brother, Lewis McConnell and wife Nancy of Dibble, sister, Edith Shirley and husband Stan of Duncan, sister, Wanda Davidson and husband Butch of Shawnee, and sister, Laverne Selby of Chickasha. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews as well as a host of friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Charlie McConnell, Grady McConnell, four sisters, Mildred Hillman, Jeanette Doss, Margaret Cunningham, Donnis Gregory, and two grandsons, Bradley Brantley and one who died infancy.  Online condolences may be made to href=" ; (Back to Obituaries page)</a> Left Align Left Align -- Select -- 12/22/2017 YES Local deaths 12/22/2017 -Select- Elzie Shelton ... Funeral services for Elzie Shelton were held on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at the Sevier Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at the Dibble Cemetery, Dibble, OK under the direction of Sevier Funeral Home. Elzie Leon Shelton passed away on Friday, December 15, 2017 at his home in Chickasha, OK at the age of 94. He was born June 1, 1923 in Madill, Oklahoma to Bert Leonard and Willie Pearl (Crow) Shelton.((BREAK)) He served in the United States Army during World War II. He married Hilda Paulina Ochoa in 1949 in California. They moved to Chickasha in January of 1961 and he worked for Maramont as a custodian. Elzie is preceded in death by his wife, Hilda Shelton On October 1, 2016; his parents and a grandson, Donovan Nix. Elzie is survived by his daughter, Sandra Nix and her husband, Richard, of Norman, OK; son, Leonard Leon Shelton and his wife, Deborah, of Noble, OK; six grandchildren: Gayla, Jennifer, Christopher, Susanna, Sherry and Casey; 14 great-grandchildren: Blake and his wife, Trinity; Danielle, Stacy, Mary Louise, Cheranna, Jadon, Jurni, Jewell, Kai, Starrie, Breadon, Bryson, Keyles and Airyona. Condolences may be made online at href=" ; (Back to Obituaries page)</a> Left Align Left Align -- Select -- 12/22/2017 YES Local deaths 12/22/2017 -Select- Rosezellen Annette Hammert ... Rosezellen Annette Hammert ... Memorial services for Rosezellen Annette Hammert, 81, of Chickasha, will be held at a later date and full information will be published at that time. Cremation arrangements will be under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home. Condolences to the family may be expressed at . <a href=" ; (Back to Obituaries page)</a> Left Align Left Align -- Select -- 12/22/2017 YES Front Page 12/21/2017 -Select- Train Derailment <iframe width="640" height="360" src=" ; frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Early Thursday morning four cars of a Stillwater Central Railroad train derailed just south of the intersection of Country Club Road and State Highway 92. The four cars did not appear to have cargo, and no spillage or leaks was visiable. Heavy equipment was on the scene and officials were surveying the damage. (Washita Valley Weekly/ChickashaToday.com photos by Wayne Watts) Left Align Left Align -- Select -- YES 12/21/2017 YES Local deaths 12/20/2017 -Select- Robert “Jack” Matison Thomas ...  Private services for Robert “Jack” Matison Thomas, 78, of Chickasha, will be held by the family.  Robert Matison Thomas, known by most as “Jack”, was born on October 7, 1939 in Chickasha, Oklahoma, the son of Robert Van Thomas and Mildred Ellen (Ford) Thomas. He died on Saturday, December 16, 2017 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. ((BREAK))  Jack graduated from Galveston High School. He worked for 25 years in the print shop of the County of Ventura in California as a graphics manager, and received many accolades and accommodations. He married JoAnn Fisher on August 5, 1961 in Ojai, California and they had over 56 years together. When he and JoAnn moved to Chickasha, he became an active member of the community. Jack was a very unselfish person and he loved to help other people and gave much of his time to charitable causes, including volunteering at Grady Memorial Hospital, the Emergency Food Pantry and Santa’s Workshop. He was a very active member of Holy Name Catholic Church.  