The Duncan Banner

October 29, 2012

Mattie Lee Loughridge

Feb. 1, 1911 — Oct. 27, 2012


The Duncan Banner

MARLOW — Longtime Marlow resident, Mattie Lee Loughridge, 101, passed away Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 in Duncan.

Services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at the Central High Baptist Church, with Rev. Gene Jorgenson officiating. Burial will be in the Marlow Cemetery under the direction of Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral Home in Marlow.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.

Mattie was born Wednesday, Feb. 1, 1911, in Hamilton, Texas, a small community in central Texas, to William C. and Nellie Z. (Barnett) Patterson.

 She spent her first 14 years in and around nearby Moody. The sixth of her parents' eight children, Mattie came to Oklahoma with her family at the age of 15. They settled west of Marlow, where Mattie attended Central High School for a time before meeting Roy Loughridge in church at Oaklawn. It was a case of mutual attraction at first sight. They were married on Nov. 9, 1928. Roy’s Chevy had only curtains covering the windows and the weather was pretty chilly, factors that inspired Mattie to remember it as “the coldest night of my life.” For five years, the couple rented a house and 80 acres west of town, where they raised hogs, corn, and cotton. Then in 1935, the Loughridges purchased a 160-acre spread in the Central High area. In harvest season, Mattie would feed approximately 25 workers. Her banana pudding and chocolate pie, favorites among the laborers, were always welcome respites from the long hours in the fields. Mattie would cook for entire families that hoed cotton for them, always serving up her best. Her day started very early with preparing breakfast for workers. Next was preparation for lunch, with the entire meal loaded into the car and delivered to the fields. The process was repeated at snack time in the afternoon, and when the combine was shut down around 10 p.m. at night, a hot supper awaited the workers. Then there were plowing and planting seasons when Mattie had the added responsibility of canning produce from the garden along with the other tasks necessary to the smooth operation of a farm. This included wringing the necks of chickens, milking, and butchering hogs for example. Yet, Mattie still found time to make dresses for her daughters, cultivate roses, and teach Sunday school, all to the tune of the beloved old hymn, “Glory To His Name.” Roy preceded her in death on Feb. 12, 1980, at which time Mattie moved to Marlow where she remained active. She was a member of Marlow First Baptist Church.

 Survivors include, two sons, Bill Loughridge and wife Sue of Duncan, and Bob Loughridge and wife Mary of McKinney, Texas; two daughters, Wanda Bowen of Marlow, and Marcy Alexander and husband Ruben of Duncan; 11 grandchildren, Jerome, Michael, Noel, Alan, Barbara, Lynn, Aaron, Lena, Sandra, Lenora and Kolleen; 22 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Mattie was also preceded in death by her parents and son-in-law, Bill Bowen.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Online condolences may be made to www.callawaysmithcobb.com.