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Darrell Gene Sigwing

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Darrell Gene Sigwing, longtime rural Red Rock resident, was called home on Sunday evening, May 25, 2003, at his residence. He was 68. An evening prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, at the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Senior Citizens Center. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Cemetery. Arrangements are under direction of Grace Memorial Chapel.

Darrell Gene Sigwing was born February 23, 1935, in Winfield, Kansas, the son of Joseph Carl and Laura Agnes Warren Sigwing, He was reared in Claremore and attended schools there. On June 1, 1953, at the age of 17, Darrell enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he was stationed in San Diego, California, and was a seaman first class. On January 11, 1956, he was honorably discharged, having received the National Defense Medal. On March 3, 1968, he married the former Lorraine Moore in Four Corners, Texas, and they made their home in Stroud for 17 years. In 1985, the family moved to their present home in rural Red Rock. Darrell went to work as a chemist for Riffe Petroleum of Oklahoma City.

Survivors include his wife, Lorraine Sigwing of the home; his mother, Laura Sigwing of Claremore; two daughters, Laura Warrior of Ponca City and Danielle Sigwing of Brainerd, Minnesota; one son, Robert Moore of Ponca City; eight grandchildren, Graham Primeaux Jr., Brandee Sigwing, Michael Moore, Daylan Primeaux, Chantay Sigwing, Marissa Moore, Chase Warrior and Brandon Warrior Jr.; as well as a host of other relatives and friends. His father, Joseph Sigwing, and grandparents preceded Darrell in death.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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May 30th, 2003 at 8:42 pm

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Wilma Delores Williams

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Wilma Delores Moore Williams, resident of Pawnee, died Monday, April 28, 2003, in Oklahoma City. She was 74. The funeral will be 1 p.m. Friday, May 2, at the Pawnee Nation Multi-Purpose Complex in Pawnee with the Revs. Jerry Baker and Lynn Eaves officiating. Burial will be in Otoe-Missouria Cemetery in Red Rock under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home.

Wilma Delores Williams was born September 20, 1928, in Pawnee, the daughter of Sidney J. Moore Sr. and Dorothy Pearl Peters Moore. She had been married to George W. Williams Sr. She was a member of Native American Church and United Indian Methodist Church. She was a member of the Pawnee and Otoe tribes. An expert seamstress, she enjoyed making Native American dresses for friends and family.

Survivors include a daughter, Gwendolyn Williams of Pawnee; two sons, Norman NewRider of Pawnee and Ervin Brown Whitehorn of Hominy; three sisters, Sylvestine Shields of Shawnee, Laverne HorseChief of Midwest City, and Nova Marie Fields of Tulsa; a brother Sidney J. Moore Jr. of Albuquerque, New Mexico; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband on May 29, 1953; her parents; three sons, Theodore V. Williams, George W. Williams Jr. and Terry G. Williams Sr.; three brothers, Peter L. Moore Sr., Norman D. Keel and Theodore V. Brave Scout.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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May 1st, 2003 at 8:53 pm

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Aldon Lee Marlow, Sr.

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Aldon Lee Marlow Sr., former Red Rock resident, died Wednesday morning, April 23, 2003, at the Integris Health Baptist Medical Center of Oklahoma City. He was 60.

An evening prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Complex. The traditional funeral feast will be at noon on Saturday, April 26, at the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Complex. Burial will follow in the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Cemetery with the Rev. Toby A. Blackstar, co-pastor of Otoe Baptist Church of Red Rock, officiating. Services are under direction of Grace Memorial Chapel.

Aldon Lee Marlow Sr. was born in Wichita, Kansas, on April 21, 1943, the son of Henry John and Lucy White Cloud Marlow. He was reared in Red Rock and attended Pawnee Indian Schools. He was employed as a muffler repairman and lived in Oklahoma City. He was a member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and enjoyed being with his family, baby sitting for his family and attending powwows.

Survivors include one daughter, Angela Maynard of Oklahoma City; one son, Aldon Lee Marlow Jr. of Oklahoma City; three sisters, Alma Warrior, Annabelle Pratt and Mary Hayes, all of Red Rock; four brothers, Lelus Marlow, LeRoy Marlow and Freeman Dean Marlow, all of Oklahoma City and Henry Marlow of Red Rock; six grandchildren; one great-grandson; and a number of other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his is parents.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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April 27th, 2003 at 1:57 pm

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Benjamin C. Harper

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Benjamin C. Harper, resident of Red Rock, died Wednesday, April 23, 2003, in Stillwater. He was 73. The funeral will be 9 a.m. Saturday, April 26, in the Harper residence in Red Rock. Burial will be in Otoe-Missouria Cemetery in Red Rock under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home in Pawnee.

