I believe in Enid High School, her traditions and ideals; I believe in honesty in every-day tasks and in faithfulness in duty; I believe in the joy that comes from worthwhile fun, generous comradeship, and loyal service to my school; I believe in modesty in victory and an unconquerable spirit in defeat; I believe in keeping faith with my neighbor, my father and mother, my country, and my God.
Now Known As: S. Taylor Stephens-ParkerDear EHS Class of 1960,
Now for the Bio:
I went to Phillips University for 1 full year after EHS graduation As a sophomore, I transferred to the University of Kansas, and was planning on nursing. I also met my 1st husband there. Married in Dec. 1962, we moved to Kansas City. I worked at TWA for 2 years while my husband, John H. Burkle, Jr finished his business degree. I quit my job and went back to KU in the Spring of 1965, this time on the KU Med Center Campus in Kansas City, KS. After 2 years and 3 months there, 92 of us student nurses graduated with a BS in Nursing on June 5, 1967! Just 3 days later, our daughter Amy was born at KUMC.
We lived in the KC area for 2 years, during which time our son, John III, was born in Dec. 1968. Six weeks later John got a promotion and a transfer to Chicago where it was freezing cold in February 1969. After 4 years of long winters, John landed a promotion in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area in Texas. My BFF, Eileene (Crook) and her husband, Phil Carey, sang the praises of the Arlington schools.
Amy was 5 and expecting to go to Kindergarten, but Texas didn’t have public Kindergarten! Amy was enrolled in a private school. Solution found!
So, for the most part, I have lived in Arlington for 37 years. I can tell you that a mild Winter in Texas appears to mean a hotter than Hell Summer! My goal is to spend the hottest months in COOL places in 2011. If your Summer and Fall are COOL, I just might have to visit you!
They say that when you buy a new house it is followed by a new baby. Yup. It happened to me. They were right: our 3rd child, Annabeth, was born in Oct. 1973. Anna moved from Austin to Boston this past Summer, trying to achieve COOL temperatures. She is a much-in-demand hair dresser at a large salon and loving her new digs in the NE.
In 1980, after 18 years of marriage and two years of counseling, I filed for a divorce from John. Very shortly thereafter I finished up my Masters Degree in Psychiatric and Mental Health and had launched my career as a Nurse/Clincian at Tarrant County MHMR.
Fourteen months later, a $5000 raise in pay got me 2 stints at John Peter Smith Hospital, the County hospital. There I served in the Psych ER & also as Charge Nurse of the Acute Adult Psychiatric Unit. What a trip that was!!
My next job was as a Weekender at Willow Creek Hospital, in far South Arlington, I was the Charge Nurse on the Adolescent Girls Unit. I can tell you some pretty good stories about those days!!
After 5 ½ years at Willow Creek, a new administration took over. I was hired by a former colleague at Medical Plaza Hospital for the Day Shift Weekend Charge Nurse on the Adult Acute Unit. I worked there for 10 months before the administration closed the unit. I took advantage of being laid-off permanently.
I now had time to plan, plot, and polish my return to the workforce!
My last nursing job for hospital nursing was with Tarrant County MHMR, in July of 1994 thru 1997. This time as Nurse Clinician in the Psych Crisis Clinic. These were some of my most enjoyable years. Our staff was very cohesive and almost like family.
I was looking for something which would be nurturing to myself and others as well. The next day I answered an ad for a live in caregiver for a 94 year old woman. I interviewed with her son, and he hired me on the spot! I started working the next Monday and ended up working there for 4 more years!
In the years since then I have –much to my surprise—(1) become a Master Gardener in 2002 AND become (2) a Citizen Ambassador to the World as a member of Friendship Force International! My dear husband and I have been traveling widely for the last 8 years and hope to keep doing it into our 80s!
This may come as a surprise, but true—I had a baby girl and gave her up for adoption. I had a lot of time to think about it, but doing it was not easy. I was able to find her in 1997 pretty quickly—Trish Belden Rice was 37 when we first talked about our relationship would or could be. Trish was married to Mike Rice and they had a 22 month old girl, Danielle, and they lived in Omaha, NE. It was a VERY EMOTIONAL reunion for both of us in January 1998. They now live in Tomball,TX ,. about 1 hr NW of Houston.—Danielle is 15 and Matthew is 10. Mike works for HP and Trish works for a MD in a family practice clinic nearby. You would know her if you saw her—-she looks just like me!!
Amy is now 43 and is married to Trey Hancock. They live in El Paso, TX, and have 2 children: Josh is 12 and Katie will soon be 10. Amy graduated from UTA and is now home schooling both children. I have to say that I admire her very much—don’t think I could’ve done that! Trey owns his own business, Physical Therapy. Both are now learning how to play tennis.
