Charlena Nadine Ware, 90, died on Jan. 7, 2012 in Stillwater, Okla. Her funeral services will be Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 at 10:30 am at Strode Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery. The family will be offering a visitation time on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 from 7-9 PM.
Strode Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Charlena was born on June 16, 1921 to Finley and Rae Elmore in Stillwater, Okla. When she was 18 a handsome young man, Horace Ware, Jr., asked her out on a date to go roller-skating. She later found out that he and his friend had flipped a quarter to see who would get to ask her out. Horace won the toss but then had to borrow the quarter from his friend to pay for her skates. They married on Dec. 2, 1939.
Charlena and her sister had both married military men. They soon were faced with the challenge of having to raise two small children alone while their husbands were overseas fighting in WWII. They found that the easiest way to do this was to move in together to help each other out. This is when she realized that the best way to support the troops was by providing comfort for the military families while the servicemen were gone. Throughout Horace’s long military service she helped to organize many family socials and other events.
After Horace’s military service overseas (both WWII and the Korean War) Charlena and Horace returned to the skating rink but this time they were managers. It became a family affair as both of their young children learned to skate so that they could keep up with Mom and Dad.
In the post-retirement years Horace and Charlena developed another mutual interest and that was for country music and the music community in Nashville, Tenn. They became “regulars” to Fan Fair, Summer Lights, Grand Ole Opry (to name just a few) and were known by many country stars on a first name basis. Charlena enjoyed making signs to take to the filming of country music shows such as “Crook & Chase” and “Nashville Now” and loved sailing on the “General Jackson” Riverboat with “Shot Gun Red”.
Family was always very important to Charlena and she loved the fact that she could say that we have four generations represented when we would all be together. She always had pictures to share of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was also known to share pictures of another interest and that was of her garden. Whether it was a bumper crop of bing cherries or giant tomatoes she always had a picture to show it off.
When Charlena wasn’t busy with family or in Nashville, she was active with the VFW Auxiliary, The American Legion, the 501 Navy Seabee’s annual reunion, scrapbooking with her treasured pictures, attending OSU football games as a proud Posse member, bowling on Stillwater’s Senior Bowling League, and Stillwater’s Boat Club.
Charlena is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her brother, Harley Wendell Elmore; and her sister, Wanda J. “Blondie” Broyles.
Source: Stillwater NewsPress, January 9, 2012