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November 6, 2003
NorthWest Oklahoman
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Depha Ruby Sweeden

Depha Ruby Sweeden was born May 8, 1921, to Julian and Alice Eva (Stark) Cox at Myrtle, MO. She passed from this life in Shattuck Nursing Center, on October 27, 2003 at the age of 82 years, 5 months and 19 days.

Depha grew to womanhood in Myrtle, MO graduating from high school in 1939. She married Edward Bruce Sweeden in February 1949 at Hosington, Kan. To this union four children were born, Randy Brice, Delathia Elene, Everand Bruce, and Cynthia Ann.

They lived in Kansas and Southern California before Delpha moved to Arnett in 1969. She was a homemaker and devoted Mother. Delpha loved reading books, cooking and baking and music, especially gospel and country music. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Arnett.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Julian and Alice Cox,; her son, Everand in 1990; five brothers, Leonard Cox, Boyce Cox, Bascomb Cox, Osborne Cox and Wilburn Cox; two sisters, Bertha Cox and Bulah Gilbreath.

Delpha is survived by her son, Randy Sweeden of Placerville, Calif., two daughters, Delathia Mize of Victoria, Tex., and Cynthia Kies and husband David of Shattuck, eight grandchildren, Jocelyn, Christopher, Tracy, Aaron, Jeremy, Shannon, Carrie Ann and Samantha, five great-grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy Gilbreath and husband Elmer of Arnett; several nieces, nephew, other family and many friends.

Services were held October 29, 2003 at Shaw Funeral Home Chapel, Arnett with interment following at DeBolt Cemetery. Services arranged by Shaw Funeral Home, Arnett.

Submitted & transcribed by Judy Lacklier