Chester Straw © Cherokee Messenger and Republican 07-2005 Submitted by: Tim Dotterer
A graveside service for Chester Straw, 88, of Cherokee, will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Cherokee Municipal Cemetery. The Revs. Tom Cooksey and Gail Edmison will officiate. Arrangements are by Goodwin Funeral Home. Visitation will be at the funeral home today and Tuesday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
He was born Jan. 7, 1917, on a farm southwest of Ingersoll to Frank and Nancy Sallee Straw and died Saturday, July 16, 2005, at Cherokee Manor.
He attended school at Short Springs and farmed all his life. He married Vera Cunningham Nov. 7, 1968, in Malibu, Calif., and lived on the farm until moving to Cherokee ten years ago.
He is survived by his wife, Vera, of the home; two sisters, Beulah Brownson and Margie Puthuff, both of Enid; one brother, Frank Straw Jr. of Crescent City, Calif.; two stepsons, Randy Cunningham of Houston and Rick Cummingham of Alva; a stepdaughter, Vicki Hunter of Shawnee; and five stepgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a stepson and three sisters.
Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Share Hospice.
Vera N. Cunningham Straw © Alva Review-Courier 02-07-2021 Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
© Alva Review-Courier
October 25, 1922 - February 02, 2021
Vera Nadine Straw, 98, passed peacefully of natural causes at the Share Convalescent Home on Tuesday, February 2, 2020.
Vera was born on October 25, 1922, in Wichita, Kansas, to Weldon Peoples and Evelyn Rickman. She was raised by her grandparents John and ElDora Rickman (in Alva), attending school and graduating from Alva High School. Vera was married to Rex Cunningham and to their marriage four children were born, Walter, Randy, Vicki and Rick. Vera was a stay-at-home mom until the children got older. She then worked at the Montgomery Ward store and later at the Woods County Clerk's Office, where she worked for years for Carl Hartwig.
Her interests were bowling, gardening and her friends (especially the Red Hat Club) and family. She also loved watching the OU Sooners, especially in football, and the OKC Thunder. Vera was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother and always had a quick wit and smile for everyone.
Vera met Chester Straw at a dance, and he swept her off her feet. Together, they enjoyed Saturday nights at the VIP Club dancing and eating. They were married on November 5, 1968, and lived on a farm north of Cherokee, Oklahoma, until they sold the farm and moved into town. Vera loved to bowl and especially enjoyed traveling with her bowling team friends. She loved her friends and the simple life of a small town.
Vera is survived by her daughter Vicki Ann (of McLoud, Oklahoma), Rick and wife Janet Cunningham (of Alva), grandsons Brett and wife Kasey Cunningham (of Edmond, Oklahoma), Tanner and wife Erin Cunningham (of Oklahoma City), Drew Cunningham and fiancée Ashley Murray (of Alva), and Walter Cole Cunningham (of Kansas). She is also survived by five great-grandchildren Jayden, Cloey and Lenyx Cunningham (of Edmond) and Brooklyn and Zane Zimmerman (of Alva), other relatives and many friends.
Vera was preceded in death by her husband Chet Straw, sons Walter and Randy, and precious granddaughter Allison Zimmerman.
Family graveside services will be in Cherokee, Oklahoma.
Remembrances may be shared with the family at http://www.marshallfuneralhomes.com.
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