Elizabeth Witherow

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Elizabeth Witherow

June 21, 1934 - February 18, 2019

Elizabeth Witherow Elizabeth Pruner Witherow, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away Feb. 18, 2019, after a brief illness. She was loved by all and will be greatly missed.
She was born June 21, 1934, to Edward and Gertrude (Hagar) Pruner in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Dallas. She attended Holy Trinity grade school and graduated from Ursuline Academy of Dallas in 1952.
She received a B.A. in education from Southern Methodist University in 1956 and taught elementary education in Dallas. In 1993, she earned a B.A. in pastoral ministry from Kansas Newman College.
Elizabeth married Jack L. Witherow in 1960. They enjoyed a 58-year marriage, living in Texas, Indiana, Missouri and Oregon, and settled in Ada, where they raised their four daughters. Following Jack's retirement from the EPA, they traveled to European and Far Eastern countries with friends and took many cruises.
They loved to fish and play bridge together and were very involved in St. Joseph Catholic Church and charity work. For several years, Elizabeth was the director of religious education at St. Joseph.
Elizabeth was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority, Daughters of the American Revolution, Fortnightly, Elks Club, League of Women Voters, Renew Prison Ministry, Meals on Wheels, Prime Timers, Home Visitations, St. Joseph Smorgasbord and two prayer groups. She was a passionate reader and bridge player, belonging to several book and bridge clubs.
Surviving are her husband, Jack; her sister Pat (and Bob Baumann); four daughters, Mary (and Susan Schneider), Annette (and Linus Fuhrmann), Denise (and Mark Lake), Elaine (and Tim Fitzgibbon); 10 grandchildren (Laura, Sean, Rachel, Sarah, Matthew, Maggie, Colin, Katie and Dylan, and Willie, who preceded her in death); and four great-grandchildren.
A Vigil service (rosary) will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Criswell's Funeral Home. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Rite of committal will be held at Calvary Hill Cemetery in Dallas.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Knights of Columbus, P.O. Box 1678, Ada, OK 74820.
Published on February 18, 2019
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6 posts

Debi (Bell) Spivey
Mar 12, 2019
So sorry to here about your mom. She was such a nice woman. Wonderful memories. Thoughts and prayers for you all.
Terry Shockey McJilton
Feb 19, 2019
Aunt Elizabeth was always so beautiful and classy! Uncle Jack and “the girls”... I send my sincere sympathy. I hope to see you in Dallas.
Nora Hagar Wogan
Feb 19, 2019
Elizabeth was the center of all my Hagar cousins as we shared conversations about all of them. I will miss her so very much that my tears flow freely. I share her family's loss and pray for her always. She leaves a place no one can fill.
Take care, Jack! Love always,
Nora Anne Hagar Wogan
Loretta Yin
Feb 19, 2019
One of the first person and the sweetest lady my family - my husband Yin, myself and our three little girls, had the good fortune of meeting in Ada, Ok, in 1966 when we moved there. I shall miss you greatly.
The girls' and my thoughts are with you, my dear Ada family.
Anthony Radosevich
Feb 19, 2019
So sad to hear about Elizabeth’s passing unto the caring hands of our Lord.. many thoughts and prayers are with you Jack and your family during this difficult time. The best I remember about her was her extremely contagious smile and upbeat personality..
Christine Wardwell
Feb 18, 2019
You are in our thoughts and prayers.