Janis Dawson, OkMEA Past President is the Chair of the OkMEA committee that communicates with ill or bereaved members of our association. Send the name of the member and their best e-mail address to her. Janis also maintains an email list of those who would like to receive information about members of the association.


(July 21) OkMEA President, Anne Dawson, had surgery on her elbow Wednesday. The break was worse than originally shown on the x-ray. She cannot put any weight on it for 6 weeks. She covets our thoughts and prayers.  Send encouragement to:

Anne Dawson
2801 Trailridge Dr
Norman, OK 73072

(June 17) Taken from Frances Still’s Facebook page: I didn’t get the best update from my oncologist last week. There is a spot on my liver. I had another CT Scan run this week. On June 29th I will find out just what it is. At the best it could be like a blood blister on the liver. At the worst it could be more cancer. Good news is there is a new procedure done where they totally destroy the spot of cancer. Whatever it may be, I will not fear. I trust my God, my Father. Please pray for a great test result. Thank you for your prayers.

Frances teaches at Stilwell High School.

Frances Still
409 West Division
Stilwell, OK 74960

(June 1) Allison Yates from Lawton needs our prayers and love during a very difficult time for their family. Allison’s husband, Doug, is in ICU and has been fighting liver problems for quite some time. He recently underwent emergency surgery for another issue and fought a serious infection following that. His blood pressure is very low and his kidneys and liver are failing. Allison, as you all know, is one of the most positive and humble people that I know. Please pray for her family and for healing for Doug. I know she would appreciate any love from you all!

Send thoughts and prayers to:
Allison Yates
174 Ash Ave
Elgin, OK 73538-8403

(June 1) Diann Magnus sent this information about her husband:

I am asking for prayers for my husband. I already told you we had just found out he has cancer. He has had back pain for 2 months and had been seeing our doctor about it. On Saturday May 20 he was in so much pain we went to the ER where they did an MRI. The MRI showed lesions and fractures on his vertebrae. They said the lesions were cancer and are what caused the fractures. We had to cancel our trip over seas to see our daughter and are now going through CT scans and surgery to find the source. We will meet with the oncologist again next week to discuss the results and treatment. My husband is only 53.

Send thoughts and prayers to:
Diann Magnus
11004 NW 102nd
Yukon, OK 73099-8398

(June 1) Steve Sharp band director at Bethany High School, formerly at Tuttle, Mustang, Jackson MS Ns Capital Hill HS in OKC, suffered a massive heart attack on May 28  He appears to be doing better…he is at Oklahoma Heart Hospital South campus.  He will be sedated for 72 hours.  Had a 100% blockage on left side.  Doctor put in a stint and lower heart is sluggish.  We are expecting a good recovery…brain damage is not suspected but precautions are being made.

A recent update from Steve’s family:  “Steven has had a good night.  The fever has subsided and his body temp is climbing well; he’s at 97 degrees now.  He is a little less sedated and is moving slightly during suctioning – a great sign I’m told.  We are about to enter a critical phase….They are unsure how long his brain may have been deprived of oxygen on Sunday.  When his body temp reaches 98.6, they will begin neurological assessments.  They will continue to keep him sedated, but not as deeply.  During this time, it’s extremely important that he does not run a fever.  Prayers are appreciated.”  Paula Banks Sharp
Next update:  “Steven reached 98.6 degrees at 9:44 this morning.  He began to wake up.  He was opening his eyes, trying to find my voice, squeezing hands and wiggling toes on command.  He was also trying to pull out his vent tube.  These were all very exciting developments, but they were happening quicker than his body needed them to.  After much discussion (they aren’t used to this kind of quick recovery). They have put him back under sedation to prevent him from spiking a fever.  The nurses and doctors are all very encouraged by this morning’s events, but they’re still waiting until tomorrow to wake him.  The critical care doctor also informed us that his heart and lungs look “great”.  The pneumonia is clearing up nicely.  I believe that God gave me these signs to let me know that all our prayers are being answered!”
Send thoughts and prayers to ssharp@bps.k12.ok.us

(April 18) Mary Beth Singleton had gall bladder surgery and due to some complications had a second surgery the same day.  Send your well wishes, texts, cards, good thoughts and prayers to her.  Mary Beth is one of the teachers at Edmond Memorial.

