Rosa Irby ~ ~ ~ 1881-1977 © Blackwell Journal Tribune Monday, August 8, 1977 Submitted by: Shirley Harlan
Tonkawa--Mrs. Fred (Rosa) Irby, 96, an earlyday resident of Tonkawa, died Sunday in West Haven Nursing Home at Stillwater.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in McCafferty-Bolick Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Jon Wright, pastor of the First Christian Church officiating.
The body will lie in state at the funeral home until 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and the casket will remain closed thereafter. Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery at Tonkawa.
Mrs. Irby came to Tonkawa with her parents from Sumner County, Ks. at the opening of the strip. She was born Aug. 3, 1881 in Taylorville, Illinois.
On June 25, 1916 she married Fred Irby in Tonkawa and they lived in Tonkawa until his death in 1968. The following year, Mrs. Irby moved to Stillwater.
She was a member of the Christian Church in Tonkawa and taught Sunday School there for more than 30 years. She was a member of the first class in Bird's Nest school and University Preparatory School's first class and belonged to Unity Club.
Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Donald (Ruth) Smith of Bartlesville; one son Dean Irby of Stillwater and seven grandchildren.
A memorial has been established in her name for the Christian Church in Tonkawa and contributions may be left at the church office.
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