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Oberlander, Norma Doris (Gilliland)FS

D.O.D 01/19/2013 - Norma Gilliland Oberlander of Covington, Okla., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. She received her teacher’s certificate from Northwestern State Teachers College in Alva and later attended Phillips University several summers.

She taught at Lone Star School in the Sinclair District, north of Covington, and later in Garber. She continued her interest in education and become the first female member of the Covington Board of Education. She also served on the Covington Town Board, Garfield County Library Board and was a charter member of Covington Garden Club.

She and Jake owned and operated the Oberlander Service Station and Propane Co. for over 50 years.

She loved flowers, especially roses. She thought she struck gold when she discovered the “knockout rose.” After each cold Oklahoma winter, she looked forward to the awakening of spring, when she could plant annuals throughout her yard.

Norma was blessed with a beautiful singing voice. She began singing at her father’s church and continued to sing and play the piano for numerous community events for more than 50 years. She loved to sing the gospel hymns.

Norma was an independent spirit, full of wisdom and grace. She possessed a tenacious faith and a natural beauty. She believed she was led by God’s goodness and mercy through many difficult times, including the Great Depression, the Second World War, the Dust Bowl, and Oklahoma’s hot summers without electricity.

Norma had a daughter, Lynn Oberlander Holloman. She died January 19, 2013 just four days from her 100th birthday.