Stillwater News Press


February 18, 2014

Amanda Jean Stanton

Amanda Jean Stanton, 30, of Stillwater passed from this life following a tragic car accident on Feb. 13, 2014.  Services have been entrusted to the care of Palmer Marler Funeral Home. A service celebrating Amanda’s life will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Sunnybrook Christian Church in Stillwater.

Amanda was born on June 17, 1983, in Medford, Ore., to Timothy Neil Stanton and Debra Kay McElmurry.  She was raised in southern Oregon until 1997 when her family relocated to Maramec.  Amanda attended school in Glencoe, graduating as member of Glencoe High School’s class of 2002.  While in high school, Amanda was a member of FFA.  She enjoyed showing her lambs and pigs.

Following her high school graduation, Amanda attended Eastern Oklahoma State University in Wilburton, where she was  part of the crop judging team and was named on the Dean’s Honor Roll.  After a year in Wilburton, she transferred to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater where she pursued a degree in botany.  In 2005, Amanda’s life was changed forever with the birth of her daughter and new best friend, Cherry Elizabeth.  As a proud single mother, Amanda worked several jobs to support her family.  

She worked as a model for the OSU Art Department and as a receptionist for Strode Funeral Home.  

She also worked for Carmike Cinema, as well as several other various local businesses.

Desiring to provide Cherry with the best life possible, Amanda enrolled at Northern Oklahoma College with plans on becoming a science teacher.  

In 2011, she accepted a position as a bartender at JR Murphy’s on the strip in Stillwater. Amanda loved her job at JR Murphy]s and made many wonderful friends there. She took great interest in the lives of her customers and she never missed an opportunity to make them smile. This job allowed Amanda to provide a comfortable lifestyle for her daughter and Amanda spent the majority of her paycheck putting Cherry through private school and making sure that she wanted for nothing.  Amanda took pride in her job and set out to be the very best at what she chose to do.

Amanda was a loving mother who enjoyed doing crafts and cooking breads with her daughter. She was very artistic and loved to paint murals and Cherry’s bedroom walls.  Her love of crafts led her to melt vinyl records down and form them into bowls which she distributed as Christmas gifts for her friends and family. She also enjoyed traveling, playing pool and bickering with anyone who dared to get in the last word.  Amanda’s forgiveness, selflessness and sarcasm knew no bounds.  She was as loving as she was stubborn and as generous as she was strong willed.

Amanda Stanton was an independent woman, a loving mother, a caring sister, a hard-headed daughter, a dedicated employee, and a faithful friend. She packed more life into 30 years than most people could pack into 100 years.  She will be missed by all who knew her, but her legacy of unbridled compassion and unconditional love will live on through the life of her daughter, Cherry.  

Amanda was preceded in death by her grandparents:  William Bryan McElmurry, Carl Thomas Stanton, and Alberta Jean Stanton and step-dad, John Patrick O’Donnell.

She is survived by her daughter and the light of her life, Cherry Elizabeth Halford-Stanton; mother,  Debra South and husband Ronald of Keizer, Ore.;   father, Timothy Stanton and wife Barbara Stanton of Winnemucca, Nev.; siblings, Vincent Stanton of Stillwater, Kimberly Stanton Berg and husband Joshua, of Stillwater, John Patrick O’Donnell III of Seattle, Wash.; fiance, Chris Harms of Oklahoma City; grandmother, Cherry McElmurray of Medford, Ore.  Amanda is also survived by numerous cousins, aunts, uncles and close friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Cherry Halford Education Fund at any BankSNB (formerly Stillwater National Bank) location.  All proceeds of the fund will go directly toward Cherry’s current and future educational needs and expenses.

Condolences may be sent to the family via an online guestbook at

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