The Duncan Banner

January 17, 2013

Mary Sue Silk

Jan. 3, 1920 — Jan. 11, 2013

The Duncan Banner


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.