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Raymond Henry Phillis Elaine Mendenhall Tilleryh

Phillis Elaine Mendenhall Tillery
121 Oct 1931 - 22 Dec 2010
©Billings Funeral Home
Reprinted with permission
Submitted by: Ann Weber

Phillis Elaine Mendenhall TilleryPhyllis E. Tillery, 79 year old Woodward resident and former Ft. Supply resident, died Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at her home in Woodward. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, December 26, 2010 in the First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Charlie Graves officiating. Interment will be in the Elmwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday, December 24, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday, December 25, 2010 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Phyllis Elaine (Mendenhall) Tillery was born on October 21, 1931 in Cortland, Nebraska to Vernice Nathaniel and Mamie May (Wear) Mendenhall. Phyllis was reared in Nebraska and was baptized on Easter Sunday in 1942 at the Methodist Episcopal Church in Haigler, Nebraska at the age of 11. She was united in marriage to Raymond Henry Tillery on December 23, 1950 in Raton, New Mexico. They made their home in Gate, Oklahoma and were blessed with six children, Phyllis Marie, Joyce Elaine, Alan Ray, Ronald Dean, Janet Sue, and Kyle Henry. The family moved to Ft. Supply in 1980 and Phyllis was appointed Postmaster on May 17, 1980. She served as Postmaster until her retirement in 1992. They moved to Woodward in 1998 and have lived there since that time.

Phyllis was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Woodward. She and Ray had transferred their membership on November 20, 2005.

She is survived by her husband Ray Tillery of the home; six children, Marie Cox and husband Cliff of Piedmont, Elaine Winn and husband Jerry of Shattuck, Alan Tillery and wife Norma of Beaver, Ron Tillery and wife Peggy of Laverne, Janet Jones of Weatherford, Kyle Tillery of Beaver; grandchildren, Ryan Laverty and wife Jessica, Kirby Laverty and wife Lacey, Desiree Winn, Shawn Winn and wife Cristi, John Winn and wife Afton, Erin Tillery, Josh Tillery and wife Meghann, Shane Tillery, Lindsey Jones, Dylan Tillery; step-grandchildren, Nikki Mitchell and husband Joe, Aimee Kahler and husband David; 23 great-grandchildren; one brother, Gerald Mendenhall and wife Ruth of Midland, Texas; one sister-in-law, Dolores Mendenhall of Aurora, Colorado other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her grandson, Nickalus Jones, and one brother Maurice Mendenhall.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Circle of Care for the Children and Youth with the funeral home accepting contributions.

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Raymond Henry Tillery
05 Jul 1926 - 17 Jan 2013
©Billings Funeral Home
Reprinted with permission
Submitted by: Ann Weber

Raymond Henry Tillery Raymond H. "Ray" Tillery, 86 year old resident, died Thrusday, January 17, 2013 at his home in Woodward. Funeral services willbe held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 19, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Charlie Graves officiating. Interment will be in the Elmwood Cemetery with the United States Army providing military graveside rites.

Raymond Henry Tillery was born on July 5, 1926 in Elmore, City, Oklahoma to Henry Luther and Minnie Lee (Selby) Tillery. Ray grew up near Antioch, Oklahoma on the family farm. At the age of 16, Ray was Baptized at the Foursquare Gospel Church in Wallville, Oklahoma. Ray served his country in the United States Army during World War II in Austria and Germany 1945 until being honorably discharged in 1947.

Ray was united in marriage to Phyllis Elaine Mendenhall on December 23, 1950 in Raton, New Mexico. They made their home in Gate, Oklahoma and were blessed with six children, Phyllis Marie, Joyce Elaine, Alan Ray, Ronald Dean, Janet Sue, and Kyle Henry. Ray went to work as a Game Ranger for the Department of Wildlife Conservation with the State of Oklahoma on July 1, 1959. He worked as a Game Ranger for 31 years, retiring in 1990. The family lived in Gate, Oklahoma from 1957 until moving to Ft. Supply in 1980, where Phyllis was the local Postmaster. They moved to Woodward in 1998 and have lived here since that time.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and was a lifetime member of the VFW.

Ray is survived by his six children, Marie Cox and husband Cliff of Piedmont, Elaine Winn and husband Jerry of Shattuck, Alan Tillery and wife Norma of Beaver, Ron Tillery and wife Peggy of Laverne, Janet Jones of Little Rock, AR, Kyle Tillery of Beaver; grandchildren, Ryan Laverty and wife Jessica, Kirby Laverty, Desiree Crouse and husband Greg, Shawn Winn and wife Cristi, John Winn and wife Afton, Erin Tillery and fiancÚ Sam Engelman, Josh Tillery and wife Meghann, Shane Tillery and wife Jessica, Lindsey Henderson and husband Robert, Dylan Tillery; step-grandchildren, Nikki Mitchell and husband Joe, Aimee Kahler and husband David; 25 great-grandchildren; sister, Laudie Carlton of Knoxville, TN; brothers, Dub Tillery of Midwest City, Jack Tillery and wife Norma of Yukon, several other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Phyllis, grandson, Nickalus, brothers, Lee, William and Clyde Tillery, and one sister Marie Tillery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Game Warden Association, Ray Tillery Scholarship Fund, 37449 US 70, Bennington, OK. 74723 or online at okgamewarden.com

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