Memorial contributions are a touching way to let the family know that your thoughts are with them. When you make a memorial contribution, the family is notified of your thoughtful donation. You can make a memorial contribution online or contact the development office at (405) 236-3100, ext. 207.
David R. Owens, Sr.
We are currently accepting memorial donations in memory of David R. Owens, a friend of the Museum and a talented artist.
June 22, 1942 – April 22, 2014 David Robert Owens, Sr., 71, of Edmond, OK, peacefully passed away on April 22, 2014. David was born in Ada, OK to Delmar and Aubyn Owens. The only child of a minister, he grew up in Tulsa, OK. He graduated from Harding University in Searcy, AR in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism. He married Sharon Cooper, of Salina, KS, in 1963 and had three beautiful children, David Owens, Jr., of Edmond, Christie Hackler, of Edmond, and Matt Owens, of Oklahoma City. David was a generous, kindhearted and hands-on father who solved all problems with his quick witted humor. Owens worked in public relations for the Oklahoma TB Association, Sequoyah Industries, Oklahoma Christian University, and the OU Health Sciences Center. Upon retirement in 1995, he continued to work as a consultant for The Schuster Group and Steve Callahan Designs. He was a brilliant artist, designer, and prolific and nationally published writer who received several prestigious CASE awards. If you knew David, you loved him and he loved you. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. He is survived by his children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Thomas Hackler; and his beloved partner, Marty Christy. In lieu of flowers, donations to be made to the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition or the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
August 14, 1940 – October 23, 2013. Teri was born to Raymond and Dorothy Hilton Taylor August 14, 1940 in Maumee, Ohio. True to her character, she handled quietly well a long siege of terminal illness. A National Merit Scholar Teri attended Miami of Ohio University and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Physics plus recognition in arts and literature studies as well. She worked as a systems engineer for IBM in New York and managed accounts for Abercrombie & Fitch, JC Penny, Macy’s and many other major retail accounts. She was promoted to an executive position as a technical specialist in the District Office in New York. She was one of the first 13 women in this role long before EEOC was approved. Then IBM moved her to Kansas City where she reorganized the Kansas City School District Information Systems.
In 1972 Teri married Tony Beals (also IBM) and they moved to Raleigh, NC when Tony was promoted to a new IBM product development position. IBM in the South at that time did not employ women professionals so she left IBM and established an extensive real estate business. They then moved from Raleigh to Bloomfield Hills, MI where Teri established a medical administrative support business for physicians supporting nursing homes.
Later they moved to Oklahoma City (Tony’s original home) where Teri reorganized and liquidated Tony’s father’s business after his father suffered major heart illness. She marketed numerous properties throughout Oklahoma, Colorado, and other locations. She earned an MBA Degree with Honors at the University of Oklahoma having earlier achieved a 99+% score on a graduate school admission examination.
Teri served as president and board member for numerous civic and arts organizations including The Art League, Orchestra League, Oklahoma Museum of Art, Tri Delta Sorority Alumni organization and many other groups during the last several years. She was a tireless volunteer and a world class organizer. Her accomplishments in these areas are notably numerous. Teri was the third child of six siblings spread over a period of nearly 30 years. With her family initials ”TNT” she was called (or nick-named) ”Dynamite”. How appropriate. She served a stimulus for the others, they said, plus being like a parent with some siblings.
She is survived by husband James Anthony (Tony) Beals, sisters Patricia Ann Jackson of Seattle, Jacqueline Wagener of Maumee, OH, Shirley Rinehart of Austin, TX, Carolyn Sobiloff of Boston, and one brother Jon Taylor of Augusta, GA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Oklahoma Museum of Art.
Dorothy B. Bandy Jones Melton
Dorothy was born September 18, 1920, to Nora Etta and Rufus Y. Bandy in Fort Worth, Texas. The family grew to four children and moved to Amarillo, Texas in 1929 for her father’s work with Phillips 66. Dorothy moved to Bartlesville in the early 1930s with her two sisters and brother. She graduated from College High and earned a full scholarship to Chatham College in Pittsburgh. She married Maurice M. Langston, gave birth to her only son Maurice M. Langston, Jr., and moved to Oklahoma City in 1947. She went on to attend Central State Teachers College and then worked in the oil and gas industry with Nix and Harris Oil Company for forty years. A little known fact about Dorothy was that she became a pilot in 1939 and had planned to enter the Women’s Army Corps in the war effort.
Dorothy was involved in many organizations during her life. She was active in Junior Hospitality, Desk and Derrick, Executive Women’s International, Alter Guild at All Souls Episcopal Church, Oklahoma City Landman Association, Great Books, and many other organizations. She supported many charitable organizations as well, one of which was the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
After retirement, she earned a degree in certified financial planning, and remained active in the oil and gas industry until her death. She was married to John V. Melton for 27 years who also was active in the oil and gas industry.
She is survived by her son Maury Langston; two grandchildren, Marisa Elizabeth Simon, and Mathew Harper Langston; two great grandchildren, Lucy Rose Simon and Max Langston; a brother in Bartlesville; and a sister in Bull Shoals, Arkansas.
Dorothy loved all the arts and loved this Museum, and up to her death was bright, and always active. She would have been humbled by this memorial fund and would thank all of you in support of the museum.
We are currently accepting memorial donations to the Dorothy Belle Bandy Jones Melton Memorial. Acknowledgment of your gift will be sent to her son, Maury Langston, notifying him of your gift.