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:
(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.
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:
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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
(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:
2502 E. Cypress Ave.
Enid, OK 73703
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Edmond, OK 73013