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Rev. Glenda Kay Buchanan, 67, of Oklahoma City died July 21, 2012.

Kay was born Aug. 10, 1944, in Olney, Texas. She married Robert Neil Buchanan.

Her first career was in the field of nursing, including home healthcare and hospital administration. Then she answered God’s call to minister and graduated in 2004 from Perkins School of Theology. She was ordained an elder in 2007.

She pastored at Wilson, Hugo-First, Ardmore-Asbury, and Pond Creek, retiring this year. As a member of the Board of Ordained Ministry, she was co-dean of Local Pastors Licensing School. She also was active in the Emmaus community as both a layperson and clergywoman.

Survivors include son Andrew Lee Buchanan, daughter Michelle Marie Daniels, and three grandchildren.

Service was July 28 at Madill-First UMC, with burial at Woodberry Forest Cemetery, Madill.


Rev. Joe Lawrence Hock, 79, of Edmond died July 8, 2012. He had retired in 1997 after 40 years of ministry.

Joe was born Oct. 14, 1932, in Oklahoma City. He graduated from Oklahoma City University and Perkins.

He pastored at Luther, Wheatland, Deer Creek, Ringling, Davis, Hi Way, Spencer, and Coalgate; in Oklahoma City, at Lakeside, St. Mark’s, and Epworth; and in Terrell, Texas. He worked at West Side Counseling Center for 18 years.

Survivors include his wife, Elroes "Poppy" Hock; daughters Pam Dickinson, Jayna Hock, and Judy Conrady; six grandsons and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial service was July 12 at OKC-Church of the Servant.


Joyce Adams Curtis, 61, of Weatherford died July 25, 2012. She was the wife of Rev. John Torrey Curtis, who retired in 2007.

She was a member of the music faculty at Southwestern Oklahoma State University at the time of her death.

Joyce was born Aug. 30, 1950, in Mooreland. A gifted pianist and singer and admired choral director, she had a long career centered in music. She earned a degree in organ and music education from OCU and, while a graduate student at Southern Methodist University, met Torrey when touring with the SMU Choir.

Survivors include her husband and two children, Christopher Curtis and Laurin Townsend.

Memorial service was July 31 in the OCU Smith Chapel, with burial at the cemetery in Sharon.


Dorothy Ann Ging, 90, of Sapulpa, died July 19, 2012. She was the widow of Rev. Herman Carl Ging Jr., who died in 1998.

Dorothy was born Oct. 14, 1921, at Gibbon. She married Herman on June 21, 1942.

She held major roles in church leadership development, including presenting the Human Sexuality Training in the Oklahoma Conference, volunteering for many years at youth camps, and singing in choir.

She had recently been honored by the hospital in Sapulpa for 12,436 volunteer hours.

Service was July 23 at Sapulpa UMC.


Robert Lee Hays of Skiatook died June 17, 2012. He was the father of Rev. Marcia Martin, pastor at Vian.

William "Liam" Weldon Hughes-Ruddell was born June 29, 2012. He is the son of Revs. Crystal Hughes, pastor at Morris, and Christopher Ruddell, associate pastor at Bixby-First.



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