The Woodward News

April 18, 2013

Vera Neweata (Garrett) Tefertiller

Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Vera Neweata (Garrett) Tefertiller, herein referred to as Slave Driver, was born on September 22, 1917 in Grand, OK in old Day County.  Slave Driver(SD) graduated from Arnett High School and attended college in Edmond, OK and Alva, OK.  SD eloped to Fairview, OK with Hubert Tefertiller on October 22, 1938 then made their home in Arnett, OK.  They had two children Leatha and Russell.  There are two things, they say, that are inevitable:  death and taxes.  At the age of 95 SD went to her dear and fluffy Lord on April 15, 2013 in Shattuck, OK.  

Throughout her long and joyous life SD had many interests and hobbies.  She was an avid fan of Oklahoma State University, the first orange OSU.  SD watched many a baseball game on TV.  She always had a large garden out of which she shared the fruits of her labors.  One special favorite with her family and friends were her sweet pickles.  Like most women of her age she was a great cook and loved to sew clothes for her and her family, embroider and piece quilts.  In her downtime she enjoyed crossword puzzles, the harder the better; scrapbooking, before it was popular; jigsaw puzzles, a favorite Christmas present from the grand kids; games of all kinds, but rules must be followed and delved into genealogy. Oh, and did we mention she could be stubborn?

Slave Driver attended and taught Sunday School in the Christian Church in Arnett, OK, although she was seen in the United Methodist Church upon the occasion when her granddaughters were performing specials.  She enjoyed attending as many events of her grandchildren as she could.  SD was a member of the Eastern Stars and was the last charter member of the Cheerful Home Quilting Club.  She played dominoes with a close-knit group of ladies.  Through rain, sleet, snow and dark of night SD and Gayle Melton would make road trips to ballgames.  Later in her life she qualified for and joined the Red Hat Society.  SD was known for sending cards for all occasions, both for the church and personally.  Everyone looked forward to special occasions and SD’s cards.  She kept the Postal Service in business for many years.  Oh, and did we mention she could be stubborn?

Slave Driver was preceded in death by her favorite husband, Hubert.  Her favorite daughter-in-law Candy Tefertiller.  Her favorite parents Frank and Myrtle Garrett.  All of her favorite sisters and favorite Garrett borthers-in-law:  Venus and Pete Coombs, Opal and Jerry Knowles, Eva and Fred Hall.  Her favorite brother-in-law on Hubert’s side of the family Charles Tefertiller and his wife LaVera as well as her favorite sister-in-law Evelyn Gay.

Those of us remaining behind to keep up the good work include her favorite daughter and son-in-law, Leatha and Ted of Arnett; her favorite son, Russell, of Pampa, TX; her favorite granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Glynna and Kevin of Ripley as well as her other favorite granddaughter Aleta Gayle of Enid; her favorite grandsons Cole Tefertiller of Pampa, TX and Dakota Tefertiller of Lubbock, TX; her favorite great grandson, Skyler Thimling of Arnett and her favorite great granddaughter, Camry of Enid; her favorite living brother-in-law Paul Gay of Lawrence, KS; one nephew and 5 nieces, all favorites, of course.

Funeral services were held Thursday April 18, 2013 in the United Methodist Church, Arnett, Oklahoma at 10:00 a.m. with interment in DeBolt Cemetery, Arnett, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family at