John will be 42 in Dec. He lives and works in the San Francisco area. He has always liked to take things apart and see what’s up with things. His specialty is working on motorcycles, snowmobiles, and other sport machines. He has 1 son, Johnathan. I feel deep sadness when I think of him. I haven’t seen him since he was 19. Our relationship is pretty pitiful. Though I’d like to mend the relationship, I doubt it will actually happen. I’m grateful I at least know he’s alive and working!
Annabeth is 37. She moved from Austin, TX to Boston, MA just five months ago after passing her GED with flying colors. She quickly found a job with an upscale hair salon in Dedham and now lives enjoys not having a big yard to care for—it gives her time to spend at Cape Cod! She is clearly enjoying living in Boston!
I was divorced for over 20 years when I rescued Judge Hugh Stanton Parker from being single! I had only known him for 19 years when he proposed to me on Feb. 28, 2000. Knowing that this “rescue” could morph into a retreat, I arranged for a friend of mine to officiate at our home wedding March 21, 2000. We wrote our own double ring vows, but when shopping for rings, he was reluctant to buy one for himself! Why? Because he had never worn one before. So I told him that if he didn’t want to wear a ring, then we could just go to a pawn shop and find one for him to use at our double ring wedding, and then just toss it. At this point, he said, “I think I’ve changed my mind. I’ll buy a ring for me, too.” Stan is the best procrastinator I have ever known!! He is also a wonderful husband, Dad, and Grandpa. We’ve enjoyed 10 ½ years of wedded bliss. In those years we have found great pleasure in traveling the world with Friendship Force, International for the past 8 years!
Now that the Entire Class Members of 1960 are of retirement age, I’d like to invite ALL of you to find a Friendship Force Group in your city, state, or region—wherever you are. Start with this website: www.thefriendshipforce.org There are over 350 chapters world wide. We have found that if you put your feet under your hosts’ table, you sleep in their home, you spend time with them, you will come to learn that ALL people want most of the things that we, too, hold near and dear to our hearts. We begin with:
PEACE ON EARTH! AND LET IT BEGIN WITH ME!
After graduating from OU, I married a recently graduated lawyer, Don Davis, and we moved to his hometown of Lawton. He practiced law and was a member of the OK House of Representatives for ten years, and then in 1980 became President of Cameron University for 22 years.
Following graduation from OSU with a degree in journalism, I took off for Washington, D.C. to seek a career in journalism and my fortune. I never got very far into the journalism career and I’m still looking for that fortune, but along the way I discovered my husband, John, (we married in 1967) and a fascinating 30-year career working for the U. S. Agency for International Development. John and I were both U.S. foreign service officers working in developing countries for four-year stints in Vietnam, Kenya, Jordan, Swaziland, and El Salvador, with occasional positions in Washington, D.C. We adopted our son, Chris, in 1974. He grew up in all of those places, married last year, and lives and works in San Diego.
John and I retired to a tiny community on the north Oregon coast. We’ve become involved in a number of volunteer activities. We also thoroughly enjoy all sorts of hiking, fishing, clamming, crabbing, and other outdoor opportunities in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
After graduation I attended University of Oklahoma for my freshman year; I was intending to get a degree in nursing. That summer I worked at St. Mary’s Hospital in the addmission office. I found I was not a nurse candidate – too much empathy. A chance to be a Flight Attendant with TWA appeared – I decided to try. I flew for two and a half years until Phil and I married in 1964. It was great fun! I think the experience was very good training for my real career as a wife of a pilot. I knew about crazy schedules, time zones, strange hotels, working holidays(no extra pay), spaceavailable travel, and the “care and feeding” of the crew – the most important passengers on your plane. Friends would ask me, “Where’s Phil?”, I didn’t always know, but I did know when he should arrive home.
We have two children. A daughter, Annette, graduated from University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing . She worked in Open-heart ICU until she married and had a son, Charlie (age 15); and a daughter, Abigail (age 13). Now, Annette is a Jr. High School nurse.(Remember Jr. High?)
Our son, David, is also a Longhorn graduate with an MBA. He is a Manager of Training with Fannie Mae. He is married and has a son, Michael(age 17); and a daughter, Rachel (age 15).
I have just read all of the bios and am more excited than ever to see
everyone! I must say Suzi Hockmeyer Law gets the award for the
funniest! I can’t wait to order her husband’s book.
