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Vergie Lucille HALE

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  • Name Vergie Lucille HALE 
    Born 29 Aug 1916  Garfield County, OK Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Social Security No. 447-24-8865 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 23 May 1997  Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, OK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 27 May 1997  Elmwood Cemetery, Augusta, Butler County, KS Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • (1) Enid News & Eagle, October 24, 1990, p. A-4:

      Finds master mix recipe during world travels

      Vergie Brown, 412 N. Oakwood Terrace, No. 117, says baking and traveling are among her favorite things to do. A retiree, she keeps just as busy as when she was in the work force and enjoys every minute of it.

      "There's nothing spectacular about me," says Brown, who readily admits she does have a great love for cooking and baking. She's happy to see the holidays approaching because that means she gets to do more of the things she loves.

      Fruit cake is a favorite and she's already planning the apple fruitcake she'll send to her daughter. She sends one each year, where ever her daughter is located. This year, it's Aberdeen, Scotland. Her daughter, Doris Densmore, is the wife of Wes Densmore, executive vice president of Occidental Oil.

      It's no secret that Brown thinks very highly of her son-in-law. She says his profession takes the Densmores to many locations around the world. Which, of course, means she gets to go visit them. She loved traveling when she was single, as well. She's been to numerous points in Europe, South Africa, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, China, Old Mexico, Canada, and parts of South America.

      Brown enjoyed visiting her daughter's family when they were in the Philippines for six years. She's even a member of the Philippine Women's Club. "I practically lived there," she said. A widow, she is a member of the First United Methodist Church and enjoys volunteer work. She belongs to the Golden Swingers. a group of people who dance at the Hoover Building twice a week. Brown feels fortunate having some family near her. She has two sister, Evelyn Frederick and Elfa Lang, and one brother, Joseph Hale, all of Enid. She was reared "in Garfield County in the country, between Covington and Marshall."

      In the professional world, Brown worked as a cosmeotologist in five states and was a nurse. She worked at Garfield County Health Department here during the 1960's.

      She's always on the lookout for new recipes. While she was in the Philippines, she picked up a master mix recipe which makes it easy to bake things like muffins, breads, cookies and cakes. The recipe she shares for master mix was developed at Purdue University. It will make 29 cups of mix, enough to make one batch of every recipe printed.


      5 pounds all-purpose flour (20 cups)
      2 1/2 cups dry milk solids
      3/4 cup double acting baking powder
      3 tablespoons salt
      2 tablespoons cream of tartar
      1/2 cup sugar
      2 pounds vegetable shortening

      Stir baking powder, salt, cream of tartar, dry milk solids and sugar into unsifted flour. Then sift all together; cut shortening into flour mixture until mix looks like cornmeal. Place in two Tupperware econo-canisters or one giant canister. Store at room temperature (even in the Philippines this will keep without refrigeration for 3 months.)

      Use the basic mix for the following recipes.

      [The article gives recipes for biscuits, pancakes, muffins, waffles, gingerbread, drop cookies, coffee cake, and yellow cake.]

      (2) Letter to the Editor, Enid News & Eagle, June 8, 1991, p. A-7:

      Please return bronze marker

      Dear Editor:

      Someone took my brother's bronze World War II marker. His burial place is the Marshall Odd Fellows Cemetery, Marshall. He died Sept. 8, 1946, after the war.

      One year the caretaker had run over it, bending it double. I found it in the trash heap. I brought it here in Enid to the VFW club. They straightened it up and polished it. I looked through the trash. It wasn't there so I cried.

      Maybe someone will know where I can find another bronze marker. Glod [sic] bless our soldiers. I miss so many.

      Virgie Brown

      (3) Enid News & Eagle, May 25, 1997, p. D-8:


      Funeral services for Vergie L. Brown, age 80, of Enid will be 2 p.m., Monday at the Wesley Chapel in the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Lucinda Holmes officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Elmwood Cemetery, Augusta, KS, under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home.

      Vergie died on May 23, 1997 after mitral valve surgery at Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

      Vergie was born August 29, 1916 on a farm in Garfield County. She was wed to Dorris M. Brown on July 24, 1934. "Brownie" was in the oil business and they lived all over the mid-Southwest part of the United States. He died in 1954 in Augusta, KS.

      Vergie was a cosmetologist for a number of years and then nursing. She retired in 1980 after which she did volunteer work.

      Vergie traveled extensively with her daughter and son-in-law after retiring, visiting places from the Philippines and Indonesia to Kenya, Scotland, and Europe.

      She is survived by her daughter, Doris Ann Densmore and son-in-law, Wesley M. Densmore of Calgary, Canada; brothers: Joe C. Hale of Purcell, OK, Bob Hale of Grand Lake, OK, Dick Hale of Pampa, TX, Billy Hale of Gainesville, TX, and a sister, Lois Norris of West Chester, Pennsylvania.

      Doris, her daughter, says "she is the best mother you would ever hope to have."

      (4) Funeral card:


      Enid, Oklahoma

      * * *

      In Memory

      August 29, 1916 - May 23, 1997

      Monday May 26, 1997
      2:00 PM
      1st United Methodist Church
      Enid, Oklahoma

      Rev. Lucinda Holmes

      2:00 PM Tuesday
      May 27, 1997
      Augusta, Ks

      * * *

      God hath not promised
      Skies always blue,
      Flower-strewn pathways
      All our lives through.
      God hath not promised
      Sun without rain,
      Joy without sorrow,
      Peace without pain.

