Reba Merle Goldsmith Hendricks, longtime resident of the area and daughter of one of the pioneer families, died Sunday, December 29, 2013, at Ardmore, at the age of 89. The family will be having a private service at a later date.
Reba was born in Dimmit, Texas, on October 16, 1924. She lived in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas, and made her home in the Ardmore area the last several decades. Reba graduated from Meadowbrook High School and attended college at OBU and OCLA where she received a degree. She was adventuresome, self-sufficient and free-spirited. She believed in helping others and was an advocate for community endeavors. She was interested in painting, photography and had many other hobbies such as electroplating, pottery, jewelry making, metal work and silk screening. Reba was well-known for her skill in playing “42” and “Moon” and taught the grandchildren how to play. Reba was compassionate but opinionated and not afraid to express her views. Reba loved her family and was quick to respond when needed. She loved animals, and always had one or two small dogs to keep her company. During WWII, Reba worked in a military airplane factory in Kansas City. She met her husband, the late Asa Hendricks at Will Rogers Air Force Station. They were married and after the war started a photography studio in Kansas. The couple moved back to Oklahoma in 1949 where they farmed. After Asa received the calling to be a minister of the Lord, they moved their family, preaching the gospel throughout the state of Oklahoma. Reba was a Christian and believed in heaven. It is because of this, we have no doubt she is there now, smiling down on us. She was loved and cherished by her family and friends and will be greatly missed and long remembered.
Reba was preceded in death by her mother and father, Edna and William Taylor Goldsmith; her husband, the Rev. Asa Hendricks; sisters, Louise Goldsmith, Pauline Williams and Minnie Faye Lumen; and brother, Gene Goldsmith.
Reba is survived by her daughters, Sylvia Nichols of Norman, Terry Gornichec of Ardmore, and Tim Langley of Dallas; and son, Tony Hendricks of Rockwall, Texas. Grandchildren are Angie and Jeff Bates, Wayne and Steven Ross, Todd Nichols and Tambra Nichols Rhodes and Holly Payne. Great-grandchildren are Jade and Jacob Jewel, Kevin and Asa Ross, Matthew Bates, Tiffany Riccio, Quinn and Cole Rhodes, and Cooper and Olive Payne; her sister, Marie Bollen of Marsden, Okla.; and brother, Milton Goldsmith, Kingston, Arizona.
Condolences may be left at www.Griffin-HillcrestFH.com.