The Woodward News


February 25, 2014

Shelly Rittenhouse

Condolences may be made at

Woodward, Okla. — Shelly Kay (Thorn) Rittenhouse was born March 31, 1959, in Perryton, Texas, to Billy Gene and Polly Jean (Taylor) Thorn. She passed from this life on February 20, 2014, at the age of 54.

Shelly lived in Spearman, Texas, until the age of 5. Her family moved to Arnett, OK, in 1964, where Shelly attended school through the sixth grade. In 1972, her family moved to Guymon, OK. She made her permanent home in Woodward, OK, in 1983.

Shelly was united in marriage to Ric Rittenhouse on June 12, 1992, in Lipscomb, TX. They made their home north of Woodward on the Rittenhouse home place and moved recently to Woodward.

Shelly loved to shop and Ric loved to eat, so they frequently ventured on out-of-town trips. She also loved to fish and shared numerous fish stories. Her greatest God-given gift was her contagious smile. Shelly cherished young and old and delighted in giving to others. Shelly adored babysitting her 4-year-old niece, Tayler, since birth. She beamed when Tayler learned to talk calling her “Elle”. Shelly was excited to receive her GED in 2001.

During her youth, she attended the Union Church in Spearman, then later attended the Apostolic Church in Arnett and Woodward. In recent years, she was a member of the Woodward Church of the Nazarene.

She is preceded in death by her father Bill and grandparents Paul and Dorothy (Mitts) Taylor and Lester and Ruby Dockins.

She is survived by her husband of 21 years, Ric; mother, Jeanie; brother, Donny Thorn & wife Melody; sister, Kristie Thorn – all from Woodward; step-children Rhonda Cusumano & husband Mark; Rick Jr. & wife Candace; and Corey – all from Florida; nephew Matthew Thorn & wife Kelly of Maize, KS; niece Michelle Spray & husband Brad of Sharon, OK; 5 grandsons; and numerous relatives and friends.

Memorial services will be held on Monday, February 24, 2014, at 2 PM at the Woodward Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Shane Rackley officiating with assistance from Pastor Tim Estes. Services will be under the direction of Shaw Funeral Home. Interment followed at Rock Church Cemetery north of Woodward.

Condolences may be made at In lieu of flowers, make donations to the Woodward Church of the Nazarene.

Text Only
  • Dudley Blaylock

    Dudley Blaylock was born January 29, 1945 in Higgins, Texas to Edith May and Dudley Jasper Blaylock.  He passed away July 16, 2014 at Elk City, Oklahoma at the age of 69 years, 5 months and 17 days.

    July 23, 2014

  • Edith Ann Nichols

    Edith Ann Nichols, a former resident of Woodward, was born May 17, 1934 in Rives, TN. She died Saturday, July 19, 2014 at her home in Dyersburg, TN.

    She was a faithful Christian with ultimate faith in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, J.T. and Lorena Tubbs of Memphis, TN and a sister, Patsy Nell Tubbs.

    July 23, 2014

  • sr001.jpg Susie Louise McNeill

    Susie Louise McNeill of Vici went to be with her Lord on July 16, 2014 after a lengthy illness. Susie was born March 17, 1940 to Johnnie Lee (Jackson) and Thurman Wall in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Norman Vanderslice Norman Vanderslice

    The world lost a special person on Thursday, July 17, 2014. Norman Vanderslice was born on December 29, 1971 in Woodward, Oklahoma, to Ronnie and Norma (Semmel) Vanderslice.  He grew up on the family farm in Fargo, Oklahoma and graduated from Fargo High School in 1990.  Norman was a farmer who loved being outside. He took care of running the family farm his entire life. Norm loved coyote hunting with his friends and was known for always helping others. The greatest love of his life was his son, Colton, who he proudly raised. They lived on a farm west of Woodward.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • wilsonmelvinpicture.jpg Clarence “Melvin” Wilson

    Clarence “Melvin” Wilson, 95 year old, True Woodward Cowboy, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at his home.  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014 at the Bible Baptist Church with the Reverend Jesse Johnson and Jerry Nine officiating. Burial will follow at the Shirley Cemetery in Leedey under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • sr pic032.jpg Ival Lee Miller

    Ival Lee Miller, Camargo, Oklahoma resident, died on July 8, 2014, at the Seiling Hospital at the age of 93 years, 1 month and 27 days. Ival was born May 11, 1921, at Dr Harris’ office in Camargo, to Maurice Denton and Leota Myrle (Wing) Miller.

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lewis Gene.jpg Charles E. “Gene” Lewis

    Charles E. “Gene” Lewis, 78 year old rural Woodward resident, died Thursday, July 10, 2014 at his home. Graveside funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, July 14, 2014 at the Rock Church Cemetery, northwest of Woodward.  Military rites will be conducted by the United States Army. Burial will follow with the Billings Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Karrie Lee Newman.jpg Karrie Lee Newman

    Karrie Lee Newman, age 55, of Texarkana, Arkansas, passed away Friday, July11, 2014 in a Texarkana Hospital.

    Karrie was born November 2, 1958 in Woodward, Oklahoma to Dean and Moeta McDonald Newman. She is an Office Manager for Retail Sales and a member of Mutual Methodist Church in Mutual, Oklahoma.

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • williamsharleypicture.jpg Harley Seth Williams

    Harley Seth Williams, 4 Month and 5 day old infant son of Zach and Crystal Williams of Fargo, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 surrounded by his family at the Woodward Regional Hospital.  Graveside funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 14, 2014 at the Elmwood Cemetery with the Reverend John Elam officiating.  Burial will follow with the Billings Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • SagerStephanie060.jpg Stephanie Sager

    Stephanie Sager, 37 year old Woodward resident went to be with the Lord Friday, July 4, 2014 in Woodward. Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Thursday, July 9, 2014 in the Gage Cemetery with Reverend Larry White officiating.  Billings Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

    July 9, 2014 1 Photo