Delores “Dee” Waggie passed away from this life on Nov. 23rd, 2013 at the age of 71 years.
On. Sept. 26, Dee was admitted to Hillcrest Hospital. On Oct. 10, she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. She spent many weeks in Tulsa, between Hillcrest and ManorCare skilled nursing facility. During this time, Dee created a ministry that many would be jealous of. She never complained or asked “why me?” She just told the doctors, techs, nurses, aides, everyone who worked with her to let her know what they needed her to do, and she would do it. And she did. Very rarely did she ever put up a fuss or cry, even if someone’s inattentiveness caused her pain.
On Nov. 6, she moved to Barnsdall Nursing Home, where she finished out her days surrounded by many loving family and friends.
Dee was born April 3, 1943, in Spearman, Texas to Elmer Alvin and Dorothy Mae (Moulton) Longley and named Delores Mae Longley.
Dee attended school in Spearman and graduated from the eighth grade. She lived in various places all over the United States, most often times finding work as a waitress. In the late 1960s, Dee found her way to Osage County. In the early 70s while working at a coffee shop, she met and later married George Waggie.
To this union were born two children; daughter Heather and son Matthew.
Dee worked in many of the cafes and coffee shops in Pawhuska, Wynona, and Hominy, as well as the Dime Store and OTASCO in Hominy. She was involved in the Busy Bees Homemaker’s Extension Club and thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship of the group as well as the craftiness as well. She brought home many county fair ribbons for sewing and crochet projects as well as for canning and baking. She often volunteered at the schools where her children were enrolled.
She worked hard and obtained her GED from Wynona Public the year her son graduated from Kindergarten. Dee was an active member of the Hominy Garden Club, which she enjoyed immensely. Dee was also an active member of the Wynona Assembly of God Church, where over the years she served in the nursery, choir, and kitchen, as well as taking on any other duties asked of her. The love she held for her family was surpassed only by her love for God. Dee will always be remembered for her love for her family & friends, her kindness, and her penchant for big earrings and jewelry.
She was preceeded in death by her loving parents, Elmer and Dorothy Longley; her youngest sister, Elaine Gaye Swan, and many more family and loved ones.
Dee is survived by her husband, George Franklin Waggie of Wynona; her son, Matthew David Waggie and his companion Brandi Burch of Wynona; daughter Heather Renee Waggie with sons Max and Timber and her fiancé Joey Stone of Wynona; her step-daughters, Jonni Lynn Reeves and her husband Leonard of Wynona, Cherie’ Dawn Waggie of Skiatook; her sister Edith Ann Brown of Mount Pleasant, Texas; as well as many step-grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and a host of many family members and friends.
Dee’s life was celebrated on Wednesday morning, Nov. 27, at 10 a.m. at the Wynona Assembly of God with Pastor David Downing officiating.
McCartney’s Johnson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.