McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK


April 8, 2013

Evelyn Parthenia Coker “Noni” Raleigh

Evelyn Parthenia Coker “Noni” Raleigh

McALESTER — Evelyn Parthenia Coker “Noni” Raleigh, died Saturday, April 6, 2013.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home of Sulphur Springs, Texas.

Born Dec. 31, 1926, Pittsburg County, she was the daughter of Kenneth and Dora Mae Coker. She grew up in the Savannah and Chambers areas, graduating from Savanna High School. After graduation, she attended cosmetology school in Ponca City and maintained her license until death.

She married Chester Walter Raleigh on Dec. 22, 1946, in Savanna. They moved to El Paso, Texas, where they had lived for the past 66 years.

Throughout her years in El Paso, she attended Rosedale Baptist Church, Loma Terrace Baptist Church and was currently an active member of Scottsdale Baptist Church. She participated in choir and helped out with the Upward Basketball program.

She was a leader in the PTAs of North Loop Elementary and Bel Air High Schools, an active 4-H leader for many years, participated in the Home Demonstration Club, and worked for several years as a teacher’s aide, substitute, and office assistant at Ysleta Vo-Tech School.

She and her husband were members of the High-Flying Sams for 30 years and were lifetime members of the Good Sam organization.  

Survivors include her husband, Chester; a daughter and son-in-law, Carol Ann and Gaylon O’Dell, of Yantis, Texas; and a son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Linda Raleigh, of Tulsa.

Also, grandchildren, Brenna and Cara O’Dell, of Euless, Texas, Kyle Raleigh, of Tulsa, and Jenny and Taylor Royal, of El Paso, Texas; great-grandchildren, Gracyn Raleigh, and Creed and Eastan Royal, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father; a son, Harry Walter Raleigh, and a brother, Nathaniel “Mack” Coker.

Memorials may made to Legacy Hospice at, or the American Cancer Society.

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