Woodward, Okla. —
Nina Covalt, 92 year old Woodward resident, died Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at the Woodward Regional Hospital. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, October 26, 2013 in the Woodward Church of Christ with James Bailey and James Rucker officiating. A private family burial will be before the service. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.
Nina Dell Burrus Covalt was born April 10, 1921 in Bible Grove, Missouri to John Robert Burrus and Bernice Lydia Crandall Burrus. She was raised with five siblings, Kyra, John, Kathleen, Davis, and Lorene. Her father died when she was eight. The family worked together raising a garden, tending cattle, and leasing land to survive. She graduated as the Valedictorian of her class at Bible Grove and went on to attend Northeastern Missouri University in Kirksville, Missouri. She taught a number of years after earning her teacher certification at the university. She related a story of teaching vocabulary to her students in rural Missouri. She asked, “Can you use the word wretch in a sentence?” One student slowly put up her hand and she called on her. The girl replied, “I don’t know unless if you wretched out and got something.” Kathleen, her sister encouraged her to leave teaching and pursue a nursing career during World War II to join in the war effort with their brothers Robert and Davis who were in the Army and the Navy respectively. Kathleen left nursing school to marry while Nina continued her education completing a two year degree in nursing at the University of Oklahoma and going on to finish her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Boston University. She worked as a supervisor at Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City. It was while working there that one of her classmate’s set her up on a blind date with Alvin Charles Covalt. They were married at the Christian Church in Oklahoma City on August 15, 1953. To this union were born four children, Mona Lynn Covalt, Jan Deloris Covalt Carter, Kyle Charles Covalt, and Rita Faye Covalt Reeves.