Paula Janelle (Freeman) Coffman was born in Chickasha, Oklahoma to Leon and Crystal Freeman. After graduating from Midwest City High School in 1963, she was accepted into the University of Oklahoma School of Drama on a full scholarship and obtained her Bachelors degree from OU in 1967.
She married David Coffman on December 28, 1976, and raised four children, first in the Midwest City-Del City area and then in her beloved Norman. Her flair for the dramatic was put to good use as an English teacher at Monroney Junior High in Midwest City. For over 25 years, she introduced thousands of kids to Shakespeare through “Romeo and Juliet.” She loved bringing the story and his words to life for her students, and often quoted the play to family and friends. She finished her career at Norman North High School.
Paula was deeply devoted to her alma mater, OU football and the colors crimson and cream (orange was a different story). She had a flair for decorating, loved Christmas, and was passionate about her dogs. She also enjoyed traveling, collecting local art, volunteering with organizations like the Assistance League of Norman, La Baguette pastries, and having lunch with her many friends.
Paula was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by David, her husband of 39 years; four children: Amber Carlton (and husband Mitch) of Colorado Springs, CO, Dr. Krista Singleton (and husband Chad Wulf) of Newalla, OK, Josh Coffman of Kansas City, MO, and Candice Hillenbrand (and husband Dan) of Oklahoma City; two granddaughters: Noel and Maddie Bea Hillenbrand; and a host of dear friends.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, September 9th at Memorial Presbyterian Church in Norman, OK. Arrangements are being handled by Tribute Memorial Care. Friends are invited to wear crimson and cream; various shades of orange are discouraged. Paula loved flowers but for those who prefer to donate gifts can be made to the OU School of Drama or the Alzheimer’s Association.
“Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight ‘til it be morrow.”
Oran C. Fulwider, 83, died on November 19, 2015, in Midwest City, Oklahoma. A funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. Monday, November 23, 2015, at Strode Funeral Home Chapel, Stillwater. Interment will follow at Perkins Cemetery, Perkins, OK. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He was born on August 20, 1932, to Mark David Fulwider and Alice Clark Fulwider, in Perkins. He married Marie Pirkle on November 20, 1952, in Cushing, OK. He was a graduate of Perkins High School and received an Associate Degree from Rose State College.
He was a TSGT in the United States Air Force for 20 years and worked as an Aircraft Maintenance Crew Chief. He worked on military aircraft and knew every part of the plane. He was proud of his service to his country and was a member of the VFW. He was also retired from the postal service where he worked in the mail processing room. He enjoyed fishing, while living in Alaska. He also loved tinkering with appliances and keeping himself busy working.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Mark E. Fulwider.
He is survived by his wife Marie; son David Fulwider and wife Beverly of Moore, OK; son Robert C. Fulwider and wife Elyse of Choctaw, OK; daughter Vickie Lawson and husband Benny of Midwest City, OK; and daughter Melissa Sanders and husband Jeff of Oklahoma City, OK; 7 granchildren; 10 great grandchildren and brother James Fulwider.
Condolences may be emailed to the family and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting www.strodefh.com.
Virginia Lail, 84, went to be with her Lord on 2-7-2015. She was born on 11-4-1930, in Shawnee, OK. She is survived by her husband of almost 66 years Kenneth Lail; daughter Dee McHale and husband Geoff; son Steve Lail and wife Marcy; daughter Karen Blue and husband Don; and numerous grandchildren. Virginia was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and her legacy will continue through her family and friends. Services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, 10:00 AM, at Crestview Baptist Church, with interment at Maple Grove cemetery in Seminole, OK, at 2:00 P.M
Helma M. Dickey, 75, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma passed away on Nov. 7, 2014. She was born on March 31, 1939 in Cologne, Germany. Services will be held on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 at 10:30am in Candlewood Chapel at Ford Funeral Service. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.fordfuneral.com.
Walter Turpin, 84, of Midwest City, Oklahoma passed away on Nov. 8, 2014. He was born on Oct. 10, 1930 in Reges, Kentucky. Services were held on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 at 2pm at Arlington Memory Gardens. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.fordfuneral.com.
Leroy M. Jones, 89, of Del City, Oklahoma passed away on Nov. 9, 2014. He was born on June 5, 1925 in Phillips, Oklahoma. Services will be held on Thursday, Nov. 13,2014 at 10am at St. Paul Apostle Catholic Church. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.fordfuneral.com.
Victor Cummings, 59, of Edmond, Oklahoma passed away on Oct. 29, 2014. He was born on Oct. 14, 1955 in Augusta, Georgia. Services will be held on Friday Nov. 7, 2014 at 2 PM in Candlewood Chapel at Ford Funeral Service. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.fordfuneral.com.
Sandra Matherly, 79, of Midwest City, Oklahoma passed away on Oct. 21, 2014. She was born on July 12, 1935 in Freedom Oklahoma. Services were held on Oct. 27 2014 at First Christian Church Midwest City. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.fordfuneral.com.
Robert Dunlap, 87, of Healdton, Oklahoma passed away on Oct. 17, 2014. He was born on April 11, 1927 in McAlester, Oklahoma. Services were held on Oct. 22, 2014 at Ford Funeral Services in Candlewood Chapel. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.fordfuneral.com.