A celebration of Estella B. (Bill) Claxton will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, September 29, 2008, at the Westside Church of Christ in Norman. Graveside services will follow at 3 p.m. in Healdton at Mount Olive Cemetery with Gary Labeth officiating. Friends and family are welcome at both services. Services are under the direction of Roberts Funeral Home in Healdton.
Estella was born in Wilson, to Jim and Pearl Cudd on December 30, 1915. She passed away Thursday, September 25, 2008, at her residence in Norman.
She married C. C. (Shorty) Claxton on August 5, 1933, in Ardmore, and lived most of her life in Healdton before moving to Norman in 1996. Somewhere around 1963, and the birth of the first of her two grandchildren, Estella became “Granny”, not just to her family, but to everyone who knew her. She lived the rest of her very full life taking care of everyone with whom she came in contact. She had a remarkable gift for making a difference in people’s lives.
Granny is preceded in death by her husband (Oct. 23, 1980), her parents and 15 brothers and sisters.
Survivors include her only child, daughter, Beverly Stash, and her husband, Bob, of Norman; two grandchildren, Jack Buben, of Edmond and Sherri Coale, and her husband, Dane, of Norman; four great grandchildren, Colton and Chandler Coale, and Jackson and Jaycie Buben; and one brother, Clarence Cudd, and his wife, Maxine, of Edmond.
Granny was a believer, a devout Christian and a lifelong member of the Church Of Christ. She was a Giver, by trade. She was a caretaker, a worker, a strong and independent woman and a teacher whose forte of Curriculum was the grandeur of this world and the promise of heaven.
Pallbearers will be James Cudd, Bill Hanna, Joe Buben, Guy Austin, Mike Hannah, Brad Hanna and Chad Hanna.
The family would like to express special thanks to Dr. Brock Schnebel, Dr. Steve Smith and the entire Sports Medicine Family at the University Of Oklahoma.
Anyone wishing to memorialize her life can contribute to the University of Oklahoma Women’s Basketball Program, by sending donations to Oklahoma WBB, 2900 Jenkins, Norman, Ok. 73019.
Condolences may be sent to www.robertsfuneralhomes.us