Submitted by Jo Aguirre
|© The Enid News & Eagle
|May 25 - May 27, 2009|
|Submitted by Jo Aguirre
The funeral for Della Warfield-McDowell will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at Ladusau-Evans Chapel with the Rev. Wade Burleson officiating. Burial will follow in Aline-Star Cemetery under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home.
She was born April 24, 1915, in Doniphan, Mo., to William Byrd and Laura Cruz Gibson and passed away Friday, May 22, 2009.
After the death of her father in 1922, her eldest brother brought the family to the Garber-Covington area where she attended school. She later moved to Enid and met her future husband, Vallie Warfield. They married in Fairview, Okla., in 1934. They then moved to Bell, Calif., where their sons were born. They returned to Cleo Springs, Okla., to raise their family. Once settled, they purchased the family farm and started the Val-Do Dairy. Her husband passed away in 1963.
She married Millard McDowell in 1978. They were married 15 years until his death in 1993. She enjoyed her later years with her special friend, Virgil Irvin.
She accepted Jesus Christ at an early age. Jesus Christ was the Lord of her life. She had a true zest for life. She made everyone around her feel special. She made it a point to see the good in every situation. Her family was the most important part of her life. She had a passion for having garage sales. Everyone in the community knew her. She assisted the senior citizens of Cleo Springs with their monthly entertainment scheduling. She often played the piano by ear. She had many special gifts. She was the most caring, generous and loving mother and grandmother.
She will be sorely missed.Della is survived by her two sons, John and his wife Joyce Warfield of Cleo Springs and Jack Warfield of Prescott, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two husbands.
The state of Oklahoma declared April 24, 2007, "Della Warfield Day." This was a huge honor bestowed upon her by Gov. Brad Henry.
She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.
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