      But God hath promised
      Strength for the day,
      Rest for the labor,
      Light for the way.
      Grace for the trials,
      Help from above,
      Unfailing sympathy
      Undying love.

      * * *


      In behalf of the family, we wish to express gratitude for your many kindnesses evidenced in thought and deed, and for your attendance at the memorial service.

      Will those driving in the funeral procession please turn on the headlights of their car until arrival at the cemetery.

      Every Consideration Is Yours

      Enid, Oklahoma

      (5) Enid News & Eage, June 8, 1997, p. D-6:


      Doris Ann Densmore, daughter, and Wesley M. Densmore, son-in-law of Vergie L. Brown who passed away on May 23, 1997, want to thank all of the friends and relatives who sent flowers and cards and who gave works and expressions of sympathy. Doris Ann and Wes loved Vergie with all their hearts and she will be in their hearts forever. Goodbye sweet "VV".

      (6) Social Security Death Index:

      Name: Vergie L. Brown
      SSN: 447-24-8865
      Last Residence: 73703 Enid, Garfield, Oklahoma, United States of America
      Born: 29 Aug 1916
      Died: 23 May 1997
      State (Year) SSN issued: Oklahoma (Before 1951)
    Person ID I786  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2018 

    Father Don Ecily HALE,   b. 5 Dec 1888, Henry County, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1965, Covington, Garfield County, OK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Edna Lee DeBELL,   b. 19 Nov 1890, Skidmore, Nodaway County, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jun 1985, Enid, Garfield County, OK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 27 Jul 1909  Enid, Garfield County, OK Find all individuals with events at this location  [2

    • (1) Application for Marriage License

      Garfield County )

      I, Don E Hale of Garfield County, State of Oklahoma, aged 20 years, and legally competent to make and take an oath, do solemnly swear that I am acquainted with Mr. Don E. Hale and Miss Edna Debell who are parties for the marriage of whom a LICENSE is hereby applied for. The said parties, and each of them, are of sound contracting mind and unmarried and not disqualified or incapable under the law of entering into the marriage relation. That said parties are not of the relationship prohibited by law and may lawfully contract and be joined in marriage.

      I furthermore do solemnly swear that the following schedule, containing the names of the aforesaid parties, their age, color, places of birth and residence is correct in every particular, to the best of my knowledge, information and belief, to-sit:


      Don E Hale Groom
      Edna Debell Bride








      Coldwater Okla.
      " "


      /s/ Don E. Hale Applicant

      Subscribed and sworn to before me, 27 July 1909

      /s/ Boyd McClain Clerk

      I, the undersigned, Father of Don E Hale named in the above application, as under marriageable age, do hereby give my consent to his marriage to Edna Debell, this 27 day of July, A. D. 1909

      /s/ J F Hale
      Parent or Guardian

      (2) Marriage License

      _____ County )

      To Any Person Authorized to Perform the Marriage Ceremony, Greeting:

      You are hereby authorized to join in marriage Mr. Don E Hale and Miss Edna Debell of the County aforesaid, whose ages, residence, etc. are as follows:


      Don E Hale Groom
      Edna Debell Bride








      Coldwater, Okla.
      " "

      And of this license you will make due return to my office within thirty days from this date.

      In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said Court, at my office in Enid in said County, this 27 day of July A.D., 1909

      Boyd McClain

      Clerk of the County Court.



      State of Oklahoma, ss.

      I, James B. Cullison County Judge, of Enid in Garfield County, State of Oklahoma, do hereby certify that I joined in marriage the persons named in and authorized by this License to be married, on the 27 day of July A. D., 1909, at Enid in Garfield County, Okla., in the presence of

      Grace Hale )
      ) WITNESSES.
      S S Skaggs )

      /s/ James B Cullison
    Family ID F1079  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Dorris Murry BROWN,   b. Sep 1908,   d. 2 Oct 1954, Augusta, Butler County, KS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years) 
    Married 24 Jul 1934  Hutchinson, Reno County, KS Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
     1. Living
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2018 19:11:43 
    Family ID F1071  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Lester HILL,   d. 1982 
    Married 24 Jul 1967  KS Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced In the 1970s Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2018 19:11:43 
    Family ID F1072  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    2. Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Citation Text: (1) Oklahoma CountyMarriages, 1891-1959: Name: Don E Hale Titles & Terms: Event: Marriage Event Date: 27 Jul 1909 Event Place: Garfield, Oklahoma Age: 20 Race: Birth Date: Estimated Birth Year: 1889 Marriage License or Bond Date: Place of Marriage License or Bond: Garfield, Oklahoma Father: J F Hale Father's Titles & Terms: Mother: Mother's Titles & Terms: Spouse: Edna Debell Spouse's Titles & Terms: Miss Spouse's Age: 18 Spouse's Race: Spouse's Birth Date: Spouse's Estimated Birth Year: 1891 Spouse's Father: Spouse's Father's Titles & Terms: Spouse's Mother: Spouse's Mother's Titles & Terms: Reference Number: Film Number: 1398698 Digital Folder Number: 4532285 Image Number: 00057.