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Gladys Powell

Female 1906 - 1995  (88 years)


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  • Name Gladys Powell 
    Born 22 Mar 1906  Stephens County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 19 Jan 1995  Roswell, Chaves County, New Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Duncan Memorial Cemetery, Duncan, Stephens County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Lynell Cordell's brother, Harold, started to school at Payne School. His teacher was Gladys Payne, wife of Dukey Payne. Their children were Virginia and Tommy. Gladys also had a brother, Bill Powell, who taught school both in Payne and Arthur, therefore it is assumed her maiden name was POWELL.

      Gladys was said to be related to Lily Rowe, wife of Emory Howard Gentry; however, the connection, if any, would appear to be remote.

      Dukey died in 1953, with Gladys surviving until 1995. She was said to have remarried after his death. She and Dukey, however, are buried side by side with a double tombstone. Above her name, DIEFENBAKER is also engraved. This was her name at the time of her death, as noted on the SSDI entry below, and was the surname of her second husband, Roy Diefenbaker. Lyn Cordell recalls that Roy worked in a western clothing store here in town and wore what he sold, so he was the best dressed cowboy around!

      GLADYS DIEFENBAKER 22 Mar 1906 Jan 1995 73533 (Duncan, Stephens, OK ) 73533 (Duncan, Stephens, OK ) 442-42-9711 Oklahoma

      Duncan Banner
      Friday, Jan. 27, 1995
      Gladys Payne Diefenbaker
      Roswell, N.M. -- Gladys Payne Diefenbaker, 88, of Artesia, N.M., died Thursday, Jan. 19, 1995, in Roswell.
      Mrs. Diefenbaker was the daughter of William and Minnie Powell and was born in Stephens County near Duncan on March 22, 1906.
      She was a graduate of Tuttle High School and received her bachelor's degree from Central State College in Edmond. She taught school for several years in Oklahoma before marrying John Earl Payne on Oct. 13, 1931, in Chickasha.
      After the death of her first husband she married Ray Diefenbaker in Santa Fe, N.M., on June 4, 1960. He died Dec. 1, 1990.
      Mrs. Diefenbaker taught school in Oklahoma and New Mexico for over 40 years. She was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
      Mrs. Diefenbaker is survived by a daughter, Virginia Strain Oller, of Artesia, a sister, Minnie Mae Powell, of Artesia; four grandchildren, Jenny Lynn Heffington and Rick Strain, both of Duncan, and T. J. and Johnny Payne, both of Ohio; and seven great-grandchildren.
    • (Research):This MIGHT be Gladys with her family at the time of the 1910 and 1920 census. It is noted that she did have an older brother, Wilmer, who might be the Bill Powell she taught with at Arthur School. More research should be done to verify that this is the same Gladys Powell.

      1910 Census
      OK, Garfield County, W-6 Enid, ED 14
      Enumerated 25 Apr 1910 by Clarence Dewey
      SD 1, ED 14 Sheet 14B
      Powell, Wilbur A Hd 42 M 20 Ind Ind Ind Roadmaster Railroad
      Powell, Sarah E Wf 40 M 20 8/8 Ind Ind Ind
      Powell, Emmett Son 20 S Kansas Ind Ind Housekeeping Railroad
      Powell, Wilmer (Bill?) Son 17 S Kansas Ind Ind
      Powell, Vernon Son 15 S Kansas Ind Ind
      Powell, Dewey Son 12 S Kansas Ind Ind
      Powell, Clarence Son 9 S Kansas Ind Ind
      Powell, Freddie Son 6 S Ok Ind Ind
      Powell, Gladice Dtr 3 S Ok Ind Ind
      Powell, Goldie Dtr 1 1/12 Ok Ind Ind
      Haskin, May Niece 14 S Ks Unknown Ind

      1920 Census
      Oklahoma, Garfield, Enid W-6 ED 63
      Enumerated 13 Jan 1920 Martha Tillebrown
      SD 8 Ed 63 Sheet 8A
      Powell, Wilmer A Hd 52 M Ind Ind Ind Railroad Foreman
      Powell, Sarah E Wf 49 M Ind Ind Ind
      Powell, Fred Son 16 S Ok Ind Ind Railroad Section Hand
      Powell, Gladys Dtr 13 S Ok Ind Ind
      Powell, Goldie Dtr 10 S Ok Ind Ind
    Person ID I5782  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Family John Earl "Dukey" Payne,   b. 3 Jan 1905, Stephens County, Indian Territory Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jun 1953, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Married 13 Oct 1931  Chickasha, Grady County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2006 
    Family ID F2860  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 Mar 1906 - Stephens County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 13 Oct 1931 - Chickasha, Grady County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.

    Documents
    Gentry, Harold 1943 letter from his teacher, Gladys Payne,

Arthur School, Stephens County, Oklahoma
    Gentry, Harold 1943 letter from his teacher, Gladys Payne, Arthur School, Stephens County, Oklahoma
    Harold Gentry's Eighth Grade teacher at the Arthur School was Gladys (Powell) Payne, the wife of John Earl "Dukey" Payne. This is a letter she wrote to Harold on the occasion of his Eighth Grade Graduation in 1943. Lyn Cordell reports that Gladys was pretty and well liked, but appears to have been using her "stern teacher look" in this photo. The Payne's and Gentry's of Stephens County were related by marriage.
    Gentry, Harold, Diploma from Arthur School, Duncan, Oklahoma
    Gentry, Harold, Diploma from Arthur School, Duncan, Oklahoma
    Eighth Grade Diploma, June 1, 1943
    Arthur School, Duncan, Oklahoma
    Gladys Powell Payne, the students teacher, signed the bottom left of the diploma

    Headstones
    Payne, J.E. 'Dukey' and wife Gladys (Powell)
    Payne, J.E. "Dukey" and wife Gladys (Powell)
    Gladys Powell was remarried after the death of her first husband, Dukey Payne. Therefore the name Diefenbaker was engraved on the headstone as well.