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Elmwood Cemetery

Woodward, Woodward County, Oklahoma

© Billings Funeral Home
Submitted by: Terry Dudley

Ruby Daphne (Kastner) Hanna

April 23, 1934 ~ Marc h 21, 2024

Funeral services for Daphne Hanna will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2024 at the First Baptist Church of Woodward. Burial will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery.

Ruby Daphne (Kastner) Hanna was born April 23, 1934 in Humphreys, Oklahoma. She was the first child of Ruby (Rollins) and Hiram Kastner. She passed away March 21, 2024 at her home and was welcomed by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ just short of her 90th birthday.

Daphne grew up on a farm until the family moved to Altus when she was a teenager. She graduated from Altus High School in 1952. While working at an ice cream parlor, she met and married Bobby Gene Hanna on February 9th, 1952. They were married just five days short of fifty-five years. God blessed them with three daughters, eight grandchildren, and seventeen great-grandchildren. In addition to the responsibilities of being a wife and mother, Daphne often worked outside the home. Some will remember the barrel concession stand outside the DX service station that served hotdogs and her homemade chili. Later they owned Hanna Gulf where Daphne kept the books for the business. Graduating college and getting an education was an important goal of hers. When her first child Becky went to college, she did as well. She worked full time and attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University at Alva graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She tutored students at Horace Mann Elementary in Woodward, Oklahoma for several years. She shared many fond memories over the years of the students she mentored. Another great joy of hers was working with the Literacy Council.

Daphne also loved to go antique shopping. Many hours were spent with her dear friends Phyllis Kerchner and Marlene Miller on trips searching for that special something to add to their collections. Every season and holiday her home was beautifully decorated with her treasures. Quilting, working in her flower beds and doing the newspaper crossword everyday were some of her favorite pastimes. She was also an avid reader.

Her family will always cherish the Christmas memories she created for them. Christmas was exceptional! Daphne and Bob poured out their love for their grandchildren and family with gift after gift. It was a grandkids' dream come true. A feast of food, endless card games, and many beautiful happy memories will be cherished.

Daphne was also active in her church and served the Lord faithfully. For many years she taught the second grade Sunday School class. She loved that age and teaching them the great truths of the Bible. Later Daphne began teaching a womens Sunday School class. Often her kitchen table would be covered with commentaries and papers preparing for her lesson. She was not a "shoot from the hip" kind of teacher, but spent hours each week preparing to teach. Her devotion to her class members meant she rarely missed teaching on a Sunday. This was God's gift to her and she loved to teach others and help them better understand the Bible and God's love for them.

Daphne's greatest accomplishment was the seed of Christ she planted in the heart of her family. All three of her daughters came to know Christ when they were young. Eventually her witness led her husband to Christ as well. Her daughters and sons-in-law are active in their churches. All her grandchildren profess Christ as their Savior. The legacy is being passed on to her great grandchildren. Though much of her life's work may one day fade away, the love she poured into her family and her dedication to her faith and the work she did for the Lord will endure for eternity.

She is survived by Becky Damron and husband Don of Woodward, Oklahoma; Linda Townley of Lone Grove, Oklahoma; Carol Sasnett and husband Ed of Norman, Oklahoma; brother Steve Kastner and wife Judy of Altus; eight grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Daphne was preceded in death by her father and mother Hiram and Ruby Kastner; husband Bob Hanna; sister Jackie and husband Richard Stinnett; and son-in-law Bobby Townley; and grandson Daniel Sasnett.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Youth Room Renovations with the funeral home accepting the contributions.

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