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.
(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 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