Maidette Oakman Weichbrodt Smith Bransford was born on Sept. 7, 1923 in Ardmore to Norman and Maxine (McGoodwin) Oakman. She went home to be with her Lord on Jan. 23, 2019, while at home in Ardmore.
Maidette led a vibrant, active life. She was a wise and loving mother to her four children, and a devoted wife who, despite being widowed three times, lived with joy and contentment. She was devoted to each of her husbands, who dearly loved her.
Maidette was a bright and accomplished woman. While in high school and college, she worked as a legal secretary, as well as a telephone switchboard operator. A graduate of Texas Women’s University with a degree in Clothing and Textiles, she was an active member of the fledgling American Association of University Women.
Because of her minor in chemistry, the U. S. Government invited her to work on what is now known as the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge Tennessee while her first husband, Harold Weichbrodt, served in World War II. She declined the offer, and instead, she taught home economics at Dickson High School before becoming a homemaker for four active children while also assisting her husband in his geology practice.
When Harold died, she earned her securities license and was a representative for Investors Diversified Service. After her beloved father Norman died, she took over the operation of his extensive ranches. She ran these cherished places for many happy years. Maidette was a shrewd negotiator, and even into her nineties, could give the precise section, township and range of her oil and mineral interests throughout Southern Oklahoma.
Maidette was a terrific story teller. She enthralled friends and her extensive family with humorous stories about her fascinating life. She was an avid and loyal fan of her sports teams: the Oklahoma Sooners, Dallas Cowboys, and Texas Rangers.
Devoted in her faith, Maidette was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, where she served as a deacon, elder, and on the Board of Trustees. She also served on the board of Cross Timbers Hospice.
She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Max Oakman; her husbands, Harold Weichbrodt, Jack H. Smith, and Lowell Bransford; her son-in-law Bill Lumpkin; step-children Hays Smith and Sharon Johnson.
She is survived by her four loving children; daughter, Anna Lynn Lumpkin; Grandchild, Matt Lumpkin and wife, Natalie; grandchild, Ashley Ibarra and Husband, Tony; son, Jon Weichbrodt and wife, Dusty; grandchild, Noel Weichbrodt and wife, Elissa; grandchild, Paige Hudson and husband, Trent; grandchild, Zach Weichbrodt and wife, Elise; grandchildren, Lydia, Hannah and Micah Weichbrodt; son, Randy Weichbrodt and his wife, Jana; grandchild, Tara O’Connell and husband, Jake; grandchild, Marissa Wray and husband, Preston; Daughter, Brenda Heller and husband, Robert; grandchildren, Morgan, Nick and Brooklyn Heller; great-grandchildren, Talison Lumpkin, Will Ibarra, Jacob Ibarra, Ezekiel Weichbrodt, Miles Weichbrodt, Mailey Hudson, Coralie Hudson, Tague O’Connell, Sebastian Weichbrodt, Warrick Weichbrodt and Lucy Wray; step-son, Dick Smith and wife, Charlene; step-daughter, Sydney Kale; step-son-in-law, Lynn Johnson; step-son, Bob Bransford and his wife, Pam; numerous step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren.
Funeral services are scheduled at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church, with Dr. Bill Galbraith and Reverend Craig King officiating.
The interment  will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery. The family will host a visitation on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 from 4-5 p.m. at the Craddock Funeral Home.
Serving as Pallbearers will be Matt Lumpkin, Tim Hallett, Mike Hisey, Fred Kruse, Jack Riley, Greg Patterson, Phil Patterson and Kenneth Robinson.
Honorary Pallbearers are Bob Allen and Creede Speake.
The family would like to thank her amazing caregivers, Sherry Parrott, June Vargus and Patricia Martinez for providing such loving care to our mother for many years. You ladies are truly angels on earth and we love you dearly.
The family has been blessed greatly by the Ardmore YMCA. Following the death of her first husband, Harold Weichbrodt, friends donated a membership to the YMCA that allowed her children to spend many joyful days at the YMCA. In the same spirit, her family has set up the Maidette Weichbrodt Fund for Single Parent Families to provide the same opportunity for other families.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to the YMCA to support this fund would be dearly appreciated.
Online condolences may be made at craddockfuneralhome.com.