McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

April 26, 2013

Ora “Nola” Thompson Ellison Rouse

Ora “Nola” Thompson Ellison Rouse, 97, of McAlester

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McALESTER — Ora “Nola” Thompson Ellison Rouse, 97, of McAlester, died Friday, April 19, 2013 at McAlester Regional Health Center.   

Graveside Services were April 18 at Oak Hill Cemetery, officiated by the Rev. Steve Dennis.

Interment was at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Brumley-Mills Funeral Home of McAlester.

Born Feb. 29, 1916, in Big Cedar she was the daughter of Robert and Carrie (Jennings) Coe.

She married Clayton Ellison on Oct. 18, 1931 and he preceded her in death on April 2, 1938.

On May 16, 1948 she married Leon Rouse. He also preceded her in death on April 22, 1988.

She worked at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City inspecting aircraft during World War II.

She returned to southeast Oklahoma and received her Master’s Degree in Education from East Central State College.

She began her teaching career in 1946 at Mountain View School just north of McAlester.

She taught at many of the rural schools around southeast Oklahoma, and in Pittsburg County, including Flowery Mound, Harper’s Valley, Pittsburg, Bower, Bugtussle, Adamson, Atwood, Hartshorne and McAlester.

After teaching 35 years, she retired from McAlester Public Schools in 1981.

She enjoyed teaching and her students.

She and her husband Leon raised registered Angus cattle for more than 50 years.

She was a lifetime member of the American Angus Association.

After she retired, she enjoyed spending time with her family, gardening and raising African Violets.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of McAlester.

She is survived by two daughters and one son-in-law, Billye Brown of McAlester, Sherri and Joe Breeden, of McAlester; four granddaughters Terri Steidley, of McAlester, Christie Montis and husband, Fred, of Flower Mound, Texas, Felicia Hegwood and husband, Melvin, of Benton, Ark., Shannon Gardecki and husband, Todd, of Little Rock, Ark.; six great-grandchildren, Danny Judd, of McAlester, Randy Judd, of Slaton, Texas, Cale Montis, of Flower Mound, Texas, Alex Frontera, of Benton, Ark., Michaela Faith, of Little Rock, Ark. and Sarah Faith, of Little Rock, Ark.; two sisters, Alta Lake, of McAlester, and Bernice Fryer, of Erie, Pa.; one brother, R.C. Thompson and wife, Wanda, of DuPont, Wash.; one sister-in-law, Ruth Thompson, of Bokoshe; nieces and nephews, Vicki Lake, of Tahlequah, Lisa Thompson, of Bokoshe, Linda Fryer, of Erie, Alan Fryer, of Roanoke, Va., Leslie Frisus, of Shelton, Wash., and Jerry Thompson, of Medford, Ore.; and, many family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Bob Ellison; a grandson, Kim Holt; and a brother, Junun Thompson.