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.


(October 9) Send your cards, notes, texts and emails to Susie Bratcher.  Susie has been diagnosed with breast cancer.  She is in her 40th year of teaching music in the Oklahoma City public schools.

Susie Bratcher
9821 Chesterton Pl
Okla City, OK 73120

(September 28) John Staton who is our wonderful choral department manager at Pender’s Music had an accidental fall on Sunday, September 23 and has a broken femur (hip) bone.  He had surgery on Monday and they were able to repair it and make it weight bearing with a rod.  He also has an injured rotator cuff that will be dealt with later.  John will be at the Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Center at Baptist (Independence & NW Expressway) for the next 7-10 days.  He is in good spirits and doing pretty well.  I’m sure he would love to hear from everyone to help pass the time.

John’s address is:
1220 W Churchill Way
Mustang, OK 73064

(August 21) Hennessey choral director, Beth Berkenbile, has been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Please surround her with your thoughts and prayers.

Beth Berkenbile
6067 Madison St
Hennessey, OK 73742
405-853-1384 (texts)

(August 21) Jan Smith, retired choral director from Edmond Memorial, has been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.  Your thoughts and prayers would be most appreciated as she fights this disease.

Jan Smith
4200 N Meridian #438
Okla. City, OK 73112

(July 31) Earlier this month, Associate Director at OU, David Howard’s young son was dragged by a car.  The family would appreciate your thoughts and prayers.

David Howard
3713 Windover Dr
Norman, OK 73072-3230

(July 16)  Charla Dedmon’s husband has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.  He is suffering a lot.  Please surround them with your thoughts and prayers. Charla is the Choral Director in Walters.

 Charla Dedmon
Rte. 3 Box 26
Walters, OK 73572
580-585-1331 (mobile)
Recent Deaths

Posted on October 25

Bethany Elementary music teacher, Margaret Ann Adams’ mother passed away last week. Please remember her in your thoughts and prayers.

Margaret Ann Adams
9100 NW 103rd
Yukon, OK 73099
(405) 990-4766

Posted on August 12

Mike Plunkett’s mother passed away unexpectedly on August 8. Mike is our music representative at the OSSAA.
Send condolences to:
Mike Plunkett
8924 N Air Depot
OKC, OK 73151

Posted on August 12

Michael Shimp’s father passed away on August 8. Mike teach 9th-12th Choir and Show Choir at Jenks High School.
Please send condolences to:

Michael Shimp
12021 E 110th Ct N
Owasso, OK  74055

Posted on August 1

From Midwest Music:

It is with a very heavy heart that I just heard that good friend Dr. Kent Kidwell has lost his battle with his rapid-failing health Sunday.  He passed peacefully with the family at his side.  Such  a wonderful person and educator who has unselfishly shared his extraordinary talents with the state of Oklahoma for so many years!

He was director of bands, jazz bands and music department chairman at the University of Central Oklahoma where he served since 1969, as well as principal trombonist for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic for over 20 years.  He was an Oklahoma Bandmasters Hall of Fame Inductee and the recipient of the Governors Arts Award.   He graduated from Ada High School and received his Master and Doctorate in musical arts performance from the University of Oklahoma.

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

Send condolences to:
Jane Kidwell
7021 N Blue Ridge Rd
Edmond, OK 73034-9065

Posted on June 26

Christy Fine, Santa Fe Orchestra Director, lost her mother, Betty Wallace, last Wednesday afternoon. Condolences can be sent to:


Posted on June 26

Sherri Logan Biggs passed away last month. She was a retired music educator in Norman Public Schools having taught at Whittier Middle School, Longfellow Middle School, and Kennedy Elementary. She is survived by Tom Biggs and her son, Jay. Condolences can be sent to:

Biggs Family
1245 Loma Drive
Norman, OK 73072

Posted on June 26

Norman Mears passed away on May 11. He worked at Edmond Memorial High School (1969-1980) and Northwest Classen High School (1980-1994). Condolences can be sent to:

Eva Mears
3129 NW 12th
OKC, OK 73107-5217

Posted on June 6

Eric King, son-in-law of retired choral director, Jan Hulsey, collapsed and died on May 26 while running.  Please remember this family in your thoughts and prayers.  He leaves behind 3 daughters still in school and his wife and extended family.
Jan Hulsey
7412 Noah Parkway
Okla City, OK 73132-3793
405-722-6059 home

Posted on June 6

Please keep the family of Darla Eshelman in your prayers.  Her mother-in-law passed away on Monday, May 21.

Please remember Darla Eshelman in your thoughts and prayers.
Darla Eshelman
3023 Hidden Prairie Circle
Edmond, OK 73013
405-306-7015 cell

 Posted on May 23
Cooper Middle School choral director, Gina Matlock’s father passed away yesterday.  Please remember her in your thoughts and prayers.
Gina Matlock
4605 N Donald
Bethany, OK 73008
405-443-0235 cell

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 August 1

Congratulations to Cheryl Stroope on her retirement from Stillwater Public Schools. Send well wishes to:

Cheryl Stroope
3220 West Shiloh Creek Avenue
Stillwater, OK 74074

Posted on June 6
Congratulations to Susan Clothier, band director at Putnam City North, on her retirement.
Susan Clothier
7733 S. Hillcrest Drive
OKC, OK 73159

Posted on June 6

Congratulations to JoAnn Struck, choral director at Capps Middle School, on her retirement.

JoAnn Struck
4221 Holiday Place
Oklahoma City, OK 73112-1356

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