Koozer, Donald E.

Koozer, Donald '60DONALD E.  KOOZER
It is not very original to say that the years have slipped by like a dream, but they have.  Though it is difficult to relate the inner details of my life, here are some of the surface events.
I had made no special plans that summer of 1960 after graduating from high school.  I didn’t want to be drafted and was considering enlisting when my mother offered to pay my tuition to Phillips University.  There I stayed and studied, working part time at Owens Supply Company, and graduated with a B.A. in 1965.  After several years spent working short periods from job to job, and also loafing, writing, and traveling a few months in Europe, I attended the University of Oklahoma from which I graduated with a Master’s Degree in 1975.  I met my wife, Donis Casey, at the University and we were married in Lubbock, Texas.  We worked two years in the Lubbock City-County Library and then took off for a year and travelled across Europe.  We returned to live a while in Tulsa and then Norman, finally settling in Arizona in about 1985.  We will celebrate our 36th anniversary in November of this year. 

We have worked over the years mostly in libraries, though we did own a small Irish-Scottish import shop for about ten years.  But a greater dream for both of us was in the field of writing.  Donis has had four novels published, all set in Oklahoma.  I have one book of poetry published by Bellowing Ark Press titled The Road.
We have made our home in Tempe, Arizona the past 25 years.  Though I have not lived in Oklahoma for a quarter century, I will always miss it, and it will always be home.
Koozer, Donald '10

Dalke Walters, Mary

Dalke-Waters, Mary '60MARY DALKE WALTERS

It is great to read about class members. Looking at the pictures brings back a lot of memories.

At graduation I was working at F. W. Woolworth Co and continued to work there while I attended Enid Business College. In 1961 I married Leon Walters and became a farmer’s wife and moved 15 miles south of Enid. We have 4 children who have made us grandparents to 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, all of whom live in Oklahoma and Kansas. Needless to say holidays and special occasions are large and exciting with all of the kids.

In between having babies and raising them I have enjoyed many career experiences. Champlin’s, Thorp-Wells, Loomis Furniture, Birch-Shipley Real Estate, insurance agent with Franklin Life, began my own Bookkeeping Service, Roberts Ranch, retired for 18 months and now working at Luckinbill, Inc. Two other career experiences were strictly volunteer. The first was a gospel music program that Leon and I began in 1990 and brought Southern Gospel singers and musicians to Enid for over 11 years. It was called “The Lord’s Opry.” The second was publishing a Christian newspaper called “Faith in Action.”

Thanks to all of those who have spent hours working on the reunion. It will be great to see everyone.

Mary Dalke Walters

Carver Govenides, Linda Raye

Carver-Govenides, Linda '60LINDA RAYE CARVER GOVENIDES

I married Bob Christensen out of high school, he joined the army where he was transferred to New Jersey to school at Fort Monmouth.  Our first son Randy was born there, our next son Robert Scott was born in Enid.  Randy passed away at the age of two from a brain tumor and is buried at the Enid cemetery.  We then moved to Maryland where our twins were born, a daughter, Sheri and a son, Terry.  Later we divorced.I re-married my second husband Ron Rackey, we lived in Maryland.  I had two more children a daughter, Heather and a son Ronald Carver.   Other than birthing babies… I have been busy as well, just to let you know!  :>)  I have mastered many other talents along the way.  I became a hairdresser for several years;  I am a floral designer, owned and operated my own florist as well.  I am an artist, I paint in oils, watercolors and sculpt.  Refinish furniture, wallpaper, landscape, sew and even have my own tools.  I love hardware stores. My second husband and I later divorced as well.

I then found my sole mate, Jim Govenides, in 1980 we were married…  my heart and life was finally at peace.  I found what truelove was truly about at last.  The man I would love forever.  We lived and worked side by side, he owned a clothing store named “Gentleman Jim’s,”  and I then became a ‘Haberdasher.’  He was active on City Counsel so I learned much about politics and how the “Good ole boy’s,” and how that system worked as well.