Mary Beth Singleton
317 Kimberly Dr
Edmond, OK 73003

(Dec. 17) Jonna Johnson, retired Norman High School choral director, recently suffered a stroke.  She does not use email so please send her a card letting her know that your thoughts and prayers are supporting her full recovery.
Jonna Johnson

401 Trenton Road
Norman, OK 73069

(Dec 9) Terry Attebery, voice instructor at Oklahoma Christian University, on December 5 had three stents put in to correct 100% blockage of one artery, 95% in another, and 80% in the third.  Next week another one will be put in.  His son said he dodged a major bullet by listening to his body.  Send cards, emails or texts to let him know he is surrounded by our thoughts and prayers.
Terry Attebery
3913 Whispering Heights
Edmond, OK 73103
405-341-5069 home
405-202-2996 cell

(Update Dec. 9) Marjory Malone: Long-time HS Choral Teacher in Tahlequah, now retired, suffered a mild brain hemorrhage earlier in November, and was in St. John’s Hospital, Tulsa. She is now at Go Ye Village in Tahlequah for a while as she heals. She is attending church, does not drive yet, but is very close to having all faculties as normal. . Cards and greetings to omamarjok@aim.com

Randy Hurst was in a very serious car accident recently.  The tow truck driver said most drivers don’t survive this type of wreck.  Randy was trapped in the car for two hours. He has a broken right leg and ankle and the air bag broke both wrists and his right arm.  The surgery on his right wrist and arm took ten hours.  He is in OU Medical Center, room 506.  He is unable to answer the phone because of broken wrists but Terri, his wife, has been wonderful to fill in the gap.  The doctor planned to send him home, but he developed a blood clot in his lung.  Randy is healing and anxious to get home, but has a long road ahead for full recovery.  Randy thinks he will get to go home in a few days.  Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated for Randy and his entire family.  He can receive calls, emails or texts and with Terri’s helps he will answer. Contact: Randy Hurst; 2604 S Reno Ave; El Reno, OK 73036; 405-627-9890 cell; rhurst8747@aol.com; randyhurst@midwestmusiclic.com

(Nov 10): Ben Wojciechowsky (Williams), after repeated trips to the hospital ER, several chemo treatments for his battle with esophageal cancer, and a possible TIA (a mini stroke,) has decided to reject further treatments and stay at home on hospice care.  He is not in pain and is ready to go when his limited time on earth ends.  It could be hours, days, weeks, or even a few months.

He was born in East St Louis, Illinois but soon moved to El Reno with his three brothers, all of whom were involved in the field of music education.  He was drum major at El Reno HS and was the first chair flute of the first Oklahoma All-State Band and Orchestra, a position he held during his sophomore, junior and senior years.  After graduating from El Reno High School in 1952, he attended the University of Oklahoma, where he was also the drum major of the Marching Band for two years, while he majored in music.  During this time, there was not a flute instructor at OU, so he would travel weekly to Oklahoma City via bus, where he paid for private lessons with the principal flute of OKC Philharmonic.

After his sophomore year, he traveled to Interlochen Band Camp, where he was first chair flute, and was “recruited” by Mark Hindsley to come to the University of Illinois, where he finished his BSME.   He remained at the University of Illinois, where he served as graduate assistant in charge of woodwinds, and also became the transcriptionist for Mark Hindsley.

After receiving his MSME, he was selected by Colonel George S Howard to become principal flute with the United States Air Force Band in Washington, DC, where he also served with the Washington Chamber Ensemble.

After his military service, Ben accepted the position as Director of bands at El Reno High School.  After a very successful career, he “semi-retired”, after which he service as coordinator of music at Norman Public Schools, followed by band directing positions in Emporia, Kansas, as well as Anadarko and Alva, Oklahoma.

He has been honored by being selected for both the Oklahoma Music Educators and the Oklahoma Bandmasters Hall of Fame. He is directly responsible for producing and inspiring dozens of music educators, many of whom are still actively teaching and performing.

For encouraging cards, notes, you can email him or send them to his home:
Ben Wojciechowsky
2502 E. Cypress Ave.
Enid, OK 73703

Recent Deaths

Posted on April 23

Western Heights retired music teacher, Mark Cain’s father-in-law died this morning, Please send your condolences and keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Mark Cain
8433 SW 36th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73179

Posted on April 23

From Dan Lucas:
My Aunt Norma Jean Lind, vocal music teacher for over 30 years in Purcell, Anadarko, Carnegie and Fort Worth, passed away on April 13.

