Daphne Bowden was born Aug. 15, 1938, in Milo, to Ablin L. and Oma M. Firestone and passed away Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at the age 74, in Duncan.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at Ratliff City Baptist Church with Bro. Rick Williams officiating. Burial will be in Poolville Cemetery under direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home in Duncan.
Visitation was 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Don Grantham Chapel in Velma, and will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Family visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Daphne graduated from Fox High School in 1956. Following high school, she joined the Marine Corps, where she met and married her husband, Harry W. Bowden, March 21, 1958. After starting her family, she left the military. Harry and Daphne settled in Corpus Christi, Texas, where they raised three children.
In 1972, she started a career in civil service at Corpus Christi Army Depot, retiring after serving 25 years as a statistician. Following her husband’s death in 1998, she returned to Oklahoma, where she lived for 10 years in Velma.
During her life, Daphne established many firsts. When joining the Marine Corps, her battalion became notable as they became part of the first women in the Marine Corps to be part of the Marine Corps and not the Women’s Auxiliary. A picture of her with her battalion is hanging in the Marine Corps Hall of Fame at the Marine Corps Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Throughout her career, she championed the advancement of equal pay and opportunity for women in civil service, ending her career in a position that women rarely held. Daphne became the first woman to join the International Lions Club in Texas, in 1982, where she and Harry faithfully served until his death in 1998. She continued her Lions association upon arrival in Velma.
Survivors include her son, Harry W. Bowden III of Lemon Grove, Calif.; her daughter, Teresa L. Ferrill of Plattsmouth, Neb.; and her daughter, Kimberly G. Houston of Burlington, N.C. She is also survived by three brothers and one sister: Sonny Firestone of Velma, Keith Firestone of Ratliff City, Monk Firestone of Velma, Betty Humphrey of Aledo, Texas; as well as five grandchildren, eight nieces and eight nephews.
Daphne was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Pallbearers will be her nephews: Allen Firestone, Tom Firestone, Tom Gilmore and Gil Messersmith; and her grand-nephews: Wil Messersmith and Josh McLain. Honorary pallbearers include Martie Firestone, Clark Humphrey, Tommy James, Kenny James, Scott Moberley and Eric Moberley.
Request donations to International Lions Club or Juvenile Diabetes Association in lieu of flowers.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.dongranthamfuneralhomes.com.
Aug. 15, 1938 — Nov. 28, 2012
Jennie Marie Johnson
Jennie Marie Johnson, 46 of Duncan, passed away Feb. 18, 2014, at her home.
Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2014, at City Heights Baptist Church, with Rev. Bill Arson officiating. Arrangements are under direction of Carter-Smart Funeral Home
Benny Joe Renfro
Benny Joe Renfro, 93, longtime resident of Duncan, passed away on Tuesday, March 4, in Duncan.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2014, in the Duncan Cemetery with Rev. Larry Johnson officiating. Burial is under the direction of the Don Grantham Funeral Home.
Fred E. Gibbons
Fred E. Gibbons passed away peacefully on Monday, March 3, 2014. He was 63 years old.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Friday, March 7, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Greg Tolle officiating. Services are under the direction of the Don Grantham Funeral Home.
Marlis Edith Fyfe
Marlis Edith Renate Karin Jutta (Nolte) Fyfe, 70, of Duncan, passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014, in the Comanche County Memorial Hospital in Lawton, Okla.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Duncan, Okla., where her ashes will be interned.
Fred L. Tinsley
Memorial services for Fred L. Tinsley, of Ardmore, will be Friday, March 7, 2014, 2 p.m. at the Harvey-Douglas Centennial Chapel with Dr. Virgil Trout officiating. Inurnment will take place at a later date. Services under the direction of Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home & Crematory, Ardmore, Okla.
Fred was born Nov. 3, 1947, in Shamrock, Texas, to Murray Wilson and Maryian Leotta (Lewis) Tinsley. He died at his Ardmore, Okla., residence on March 4, 2014, surrounded by his family.
Betty Jean Hamilton Cochran
Funeral services for Betty Jean Hamilton Cochran will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Duncan City Cemetary.
LaVelda Bernice Foster
LaVelda Bernice Foster, age 92, of Comanche, peacefully passed away late Tuesday evening, March 4, 2014, at the Jefferson County Hospital. A funeral service will be held Friday, March 7 at 2 p.m. at Countryside Baptist Church.
Ernest Alexander, 87, of Duncan, died Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at the Sterling House in Duncan.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Don Grantham Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Dean Hall officiating. Interment will follow at Duncan Cemetery.
Lela K. Graham
Lela K. Graham was born Jan. 23, 1925, to Bee and Lillian Blaylock in Hughes County, near the town of Calvin.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at Church of the Servant in Oklahoma City, 14343 N. MacArthur Blvd., with burial following at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens
Ashley Rose Thielen
Ashley Rose Thielen of Carmel, Ind., was born Nov. 15, 1986, in Indianapolis, Ind., to Steven L. and Linda Gayle Rose Thielen and passed away Feb. 11, 2014, at her home, at the age of 27.
Memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at Northside Baptist Church, 3021 E. 71st St., Indianapolis, Ind., where Ashley was a member.
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