The Duncan Banner


January 17, 2013

Mary Sue Silk

Jan. 3, 1920 — Jan. 11, 2013


Funeral service for Mary Sue Silk, 93, of Lawton, was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Centenary United Methodist Church with the Rev. Phil Jones, retired pastor, and Rep. Don Armes officiating.

Mrs. Silk passed away Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, in Lawton.

Burial was at Highland Cemetery under direction of Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home.

There was a special viewing and visitation for family and friends on Monday, Jan. 14, at the funeral home.

Mary Sue was born Jan. 3, 1920, in Lawton, to J. Allan and Mary Katherine (Figge) Lowry.

She grew up in Lawton, and attended and graduated from Lawton High School. She and Wesley Neil Silk married June 9, 1940, in Lawton.

She received her bachelor of science degree from Central State Teachers College and received her Master of Science degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Before coming to Lawton Public Schools, she taught at Faxon, Cache and Chattanooga.

In 1946, she began working for Lawton Public Schools and spent 40 years as a counselor at Lawton High School before retiring in 1986.

Mrs. Silk was a leader in education for the State of Oklahoma. She worked with the governor, Oklahoma Education Program and legislators to promote better pay and benefits for teachers.

From 1965 to 1966, she served on the Oklahoma Education Association and served as president.

She was a member of the Kappa Kappa Iota, Delta Kappa Gamma and Alpha Delta Omicron organizations for teachers. She was a member of the Lawton Heritage Association, and volunteered her time at the Mattie Beal Home and the Comanche County Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Silk also worked along side her husband in their ownership of the Wesmar Angus Farm and was a supporter of the FFA.

She was a board member of the Comanche County Health Board, a member of the Saddle and Sirloin Club and the Angus Association.

Mrs. Silk was a long time member of the Centenary United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a niece, June Barrington; great-nephews: Allan Barrington and his wife Janna of Lawton, and Neil Barrington and his wife Darlene of Tulsa; great-great nephews: Justin and Cody Barrington of Lawton; and numerous other nieces, nephews, family members and other care givers.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Aline Lowry; and her husband, Wesley Neil Silk.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Centenary United Methodist Church, 704 SW D Ave., Lawton, OK 73501.

Text Only
  • Billey Blankenship Billey Randell Blankenship

    Billey Randell Blankenship, 63, lifelong resident of Duncan, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014, at his home.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bette Jean Norton

    Former Alma resident, Bette Jean (Rue) Norton, 84, passed away suddenly at her home Thursday, July 17, 2014 in Hurst, Texas.
    Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Don Grantham Funeral Home Chapel, Duncan. Interment will follow where Bette will be laid to rest beside her husband in a family cemetery in Alma.

    July 22, 2014

  • Jack Edgar Wallace

    Jack Edgar Wallace, born May 6, 1929, in Duncan, passed away July 16, 2014, in Concord, Calif.  Jack graduated from Duncan High School in 1947.

    July 22, 2014

  • Christine Mosher Christine Ann Mosher

    Christine Ann Mosher, 65, of Duncan, passed away Wednesday July 16, 2014 in Duncan.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mary Michaels Mary Margaret Michaels

    Mary Margaret Michaels, 83, of Duncan passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at her home in Duncan.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Virgie McCammon Virgie Virginia McCammon

    Virgie Virginia McCammon, a longtime resident of Comanche, passed away Friday afternoon, July 18, 2014 at Duncan Regional Hospital. She was 84 years old.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Donald Taylor Donald Lafayette Taylor

    Donald Lafayette Taylor II, 34, of Duncan passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at his home in Duncan.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Thomas Shaddock Thomas Glen ‘Red the garage door man’ Shaddock

    Thomas Glen "Red" Shaddock, 82, of Duncan, died Monday, July 14, 2014 in Duncan.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Charles Turney Charles Edward Turney

    Memorial services for Charles Edward Turney, age 81, will be at 1:30 pm Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at New Hope Baptist Church West, Duncan, with Rev. Randy Southerland officiating and Rev. Chris Percival assisting.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rodney Haviland Rodney Dale Haviland

    Rodney Dale Haviland, 58, of Duncan, passed away on Friday, July 18, 2014 in Duncan.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo


Should the date for The World's Largest Garage Sale be changed from the third weekend in July to sometime in October to take advantage of cooler weather like we had this past weekend?

No. It's better in the summer cause kids are out of school.
Yes. More shoppers would come during nice fall weather.
Either time is fine.

     View Results

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.