M. Marilynn McDaniel Whetsell, devoted daughter, wife, mother, community and church volunteer, died peacefully at her home in Pawhuska, Okla. surrounded by her children on August 31, 2013.
Marilynn was born March 9, 1919, in Comanche, Okla., the second of two children of Robert Henry McDaniel and Laura Wilson McDaniel.
She graduated from Duncan High School in 1937 and continued her education that fall at Oklahoma A&M (OSU). Marilynn graduated with a degree in Home Economics, and married William Charles “Dick” Whetsell, of Comanche, Okla. in 1941.
Dick went to work for the newly formed “Soil Conservation Service” as one of the first two agents in Oklahoma. The newlyweds setup their first residence in Frederick, Okla. where their first child, Deanna, was born. Over the next fourteen years, Dick’s job transfers required the family to move to Beaver OK where Donna was born, Woodward, Okla. where Richard was born, Pawhuska Okla., Ft Worth, Texas, where Dixie was born, and Perry Okla.
In 1955 Dick accepted a position with the KS Adams Ranch. Marilynn once again efficiently relocated their family of four children to the ranch near Foraker, Okla.. The KS Adams Ranch would be their home until 1972. In addition to being a full time mother, Marilynn also taught Home Economics at Pawhuska High School from 1957-59. Their fifth child, Robert, was born in Pawhuska.
In 1972 Marilynn and Dick moved to a K.S. Adams property about 5 miles north of Pawhuska, and eventually settled in Pawhuska in 1981 when Dick retired.
Marilynn and Dick were active church members in the First Christian Church of Pawhuska, originally joining the church in 1948. Marilynn functioned in several leadership roles in the church, including Sunday school teacher, as an officer for the local and district Christian Women’s Fellowship, and longtime member of the choir. She also was an active member of the Osage County Cattlemen’s Cowbells Association.
Marilynn was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 58 years, Dick Whetsell; and her sister Jeanette McDaniel Ford.
She is survived by five children, Deanna Whetsell of Seattle Wash.; Donna Aldridge (Henry) of Smithville Ga.; Richard Whetsell (Karolann) of Owasso, Okla.; Dixie Whetsell (Dave Underhill) of Portland, Ore.; and Robert Whetsell (Lisa) of Stamford, Conn.
Also survived by six grandchildren, including Sara Green Williams of Seattle Wash.; Kevin Shaw of Everett, Wash.; Amanda Aldridge Turkie of Sacramento, Cal.; Don Whetsell of Rockport, Texas; Nancy Whetsell Mercer of Owasso, Okla.; Emma Whetsell of Portland, Ore.; and Joshua Whetsell of Stamford, Conn.
She is lso survived by seven great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews and other extended family.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the First Christian Church in Pawhuska. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the following organizations: First Christian Church, 814 Prudom Ave, Pawhuska OK 74056; or
Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, 100 W Main, Pawhuska OK 74056
McCartney’s Johnson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.