Evelyn Joy Washecheck Huggard Henderson passed from life to light on June 7, 2017.
Evelyn Joy Washecheck was the only daughter of Hazel Joy Couch and Ed Washecheck. Ed’s father John Vasicek came to America as a child. He married Anna Womastek who was born in Wisconsin of Bohemian parents.
Hazel’s family lines go to Virginia Colony in the 1700’s. The Couch and the Wasicek families were homesteaders in Oklahoma Territory. Evelyn was born on January 17, 1925 into her family at Piedmont, Oklahoma which included older brothers Howard and John as well as an unnamed brother who died at birth.
Evelyn’s parents, brothers, daughter Kathie Jean Huggard Turner, and grandsons Jerry Edward Huggard and Michael Ray Gunter preceded her in death. Only John’s, wife Doris is living in Piedmont.
Evelyn eloped with Arthur Leonard Huggard at age 16 to Pauls Valley, Oklahoma where they were married. This marriage produced seven children, six of whom survive. Jerry Arthur Huggard of Pensacola, Florida; Virginia Kay Hopp of Carthage, Missouri; Susan Della Henderson of Pawnee, Oklahoma; Eddie Huggard of Rochester, Minnesota; Annette Van Brunt of Norman, Oklahoma; and Jimmie Allen Huggard of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Evelyn’s skills as a home maker were exceptional. She was an excellent cook, housekeeper and seamstress. Evelyn taught her children by her examples of forgiveness, acceptance of others and always looking for the good in any situation. She was never unkind in words or actions.
As she lived out her days in assisted living in Oklahoma City she thanked every person who helped her, showing her grace and dignity.
Art and Evelyn operated a dairy and wheat farm at Piedmont, Oklahoma. People who helped them recall the wonderful noon time meals Evelyn would prepare for them during the harvest. Her family always enjoyed her home cooked foods; especially when they gathered for any celebration.
Evelyn and Art divorced; Evelyn moved from Piedmont to Oklahoma City where she worked in the insurance business. She was an active leader in Al Anon programs during this time. In 1976 Evelyn married H C “Buck” Henderson. They lived for a short time in Tulsa and retired to a home at Lake Eufaula where they enjoyed entertaining their children and grandchildren, fishing, gardening, and traveling by RV in the United States and Canada.
Evelyn moved to Nowata, Oklahoma a few years after Buck’s death. She continued her hobby of sewing. Her passion was creating quilts with the many fabrics she had carefully washed, ironed, and sorted by color. If fabric pieces were small they were cut into small squares or triangles, sorted by size, and stored in cigar boxes ready to create scrappy quilts for the delight of all who saw them and especially treasured by the family members who own them.
Evelyn continued to share her love with others using her skills as a knitter. She knitted hundreds of stocking hats for charity groups in Oklahoma and knitted dozens of tiny caps for “preemies” and newborns to be used in hospitals across the United States.
The memories of Evelyn’s unconditional love and encouragement are cherished by Evelyn’s children, Buck’s children, all their grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends, and neighbors.
Graveside services were held at the Kansas – Starr Cemetery in Piedmont, OK. The family requests that memorials for Evelyn be made to the Piedmont public library. She enjoyed books to the end of her days.
Geary Ronald “Woody” Woodall, 78, left to be with his Lord on Thursday morning June 1st. He passed away at his home in Piedmont, OK.
Woody was a proud member of the First Baptist Church of Piedmont where he was known as “The Coffee Man”. He was the owner of Woodall Equipment Company and formerly Woody’s Alignment and Brake Service in OKC and was very proud to be celebrating 51 years in business.
Woody was born in Faxon, OK where he learned to drive a tractor at the age of 4. His pet bull “Scottie” and he were paid to perform at the rodeo as entertainment. He was a huge fan of bull riding. He was the valedictorian of his class and an All-State baseball and basketball player who went to Cameron University.
He served in the U.S. Air Force at Andrews Air Force Base and his favorite recreational activity in the military was to watch the ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Woody worked every day of his life and when wasn’t working, plowed wheat, mowed grass, and helped others.
Woody was preceded in death by his parents Charlie and Jewell Woodall and his wife Helen Hickman Woodall.
He is survived by his three daughters: Rhonda and Mike Curry of Olathe, KS, Janeen Woodall of OKC, Debbie and Jamie Woodall Routledge of Lawrence, KS. His sister Charlotte High, nephew Brent and Cathy Young, niece Melia Young, and nephew Todd and Becky Young. His stepchildren Bill Adair, Shelly Blakemore, Jim and Renee Adair, and Elisa and Greg Massey. Grandchildren include Matt Curry, Zach Curry, Jasmine Massey, Jake Massey, Michael and Brett Blakemore, Mandy Adair, Jennifer Burch, Erika Adair, Alekza Adair and his beloved dog, “Little Jesse”.
Memorial donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society or “Savannah Station Therapeutic Riding Program, 9304 HWY 81 N. El Reno, OK 73036, which is a local charity he felt passionate about.
Visitation was held Sunday, June 4 at Buchanan Funeral Home at 8712 N. Council Road, Oklahoma City, OK. A memorial service was held Monday June 5 at First Baptist Church of Piedmont.
Oma Mae Gustavson passed away June 3, 2017. She was born June 18, 1928 to late parents Henry and Ollie Ballard of Piedmont, OK.
She married Harold Huggard in 1946 and they had five children. She later married Roy G. Gustavson and moved back to Oklahoma in 1973.
She is preceded in death by her sons Harold Jr. and Hunter; Grandson Joseph Huggard; sisters Orianna Teal, and Lavern Knight; brothers (Jiggs) John Ballard, (Howard) Ralph Warren Ballard, Marvin Ballard, and Lawrence Ballard. She is survived by her son Kenneth Huggard and wife, Sharon of Enid; daughters Karen Huggard and Peggy Sours of Yukon, Daughter in- law Janice Huggard of VA. Stepchildren Lori Foose and husband Doug, Glen Gustavson of PA and Keith Gustavson of MO. Don and Yoshiko of Yukon, Rowland and wife Mary Ballard of Texas,
Sisters Wanda Moore and husband, Marvin of AL, Jane Compton of Mississippi, sister-in-law Gloria of GA, and many nieces and nephews
Oma was a member of the Lutheran Church and helped with the alter guild. She made bread once a month for communion, and did a lot of work at the church cleaning and washing the altar guild senior. Gustavson was a Lucky Four Extension homemaker for 35 years. She enjoyed bowling for 20 years, with a high score of 241, and loved all animals and bird watching.
A drawer of homemade cookies was kept for her children and grandchildren to enjoy cookies and milk when they visited. They enjoyed hosting a lot of big dinners at their house on holidays: what great days with lots of company. She had a great time in their back yard when the kids were young: with lots of good memories.
Visitation will be held Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Smith & Turner Mortuary 201 E. Main St., Yukon, OK.
Services will be Friday, June 9, at 11 a.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 675 W. Vandament Ave., Yukon, under the direction of Smith & Turner Mortuary.