Violet May Stephenson was born September 9, 1913, at her home near Carlton, Oklahoma, to William Elija Haigler and Rebecca George (Harper) Haigler, and passed away January 26, 2018, at the age of 104 years.
She was a resident of the Okeene community for 80 years, where she was an elementary teacher.
Mrs. Stephenson grew up on a farm in northern Blaine County near Carlton, attending school through the eighth grade. She learned to drive at the age of 13, to attend high school at Southard where she graduated as Salutatorian in May 1933.
She received her teaching certificate from Northwestern State College at Alva, after her first two years of college. She later completed her degree at Southwestern State College in Weatherford.
At the age of 20, she began her teaching career at Broadview, a one-room country school house near her family home. She also taught at Arapaho and Homestead before beginning at Okeene in 1945. She taught in Okeene for 33 years as an elementary teacher a total of 41 years teaching.
She was a member of the Okeene First United Methodist Church, Chapter A P.E.O., Order of Eastern Star, and Blaine County Retired Teachers Association.
She was married to Edward A. Barnes in 1937. They later divorced and she married William Carroll Stephenson (her college boy friend) in 1980.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, one son (Bobbie), two sisters (Mayme and Faye), three brothers (George, Harold and James), and son-in-law Gregg Bond.
She is survived by her son William Edward Barnes (Karen), Ames; and her daughter Marilynn June "Bunnie" Bond of Okeene.
Grandchildren are Dwight Stephen Bond (April) of South Pasadena, CA; Rebecca June Towe (Charlie) of Edmond; Nancy Elizabeth Vernon (Rod) of Harrah; David Bradley Bond (Anne) of Geneva, IL.
Great-grandchildren are Cassidy and Haley Towe, Grace and Emma Vernon, and Benjamin Bond.
Funeral service for Mrs. Stephenson is 2:30 p.m. Thursday, February 1, 2018, at the first United Methodist Church in Okeene, with Pastor Patricia Johnson officiating. Burial follows in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Watonga, with Wilkinson Mortuary of Okeene in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Violet M. Barnes Scholastic Achievement Award, a scholarship given annually for over 25 years to an Okeene student in recognition of scholarship, achievement, and leadership in high school; to the First United Methodist Church of Okeene, or a charity of your choice.
Published on January 29, 2018