The Duncan Banner


July 18, 2013

Helen G. Muncrief

Dec. 16, 1916 — July 13, 2013

MARLOW — Helen G. Muncrief was born to Ruth Royalty and Edward McElderry, Dec. 16, 1916, in Purcell. She passed away July 13, 2013, at her Double Rocking M Ranch in Marlow.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 19, 2013, at Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral Home in Marlow, with Dr. Gene Nease officiating. Burial will be in the Marlow Cemetery under direction of Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral Home in Marlow.

Family visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the funeral home.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest; twin sister, Harriet; brothers: Clark and John; and half-siblings: Ralph and Hazel.

Surviving family members include children: George, Jean and husband Allen, Jon and wife Brenda; four grandchildren: Robert, Lori, Vanessa and Rebecca; two great-granddaughters: Juni and Quinnlyn; and many nieces and nephews, including her twin sister’s children: Lois, Tom, Rufus and Helen K.; and her faithful canine companion, Dori.

Helen is descended from pioneer merchants. Her grandfather and father moved from Iowa to Oklahoma by train where they farmed until opening a dry goods and grocery business in Purcell. Helen and her twin sister, Harriet, graduated from Purcell High School in 1934. Helen enrolled in Oklahoma University (OU) in Norman, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1938, and a Bachelor of Arts in Library Science in 1939.

Helen and Harriet earned their private pilot licenses prior to WWII through the civilian Pilot Training Program. Helen continued to log flight hours through the early 1950s.

After receiving her college degrees, Helen worked at the State Capitol Library in Oklahoma City, for approximately two years. Later, she moved to Stillwater and served as biological sciences librarian under Edmund Lowe, director of libraries at Oklahoma State University (Oklahoma A&M). It was during her time at Oklahoma A&M that she met her husband of 67 years, Ernest Harding Muncrief.

Helen and Ernest married Feb. 2, 1945, in Kingfisher, and moved from Stillwater to Marlow in August 1945. Helen taught Fourth grade in Marlow Public Schools. Helen took time away for her family before returning to serve as high school librarian in 1966. She retired in 1978 as school system librarian.

Helen's active retirement included travel and delivering livestock trailers and oilfield doghouses for Sooner Trailers with Ernest. The family raised cattle, hogs and sheep. Helen loved nature, especially rabbits, wildflowers and bird watching with her children.

Pallbearers will be Tom Wheat, David Dickerson, Tom Harmon, Kay Dickerson, Allen Harrison, Rebecca Muncrief-Bryan. Honorary pallbearers are Mrs. Helen Heddleston, Mrs. Barbara Taylor, Jerry Nubby, Darrell Sparks, D.B. Green.

Memorial contriubtions may be made to the Garland Smith Public Library or donor’s choice.

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