The Woodward News

December 6, 2012

Rose Marie McKee

Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Rose Marie McKee, 83, of Edmond and formerly of the area, died Tuesday, December 4, 2012 in Oklahoma City.  Graveside funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 7, 2012 in the Elmwood Cemetery with the Reverend Jeremy Skaggs officiating.  Burial will follow under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.


Rose Marie McKee was born Rose Marie Stephans March 23, 1929 to Lura Ingle Stephans and George John Stephans in Winfield, Kansas.  She spent her young years in Winfield before she moved to Fargo, Oklahoma where she graduated in 1947 as Valedictorian of her class.  In 1947, she was united in marriage with Floyd Brown.  Two daughters were born to them.


Rose Marie was a housewife in her early years, but found she had a talent for business as she made decorative Memorial Day wreaths and opened a consignment clothing store in her home.  She worked at the Newman Memorial Hospital and was encouraged to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.  After attaining this license she worked at the Newman Memorial Hospital on the floor and then in surgery.  Her attention to detail and demand for perfection made her a superior surgery nurse.


In 1968 her husband, Floyd Brown passed away.  Rose Marie being an independent type went on working and raising her children.


In September of 1971 Rose Marie married James J. McKee of Bufffao, Oklahoma.  They blended their families and spent the next 38 years together until Jack passed away in November of 2009.


Loved ones who remain to honor her are her two daughters and their families: Stephanie Brown Craighead and Clair Craighead of Woodward, Nancy Brown French and Doyal French of Edmond.  Children of her union with Jack McKee are Robert McKee and Cindy McKee of Annandale, New Jersey, Jane Witten of Barling, Arkansas, and Nancy and Jim Wiginton of Ft. Smith, Arkansas.


Rose Marie had 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.  We all will miss her, Rose Marie had many friends that she honored and enjoyed.


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