The Woodward News


July 8, 2013

Lois Louise Rodkey Demuth

Woodward, Okla. — Lois Louise Rodkey Demuth was born on January 27, 1922 in the family farm home near Selman, Oklahoma to Clark Lincoln Rodkey and Myrtle Olive (Anderson) Rodkey.  She was the fourth of thirteen children born to her parents.  She grew up in the Selman, Freedom and Buffalo communities.  She attended school at New Hope.  She and Howard Gail Demuth of the Yelton, Oklahoma area, were united in marriage on July 24, 1939, in the Woodward County courthouse in Woodward, Oklahoma.

For a short time after their marriage,  they made their home in Optima, Oklahoma, then they moved to the "Rhubarb Smith" place NE of Rosston, Oklahoma, before settling on the family farm, 21 miles NW of Buffalo, Oklahoma.  They were blessed with four children;  three daughters, Beverly Jo, Janice Arlene and Linda Darlene, and one son, Randy Gail.  Gail and Lois loved the farm and for the next, nearly 61 years, this was their home and where they raised all four of their children.  Lois and Gail lived on the family farm until 1999, at which time they moved into Buffalo.  In April 2001, they sold their farm equipment and household furnishings, leased most of their land, and moved to Yukon, a suburb of Oklahoma City.  Gail passed away on February 7, 2004, but they were blessed with almost 65 years together.  They were lifelong members of the Church of Christ.  Lois was baptized into Christ by immersion, October 19, 1941 by J.N. Dyerly. and  remained faithful all her life.  At the time of her death, she was a member of the Lakehoma Church of Christ, in Mustang, Oklahoma.

Lois always enjoyed traveling and had been in many states in the U.S.  She and Gail spent several vacations, traveling with Gail's nephew and wife, Herschel and Phyllis Buxton, as well as trips with other friends and family.  In these travels, she sometimes found pieces to add to her Carnival Glass, doll, and plate collections.  She enjoyed going to estate sales, antique stores and garage sales, where she bought many beautiful treasures.  Lois loved dolls, and had collected many of them through the years.   It didn't matter whether they were expensive collectibles or not.  She loved beautiful dolls in velvet, laces and silks, with fancy hats and hairstyles!  Once in awhile, baby dolls were added into her collection.  She just loved dolls of all kinds!  She also loved pretty plates; her favorites were the ones with roses painted on them, a lot of which were antiques.  Lois was one who found hidden beauty in things others might overlook or discard.

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