Benjamin C. Harper was born December 29, 1929, in Red Rock, the son of Charlie C. Harper and Elizabeth Dailey Harper. He married Elsie M. Harper in Baltimore, Maryland, where they lived. He retired from the U.S. Army. He moved back to Red Rock in September, 1998.

Survivors include two daughters, Judy Ann Harper of Baltimore, and Marcella Harper of Red Rock; a brother, Quentin Harper of Red Rock; a sister, Constance D. Harper of Red Rock; two granddaughters; and a number of other relatives. He was preceded in death by his wife in June 1998, his parents, and three sisters.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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April 26th, 2003 at 9:01 pm

Virgina Vesta Harragarra

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Virginia Vesta Harragarra, former resident of Red Rock, died Friday morning, April 18, 2003, at Via Christi Oklahoma Regional Medical Center. She was 58.

A noon feast will be held on Monday, April 21, at the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Complex in Red Rock, followed by the funeral at 2 p.m. Burial will be at the Otoe-Missouria Cemetery under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel.

Virginia Vesta Harragarra was born September 15, 1944, in Pawnee, the daughter of Clifford Harragarra and Louise Brace Harragarra. She received her education in the Pawnee Indian School and Haskell Institute, later earning her bachelor and master’s degrees from California State University in Stanislaus. She attended the Promised Land Community Church of Columbus, New Mexico. Her youthful spirit was expressed through beadwork, sculpture, painting, cooking, writing and making the most of each day.

She is survived by her two daughters, Octa Marie Gillen of Palmdale, California, and Penelope Alicia Gillen of Austin, Texas; two sisters, Martha A. Harragarra of Columbus, New Mexico, and Edna M. Poolheco of Winslow, Arizona; one brother, Vernon Harragarra of Lakewood, Colorado; two aunts, Delphine Hopper of Hominy and Delores Harragarra of Carnegie. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Moses and Mary Harragarra of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and Ned and Martha Brace of the Kiowa Tribe.

Casket bearers will be Brian Harragarra, Anthony Miranda, Quinn Harragarra, Tyson Poolheco, Isaac Harragarra and Ryan Baldwin.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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April 22nd, 2003 at 9:07 pm

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Timothy Vetter Sr.

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Timothy Vetter Sr., died Sunday morning, March 30, 2003, at his home in Topeka, Kansas. He was 58.

An evening prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Cultural Center. The traditional funeral feast will be held at noon Wednesday, April 2, at the Otoe-Missouria Cultural Center followed by the graveside service at 2 p.m. at the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Cemetery under direction of Grace Memorial Chapel.

Timothy Clayton Vetter Sr. was born November 1, 1944, in Pawnee, the son of Ernest Sr. and Verniece Mae Grant. He grew up in Red Rock, attending Red Rock schools and moved to Lawrence, Kansas, where he attended Haskell Indian School. After graduation, he attended vo-tech schools in Lawrence where he studied welding.

On January 13, 1965, he married Sheryal Rice in Kansas City, Missouri, and they lived in California for 18 years. In 1983, he moved to Garden City, Kansas, before settling in Topeka. He was a welder by trade and enjoyed playing softball, basketball and golf. He was a member of the Native American Church and the Otoe-Missouria tribe.

Survivors include four sons, Timothy C. Vetter Jr. of Pawnee, Trevor Vetter of Orlando, Fla., Todd Vetter of Stillwater and Thunder Vetter of Topeka; one brother, Samuel Joseph Vetter of Ponca City; four grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one brother.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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April 2nd, 2003 at 9:14 pm

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Theodore Brave Scout

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Theodore “Ted” Brave Scout, resident of Pawnee, died Tuesday, March 11, 2003, in Anadarko. He was 71. The funeral will be noon Friday, March 14, at the Otoe-Missouria Cultural Center in Red Rock. Burial will be in the Otoe-Missouria Cemetery in Red Rock under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home of Pawnee.