I later took over running the store operations as Jim had an opportunity to become a Vice President with a development company, based on the condition I took total control of the store.  Along with the store we had three kids still in college and the hours were long and hard.  On September 16, 1990 Jim had a massive heart attack and died in my arms at the age of 47.  We had just bought a new home in May, he had no insurance, his six figure job was gone, I closed the store the store dropped to nothing, three kids in college.  Lost everything.  It’s twenty years later, I have survived.  I am the granddaughter of pioneers, I have a darling Victorian cottage (The house and I are in a constant state of renovation, and I am never sure who is winning : I am a hands on renovator.  I work for Stafford County Public Schools; I have been a member of the Stafford Rotary one year I was honored with receiving ‘Rotarian of the Year,’ went to Honduras on a mission trip three years ago.  I moonlight some doing interior decorating.   My children:  Robert Scott is a Captain on the Great Lakes, he has three children, Rigil who is joining the Navy, Rochelle who in in the ROTC nursing program at Marquette University, and Randy who is going to the Air Force.
My daughter Sheri is a manager of a uniform store in Columbus, Georgia, she has a daughter who graduated from Mary Washington University and works for Geico, and a son Michael in Huntsville, Alabama.  My son Terry lives in Utah has a ‘Handyman” business to support him when he isn’t writing music.  Terry lost his wife to cancer, but found  anew love Celia and just married and so I inherited two new grandchildren, Nathan 14  and Rhanna 10, both classical violinist.  My youngest daughter Heather lives in Richmond she is in sales, Nicholas 10, Hannah 7 and Isabelle.  Then last, but far from least my son Ronald Carver, he is employed by Em2 as a salesman, he lives here in Fredericksburg and has one son, Carver Cain.  There you have it mates, my life is full, and blessed, as I hope it is with each of you as well.

Linda Raye Carver GovenidesCarver-Govenides, Linda '10

Shafford Baldwin, Carol

Shafford-Baldwin, Carol '60CAROL SHAFFORD BALDWIN
After high school I went to work for Doc McKay @ Public Drug. When he retired I went to California for a year. After I returned I went to work for Dr. Fred Entriken.In 1969 I married Stanley Baldwin (class of 62). He was teaching school at Waller Jr. High. In 1971 we move to Ardmore, OK. In 1976 we bought a small family restaurant. I love to cook and spent many hours perfecting my recipe’s for our restaurant. In 1986 we bought another small drive-in restaurant and 8 rental properties. We are still daily involved in our business and retirement doesn’t seem likely.

We have one son, Thomas, he practiced law for 12 years and also was trust officer and legal council for a large bank. He now is a Judge for Carter County. Our daughter-in-law, ( Carey) helps us at the restaurant’s. We have one granddaughter, Ireland, she is 9 years old and lights up our life with joy.

I have stayed involved with Bible studies and watercolor classes. The Lord has richly blest our lives.

Haskins Songer, Janice

Haskins-Songer, Janet '60JANICE HASKINS SONGER

After graduating from Enid High in 1960, I went to OSU for the next 2 years.  After my freshman year there, I met Richard Songer and we married in August of 1962.  We then moved to Wichita, KS where we still live, recently celebrating our 48th anniversary. My husband and I have owned and operated a graphic design business for the past 37 years.  After being a commercial artist and graphic designer himself,  Richard now strictly deals with the management of our company. I’ve done all the accounting and taxes all these years, except for the year-end tax returns which our CPA handles for us. I had no idea at the time how important those bookkeeping classes at Enid High with Mr. Lynch would be for me.  We’re hoping to retire before too much longer, but have found it’s harder to get out of a business than it was to get into it in the first place. It’s been very good to us, but we now hope for more of a personal life, including some vacation time.  That’s been hard to come by all these years.We have been blessed with 3 children. Jennifer, 43 is now married to Jim Roman, a banker, and they live in Wichita. They have 3 great girls, Lyndsey, 17, Lauren, 13, and Kylie 10.  Our son, Jeff, 40, is in the Financial Dept at Kansas City Southern Railway and is married to Ann, who is a partner in Shook, Hardy and & Bacon law firm in KS City.   They have a 3 yr old daughter, Amelia, and a 7 month old  little son, Jacob, aka Jake.  Our youngest daughter, Melissa (Missy), 33,  is married to Brock Ainsworth —no children yet.  Both our daughters are teachers.  Jennifer is an all day pre-K teacher of 4 yr olds in the Wichita Public School system.  Missy is a Special-Ed teacher in grades K-2 in KS City, where Jeff and his family also live. Jennifer graduated from Wichita State University, and Jeff and Missy both graduated from KU.   I’ve loved being able to do part of my job at home, which has allowed me to be home with our children when they were young, and then part time with our grandchildren too.

It just doesn’t seem possible that so many years have now gone by. I’ll not be able to attend the reunion, much as I would like to. I’ve recently reconnected with some of our classmates via email  (jansonger@aol.com) and loved “catching up” with all of you.  Many thanks to all of you who have worked so hard to establish this web site, and made so many efforts for the reunion!  Please know I so appreciate the time and effort you have all put in to making it possible for the rest of us to reconnect with our former classmates and friends. I’ve loved reading the bios from several of you and would love to hear from you as well.  Please know I have so many fond memories of the Class of 1960 and wish you all good health and much happiness always!