BUFFALO, Okla. – Florence Irene (Berends) Whisenhunt, 94, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2010.
She was born Jan. 24, 1916, to Ephraim Joachim Berends and Leona (Despain) Berends south of Englewood.
She married Roy O. Whisenhunt, Jan. 28, 1934. He died Feb. 13, 1944.
She attended eight years at the Crooked Creek Country School, where she belonged to the Comfort League of Cousins. She went one semester to high school at Knowles, Okla.
She worked for Mrs. J.S. Dillon. She also worked for Mrs. Clarence Hall. Shortly after their marriage, she and her husband worked on a chicken in Flagstaff, Ariz. When she and her family moved to Gate, Okla., she took care of the sick and elderly. She also helped people with canning and dressing chickens. She became curator of the Gateway Museum in 1988.
She was active in the Gate and Enid Friends Churches. She served as president and vice-president for the Oklahoma Prayer Bank Auxiliary of World Gospel Mission, Women’s Christian Temperance Union.
Her hobbies were working puzzles, quilting and reading.
Survivors include her children, Edna Ringwald and husband John, Bucklin, Roy Olen Whisenhunt and wife, June, Englewood, Bernice Faye Bogic and husband, Mike, Oklahoma City, Merle Allen Whisenhunt and wife, Faith, Enid, Okla., Nancy June Walter and husband, Mike, San Angelo, Texas; sisters Hazel Lois Smith, Slapout, Okla., Audrey Fay Hink, Weatherford, Okla., and Lela Alice Harrington, Buffalo; 25 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; nine nephews and 20 nieces.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; one son, David; one daughter, Irene; five brothers; three sisters; one grandson; two granddaughters; and two great-granddaughters.
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