Class of 1943

1943 Graduation Edition
Perry Daily Journal
Darlene McCracken

– the 17 year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. S. McCracken, Orlando. She has lived all her life near Perry, but has attended school here only one year.

She attended school at Lawn View, the Lutheran school and Orlando. In Orlando she was secretary of her freshman class, and secretary of the 4-H club during her freshman, sophomore and junior years. She was also secretary of the Future Homemakers of Oklahoma for two years.

She was a member of the Lutheran Walther League, in the junior class play, in the glee club, on the basketball team and played in the band for three years.

Darlene plans to take nurses’ training after being graduated.

Darlene Iona (McCracken) Anderson

July 12, 1925 – August 22, 2017

Celebration of life service for former Lawton resident, Darlene I. Anderson, will be 1:00 P.M. Friday, August 25, 2017 in St. John Lutheran Church with Rev. Dr. Bill Schneider, pastor and Rev. W.R. Rains, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Guthrie, Oklahoma officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Becker-Rabon Funeral Home.

Darlene I. Anderson, age 92, of Edmond, Oklahoma, died peacefully on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 in Edmond. She was born July 12, 1925 near Orlando, Oklahoma. Her parents were Thaddeus Steven and Edna McCracken. In 1947, Darlene graduated from Wesley School of Nursing. Darlene married Oscar “Andy” Lee Anderson in Woodward, Oklahoma in 1948. They celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary on February 14, 2017.

She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Lawton, Oklahoma. Darlene was an active member of the Lutheran Women Missionary League. She was passionate about serving others within her church and in her work. She worked as a registered nurse for over 40 years. Darlene loved to entertain family and friends. She enjoyed playing Bunko with her friends.

She is survived by her husband of the home, children, Kaye (Richard) Gleason of Visilia , California, Jon (Teresa) Anderson of Rio Rancho, NM, Jane (Dennis) Niskern of Edmond, OK and Gayle Anderson, wife of Kent Anderson who preceded her in death. Her surviving sibling is Twila (Edward) Jones of Prescott, AZ. Other siblings preceding her in death are Wendell (Mary) McCracken, Christine (Elmer) Nida and Effie (Guy) Manning. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Drew Gleason, Hunter Robinson, Thad Anderson, Heather Adcock, Amy Anderson, Travis Anderson, Kathryn Laue and Marla Niskern. She has several great grandchildren, nephews and a niece.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, 102 S.W. 7th Street, Lawton, OK 73501.