Stillwater News Press

July 13, 2013

Ina Ellen Lasiter


Stillwater NewsPress

— Ina Ellen Lasiter, 90, died on Thursday, July 11, 2013, in Stillwater. Her funeral service will be held at the First Christian Church in Stillwater at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, with Chaplain Ron Keeling officiating. Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

On April 5, 1923, Ina was born in Goodwell to the late Riley Francis and Almurta (Ross) Shiflett. She attended Burwood and Burros schools in Stephens County, Hilltop school in Seminole County, and graduated from Wewoka High School in the early 1940s. She went on to attend Oklahoma State University before earning her diploma in cosmetology from the Stillwater Beauty College. During her life, Ina worked as a Tupperware and cosmetics saleswoman, a bookkeeper and a seamstress before finding her preferred career path as a hairdresser, a profession in which she worked for 25 years. She married the love of her life, Paul Brakel Lasiter, in Wewoka, on Dec. 24, 1942. They lovingly raised three children together and enjoyed 53 years of marriage before Paul’s death in 1995. Ina had many hobbies, some of which included knitting, needlepoint, crocheting, painting and macramé. She was very gifted and loved to read, especially books by her favorite author, Tommy Hillerman. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Stillwater, and was involved in several societies such as American Mothers Inc., ABWA and the American Hairdressers Association.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, an infant brother, one sister, Marjorie Bingham, two grandsons and two brothers-in-law, Orville Rawlins and Earl Tabor.

Ina is survived by her son, Thomas P. Lasiter, of Kansas City, Mo.; daughter, Paula Lasiter, and her husband, Steve, of Ojai, Calif.; daughter, Ellen Brock, and her husband, Brian, of Stillwater; sister, Berdine Rawlins, of Hooker; sister, Mabel Tabor, of Mobeeti, Texas; sister, Alma Ogden, of Farmington, N.M.; brother, Curtis Shiflett, and his wife, Betty, of Emmaus, Pa.; sister, Emma Schultz, and her husband, R.D., of Goodwell; sister, Lucy McKnight, and her husband, Bob, of Loami, Ill.; brother, Riley Don Shiflett, and his wife, Lyn, of South Bend, Ind.; granddaughter, Megan Phillips; and two great-grandchildren, Hunter Greene and Hailey Phillips.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, 411 W. Mathews Ave., Stillwater, OK, 74075; Good Shepherd Hospice at 6218 S. Lewis Ave., Suite 110, Tulsa, OK, 74136, attention Lisa, or goodshepherdhospice.com; or the Panhandle State Foundation, Riley F. and Almurta Shiflett Scholarship at P.O. Box 430, Goodwell, OK, 73939.

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