Please send condolences to:
Angela Lind (Daughter)
322 Sleepy Hollow Street
Purcell, OK 73080-3026

Dan Lucas (Nephew)
2017 Albert Drive
Midwest City, OK 73120-6445

Morgan Stinson (Granddaughter)
700 NE 122nd
Oklahoma City, OK 73114-8150

Posted on April 23

Michael lost his Father, who passed quietly Sunday morning, April 15. Dr. Michael Raiber was band director at Broken Arrow, Oklahoma State University and Professor of Music Education at  The University of Oklahoma.  He is presently the Professor of Music Education at Oklahoma City University.

Please keep Michael and his family in your thoughts and prayers at this time!

Michael Raiber
3005 Turnberry Ct
Norman, OK 73069-4579

Posted on April 23

Mamie Sprinkle-Baker lost her Mother last Tuesday in a farming accident.  Mamie is currently a band director at Chickasha Schools.
Please keep Mamie and her family in your thoughts and prayers at this time!
Mamie Sprinkle-Baker
325 White Oaks Dr
Norman, OK 73071-2490

Posted on April 23

Lex Hedgecock, retired band director and elementary music specialist from El Reno, lost his daughter, Cortni, last week after a long battle with MS.

Send condolences to:
Lex Hedgecock
1200 S Hoff #50
El Reno, OK 73036-4844

Please keep Lex, his wife Jamey and their family in your thoughts and prayers at this time!

Posted on April 17

Bev Anyan (Elementary Music teacher at Adams Elementary, retired) recently lost her mother. If you want to send her a card, the address is below:

Bev Anyan
340 Country Orchard Dr.
Lake St. Louis, MO 63367

Posted on March 29

Choral director at Edmond Sante Fe and president-elect of OkMEA, Jeanine Gully’s mother passed away this morning.  She is also the grandmother of Kelly Mills, choir director at Edmond Cheyenne Middle School.  Please remember them in your thoughts, prayers, cards, emails and texts.
Jeanine Gully
209 S Trail Ridge
Edmond, OK 73003
405-340-0964 home
405-202-1649 cell
Kelly Mills
1100 Pintail Place
Edmond, OK 73003
405-635-4056 cell

Posted on March 29

Belinda McCormick, a beloved retired Music Educator from Sapulpa passed away on March 2, 2018. Belinda taught elementary music and then Junior High vocal music for 26 plus years in Sapulpa. She also served 31 years as Choir Director at the First Methodist Church.  Belinda had a deep passion for music and a heart for teaching. During her teaching years she was very faithful about attending and supporting the events of OkMEA and OCDA. She will be deeply missed.

Condolences may be sent to: 
Robert McCormick (Husband)
PO Box 2306
Sapulpa, OK 74067

Posted on March 28

Tonya Rudick (Choral Director at Jay HS) recently lost her mother. Remember her in your thoughts and prayers. Condolences can be sent to:

Tonya Rudick
44031 County Road 559
Eucha, OK 74342-3372

Posted on February 22

Allison needs our thoughts and our prayers as she is facing two recent deaths in her family.  Condolences can be sent to:

Allison Yates
174 Ash Ave.
Elgin,Ok 73538

Posted on February 15

Jonna Johnson, retired Choral Director from Norman High School, passed away yesterday. Her contribution to the vocal music students in Oklahoma will long be remembered. Send your thoughts and condolences to her husband, Mike.

Mike Johnson
401 Trenton Road
Norman, OK 73069
(405) 329-7090

Posted on February 15

Southwest Covenant music teacher, Angela Frazier, recently lost her father. Please remember her in your thoughts and prayers. Condolences can be sent to:

Angela Frazier
8221 NW 84th
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
(405) 470-0138 (Home)
(405) 503-3515 (Cell)

Posted on January 27

Marjorie Malone (retired Tahlequah choral director) recently lost her father. Please remember her in your thoughts and prayers. Send condolences to:

Marge Malone
206 Sandy Circle
Tahlequah, OK 74006

Posted on January 27

Ava Bruner (music teacher at Belle Isle in OKC) recently lost her mother. Please remember her in your thoughts and prayers. Condolences can be sent to:

Ava Bruner
7201 Seminole Terrace
Warr Acres, OK 73132

Posted on September 10

Debbie Singleton’s mother passed away early on September 2.  Please remember her by sending your condolences, thoughts and prayers.
Debbie Singleton
2402 Lerkim Circle
Norman, OK 73069

Posted on July 26

Tricia Powell’s father passed away on Sunday.  Please remember her with your thoughts and prayers.

