Stillwater News Press


August 21, 2013

Frances Staff

Frances Staff passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, in Stillwater at the age of 97.  She was born in Altus, Ark., in 1916 to Winnifred Naomi and Idus Preston Willingham. Shortly after she was born, her family moved to Kenta, where she attended school and graduated from Kenta High School. She also attended Northeastern College in Tahlequah and Oklahoma State University. She married Dr. Fredrick Peter Staff on Nov. 15, 1934, in Stigler. They lived in Kenta for several years, where her husband had established a medical practice. In 1937, Dr. Staff moved his practice to Stratford, where they resided for 22 years and had two children, Connie Rose and Fredrick Preston. In 1954, the family moved to Pawnee, where Dr. Staff entered into a partnership with Dr. P.R. Reimer to build the Pawnee Osteopathic Hospital. After Dr. Staff retired in 1975, he and Frances moved to Stillwater to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren.

In addition to being a loving wife, mother and grandmother, she assisted her husband in the medical practice for many years. She also worked as a floral designer for The Pawnee Flower Shop, a precinct worker for Pawnee and Payne counties and as a Mary Kay consultant. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church where she served as a Stephens Minister, choir member and Sunday school teacher. She was also a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Oklahoma State Osteopathic Association, Extension Homemakers Club, Eastern Star, PEO, Stillwater Travel Club and may other social, fraternal and civic organizations. Several of her passions in life were traveling and basketball. She lettered in women’s basketball at Kenta High and regularly attended women’s basketball games at OSU until her health began to fail.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; twin brothers, Thomas and Arthur Willingham; sisters, Mary Canon and Elsie Goodman; and a grandson, Chris Stiegler, and his wife, Jenny.  She is survived by her daughter, Connie, and husband, Jim Stiegler, of Stillwater; son, Fred, and his wife, Elizabeth, of La Paz, Bolivia; granddaughter, Stephanie and husband, Scott Neill, of Flower Mound, Texas; and great grandchildren, Spencer, Addison, and Preston Neill, and Emily Stiegler.  Frances will be remembered for her warm smile, kind loving heart, her laughter and her love of life, family and friends.    

Her funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at the Strode Funeral Home Chapel in Stillwater with the Rev. Kyle Anderson of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Ada.

Strode Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church or to the Oklahoma Educational Foundation for Osteopathic Medicine at Condolences may be sent to the family and an online obituary viewed at

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Patricia (White) Noland

    Patricia (White) Noland, 79, of Stillwater, Okla., passed from this life on July 18, 2014.

    July 24, 2014

  • James Jim Mullins

    James Jim Mullins, 78, of Cushing, passed from this life Monday July 21, 2014.

    July 23, 2014

  • Sheperd-JW-obit.jpg John Watkins Sheperd Jr.

    John Watkins Sheperd Jr., 86, passed away Friday, July 18, at his home in Stillwater, Okla. His memorial service will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Strode Funeral Home Chapel.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fox-Ralph-obit.jpg Ralph Arnold “Bunny” Fox

    Ralph Arnold “Bunny” Fox, 99, of Stillwater, Okla., passed away peacefully on June 28, 2014.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • William-Savory-obit.jpg William Dean Savory

    William Dean Savory, Wellston resident, passed away on Friday, July 18, 2014, in Stillwater at the age of 60 years.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Maxine Humphrey

    Maxine Humphrey, 89, passed away on Thursday, July 17, at her home in Owasso, Okla. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, at Fairlawn Cemetery in Stillwater, Okla.

    July 21, 2014

  • Hesser-Gloria-obit.jpg Gloria Ann Hesser

    Gloria Ann Hesser, 74, passed away in Stillwater, Okla., on July 18, 2014.
    A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Sunnybrook Christian Church,

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lillie Maxine Dunford

    Lillie Maxine Dunford, a longtime Perry resident, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the Perry Green Valley Nursing Home, Perry at the age of 96.

    July 21, 2014

  • Glen-Dale-Nixon-obit.jpg Glen Dale Nixon

    Glen Dale Nixon, age 58, of Oklahoma, passed away July 5, 2014, in Oklahoma City after a long illness.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • HUMPHREY-MAXINE-obit.jpg Maxine Humphrey

    Maxine Humphrey, 89, passed away on Thursday, July 17, at her home in Owasso, Okla. Her graveside service will be 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 22, at Fairlawn Cemetery in Stillwater, Okla.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

Buy & Share Photos
NewsPress e-Edition
NewsPress Specials
AP Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites
NDN Video
What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad
Must Read