Earladean Whinery Dewbre was born May 6, 1933 in Middleburg, OK to Earl and Irene Smith Whinery. She went home to be with her Lord and Savior on September 21, 2019 in Binger, OK at the Binger Nursing Home, at the age of 86. Earla attended grade school in Middleburg and Stockton California. Earla came back to Middleburg and graduated in 1952. She was saved and baptized at an early age in the Middleburg Baptist Church. Earla was very active in church and loved playing basketball and softball in school. During her senior year at school, Earla was asked by her English teacher to take up a project and write letters to her brother-in-law, a Marine stationed in Korea. Earla took on this project corresponding with the soldier for the year. When he got sent back to the States, he asked her to come to California to meet. She along with an Aunt rode the bus out to meet him. They dated 3 times and were married on the 4th date. Charles Kenneth Dewbre became the love of her life for 45 years until his death in 1998.
To this marriage 2 daughters were born; Janet Kay and Hyla Annette. Moving back to Oklahoma, Earla helped put Ken through college. She worked as an elevator operator and telephone operator. Ken’s first job as a teacher/coach was in Blanchard, OK. Earla stayed home with Janet, but supported Ken in his job. Attending all sports and school events. They left Blanchard and moved to Colony, OK. Here Earla began her career, employed by the school as a teacher’s aide. They were at Colony for three years. In 1967, on a trip to Calumet for an interview, they were asked to stop by a small rural school to visit with Mr. Harold Peery and Mr. Marvin C. Liest. They never made it by Calumet; Lookeba- Sickles became their new home.
Earla was employed as a teacher’s aide and then became the high school secretary where she spent 30 plus years. Earla had several principals “working” for her during this time! She kept score for the many coaches, allowing them to coach when necessary! If there was a Panther activity, she was there supporting the students. She never missed any of her grandchildren or anybody’s grandchildren Panther activities. Earla retired in 2002 from the school. She then worked for the town of Lookeba collecting water bills. Earla decided she needed to be back in a school environment, she worked as a library aid for the elementary school until May of 2016. In June of that year her health declined rapidly, and she moved to the Binger Nursing Home, where she was at the time of her death.
Earla was a member of the Sickles Community Church, serving as the Nursery “Guard” as some called her for many years. She was in charge of the kitchen, planning meals for bereaved families and many Bible School snack times. Earla loved her God, family, friends, community and her school.
Earla was preceded in death by her parents; Earl and Irene Whinery, husband Charles Kenneth, one sister Linda Corn, and two brothers Kenneth and Michael Whinery.
She is survived by her daughter Janet Dewbre of Binger, OK, Hyla Davis and husband Mike of Lookeba, OK, grandchildren; Jeremy Dewbre and wife Elaina of Lookeba, OK, Myka Davis of Moore, OK, Haley Davis and fiancé Hayden George of Hinton, OK; great grandchildren Garon Dewbre, Hanna and Gavin Houston of Lookeba, OK, one sister, Tressa Smith and husband Mike of Mustang, OK,; several nieces, nephews, cousin and many friends. If you called her Grandma Earla you were considered family!
The family would like to thank the staff of the Binger Nursing Home for the wonderful care and love they showed to their Mom/Grandma. Also, to the Russel Murray Hospice Staff, words cannot express the gratitude the family has for your comfort and care of Earla. To all who visited her while she was living at the nursing home, thank you. She loved seeing everyone. To all who called, sent texts, wrote, FB posts, came by with food, cards, and flowers, we cannot express our love enough for all of you. Our blessings as a family are too numerous to write!
Though we will miss her so, we rejoice that she in the presence of Our Lord and Savior. The family requests memorial donations to Friends & Alumni of Lookeba-Sickles Schools, 7067 CR 1140, Lookeba, OK or Charles Dewbre Memorial Scholarship Fund/ Fire Department. 14028 CS 2550, Lookeba, OK.
Services: Sickles Community Church, Wednesday, September 25, at 10:00 AM, Lookeba, OK
Officiating: Rev. Tom Clifton and Rev. Mike Davis
Services under the direction of Turner Funeral Home, Hinton, Oklahoma. Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can find us on facebook.com (Turner Funeral Homes).
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