Class of 1927
“Still hunting for the man whose ribs she has.”
Thelma Lenore (Chesser-Cordes) Bittman
October 11, 1908 – January 14, 2002
Thelma Lenore Bittman, Perry, OK, died January 14, 2002 in Green Valley Nursing Home. She was the daughter of Edward Chesser and Codelia Chesser-Cordes and born October 11, 1908 in Perry, OK.
She married Walter Aloyus Bittman on July 19, 1927. They owned and operated Art Cleaners in Perry before moving to Norman, OK in 1943 where they opened and operated Courtesy Cleaners. In 1963, they moved back to Perry to retire.
Mrs. Bittman was a member of the Marigold Garden Club, Wednesday Afternoon Sewing Club, Progress Club and Royal Neighbors of America. She also was active in the Meals on Wheels program, was a member of the Grey Ladies and served many years as an elected member of the Noble County Fair Board.
In 1994, she was honored as Woman of the Year by the Delta Theta and Epsilon Rho chapters of Beta Sigma Phi.
Survivors are one son, Don Bittman, and his wife Loretta, Prescott, AZ; grandchildren, Steve Bittman and his wife, Clair, Tishomingo, OK, Sandee Smith and her husband, Chuck, Edmond, OK, Stan Bittman and his wife, Althea, Oklahoma City, OK, Sharon McMahon and her husband Jim, Phoenix, AZ, Suzi Warden her husband, Steve, of Perry, OK, Dan Driehorst and his wife, Pam, of Oklahoma City, OK, and Cyndi Driehorst, Phoenix, AZ; great-grandchildren, Marta Thomason and her husband, Kyle, and Melanie Gladhill and her husband, Zac, all of Norman, OK, Katie Bittman. Terra Hutte, IN, Kyle Smith, Dallas, TX, Jenni Schuman and her husband, B. J., Arlington, TX, Jill Bittman, Lawton, OK, ‘Haley and Savanna Bittman and Nicole Driehorst, all of Oklahoma City, OK, Leslie and Andrew McMahon, Phoenix, AZ, Ami Warden, Cheryl Curtis and her husband, James, Perry, OK, Shawn Warden, Tulsa, OK, and Sterling Driehorst, Phoenix, AZ; eight great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Her parents, husband, daughter, Peggy Lenore Ligon, granddaughter, Dawna Lenore Driehorst, great-grandson, Erik Michael Smith, one brother and two sisters preceded her in death.
Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002 in the chapel of Brown-Sisson Funeral Home. Rev. Ron Weathers will officiate. Burial will be in Grace Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.