Tecumseh Golden Age Center



Mother’s Day comes and goes,

our love for our mothers continues on. My mother, Thearl Lester “Myers” Stanley, passed away on May 6, 2010, at the age of 90.

She was the 13th child born to Joel Lee and Lee Anna Myers in Baker Springs, AR. Her father passed away when she was only 8 years old. By then, her oldest brother, Covert Myers, had drifted to Macomb, OK, and married the farmer’s daughter, Annie Fox. That is how my dad, Kenneth “Bud” Stanley of Tribbey, OK, found her in the cotton patch, courted her, and married her on Aug. 8, 1942.

They were married by my great-grandpa, Robert Fowler, under a tree in the Tecumseh park located where Tecumseh Middle School is presently located. In 1947, we moved to Tecumseh when I was only 3; my dad worked at Tinker Air Force Base by then.

She spent the next 60 years being a homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother, Christian, volunteer, and friend to all at 311 W. Washington Street. One of her proudest moments was her high school graduation from Tecumseh in 1958. She loved to play the guitar (which she learned to play at 9 years of age) and listen to country music. She enjoyed crochet, reading, painting, writing letters, and writing the news for the County-Wide News. She was the Frontier Days Sweetheart in 1997.

Her legacy was passed to her two daughters: Arthenia Haney of Tecumseh and Thearlene “Morris” Spencer of Hot Springs, AR; to her four grandchildren, Audra Haney, Anthony Haney (wife Laura), Nicquel (Morris) Gordon (husband Neil), and Nick Morris (wife Amy); to her six great-grandchildren, Natalie, Madison, and Carter Haney and Cooper, William, and Charlee Gordon.

The next day, following her death, Tecumseh was hit by a devastating tornado which my mother had feared all of her life! That day was 10 years ago today. She is buried in Tecumseh Cemetery where my dad joined her on July 31, 2017. They are now joined in death as they were in life, united in Christ.

M is for mother of two, Arthenia and Thearlene

O is for optimist in life as in death

T is for teacher, both public and private

H is for helpmate to Bud Stanley for 67 years

E is for eternity in heaven having given her life to Christ in ’53

R is for Reliable, Responsible, Respected, REMEMBERED.


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