Rhea Naoma Nine, 86 year old resident of Gage, died Saturday, November 23 2002, at the Shattuck Nursing Center, Shattuck, Oklahoma. Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 27, 2002, at 11:00 a.m. in the Gage United Methodist Church. The Reverend Lesley Broadbent officiated. Interment followed in the Gage Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Johnson's Good Samaritan Funeral Service of Shattuck.
Rhea Naoma Nine was born on November 10, 1916, on a farm northeast of Shattuck to Chester Alverton and Ella Ma (Tipton) Mayberry. Dr. O. C. Newman was the doctor of attendance at her birth. She grew up on the same farm of her birth and attended the M. Zion country grade school. Rhea later attended Gage High School through a portion of her freshman year.
On July 22, 1933, she was united in marriage to Floyd Henry Nine at the Gage Methodist Church by Rev. F.D. Camp. After their marriage, they settled on a farm northwest of Gage where she and Floyd raised their three sons; Lonnie, Bob, and Art. Rhea was a very industrious person, beside being a good wife and mother, she was Floyd's helper on the farm. She also worked at Brown's Sundries in Gage, served as a waitress and cook at Hays Cafe in Shattuck, and had been a sales clerk at several dry good stores in Gage and Shattuck.
In 1940, Rhea received Christ as her savior and baptized in the Christian Church. She attended the Miller Community Church, where she served at Sunday School teacher and song leader. In 1961, she joined the Gage United Methodist Church, were she served as a Sunday school teacher
In her leisure time Rhea enjoyed knitting, crocheting, oil painting, quilting, sewing, ceramics, genealogy and collecting toothpick holders. She belonged to the D.A.R., the Eastern Star, where she had served as worthy matron, Extension Clubs - Rainbo and Progressive, where she had been selected as Ellis County Homemaker of the Year, the president of the Ellis County Historical Society, and she had served on the Ellis County Election and Fair Boards. Rhea was a very loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was always busy with making crafts for her children and grandchildren, but she still found time to be very civic minded, serving the community in many ways. Rhea had a true servant's heart.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Cleo Mayberry and Velma Mayberry. Three brothers, an infant and Ray Mayberry and Grover Mayberry; also on great grandson, Matthew Nine.
Survivors include her husband, Floyd; three sons and their wives, Lonnie ray and Willa Dean Nine of Monett, Missouri, Bob Floyd and Judith Nine of Roswell, New Mexico, and Arthur Frank and Linda Nine of Gage; one sister Alta Richardson, 13 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, and other relatives and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to th Plains Indians and Pioneer Museum.
Obit transcribed by Webmaster from Ellis County newspaper submitted by Linda Fox
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