The Woodward News

July 8, 2013

Lois Louise Rodkey Demuth

Woodward News

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.

Lois departed this life on July 6, 2013 at the age of 91 years, 5 months and 9 days, in Yukon, Oklahoma.  Lois was preceded in death by her parents, Clark and Myrtle Radkey, husband Gail, infant daughter Janice Arlene, sisters, Louella, Audrey, Mary and Patsy, brothers Charles, Joe,  Derl, Virgil, Don and Aaron, son-in-law J.D. Barnett, two grandsons Jay Dee and Ronald Wayne Barnett.  Lois leaves as her survivors: two daughters, Bevery Barnett of Hiram, Georgia and Linda Henley and husband Freddie of Yukon, Oklahoma, and one son Randy and wife Sue of Mustang, Oklahoma.  Also by one sister Dilla Delores Hood of Tyrone, Oklahoma and one brother Earl Victor Rodkey of Edmond, Oklahoma.  Lois is also survived by eight granchildren:  Lana Woolridge and husband Jonathan of Yukon, Oklahoma, Katy Tucker of Mustang, OK, Tyson Demuth of Mustang, Oklahoma, Trannon Demuth of Edmond, Oklahoma, Laressa Hill and husband Freddie of Yukon, Oklahoma , Melanie Rankhorn and husband James of Chillicothe, Ohio, Tammy Driskell of Austin, Texas and Quayla Hope and husband Jeffrey of Hiram, Georgia.  Nineteen great grandchildren: Clair and Lydia Woolridge of Yukon, Oklahoma,  Alexis and Aeris Demuth of Edmond, Oklahoma, Skylar Demuth and Autumn Lee of Yukon, Oklahoma, Ashley, Abigale and Lathon Tucker of Mustang, Oklahoma, Nathan Driskell and wife Jesiree of Abilene, Texas, Nicole Wall and husband Marcus of Abilene, Texas, Kadry Rankhorn of Chillicothe, Ohio, Jameson, Jadyn, Kenyon, Kalyn and Greyson Hope of Hiram, Georgia. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be sent to the Westview Boys Home, 310 E. Lincoln St.  Hollis, OK  73550.

Funeral services were held at the Lakehoma Church of Christ, Mustang, Oklahoma on the 9th day of July, 2013 at 2:00 pm.

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