Funeral services for Erma F. Cloud McKay, 98, Pryor, will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at North Elliott Church of God, Pryor. Pastors Robert Killman and Michael Bednar will officiate. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8 2013, at Rollins Cemetery, Mannsville. Services are entrusted to Stephens Memorial Chapel, Pryor.
Erma was born July 24, 1915, in Simpson, Okla., to Henry and Daisy May (Beam) Prater. She departed this life Aug. 3, 2013, in Pryor, at the age of 98 years, 9 days.
Erma was the fifth of seven children in her family. She graduated from Mannsville High School in 1934. She then attended Ardmore Business College and also Southwestern Bible College in Enid. Erma married Orville B. Cloud on Jan. 2, 1941, and they were married for over 45 years. They made their home at the old family home place in the country at Simpson, Okla., in 1956. Simpson was where Erma was raised as a child, and always enjoyed going "home" to visit. The family, especially enjoyed going to visit her at Christmas time and during deer hunting seasons. A lot of memories were made at the old home place with her husband, Orville, who preceded her in death in 1986. Five years later, she married her longtime friend, the Rev. Frank McKay, and they made their home in Oklahoma City and in Simpson. Erma was known as one of the sweetest, most caring ladies, and was always concerned for everyone else's needs.
Preceding her in death were her brothers and sisters Ona Bell Prater (Keel), Edith Prater (Boone), Elmer Prater, Ethel Prater, Archie Prater and Golda V. Prater (Ross); brother-in-law Lawrence J. Ross, who was like a brother to Erma; her parents; and both spouses.
Family surviving her are nephews Daniel Lee Ross and wife, Terri Ince Ross, Michael Lawrence Ross and wife, Dana Putt Ross; and niece Twila D. Ross Bednar and husband, Mike and niece Leslie Ruth Yates, all of Pryor; and cousin Herbert Irby of Claremore.
She had many wonderful friends who kept in contact with her. Even last week on her 98th birthday she received many beautiful cards, flowers and phone calls from all over Oklahoma.
The family wants to give special thanks to her caregivers and Integris Hospice for all of the hours of love and care she was given.