Here’s my life in brief: I graduated from OSU in 1964 with a
degree in Music Education, taught one year in Jefferson County,
Colorado, married my current & favorite husband, Ed, in 1965. (He was
one of those pilots from the base who we weren’t supposed to date,
remember?) He was a fighter pilot and an airline captain with Eastern
Airlines. We lived in Maryland and New York and most of our lives in
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We have two daughters, Kyle & Lexy Lee,
and five grandchildren. Kyle lives in South Carolina near us. Lexy
lives in Bermuda. Her husband is a foreign service diplomat there.
I have always been involved in music, as so many of you are.
Currently I am the Director of Music and Liturgy at St. Michael Catholic
Church, with an Adult and a Youth Choir. I really enjoy my work. Who
knew when I was playing piano for Miss Morrow that I would be using all
of her words of wisdom in choirs of my own.
I am so looking forward to seeing everyone. My husband won’t be
attending. He went through chemo & radiation treatment last year and
isn’t up to it. The good news is all of his tests and blood work are
OK. Hallelujah! I will be rooming with Beverly Palecek Tuggle, my best
friend in high school. Some things change but good friends stay the
See you all in October! Fondly, Lexy
After graduation I attended college at Southwestern State in Weatherford then I moved to Oklahoma City and attended the nursing program at Saint Anthony’s Hospital and became an RN. Most of my nursing career was spent working in the ER”S at Baptist and Deaconess Hospitals. The last twelve years I have worked in the heart cath lab at Deaconess. I have been blessed with good health, so I continue to work full-time, and I hope to at least work for two more years before I begin to think of retirement.
I married Gary Brewer (alum EHS 1959) . We were married for 28 years then divorced. We had two children Kevin and Kim. They are both graduates of OU and live in Oklahoma City. They both are doing well in their careers. Kim is married and has 2 sons, Garrett 2 and Keller 1. I love being a grandparent and spend alot of my free time with the grandsons.
It is hard to write about your life for 50 years since your high school graduation. I have had a good life with few regrets. This will be only the second reunion I have attended, so I am looking forward to seeing many of you after all these years.
I recently had knee surgery and must continue wearing the knee & leg immobilizer brace 24/7 for several more weeks so my activities have been extremely curtailed until I can resume driving in about 2 more months. Unfortunately, this also means that I’m not able to attend our class’ 50th reunion. I’ve enjoyed reading the bios and hope that everyone has a great time at the reunion. Sharon Adams James 9/18/2010
I went to the University of Illinois, taking four years of Air Force ROTC and graduating with a BS in Accountancy. In the first half of June, 1964, Eileene and I were married and went to Illinois for my graduation and commissioning ceremonies. In October I began pilot training – which I had wanted to do since I was a little kid – graduating a year later, followed by three and a half years as an instructor pilot.
In 1969 I started as a pilot with American Airlines. I flew the 707,727,757,767,777 and my favorite, the DC-10. After I made Captian, I spent most of my career as an instructor/check airman at American’s Flight Academy. I gave training and check rides to both First Officers and Captains on 727’s and DC-10’s in simulators and airplanes, including giving FAA type rating check rides to Captians in both airplanes.
In May of 2001 I took early retirement, after flying the 777 four months. The job was starting to feel like work, the DC-10 had been retired in November of 2000, and the “Biggie” – after putting up with 35+ years of my being a pilot, Eileene was getting tired of worrying that my luck might be about to run out.
We would like to see everyone at the reunion, and find out what everyone’s been up to, but we’re not going to make it. Have a great time !
I had made no special plans that summer of 1960 after graduating from high school. I didn’t want to be drafted and was considering enlisting when my mother offered to pay my tuition to Phillips University. There I stayed and studied, working part time at Owens Supply Company, and graduated with a B.A. in 1965. After several years spent working short periods from job to job, and also loafing, writing, and traveling a few months in Europe, I attended the University of Oklahoma from which I graduated with a Master’s Degree in 1975. I met my wife, Donis Casey, at the University and we were married in Lubbock, Texas. We worked two years in the Lubbock City-County Library and then took off for a year and travelled across Europe. We returned to live a while in Tulsa and then Norman, finally settling in Arizona in about 1985. We will celebrate our 36th anniversary in November of this year.
We have worked over the years mostly in libraries, though we did own a small Irish-Scottish import shop for about ten years. But a greater dream for both of us was in the field of writing. Donis has had four novels published, all set in Oklahoma. I have one book of poetry published by Bellowing Ark Press titled The Road.
We have made our home in Tempe, Arizona the past 25 years. Though I have not lived in Oklahoma for a quarter century, I will always miss it, and it will always be home.