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A Celebration of Life service for Abbie "LaVena" Sayre Ortega Madden, 83, of Ada will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel in Ada. The Rev. Kenneth Wade will officiate. Burial will follow at New Bethel Cemetery in Byng. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at Criswell Funeral Home.
LaVena was born June 4, 1933, in Fillmore to Harry I. and Mary G. Maurical Sayre, and passed away May 25, 2017, at her daughter's home in Enid. She graduated from Tishomingo High School and received her bachelor's degree in education from East Central Oklahoma State University in 1977. She married Raymond Ortega in 1951. She later married Edgar Madden in 1974. She taught in the Byng school system for 26 years, retiring in 1994.
She is survived by her children, Dr. Sandra Ortega-Wade and her husband, Doug, of Enid, Brenda Sanders and her husband, Stanley, of Fulshear, Texas, and Larry Ortega and his wife, Sonia, of Houston; her grandchildren, Jeff Morrison and his wife, Lindsey, Casey Morrison, Carly Maly and her husband, Jarrod, Elise Wade and Wendi Phelps and her husband, Trey; her great-grandchildren, Serenity, Donovan, Kaylee, Bryleigh, Cade, McClain, Sutton, Ella and Emerson; a sister, LaVerle Pryor; two brothers LaRoyce and LaDon Sayre; and several other family members.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar "Curley" Madden; her daughter, Debby Morrison; her grandson, Stan Sanders Jr; and two sisters, LaDell Willis and LaWana Sayre.
Memorials may be made to the LaVena Ortega Madden Scholarship fund with Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home serving as custodians of the funds.
Published on May 31, 2017
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