Tricia Powell
8916 SW 54th
Oklahoma City, OK 73179

Posted on July 26

Band director at Duncan HS, Jeramy Haas’ brother passed away.  Please send your condolences, thoughts and prayers to:

Jeramy Haas
1508 N Country Club Rd
Duncan, OK 73533

Posted on July 8

(From Randy Hurst) It is with a very heavy heart that I heard of the passing of Dr. Melvin (Mel) Lee.  Mel, for years was a professor, band director and brass/french horn instructor at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO).  He was the band director at Capitol Hill HS in OKC in the 1950’s, producing outstanding bands there, before going to UCO.  He was a great friend and role model for so many of us!

Dr. Lee passed away on July 4.  He will certainly be sorely missed by us all!  Services are being handled by Chapel Hill Funeral Home.

To read his obituary, sign the guest book and leave a sympathy note to the family:


Please keep the family of Dr. Lee in your thoughts and prayers!

Posted on June 26

Dr. Robert (Bob) Chambers passed away after a long battle with cancer early Sunday morning, June 18. Bob graduated from El Reno High School and received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He was awarded his Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma. Bob was a master teacher and musician at Southwestern for over 40 years, where he was involved directing concert band, marching band, jazz band, orchestra and various ensembles. He was a multi-talented musician who excelled on many different instruments and was a model to so many musicians over the years. He was a great friend and will be sorely missed by all!  Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Posted on May 22

Jim Baker passed away on Friday, May 19. He was an Oklahoma City University graduate and taught band in several schools during his 40 years of directing, mainly in Mustang and the metro OKC area.
Sunday, May 21, 2017, 6:00-8:00  (Family to receive Friends)
Southern Hills Church of God, 1029 W. I-240 Service Rd., OKC
Monday, May 22, 2017, 11:00 AM (Memorial Service)
Southern Hills Church of God, 1029 W. I-240 Service Rd., OKC
Obituary Site (You may leave condolences for the family)

Posted on May 18

Suzanne Aylor’s brother passed away on May 8 of cardiac arrest.  He was only 65 years old.  Surround her with your thoughts, prayers, cards and emails.  Suzanne is retired from the classroom, but often accompanies different choirs at contest or she may have been one of your sight reading judges this year.

Suzanne Aylor
8924 N Air Depot Blvd
Okla. City, OK 73151

Posted on May 1, 2017

Please remember Kathy Scherler in your thoughts and prayers.  Her father recently passed away.  Kathy coordinates the music education program and teaches voice at Oklahoma Baptist University.

Kathy Scherler
Division of Music
500 W. University
Shawnee OK 74804

Posted on April 13, 2017

Professor at UCO, Darla Eshelman’s mother passed away recently.  Please send your condolences, emails, cards and/or prayers to let her know she is surrounded by her OkMEA colleagues.

Darla Eshelman
3023 Hidden Prairie Cir
Edmond, OK 73013

Posted on March 26, 2017

Cynthia Gass lost her brother Ken on March 21. Warm thoughts and condolences would be appreciated.

Cynthia Gass
204 Pinafore Drive
Norman, OK 73072

Posted on March 9, 2017

Please remember Roger Gregory in your thoughts and prayers. His mother passed away Monday. Send cards, letters or emails of condolence to:

Roger Gregory
2117 Tanglewood
Edmond, OK 73013


Posted on April 17
Please send congratulations to Cynthia Gass on her retirement.  Cynthia has dedicated her career to musical excellence of her students for many years.
Cynthia Gass
204 Pinafore Dr
Norman, OK 73072-4319

Posted on April 17

Carolyn Capuano is retiring after 25 years of teaching at Smithville.  Her position as middle school and high school choral director is open for next year.  Send your congratulations to Carolyn for her service to Oklahoma students.

Carolyn Capuano
24548 Rocky Dr
Smithville, OK 74957

Posted on July 26

Congratulations to Ron Staton upon his retirement from 48 years of teaching Oklahoma music students.  He has made such a great contribution.  Wish him well.

Ron Staton
9308 S. Indiana
Oklahoma City, OK 73159

Janis Dawson, OkMEA Past President

6721 Stonycreek Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
(405) 720-0889