Martha "Ann" Deaton

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Martha "Ann" Deaton

<p>Martha “Ann” Deaton </p><p>October 8, 1932 – June 10, 2024 (age 91) </p><p>&nbsp; </p><p>Heaven got a lot sweeter on Monday evening, June 10, 2024 when Martha “Ann” (Self) Deaton took her last breath on earth. A devoted follower of Jesus for all of her days, we can only imagine the joy when Ann finally arrived at heaven’s gates. </p><p>&nbsp; </p><p>Ann was born in Oklahoma City on October 8, 1932 to Roy C. and Oma Ray (Hallum) Self. One of seven children, she loved her family deeply. At age 12, her parents moved from the city to the family farm. There she became a self-proclaimed “outside girl”, a term she would use for the rest of her days. She loved helping with chores – milking cows, riding horses, and working the fields with family. Ann credits her parents for teaching her the value of hard work and putting family first. She enjoyed learning, reading, and studying books – her favorite being the bible since becoming a Christian at age 9. She took piano and accordion lessons in school, played the piano for Glee Club and sang in Quartet. She received a Citizenship Award and graduated third highest in her class at Moore High School in 1950. She worked as a telephone long distance operator at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, attended comptometer school, and then went to work at Magnolia Petroleum Company where she would remain for seven years. </p><p>&nbsp; </p><p>Ann was just a teenager when she met the love of her life, Walter Deaton. Their first date was to the State Fair with Walter’s parents. We love the stories they would tell us about holding hands in “the tunnel of love”. They were married on August 8, 1952 after five years of dating. They enjoyed 69 years of wedded bliss. He was the orneriest man alive (well, second in line to his brother-in-law Merle), yet she patiently loved and served him well, proof of Jesus in her heart and spirit. He’d tell the same (LOUD!) stories, and she’d smile and interject in the punch lines. Like when he’d talk about his old dodge Plymouth with the hole in the floor that leaked when it rained, she’d say, “Walter, did you bring the newspaper?” Because instead of getting soaked or griping at him for never fixing the leak in the first place, she’d make a funnel with the papers and let it drain past her to the floor. </p><p>&nbsp; </p><p>Ann’s older sister married Walter’s older brother which made for fun family road trips, lots of game nights, and great memories between siblings and cousins. Ann was an avid scrapbooker and kept great records and photos of their family adventures. </p><p>&nbsp; </p><p>Anyone who knew Ann would agree she never raised her voice or spoke a bad word about anyone. She lived and breathed the Fruit of the Spirit all the days of her life. A pianist at four churches totaling more than 60 years, she shared her love of Jesus through worship. Ann was an active member of Blackburn Chapel Baptist Church, helping with VBS, Falls Creek, a Sunday School leader, and later participating in OWLS (Older Wiser Loving Saints). She truly had a servant’s heart. </p><p>&nbsp; </p><p>Her favorite pastimes include singing with her sisters, baking chocolate chip cookies and sharing with grandkids, and playing games with family or church friends. She enjoyed sewing clothes for her babies and grandbabies. She impressed us all with her ability to say the alphabet backwards and loved to share that trick. She loved flowers and had the most gorgeous flower beds. She’d talk about the beautiful colors of the trees, grass, clouds - she found beauty and joy in the simplest things, a lesson for us all. </p><p>&nbsp; </p><p>Ann is preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister Betty Deaton, and great-granddaughter, Laynie Hope Payne. </p><p>&nbsp; </p><p>Her legacy remains with her son and daughter-in-law, Carl and Evelyn Deaton of Shawnee; daughter and son-in-law, Carrie and Buddy Ward of Sonoita, AZ; sisters, Rosa Falk of Clarinda, IA; Norma Easley of Midwest City, OK; Carol Jarvis of Norman, OK; brothers, Roy Self of Phoenix, AZ; Marvin Self; five grandchildren, Lacey &amp; Tyler Holt of Shawnee; Kristen &amp; Brandon Hall of Redding, CA; Ian Ward of Sierra Vista, AZ; Conal Ward of Tucson, AZ; Rachel &amp; Jacob Sandoval of Lakeside, AZ; great grandchildren Deaton Holt, Jackson Holt, Dawson Hall, Davis Hall, Kwyn Sandoval, Marc Sandoval; and many other friends and family. </p><p>Visitation will be 9am to 8pm on Friday, June 14, 2024 at Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh, and at the church before the service. Casket will not be open after the service. Service will be 10am, Saturday June 15, 2024 at Blackburn Chapel Baptist Church with Brother Larry Sparks officiating. Burial will follow at Arlington Memory Gardens in Midwest City. </p>
October 8, 1932 - June 10, 202410/08/193206/10/2024
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June 11, 2024

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The planting of 1 memorial tree in the honor of Martha "Ann" Deaton has been arranged by The staff at Cooper Funeral Home. Plant a tree
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The staff at Cooper Funeral Home

June 11, 2024

The planting of 1 memorial tree in the honor of Martha "Ann" Deaton has been arranged by The staff at Cooper Funeral Home. Plant a tree
We plant this tree as a living memorial to Martha "Ann" Deaton. We are deeply sorry for your loss.
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The staff at Cooper Funeral Home

June 11, 2024

The planting of 1 memorial tree in the honor of Martha "Ann" Deaton has been arranged by The staff at Cooper Funeral Home. Plant a tree
We plant this tree as a living memorial to Martha "Ann" Deaton. We are deeply sorry for your loss.