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Nellie Allene Riggs

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  • Name Nellie Allene Riggs 
    Born 5 Jul 1916  King, Stephens County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 3 Aug 2016  Duncan, Stephens County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Velma Cemetery, Velma, Stephens County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • The daughter of George Riggs and Maggie Adair.

      Lynell Gentry Cordell emailed on 4 July 2016 that a party in honor of Nellie's 100th birthday had been planned for the following weekend. Lynell's family "lived down the hill from Granny and Grandad Gentry and John & Allene lived across the road and just a bit south from us. She was sort of my second mother when I was little and her daughters were my first friends and first playmates and I love them dearly. I was closer to them than any of my other, closer cousins."

      Obituary

      Centenarian Nellie Allene Gentry

      Nellie Allene Gentry was born on July 5, 1916 in King, Stephens County, Oklahoma and passed away on August 3, 2016 in Duncan, Oklahoma at the age of 100.

      Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 6, at the Velma Baptist Church officiated by Reverend Randy Southerland under the direction of the Grantham Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the New Velma Cemetery.

      Allene married John Vernon Gentry on April 16, 1934, and he preceded her in death on July 22, 2004. She was also preceded in death by her parents, George and Maggie Riggs, sister Juanita Sutton, brother Lynn Riggs, and one daughter, Aurelia Gayle Patton. Her survivors include two daughters, Agatha June McNeill and husband Perry of Denton, Texas, and Frankie Kay Sims and husband Bob of Sulphur, Oklahoma. She is also survived by five grandchildren; Michelle Kitto & husband Glen, Tracy Bayliff & husband Kyle, Kent Pogue and wife Sandy, Renee Bailey & husband Terry, Jessica Parks and husband Stuart; twelve great-grandchildren: Dylan Peterson, Aimee Peterson Blackwell, Abby Kitto, Reese Bayliff, Reagan Bayliff, Zachry Pogue, Adam Pogue, Jacob Parks, Zane Parks, Coby Bailey, Taylor Bailey and Colton Bailey. Allene also had three great great grandchildren: Brianna Bradfute, Heather Lowery and Dawson Pogue.
      Allene was a homemaker and also an accomplished seamstress and cook. She started several small businesses in addition: covering shoes in fabric and baking wedding cakes. She also worked as a clerk and meat cutter at Milford's Grocery and worked in the Stephens County Clerk's office for a number of years.

      Pallbearers will be Kyle Bayliff, Kent Pogue, Jeff Sanner, Stuart Parks , Zachry Pogue and Adam Pogue. Honorary bearers will be Perry McNeill, Bob Sims, Terry Bailey, Jim Patton, Phil Reid, Gail Sanner, Glen Kitto and Dylan Peterson.

      In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Velma Senior Citizens Center, PO Box 584, Velma, OK 73491.

      Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.granthamfuneralhomes.com
    Person ID I6318  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 20 Sep 2016 

    Family John Vernon Gentry,   b. 11 Mar 1915, Arthur, Parks Township, Stephens County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 2004, Duncan, Stephens County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 16 Apr 1934  Duncan, Stephens County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • The Duncan Banner, Sunday, April 8, 1984

      Anniversaries (Picture of Allene and John)

      Velma--In celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. John V. Gentry will be honored at a reception from 2 to 4 pm April 15 at the Velma Baptist Church. John and the former Allena Riggs were married April 16, 1934, in Duncan. They are lifelong residents of Stephens County and now live on a ranch east of Duncan. They have three children, June McNeill of Stillwater, Rhea Patton of Ardmore and Frankie Sims of Davis. Hostesses fro the reception will be their daughters and their husbands. All friends are cordially invited to attend. (Courtesy of Lynell Cordell)
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Aurelia "Rhea" Gale Gentry,   b. 23 Jul 1938, Stephens County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 May 2009, Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     3. Living
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2006 
    Family ID F3144  Group Sheet  |  Family chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 16 Apr 1934 - Duncan, Stephens County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 3 Aug 2016 - Duncan, Stephens County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Velma Cemetery, Velma, Stephens County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S532] Cordell, Lynell Gentry-Family Researcher P.O. Box 1992 Duncan OK 73534-1992 Correspondence, Gedcom, Family Group Sheets, Email.