Eva Marie Marks of Stratford, Okla., was born July 2, 1924, in Whelen Springs, to James Robert Windham and Luda Luna (Wingfield) Windham. She passed away on June 22, 2022 in Oklahoma City at the age of 97 years, 11 months and 20 days.
She grew up in Whelen Springs and Gurdon, where she graduated high school. She worked as a Rosie the Riveter in Rhode Island and married her husband Raymond James Marks after the war. They traveled all over the world while he worked in the oil fields. She loved her family, cooking and traveling. After working in the oil fields they moved to Houston where they managed apartment buildings. She went back to school where she received her medical certificate and started the Women’s Auxiliary at East Texas Medical Center where she served as the first President. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She will be missed by all who knew her.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Raymond; three daughters, Luna Marie Reed, Mary Janet Williams, and Francis Ellen Brewton; five grandchildren, Chuck and Laura Reed, Ren’e Wemple, Raymond Brewton and Jason Williams.
She is survived by two sons, Bob Marks and wife Linda, and Jim Marks of Stratford; nine grandchildren, Michelle Holland and husband Jon, Brandon Williams and wife Kim, Venus Malone and husband Matt, Kelly Moreau and husband Ron, Evan Brewton and wife Carol, Angela Fitch and husband Jason, Bert Marks and wife Christy, Jeff Marks, and Cassie Alexander and husband Jason; and several great- and great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 1-5 p.m. Sunday, June 26, in DeArman Funeral Home Stratford, Okla. Services are at 11 a.m. Monday, June 27, in the United Methodist Church Stratford, Okla. Officiating Rev. Charles Baughman and assisted by Royce Williams. Interment will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, in Bethel Springs Cemetery in Gurdon. Arrangements by Welch Funeral Home.