Theodore Brave Scout was born February 14, 1932, in Pawnee, the son of Sidney Moore Sr. and Pearl Peters Moore. He lived in California, Tennessee, Maryland and Florida but lived mainly in Pawnee. He is an enrolled member of the Otoe tribe, chairman of the Otoe Encampment, the gaming commissioner for the Otoe tribe, Otoe-Missouria director of American Indian Expo until 1998, Brave Scout Dance Troupe which toured Europe about 1956, ambassador of Native American Culture, educator in Native American Heritage. He was a drum maker and enjoyed bowling. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and a member of the Pawnee Indian veterans. He had been married to Thomasine Moore and to Dyce Brave Scout.

Survivors include four children, Ted Moore Jr. of Fairfax, Randy Moore of Geronimo, Sydna Yellowfish of Oklahoma City and Tracey Moore of Pawhuska; six brothers and sisters, Wilma Williams of Pawnee, Sylvestine Shields of Shawnee, Marie Fields of Tulsa, Sidney Moore Jr. of El Reno, Laverne Horsechief of Midwest City and Darrell Moore of Pawnee; and a number of other relatives. He was preceded in death by his two wives, his parents, and two brothers, Pete Moore Sr. and Norman Keel Sr.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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March 14th, 2003 at 6:05 pm

Pearl White Walking Sky

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Pearl White Walking Sky, longtime Ponca City resident, went home to live eternity with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday morning, February 20, 2003, from the Integris Blackwell Regional Hospital. She was 81.

An evening prayer service will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Complex in Red Rock. The traditional funeral feast will be held at noon on Sunday, February 23, at the Otoe-Missouria Cultural Center with burial following in the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Cemetery. Arrangements are under direction of Grace Memorial Chapel.

Pearl Margaret White was born on June 19, 1921, in Red Rock, the daughter of Corbett and Ruth Vetter White. She was reared in Red Rock, graduating from Red Rock High School. On October 23, 1942, Pearl was united in marriage to Owen Walking Sky, and the couple continued to make their home in Red Rock. She served her family as a homemaker which gave her real happiness and joy. Pearl loved the Lord and united with the Ponca Indian Baptist Church, where she served faithfully until her health began to fail. She also was a member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe, the Otoe-Missouria War Mothers and the Post 38 Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed singing, attending church services, testifying of the greatness of her Lord and Savior and attending Indian dances.

She leaves to cherish her memories, three daughters, Cecelia Preslopski of Dallas, Texas, Dorothea Blueback of Marland and Kay Walking Sky of Red Rock; three sons, Preston Walking Sky of Ponca City, and Woolsey Walking Sky and Corbett Walking Sky, both of Dallas, Texas; two sisters, Doris Hunter of Perkins and Wanda Stoneroad of Oklahoma City; one adopted son, Paul David White of Dallas, Texas; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren; as well as numerous other relatives and extended family members. Her husband; one infant daughter, Vera Walking Sky; one son, Alexander Owen Walking Sky; one sister, Julia DeRoin; and two brothers, Nelson and Wallace White, preceded Pearl in death.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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February 24th, 2003 at 6:11 pm

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Local Couple Graduates from Native American Studies

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Henry and Jovonne Lieb of Ponca City recently received certificates of completion from the Native American Studies program for linguistics and language teaching from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. Graduation exercises were held on February 1.

The Native American Studies program consists of development of language curriculum in areas including language skills, vocabulary, grammar, metalanguage (for adults) and culture. The language teacher of tribal language classes not only teaches, but also organizes the lessons to make it easier for the students to understand, speak, read and write their tribal language.

Henry has been teaching the Ponca language at Frontier High School, Red, Rock, for the past four years. Jovonne is the Otoe-Missouria Youth Coordinator and has been teaching the youth the Otoe-Missouria language and cultural enrichment at the Otoe-Missouria Housing Authority in Red Rock.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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February 10th, 2003 at 6:31 pm

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Rhoda Dent Compton

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Rhoda Dent Compton, past resident of Pawnee, died Wednesday, February 5, 2003, in Edmond. She was 87. The funeral will be noon Saturday, February 8, in the Otoe-Missouria Cultural Center in Red Rock. Burial will be in the Otoe-Missouria Cemetery in Red Rock under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home of Pawnee.

Rhoda Dent Compton was born March 11, 1915, in Pawnee, the daughter of Chief Ralph Dent and Madge Pettit Dent. She married Alfred Newton Compton and moved from Perry to Oklahoma City numerous years ago. She taught Sunday school, was a member of NIWA and a charter life member of the Oklahoma City Powwow Club.

Survivors include her daughter, Joan Aitson of Edmond; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; her son, Milton “Buck” Compton; and a granddaughter.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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February 8th, 2003 at 6:35 pm

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