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Marie Irene (Venn) Cloyd
© Enid News and Eagle
Submitted by: Glenn


ENID — Celebration of life for Marie Irene (Venn) Cloyd will be held at Riverside Church of Christ in Burlington, Okla., on Monday, April 15, 2013, at 10 a.m., with Jeff Keele officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, near Burlington, with arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home Inc. of Cherokee. Viewing will be 2-6 p.m. today with family present from 2-4 p.m. Memories may be shared at www.lanmanmemorials.com.

Marie was one of 12 children born at home to Thomas A. and Mary (Shields) Venn on April 26, 1926. She grew up on the family farm and graduated from Jet High School.

World War II took her to Fort Sill, Okla., where she worked for the Armed Services as an office clerk.

After the war, she married the love of her life, Ray Cloyd, on Oct. 20, 1946.

Opportunities moved them first to Humboldt, Kan., and later back to their roots in Alfalfa County. They settled into the ranch life, operating the T-Bone Ranch near Byron.

Proverbs 31 describes her life on the ranch and her relationship to her husband, Ray, and their three children, Joelle, Naomi and Jimmie.

She was an industrious, creative and entrepreneurial woman. Idleness never existed in her household as she assisted her husband in managing the ranch. Adding to her skill of sewing, she learned to upholster. Her hobby turned into a successful business called Cloyd’s Upholstery Shop. Her work can be found in homes from Kansas to Texas and she was still taking in work at the age of 86.

Marie loved working with her hands and her love for gardening was rewarded when she won the state gardening contest.

Her success in life and genuine quality of awesome faith and commitment to her Lord is recognized through the hundreds of acknowledgements in her honor.

Marie went to be with her Lord on Friday, April 12, 2013, at 1 a.m.

She is survived by three children: daughter, Joelle (Cloyd) Cannon and husband Kenneth of Decatur, Texas; their sons, Wesley Cannon and wife Kris (Williams) of Decatur; their children, Samuel and Ava, and David Cannon and wife Sandra and their children, Seth, Ashley and Amber; her daughter, Naomi (Cloyd) Goodridge and son, Michael Cloyd and wife Johanna of Cherokee; children, Matthew, Whitney, Ezekiel, Adam, David and Michael; daughter, Christina Meeks and husband Thomas and their children, Audrey, Emily and Robert; her son, Jimmie Cloyd and wife Vickie (Stewart); their sons, Curt Cloyd and his wife Melinda (Hess) of Woodward; their children, Braton, Brycen, Brailee and Brennley; Jason Cloyd and wife Jeanine of Kiowa, Kan., and their children, Tanner and Kassidy. The only surviving sibling is Mina Neoma Baker of Missouri.

Preceding Marie are her husband, Ray, and her other siblings, Sylvia Black, Lourence, Austin, Joseph, Mary Etta, Stella, Maxine, Elva, Katherine and Thomas.

Memorials may be made to Byron-Amorita Fire Department/First Responders or Riverside Church of Christ through the funeral home.

(Submitted by family)

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