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Diane Lorraine (Burch) Puryear

March 27, 2013

Diane Lorraine Puryear passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 25, 2013, at sunset, serenaded by a full chorus of frogs. She was born in Poteau on Aug. 11, 1951. She grew up in Panama and Arcata, Calif., with her three siblings, David, Linda and Bruce. Linda and David passed in 2012, preceded by Bruce in 1997. Diane graduated from Arcata High School in 1969. She joined the U.S. Marine Corps for two years during the Vietnam era. While enlisted she was a clerk during the time of changing from typewriters to computers.

Marian E. Baker

March 27, 2013

Marian E. Baker, 99, passed away on March 24, 2013, after a long illness. She had been a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish for 77 years. She moved to Poteau from Kansas City, Mo., in 1935 with her husband, the late Dr. Wilbur K. Baker, DDS, and their 1-year-old son, Kermit. She has five grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. 

James ‘Jimbo’ Wortham

March 27, 2013

James “Jimbo” Wortham, 28, of Spiro died Sunday, March 24, 2013. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Spiro City Cemetery.

Harry ‘Gene’ Elder

March 27, 2013

Harry “Gene” Elder, 84, of Howe died Friday, March 22, 2013, in Poteau. Services were held Monday at Mount View Baptist Church with burial in Mount View Cemetery in Glendale. Dowden Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Mildred Aulcidine Culpepper

March 27, 2013

Mildred Aulcidine Culpepper, 78, of Heavener died Monday, March 25, 2013, in Heavener. A memorial services is planned for 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, at Trinity Baptist Church in Heavener. Burial will be in Hontubby Cemetery under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home.

Pansy Lee Bitsko

March 27, 2013

Pansy Lee Bitsko, 78, of Cameron died March 24, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. Pansy was born Aug. 28, 1934, in Millsap, Texas, to Olen Odus and Lester (Blue) Estes. Pansy was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Melvin, Boyd, Aurich, Billie and Odus Estes; one sister, Marzie Rials; and a daughter-in-law, Norman Burden. She was a member of Shady Point First Baptist Church.

Shirley Ann Harper

March 27, 2013

Shirley Ann Harper, 72, of Shady Point died Friday, March 22, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. Shirley was born March 11, 1941, in Parthenon, Ark., to Cyril P. and Flora (Wilson) Toney. She worked in the nursing home. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Paul Harper, and brother, James Toney. She was a good cook. Shirley was a Baptist.
Survivors include her brother, John Toney of Calhoun; sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Jerry Loudermilk of Calhoun; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and other relatives and loved ones. 

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