Ouilda Arthur Petty Green, 97, of Ardmore, passed away on Dec. 9, 2013, at Mercy Love County Hospital in Marietta.
Ouilda was born May 9, 1916, in Illinois Bend, Texas. She was the third child of Russell and Myrtle Arthur of Leon, Okla. Her early years were spent on the family farm. She worked and played alongside all of her brothers and sisters and had many fond memories of her siblings. Ouilda attended school at Leon where she met her future husband, Garnet Petty. She and Garnet were married in Marietta on July 1, 1931. She often mentioned how she married the most handsome boy in Leon. Their marriage was blessed with four children, Media June, Garnet Wallace (Buddy), Norma Jean and Brenda Jane.
Ouilda and Garnet lived in Leon where they grew peanuts, cotton and corn. She also found time to raise hogs and chickens. She was known around the county as an excellent seamstress. Ouilda designed and made baby clothes that she sold during The Depression. Her baby clothes were ordered by people from all parts of the country.
Her life was turned upside down on Sept. 9, 1956, when her husband, Garnet, unexpectedly died at the age of 44. She sold their home in Leon and moved with her youngest daughter to Topeka, Kan. Ouilda then began her career as a florist at Stanley's Flowers. She worked as a florist for 42 years in Topeka, Tulsa, Marietta and Ardmore. She designed flowers for Harry Truman, Gerald Ford and several Kansas governors.
Ouilda married John Norman Green on July 20, 1968, in Topeka. John was a minister with the Methodist church, recently assigned to a church in Robinson, Kan. While in Robinson, John taught her how to drive. This began her love for cars. Tragically, their life together was short-lived as he died just two years later on Aug. 8, 1970.
She spent the last 44 years of her life in Carter and Love counties. She loved to work in her yard, design flowers and make quilts. Her favorite pastimes were watching NASCAR and the Texas Rangers. In 2000, Ouilda moved to Ardmore. The last few years of her life were her happiest as she was able to live with her family. She loved being around family and loved getting to spend time with her great-great grandchildren.
Ouilda was a woman of great faith and she set an example for her family. She loved reading her Bible, and in her earlier years, taught Sunday school. At the time of her death, she attended Victory Life Church Ardmore.
In addition to her husbands, Ouilda was preceded in death by her parents; as well as six brothers, Jack, Adrian, Cecil, Ray, Bennett and Byron; and four sisters, Cleda, Cecile, Esther and Thelma Faye. She was also preceded by a great-grandson, Geoffrey Petty, in 2006.
Ouilda is survived by her sister, Jean Hall of Tulsa. She is also survived by her children and their spouses: Media and George Hicks of Marietta, Buddy and Erma Petty of Tipton, Norma and Del Glover of Avon, Conn., and Brenda and Kent Green of Ardmore. She is also survived by a stepdaughter and her husband, Cheryl and Gail McGhee of Baldwin City, Kan.; and nine grandchildren and their spouses: Gina and Steve Calhoun, Johni and Steve Bell, Garnet and Cheryl Glover, Tracy and Kirsten Glover, Stuart and Ramie Glover, Greg and Chris Petty, Johnny and Theresa Green, Kimberly and Marcus Needham and Melinda and Rick Wallace. She is also survived by 20 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home in Marietta. Pastor Johnny Green, along with other family members, will be officiating. Her grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home. Burial will follow the funeral at Leon Cemetery, Leon, Okla.
Online guest book at wattsfuneralhome.com.