Gracie Leatrice Frick, longtime Newkirk resident, left this earth on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018 at 5:48 pm. She was 85 years of age.
The daughter of Pat Harper and Clara Mills Harper, Gracie was born Jan. 29, 1933 in Lymon, Okla. She spent her younger years living between Kaw City, Newkirk and Arkansas City. At age 15 Gracie went to live with her father and step-mother in Muskogee, where she met Robert Lee Byrd. Gracie and Robert were married two years later, in 1950, and later they moved to Houston, Texas, where Gracie’s only child, David Wayne Byrd, was born. After the marriage ended in divorce, Gracie and David moved to Newkirk where Gracie would live out the remainder of her years.
Gracie married Floyde Ardell Gildhouse, but after five years, this marriage also ended in divorce.
On May 25, 1964 Gracie and Teddy Leroy Frick were married in Bartlesville. They made their home in Newkirk, and Gracie remained married to Ted Frick until his death Nov. 30, 1996.
Gracie’s work history includes a number of years serving as a waitress for several restaurants in Ponca City and Newkirk. She also was employed for 22 years with Mauer-Neuer Meat Packing Plant in Arkansas City, followed by 15 years as a Daily Oklahoman news distributor.
Gracie enjoyed dancing and attended the Saturday Night Dance in Newkirk quite often. She enjoyed crocheting and embroidery work, and she spent time quilting with her mother. She loved dolls and had a rather extensive collection of dolls from early day china dolls to some of the more modern ones. She also had an assortment of antiques she had amassed over the years.
Gracie is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, David and Doris Byrd, of Newkirk; two half-brothers and their wives, Victor and Bessie Harper, of Newton, Kan., and Charles “Butch” and Linda Harper, of Little Rock, Ark.; three grandchildren, Patricia Ewing Malone and husband Gene Malone, Kirk Brown and wife Veronica, and Chris Redford, all of Newkirk; one adopted grandson, Justin Vanburen and his wife Jennifer, of Newkirk; nine great-grandchildren, Shelsey Koelsch, Kegan Brown, Teddy Redford, C.J. Redford, Chase Albee, Joshua Brown, Brentley Byrd, and Ian Ewing; one step great-granddaughter, Morgan Malone; one great-great-granddaughter, Kimber Grace; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband Ted, Gracie was preceded in death by her parents, Pat Harper and Clara Harper Skaggs; six siblings, Della Harper, Joe Harper, Darlene Briggs, Raymond Harper, Paul Harper and Kathy Fulmer; one grandson, Zachery Wayne Byrd; and one grandson-in-law, Owen Dale Ewing.
Gracie Frick was known by many and had spent the majority of her life in Newkirk where she was loved by all. Gracie was an amazing woman and will be greatly missed by her family as well as the community she grew to love and call home.
Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 in the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Susan Rice officiating.
Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Kaw City. Miller-Stahl Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. The body will lie in state at the funeral home Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.. The family will be available at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. to visit with friends.
Those serving as casket bearers will be Kirk Brown, Chris Redford, Vic Harper, Brentley Byrd, Chase Albee and Justin Van Buren. Honorary bearers are Brian Goddard, Ian Ewing, Gene Malone and Joe Goddard.