Minnie Fern Exby
Minnie Fern Exby, a resident of Okmulgee was born January 16, 1910 near Choctaw, Oklahoma to Pearl (Smith) Taylor and Jim Taylor. She passed away Saturday, March 13, 2004 at Okmulgee, Oklahoma at the age of 94 years 1 month and 27 days.
Her Father farmed for the first few years then worked for Oil Companies in and around Seminole, Shamrock, Bristow.
She grew up with a younger sister, Ruby, and a younger brother, Leonard. She went to various schools and graduated from Oilton High in 1929. She attended Okla A & M and graduated in 1936 with BS in education. She married Sam Clayton in 1936. Taught school at Buckeye, and moved to Tulsa where Sam Died in 1939.
She then taught school in Sand Springs, Tucson, AZ and several other locations. Returning to Okla A & M for MS in education in 1944. Again after WWII began to pursue degree in Library Science. Received BS in 1950 from Peabody University and MA in Library Science in 1958.
She worked in the Library at ( Conoco ) in Ponca City, and set up library at new Christian College in Bartlesville, worked in another Christian College library in Lubbock, eventually moved to Kansas City, MO to work in the city library in documents.
Minnie retired in 1972 because of a fall and broken hip. Having an artificial hip at this time she moved into a retirement apartment and met another retiree and married Floyd Exby in 1976. His daughters and families afforded them many happy times in Kansas City.
Mr. Exby died in 1984. Winnie remained in Kansas City until 1987 when she returned to Tulsa, (her brother was terminally ill and died in 1988) but returned after the death of her brother. In 1990 she again moved to Tulsa, then to Bartlesville and back to Tulsa in 1993. The next year she had the hip replacement replaced. Her sister died in 2000.
She moved to Plantation House in Okmulgee in 2001 to be nearer to her Niece. Winnie always attended the Church of Christ where ever she was living. She also belonged to Delta Kappa Gamma, a teaching sorority. She was an excellent seamstress, made many of her clothes. She traveled some in addition to the many places she worked. She visited the Canary Islands, made a Riverboat trip on the Mississippi, visited many of the States, especially Mississippi where the family of her Father had lived before coming to the Oklahoma area.
She is survived by her Niece, Carolyn Estes & husband Clyde, Henryetta; three great nephews, David Estes, Ennis, Texas; and Scott Estes, Ada, Oklahoma; and Keith Estes, Henryetta; step daughter, Marolyn Synoviec, Kansas City, Missouri; and sister-in-law, Janie Harland, Goodwell, Oklahoma.
Graveside Services will be held Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at 10:00 am at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa, Oklahoma officiated by the family. Services are under the direction of Shurden Funeral Home.