The Woodward News

February 7, 2014

Marcella Plank Bynum

Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. —

Marcella Plank Bynum, 93 year old Woodward resident, died Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at the Grace Living Center in Woodward. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church of Woodward with the Reverend Shannon Davis officiating. A private family burial will be held with the Billings Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Marcella Ruth Fuller Plank Bynum was born to Art Fuller and Hannah (Martinson) Fuller on August 14, 1920 in Woodward, Oklahoma in the house she grew up in on 8th street. She attended Woodward Public Schools and graduated from Woodward High School in 1938. She married Wendell D. Plank in 1938, making their home in Woodward, and four children were born to this union. After Wendell’s death in 1980, Marcella married Nyle Bynum.

Marcella was very civic minded and instrumental in establishing several community organizations. The history of Woodward County was one of her passions. As a result she was one of the founders of the Pioneer Museum and served on the board of directors for several years and was employed as the curator for two years. She was active in the First United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School and belonged to the Madeline Klepper Women’s Circle. One of her fondest memories was being named Woodward Elks Rodeo Queen in 1937 and having the privilege of wearing the first women’s rodeo outfit made by Trego’s Western Wear.

Marcella enjoyed all holidays and special occasions where she had an opportunity to express her creative talent. Never wasting anything, she had a knack for turning everyday things into a work of art. She loved painting pictures, especially of early day Woodward, doing needlepoint crafts, and making things for her family. Her green thumb was obvious in her extensive flower beds as she was always looking for a new flower to give a try.

Marcella was preceded in death by both husband’s Wendell D. Plank and Nyle Bynum; a son Wendell A. Plank; a grandson Dustin Plank; her parents; a sister Dorothy Rodgers; a brother Walter Fuller.


She is survived by her son, Doug Plank and wife, Dana of Mutual; two daughters, Reann McHaney and husband Tom of Granbury, Texas and Kris Bell and husband Tim of Woodward. She is also survived by grandchildren Tacy Hurst and husband Rick, Julie Clemence and husband Scott of Woodward, and Dawn Shirley and husband Mark of Mutual; Jeff Bell and wife Kristi of Denali, Alaska; Stephanie Bibb and husband Tim and Warren Plank of Oklahoma City; Diann McHaney of Granbury, Texas; Nancy Clay and husband Keith and Debra Nowak of The Woodlands, Texas; Dori Haller and husband Chris of Thornton, Colorado. She has 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by two step-children Mike Bynum and Patty Hughes; other relatives and many friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Woodward Pioneer and Plains Indian Museum with the funeral home accepting the contributions.

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