Ona Mae Loftis was born on November 23,1927, to Clyde Vernon and Carolyn Mae (Phipps) Ashley in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma and passed away October 4, 2023, at her home in Maysville, Oklahoma at the age of 95 years.
Ona Mae attended first through twelfth grades at Pauls Valley Schools. While in high school she worked at Wackers 5 & 10 store in charge of the hosiery counter. Later working at O’Neal’s Jewelers where she was in charge of handling the window display. She was also a candy striper at the hospital and helped to roll bandages to send overseas to aid in the war effort.
Ona Mae met the love of her life, Wade Loftis, at a USO dance in Pauls Valley. He proposed to her on the steps of the Presbyterian Church. They were married in Pauls Valley on May 31, 1946. In 1959, they moved into the home they built in Maysville, Oklahoma where they remained until their deaths, his in 2000 and hers on October 4th.
Ona Mae worked for the Wacker office for years, then later for Joe Landrum’s Tax Office before going into real estate, working in Purcell for Velma Barnes Realty before opening her own office in Maysville. Later becoming the bookkeeper at the Maysville Farm Store working for Hank Trout and ultimately for Larry Brown.
Ona Mae had many hobbies and interests: reading, crosswords, word searches, oil painting, gardening, canning, sewing, refinishing and antiquing furniture, recovering furniture, and recaneing chairs.
Ona Mae was a lifetime member of the Church of Christ in Maysville, Oklahoma where she taught Sunday School for many years.
Ona Mae loved her family and playing dominoes where she dominated or was unhappy about it. She claimed that there was no reason to play unless you were playing to win making her a formidable character at games.
A dear friend, Janie Willingham, declared this the “Year of No Pears”. Ona Mae’s pear tree was planted in 1959 and has been a major pear producer all these years. She pushed pears to anyone who would pick them. She used to make pear preserves every year but couldn’t begin to keep up with pear production. So ironically the pears are not here to worry about this year. Thank goodness.
Survived by: daughter, Wadonna Green; granddaughter, Ashley Green; Darrell Person and his daughters, Erica Ramirez, Breanna Cook and Elisabeth Kreuzburg, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Prceded by: her parents, Clyde Vernon and Carolyn Mae Ashley; brothers: Clyde Vernon Ashley, Tipton Ashley, and Billy Ashley; and sisters: Juanita Foote, June Hardy and Jackie Casto.
Graveside service will be held at 3:00 pm, Saturday, October 14, 2023, at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma with Bro. Danny Carter and Bro. Herb McCaleb officiating. Burial under the direction of John W. Williams of Winans Funeral Home in Maysville, Oklahoma. Words of comfort may be sent to the family on this website.
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