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EUSTAQUIIO PONCE

March 2, 2015

Eustaquio Ponce, 73, of Guymon passed away Wednesday evening, February 25, 2015 at the Memorial Hospital of Texas County in Guymon.
The son of Francisca Acuna and Jose Ponce, he was born September 20, 1941 in Rodeo, Durango, Mexico. Eustaquio and Maria Zapata were united in marriage and have enjoyed 44 years together.
The Ponce family moved to the Oklahoma Panhandle from Juarez, Mexico in 1973. Mr. Ponce was engaged in farming, as well as owning and operating Ponce’s Taxi Service in Guymon. He was a member of the Apostolic Faith Church.

JOHN PETE AGUIRRE

February 26, 2015

John Pete Aguirre, 56, passed away Sunday, February 22, 2015 at his home here in Guymon.
The son of Mary Lou (Magana) and John Pete Aguirre, he was born February 26, 1958 in Yuma, Arizona. Pete was raised by his father. Pete travelled and worked as a lumberjack and was a plumber. He moved from Idaho to Guymon; was a devoted Christian and enjoyed reading.

E.L. (PETE) SPEEGLE

February 25, 2015

E. L. (Pete) Speegle, 68, passed away Monday, February 23, 2015 at his home here in Guymon.
The son of William Oliver and Velma (Warren) Speegle, Elmer Lucien Speegle was born January 23, 1947 in Yellville, Arkansas. Pete was a lifelong resident of Guymon. He participated and enjoyed several sports in school. Pete worked for Adams Hardfacing for many years and later in the oilfield.
Survivors include his sister, Velma Newberry and husband, Skip, of Granite, Oklahoma; brother, Bill Speegle and wife, Kathy of Abilene, Texas; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

EVELYN MARIE SHAFFER

February 25, 2015

Evelyn Marie Shaffer, 78, longtime Guymon resident, passed away Monday afternoon, February 23, 2015 at the Childers Place in Amarillo, Texas.
The daughter of Archie and Carrie (Delay) Livengood, she was born December 6, 1936 in Lewis, Kansas. Evelyn attended school in Lewis, graduating with the Class of 1954.
She was united in marriage to Harold Shaffer on March 18, 1956 in Clayton, New Mexico. They made their home in Hooker, moving to Guymon in 1964. Evelyn was a homemaker and member of the First Christian Church.

ORA OLNEVA BURNS

February 25, 2015

Ora Olneva Burns, age 102, died peacefully at her home near Keyes, Ok. on February 6, 2015.
Ora was born March 9, 1912 in Trinidad, Co. and was the fourth child of Henry Alexander and Nellie Loomis Hagan. They burned cow chips to heat their dugout. She was no stranger to milking cows, herding cattle barefooted or working hard on the farm. It was just a part of life. She completed grade school at Lone Star, a few miles from their home. She graduated from Wichita High School. Ora attended college at PAMC, now PSU, in Goodwell, OK and received her permanent teacher’s certificate.

LETA ELLEN BLACK

February 24, 2015

Leta Ellen Black, 95, longtime Guymon resident, passed away Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at the Saint Simeon’s Episcopal Home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The daughter of John Franklin and Phoebe Ellen McDonald, she was born May 5, 1919 in Ingersol, Oklahoma. Leta grew up in the Short Springs community East of Alva, Oklahoma. She attended and graduated from Alva High School. The family moved to Bethany where she and her sisters attended college.

DARWIN EUGENE GASS

February 24, 2015

Darwin E. Gass, 48 year-old resident of Choctaw, Oklahoma, passed away February 20, 2015 in Midwest City, Oklahoma.
Born December 29, 1966 in Guymon, Oklahoma, he was the son of Don Gass and Clara Holder Gass.
Darwin was a huge Oklahoma State fan; loved country music and George Strait was his favorite artist; and enjoyed woodworking.
A member of the Elks Lodge in Midwest City, he loved square dancing especially spinning his wife. Darwin was a warehouseman for Hobby Lobby.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Clara Gass.

Victoria “Vickie” Martinez

February 19, 2015

Victoria “Vickie” Martinez, 65, of Guymon, passed away Monday, February 16, 2015 at her home.

The daughter of Manuelita Anna Perea, she was born April 14, 1949 in Clayton, New Mexico.

Vickie and Joe A. Martinez were married on February 15, 1969 in Clayton, New Mexico. They moved to Guymon from Clayton in 1971.

Vickie was a homemaker and member of the St. Peter’s Catholic Church.

SARA CAMILLA COLLINS EMERICK

February 14, 2015

Sara Camilla Collins Emerick (97) went to be with her Heavenly Father, peacefully, Tuesday morning, February 10, 2015. Sara was the third child born into her family in Crittenden, Kentucky, July 12, 1917. After her father graduated from seminary, the family moved to Texas and Sara earned a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity University, Magna Cum Laude; met and married Lewis E. Emerick, June 30, 1940. They had three children, Camilla Jane, Deborra Lew, and Lewis Edgar Emerick, Jr. Lewis preceded her in death in 1992 and Ed in 2010.

Karla Cheek

February 14, 2015

Karla Cheek age 57 of Pritchett, CO passed away peacefully Monday, February 9, 2015 at home.
Karla was the daughter of Arthur F. Wiedeman Jr. and Kathleen Kiichli Wiedeman Wright. She was born in Bozeman, MT, raised in Cut Bank, MT, moved to Guymon, OK where she raised her family, and later moved to Pritchett, CO.

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