The Woodward News

Obituaries

August 6, 2012

Minnie Alcie Ewing Bowles

Woodward, Okla. — Minnie Alcie Ewing Bowles was born on June 12, 1919 on a ranch near Range, Oklahoma and died on June 28, 2012 in Austin, Texas at the age of 93.

Minnie was the second of three children born to Lew and Willie Scarborough Ewing.  Her older brother was Lew (Frank) and her younger sister was Amanda Belle.  When Minnie was four years old, her mother died. She and her baby sister left the ranch near Hardesty in the Oklahoma Panhandle to live with their Aunt Minnie and Uncle Bob Cooke, first in Norman, Oklahoma, and then on a grapefruit farm in McAllen, Texas.  When her father remarried, Minnie returned to the ranch.

During the Great Depression and Dust Bowl days, Minnie lived with an aunt and uncle in Guymon so that she could attend high school. She graduated as Salutatorian of the Class of 1937 and went on to college at Panhandle A&M.

Minnie transferred to Northwestern State Teachers' College in Alva, where she earned her way by working as a wheat loan clerk. Minnie received her degree in 1941, although she jeopardized her graduation by sneaking out of the dorm to go see Gone With the Wind and got caught trying to slip back in after hours.  Eleanor Roosevelt was the Commencement speaker.

Minnie needed a job, and she heard from an Alva classmate, Ora Lea Black, that Arnett needed teachers.  Minnie accepted a teaching position in Arnett thinking she’d get a year’s experience then move on to a larger and less dusty town.  However, at the end of the school year, Minnie was having so much fun that she remained in Arnett for the better part of 70 years.

Mary Cresswell played matchmaker for “Miss Ewing” and Clell Bowles.  They were married March 8, 1947.  Two years later their only child, Nancy, was born.  

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  • WashburnBen063.jpg Ben O. Washburn

    Ben O. Washburn, Jr. 89 year old Woodward resident, died Monday, July 7, 2014 at the Grace Living Center in Woodward.  Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 11, 2014 at the Elmwood Cemetery with Reverend Mary Davis officiating.  The United States Army will provide military graveside rites.   Burial will follow with the Billings  Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
     

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  • McFarlanPatsy064.jpg Patsy L. McFarland

    Patsy L. McFarland, 78 year old resident of Woodward, died Monday, July 7, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held at 10:00a.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014 in the Woodward First Baptist Church with the Reverend Beau Hague officiating.  Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.

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  • House Don.jpg Donald Hugh House

    Funeral services for Donald Hugh House 79 year old former Woodward, Oklahoma resident will be held on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 in the First Christian Church at 2:00 P.M. in Thomas, Oklahoma with David Beck officiating. Burial will follow in the Sunnyside Cemetery in Vici, Oklahoma under the direction of Lockstone Funeral Home of Thomas.

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  • Bob mann.jpg Bobby Dean Mann

    Bobby Dean Mann of Vici, Oklahoma, departed this life on June 29, 2014 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was 78 years of age.

    Bob was born September 30, 1935 in Homestead, Oklahoma. His parents moved to Beaver, Oklahoma when he was very young, and he grew up and lived the greater part of his adult life in Beaver. His life was one of hard work and physical activity, starting in his boyhood when he helped his parents run their dairy farm, milking cows twice a day, along with his mother and father. As an adult, he worked primarily with heavy equipment, doing dirt work in the oil fields and roads of northwest Oklahoma. He was proud of his skills, and often talked about doing the grading and preparation for the Beaver High School football field.

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  • HedgesCarmen062.jpg Carmen Hedges

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  • RushVernie061.jpg Vernie Ray Rush

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  • ParkerDorice.JPG Dorice Parker

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  • SniderShirley058.jpg Shirley J. Snider

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  • Emily Purcell.jpg Emily Elizabeth Purcell

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