Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

Betty J. Hamilton

Pawhuska resident Betty J. Hamilton passed away Saturday, June 22 in the Pawhuska Nursing Home. She was 88 years old.

Betty was born Jan. 2, 1925 in Springfield, Mo., the adopted daughter of Oscar and Ruth Ann (White) Richardson. Betty and her sister had been raised by their grandmother, Alice Mayfield. When she turned 18, Betty moved to Tulsa, Okla. to work. At age 24, she met Maurice Hamilton and on July 19, 1950, they were married for the first time in Springfield. They returned to Tulsa, where they lived for 49 years.

Proving their faith in God, they married for the second time in 1955 in the Catholic Church, and remained devoted Catholics for the rest of their lives. Every ten years, the Hamiltons renewed their vows in the Church. They had been married for over 60 years when Maurice passed away on February 18, 2011.

Betty was a member of the American Legion Post 198 Auxiliary, the Klash Kah She Club and the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She had also been an advocate for the Marland Children’s Home.

Survivors include her brother-in-law Otto Hamilton; sister-in-law Christine NoEar; niece Marjorie Williams; nine additional nieces and nephews, several great nieces and nephews, as well as a host of other family and friends. In addition to her husband, Maurice, Betty was preceded in death by her parents, four nephews and a niece.

Rosary was recited on Monday, June 24 at the Indian Camp Chapel in Pawhuska. Traditional Indian Service were held Tuesday, June 25 also at the chapel. Mass followed at the Immaculate conception Catholic Church. Father Chris Daigle will officiated. Interment was at the Pawhuska City Cemetery.

McCartney’s Johnson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Donald William “Bill” Myers passed away on June 17, 2013 in his home from complications of heart and renal failure, joining his beloved son, Billy, who passed into the hands of God on Oct. 9, 1974.

Myers was born in Cedar, Kan. on July 4, 1925 to Oliver Henry and Ferne Fetrow Myers. His boyhood years were spent in Wynona, Pawhuska, and Union Valley, Okla. At the advent of World War II, he joined the U.S. Navy.

In 1949, Bill received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and would begin his career in the petroleum industry in the oil fields of West Texas and Utah.

By 1952, Bill embarked on his first overseas assignment to Indonesia, with Standard Oil Co., New Jersey, and in February 1954, he and Irma Schmidt, an émigré from Estonia, were married in Sydney, Australia.

Between 1954 and 1966, Bill and Irma lived on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, where their children James, Billy and Trisha were born. From 1966 to 1969, Bill’s work with Esso Exploration, Inc., took him and his family to Stavanger, Norway, and for several months in 1969, to Agadir, Morocco. A transfer moved the family then to the Republic of Singapore for the next eight years.

Over the following decade, Bill’s travels in overseas oil exploration continued, sending him to Brazil, Curacao, Papua New Guinea, Burma, Niger, Mexico and India.

Upon retirement to Houston, Texas, a lifelong love of learning led to his earning a B.S. in Biochemical/Biophysical Sciences from the University of Houston in 1995.

With Irma, Bill relocated to Pawhuska in 1997, adopting Ollie, his Border Collie rescue dog in 2000. Over the following years, with studies in biomedical sciences, the Spanish language, world history and U.S. Constitutional law underfoot, Bill engaged in his passion for flying airplanes, having obtained his private pilot’s license in Norway in 1968.

Bill Myers was preceded in death by his father and mother; and two brothers, Arden and LeRoy Myers.

He is survived by his wife, Irma, of Pawhuska; son James and wife, Janet, and family of Houston, Texas; daughter Trisha Myers of Tulsa, OK; sister Mary M. Gilliland of Tulsa; nieces Denny Hartman, Tommye Bailey, Sandra Carole Parrish and nephew Terry Gilmore.

McCartney’s Johnson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


John Frederick Hughes departed this life at home on his ranch near Bartlesville, Okla. in the early morning hours of June 19, 2013. He had been battling cancer for the last several years.

Hughes was 80 years old, having been born to A.M. and Elsie Tyson Hughes, on May 16, 1933, in Bartlesville.

He graduated from College High School in Bartlesville in 1951. He attended Oklahoma A&M (OSU), where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science in 1955. John was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity and met his beloved wife, Lorna McLeod Hughes, while at OSU. John and Lorna were married the year following graduation. John returned to Osage County where he spent the rest of his life doing what he loved – ranching.

Hughes was legendary in the ranching industry and was recently awarded by Oklahoma Governor, Mary Fallin, the “Outstanding Achievement Award in Agriculture”, and was inducted into the Oklahoma Agriculture Hall of Fame. Among some of the many awards John received over his 58 year career in ranching were “Oklahoma’s Outstanding Young Farmer-Rancher” in 1962, “Oklahoma Cattleman of the Year” in 1993 and BEEF Magazine and Elanco Animal Health’s “Stocker Operator of the Year” in 2003.

He served on numerous local, state and national boards and commissions, which included the Frank Phillips Foundation, Director of the Grand River Dam Authority, National Livestock Commission, Director of the U.S. Meat Export Federation, President of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association and Director on the National Cattlemen’s Association. He also served nearly 25 years on the Arvest Bank Board (formerly First National Bank).

Hughes leaves a legacy that has been described by some as larger than life. His passion for ranching was second only to his love for friends and family. John unselfishly shared his life with others, whether it be playing in the yard with his children for countless hours as they were growing up, or mentoring someone in the areas of brush control, beef production or being a steward of the land. John was known for his incredible memory and will be missed for his legendary story telling ability.

He is survived by his faithful and loving wife of 57 years, Lorna M. Hughes. He is also survived by one sister, Anna Marie Sellers, of Tulsa; and one brother, Robert S. Hughes, of Orlando, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Sara Horne, of Salt Lake City.

Hughes leaves four children, daughter Mary Hughes Hudson and her husband Rob Hudson of Guthrie, daughter Jane Hughes Kirkpatrick and her husband Dr. Steve Kirkpatrick of Bartlesville, son Robert S. Hughes II and his wife Mia Hughes of Bartlesville, and daughter Sally Hughes Trentman and her husband Kent Trentman of Pawhuska. He had thirteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Those wishing to make donations may do so to the OSU Foundation for Animal Science Dept. 400 S. Monroe, Stillwater, Ok. 74074, or to the Sigma Nu Educational Foundation EE Scholarship Fund, PO Box 1869, Lexington, Va. 24450.

Funeral services were held June 24, 2013, at First Baptist Church Bartlesville, Okla. Arrangements were under the direction of the Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home.