Mary Pappan, longtime Kay County resident, died Tuesday afternoon, March 7, 2000 in the Ponca City Nursing Center. She was 86.
The daughter of Sherman and Sarah Elizabeth (Murrell) Blackorbay, she was born June 9, 1914 at Wyandott, Oklahoma. In the 1920's the family moved to the Pleasant Valley Community in Kay County, just west of Kaw City. She attended the Pleasant Valley School.
After finishing her education she was employed in several different jobs. Among them, she worked as a cook in the old Kaw City Nursing Home; during the war she made her home in Wichita and worked at Beach Air Craft Plant; she worked for a number of years at Leach Laundry and Dry Cleaners in Ponca City.
Pappan also had worked as a seamstress and a nanny.
On Dec. 30, 1933 Mary and Glenn Alford (Alfie?) Pappan were married in Newkirk. They made their home on a farm near Kaw City. Mr. Pappan died May 2, 1980. She remained on the farm until 1994 when she moved into Newkirk.
In Feb. 1995 she entered the nursing home and had resided there since that time.
She was a member of the Assembly of God Church, and she enjoyed cooking and sewing.
She is survived by four sisters, Thelma Ketchum and Rosetta Burdine, both of Oklahoma City, Hazel Smith of Newkirk and Aline Northcutt of Ponca City; and several nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces.
In addition to her husband Glenn, she was preceded in death by her parents.
A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 9 in the Washunga Cemetery with the Rev. Pernina Weatherman, minister of the Assembly of God officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Miller-Stahl Funeral Service.
A memorial fund has been established with the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation for Raynaud's Disease research. Contributions may be made through Eastman National Bank, Box 468, Newkirk 74647-0468.
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