He loved spending time with his grandchildren and attended any event they were in, he never missed their activities. He was the best grandfather, father and husband. He will be greatly missed.  In honor of his love for giving, the family asks that in lieu of flowers a memorial donation be given to a charity of choice.  Jack was preceded in death by both parents and a son, Jeffrey Clark Thomas.  Survivors include his wife, JoAnn, of the home; son and daughter-in-law, Jonathon and Robin Thomas of Norman; daughter and son-in-law, Jessica and Jeffery Barrett of Anadarko; granddaughter, Teran Ann Keller; grandsons, Hunter and Braven Thomas and Jonathon and Jaxon Barrett; sister, Barbara Ellen Henry and husband, Bobby Jo; brother, Larry Joe Thomas; nieces, nephews, and other extended family and friends.  Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home. <a href=" ; (Back to Obituaries page)</a> Left Align Thomas)_copy_22122017152454.jpg Left Align -- Select -- YES 12/20/2017 YES Local deaths 12/20/2017 -Select- Reverend Ralph Lee “R.L.” Freeman ...  Funeral services for Reverend Ralph Lee “R.L.” Freeman, 76, of Cement, will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, December 22, 2017 in the Full Gospel Church with Pastor Aaron Bird officiating and Reverend Raymond McPherson and Pastor Alice Wendling assisting. ((BREAK))  On May 26, 1941 R.L. Freeman was born in Chickasha, Oklahoma to Fred A. Freeman and Carmie B. (Pate) Freeman. He passed away Monday, December 18, 2017 in Cement, Oklahoma.  R.L. was welcomed into the family and grew up with his brother, Arnold Junior and sisters, Sharon and Kathy. He attended Chickasha Public Schools and worked various jobs throughout his life. For many years he drove a truck across the country. Later, R.L. retired from Justin Inc. where he worked with Floyd Reedy for many years.  He met Laquetta “Maria” Sharp and they were married and had three children, Ronnie, Randy, and Lanette. Later R.L.’s life started to change and he met Evelyn Jo Fox and they got married and had two sons, Wesley and Donald Gene.  R.L., known by many as “PawPaw”, and Jo attended Full Gospel Church in Chickasha and R.L. loved to work in the church with Jo working right by his side. He was Superintendent for Pastor Alice Wendling for many years, even after Jo’s passing.  He continued to be faithful to God and was blessed with a new love, Donna Clift and her sons. R.L. and Donna were married and were affiliated with the Life Journey Church in Cement. He always put God first then his family. He enjoyed fishing and camping. He will be greatly missed.  R.L. was preceded in death by both parents; his wife, Evelyn Jo; brother, Arnold Junior Freeman; sister, Sharon Kay Simpson; and son, Randy Lynn Freeman.  Survivors include his wife, Donna, of the home; son, Wesley Freeman and wife, Christine, of Ninnekah; son, Donald Gene Freeman and wife, Felicia, of Tulsa; son, Ronnie Freeman and Sandra, daughter, Lanette Freeman and Sam, and daughter-in-law, Cleta Freeman, all of Ardmore; step-son, Derrek Clift and wife, Jessica of Cement; step-son, Justin Clift of Cement; sister, Kathy Comstock and husband, Roger of Arapaho; brother-in-law, Zearl Simpson of Oklahoma City; fifteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews; many friends and other extended family.  Interment will be in Fairlawn Cemetery under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home. <a href=" ; (Back to Obituaries page)</a> Left Align Freeman_copy_2212201715233.jpg Left Align -- Select -- YES 12/20/2017 YES Front Page 12/20/2017 -Select- OBI to conduct Holiday Blood Drive at SaltCreek Casino on Dec. 22  As the holidays approach, SaltCreek Casino is giving patrons an opportunity to give the gift of life at an end-of-the-year blood drive.  Patrons who successfully donate, from 1-6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 22, will receive $10 in bonus play to use at SaltCreek...
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