The Woodward News

Obituaries

July 29, 2013

Elsie McGriff

Woodward, Okla. — Elsie McGriff, 93 year old Woodward resident, was granted her angel’s wings on Friday, July 26, 2013 in the Woodward Regional Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 29, 2013 in the Billings Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Ray Blakley officiating. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.

Elsie Evelyn Hamilton McGriff was born January 27, 1920 in Taloga, Oklahoma; she was the daughter of James Richard and Gladys Evelyn (Simmons) Hamilton. She attended several country schools. On August 16, 1938, Elsie was married to Fred Lewis McGriff of the Moscow Flats area. They were married in Taloga. To this union, four children were born, Lovella Nadine (Lou), Larry Duane, Rodney Lewis and Craig Lee. She was a stay at home mom raising children and helping with farming. In 1954, they moved from the farm to Woodward. Lewis and Elsie were married 58 years, 9 months before Lewis preceded her in death on May 20, 1997. Elsie met Oliver Knabe at the local Senior Center. They later married and enjoyed traveling and hitting the casinos. Oliver preceded her in death on August 18, 2011. She loved her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren and loved spending time with them. Elsie was a member of the Faith United Methodist Church.

Elsie is survived by one daughter, Lovella (Lou) McDonald and husband Jack of Sharon; son Rodney McGriff and wife Linda of Hanford, California; son Craig McGriff and wife Donna of Oklahoma City; sister-in-law Marjorie Hamilton of Woodward; 11 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; one nephew Raymond Hamilton and wife Sharon; two great nephews and three great nieces; other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Gladys Hamilton; one son Larry McGriff; one brother Richard Hamilton and one niece, Sheryl Mullins. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice with the funeral home accepting the memorials. Remembrances may be made online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com

1
Text Only
Obituaries
  • Christina Leist obituary photo.jpg Christina T. Leist

    Christina T. Leist went to meet her Savior and Friend on April 18, 2014. She was born February 7, 1928 at her Grandmother’s home in Woodward, Oklahoma, the first of 10 ten children born to Richard and Pearl Teten. Her father was one of OG&E’s original lineman and foreman and her mother was Court Clerk in Woodward County for almost 20 years. She was proud that her family had twins and triplets, 9 girls and one boy. She graduated high school in Woodward and attended one year at Oklahoma University, majoring in art.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • RootsJuanita.jpg Juanita Roots

    Juanita Roots, 79 year old Woodward resident died Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Grace Living Center in Woodward. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Wednesday, April 23, 2014 in the Billings Funeral Home Chapel with Ray Don Jackson officiating. Interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • sr pic.JPG Leone Dell (Davis) Thompson

    Leone Dell (Davis) Thompson, daughter of Jess and Esther M. (Waggoner) Davis was born near Mulhall, Oklahoma on February 16, 1911 and passed from this life in Vici, Oklahoma on April 15, 2014 at the age of 103. Leone was raised in Covington, Oklahoma attending Covington Grade School. Then moved to the farm west of Vici, Oklahoma her freshman year. She graduated from Vici High School with the class of 1930, then attended Northwestern State Teachers College. She graduated college with a Bachelor of Science degree.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Preston Tapp

    Preston Tapp, 57 year old Woodward resident, died Tuesday April 15, 2014. Memorial services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday April 19, 2014 at Crown Heights Baptist Church with Reverend James Steenbergen officiating.

    April 18, 2014

  • Miller, Viola1.jpg V. Joyce (Highfill) Miller

    V. Joyce (Highfill) Miller of St. Cloud, MN, passed away on Sunday, April 13, 2014, after a very strong and positive battle with dementia, cancer, and Parkinson’s.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • MooreGeorge045.jpg George Moore

    George Moore ,77 year old Woodward resident, died Saturday, April 13, 2014 at the Grace Living Center in Woodward. Graveside funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in the Elmwood Cemetery with Reverend Wesley Peterman officiating. Burial will follow with the Billings Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • WatkinsMildred005.jpg Mildred Watkins

    Mildred Watkins, 97 year old Woodward resident, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014 in the Grace Living Center. Graveside funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at the Fargo Cemetery with Gene Hamilton officiating. Burial will follow with the Billings Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • gibsonwayne004.jpg Wayne Gibson

    Wayne Gibson, 71 year old Woodward resident, died Friday, April 11, 2014 at his home in Woodward. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Shannon Davis and Reverend John Gherling officiating._ Interment will be in the Elmwood Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • aaron beisel.jpg Victor Aaron Beisel

    Victor Aaron Beisel, son of Victor and Marie Beisel was born June 28, 1944 in Shattuck, Oklahoma. He was raised on the farm South East of Fargo, Oklahoma.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • 16992320880DFF96E5.png JACOB PATRICK HOPPER

    A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Mutual Christian Church with Pastor Lloyd Charles Stovall, officiating. A private family graveside will be held in Dunlap Cemetery. The family requests memorial contributions to Dunlap Cemetery in lieu of flowers. Redinger Funeral Home-Box 236-Seiling, OK 73663 will serve as custodian of the funds. Personal condolence messages can be sent to the family at www.redingerfuneralhome.com

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo