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Mary Kreisvelt, 83

On Nov. 9, 2014, Mary Kreisvelt went peacefully to the angels with her family around her. She was 83.
She was born Aug. 17, 1931, in Lawrence County, Mo., to Turrell and Bessie Means Waggoner. She had four sisters, Mavis McAvoy, Lois Moore, Francis Roelke and Ruth (Joan) Gibson, and three brothers, Jack, Sam and Bill Waggoner.
The family moved to Douglas County in 1937 and settled in the Arno/Nubbin Ridge community. She started elementary school at Arno, and attended Ava High School for three years, continuing her education after moving to Oklahoma.
She was known for her love of reading. The development of macular degeneration later in life was devastating to her because she could no longer derive pleasure from her love of reading.
She first married Lawrence King, of Ava, and they were blessed with one son, Reginald David.
She suffered tragedies in her life including the loss of her son, Reginald David King, who was killed during the Vietnam War, Valentine’s Day 1969, and the sudden death of her husband of 28 years, John Kreisvelt, in 1987.
Mary often reminisced about the day two members of the armed forces came to her door to relay the message that her son was killed. When sharing this most painful time she would always proudly tell the story, when Reggie was growing up he always insisted on going to church and he always carried his small Bible. Mary had the opportunity to visit the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., to see Reggie’s name inscribed on the place of honor.
Despite the hard times, she loved a good joke, celebrating the holidays with her family and the other love of her life, cooking. Mary spent many years as the head cook at the Baptist Retirement Village in Cleveland, Okla., and would talk recipes with anyone who had time to listen.
Mary was baptized at the Airport Baptist Church in Tulsa.
Mary leaves behind a daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Mike Sindle; stepchildren, Joyce and husband, Mike Jackson, Kay Duke and Bill Kreisvelt; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Lois Moore, of Ledyard, Conn.
She was also preceded in death by three sisters and three brothers.
Services were held Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m., at Chapman-Black Funeral Home in Cleveland, Okla., with interment next to her husband, John, in Woodland Cemetery. In her interment, her daughter placed Reggie’s flag and Mary’s Gold Star Pin.