Obit of Florence Cecelia Rodman

NICHOLS - Florence Cecelia Rodman, age 89, died peacefully on October 13, 2007, after a long illness. Florence was born September 8, 1918, in Vinita to Arthur Edward and Blanche Florence Oborn Rodman. Florence's mother's parents, John Sanford Oborn and Blanche Florence (Tubbs) Oborn were early pioneers having established their homes in Indian Territory prior to statehood. Florence's father came to Vinita in 1909 from Pierce City, MO. After graduating in 1935 from Vinita High School, Florence (or Flip) married her high school sweetheart Howard Morrison (Buddy) Nichols on November 28, 1935. Her true calling was as a wife, mother, and grandmother, but she spent a number of years working in the family Coca Cola business during the Second World War and again during the 1970's when the business expanded to a new facility. Florence was preceded in death by her loving husband, Howard, in 1991 after 56 years of marriage. A brother, William Arthur Rodman, also preceded her in death in 1985. She is survived by: her children, Janet Stuart and her husband, John of Tulsa, Karen Hoss, whose husband, Dr. Fred Hoss died in 2005 of El Cajon, CA and Sue Ratcliff and husband, Jim of Vinita. She is also survived by: her grandchildren, Kim Wilson, Susan Bott, Sally and Jimmy Ratcliff, 2 step- grandchildren survive, John Stuart and Mark Stuart, 4 great-grandchildren, Dakota, Dillan, Olivia and Nate, and 3 nieces, Willa Rodman Barnes, Celia Rodman Gerfers, Gina Rodman Manders. Service will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, October 18, 2007 at the Pilgrim Presbyterian Church in Vinita with burial at Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Luginbuel Funeral Home. Reverend Richard W. Evans will officiate. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to the Pilgrim Presbyterian Church, 101 S Thompson, Vinita, OK 74301, the Vinita Public Library, 215 W Illinois, Vinita, OK 74301 or to the VPS Educational   
Foundation, P. O. Box 408, Vinita, OK 74301.

Published in the Tulsa World on 10/16/2007.

posted 10-16-2007

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