Irene Whitlock Ware, 88, of Elk City, Okla., and formerly of Siloam Springs, Ark., died Wednesday, June 11, 2003, in Elk City, Okla. She was born Oct. 30, 1914, in Benton County, Ark., to Wilmer Wellington Whitlock and Cordelia Mc-Glothlin Whitlock. She graduated from Vaughn, Ark., High School as class valedictorian, and was an allstate basketball guard for three straight years. She graduated from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark., in 1938 with a bachelor of arts degree in education. During her junior and senior years at JBU, she was employed as a grade school teacher at Sulphur Springs, Ark. She married Keith William Ware on June 26, 1938, at the First Presbyterian Church in Vaughn, and then moved to Harrison, Ark., where they owned and operated a chicken hatchery and feed store. They moved to Springdale, Ark., where her husband farmed and she worked at the Jones Steel factory as a laboratory technician. In 1941, they moved to Siloam Springs, where they owned and operated the International Harvester dealership for about 22 years. She was a University of Arkansas Razorback fan and attended every game of the Siloam Springs Panthers basketball and football teams. The Siloam Springs High School basketball women’s athletic award was named in her honor. She taught school in Siloam Springs for 15 years. In September 1998, she moved to Ada, Okla. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Siloam Springs. She was preceded in death by her husband, Keith Ware; a granddaughter, Donnel Ware; and an aunt, Etta Clark. Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Gerald Keith Ware and Dee Ann Ware of Richardson, Texas, Darrel “Doc” Friedman Ware and Donna Ware of Elk City, Okla., and Harold Lee Ware and Brenda Ware of Ada, Okla.; and seven grandchildren, Kendra Herrington of Houston, Texas, Kaycee Ware of Richardson, Darcy Stowe of Edmond, Okla., Daree Ware of Elk City, and Whitney Ware, Kailey Ware and Jacob Ware, all of Ada. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 13, at the First Baptist Church in Siloam Springs, Ark., with the Rev. John Gardner.Burial will be at the Barron Cemetery, near Vaughn. Arrangements are by Wasson Funeral Home of Siloam Springs.
Source: Benton County Daily Record (AR) – Friday, June 13, 2003