Claudine Mae Vowell

January 29, 1936 - March 6, 2017


Funeral services for Claudine Mae Vowell will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 10, 2017 at the Canton Christian Church with Steve Driskill officiating. Interment will follow in Cherryvale Cemetery, east of Canton under the direction of Pierce Funeral Home, Canton, OK.

Claudine was born on January 29, 1936 at Geary, OK to the union of Jesse Lee Canaday and Viola Mae (Reichert) Canaday and passed away at home in Jenks, OK on Monday, March 6, 2017 at the age of 81.

Claudine first attended school at Old Prim. At the age of 6 her father was killed when a shotgun discharged while taking it out of a vehicle. Viola and the four children moved to Eagle City, OK. Resources were scarce but with the help of maternal grandparents, Claudine was instrumental in taking care of her older brother Kenneth Lee, and younger siblings Janice Ruth and Leonard Ralph while Viola managed a tavern in Watonga, Oklahoma.

These humble beginnings helped to mold Claudine’s personality into one of caring, helping and leading others. At the age of 15 she met and married Ralph Joe Vowell. They moved to Cherryvale, Kansas where Ralph worked as a Carpenter after serving in the U.S. Marine Corp. and fighting in the Korean Conflict. They moved to Wichita, Kansas in 1956 where he worked at Boeing Aircraft. The couple and their four children, Joyce Jean, Lonnie Joe, Frank Mitchell and Sally Shirlene moved to Greenfield, OK in 1959 where they lived in an Airstream trailer while building a home on the property. Ralph secured a job as a Mechanic at the U.S. Gypsum Mill at Southard, OK. In 1964 the couple purchased a house in Canton, OK so they would live closer to his job. The “Old 2-story” house required a great deal of repair but with hard work and a lot of love the house was turned into their home. Claudine worked at Holitex Industries in Watonga for several years to help support their family. Her career included work as a bartender, waitress and manager of a liquor store. As their family grew, her talents grew to include interests such as a co-owner in “The Bag Ladies” store. Her product line included ceramics and gifts of which many were made at home. She had a kiln in the basement and later turned the craft into a full-time home-based business.

Her love of art morphed from ceramics to teaching others how to draw and paint using Acrylic paint. Her medium of choice was canvas but she also painted on saw blades, hand saws, denim jackets/ shawls, and wooden yard decorations cut from plywood.

Her artistic skills included sewing, crocheting, embroidering, latch hook, quilting and a number of other artistic endeavors. She was a member of the Canton Christian Church, Canton Senior Citizens, The Dahlia Garden Club, and performed volunteer work for R.S.V.P. She enjoyed fishing, traveling, camping, family reunions, reading, casino excursions, and participated in a host of other civic activities.

Claudine was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Joe “Buck” of 56 years; son, Lonnie Joe; mother, Viola Mae Denny; father, Jesse Lee Canaday; sister, Ruth Trumbley and half-brother Chuck Carney. She is survived by daughter Joyce Vowell of Ringwood, OK, son Mitchell Vowell and wife Terry of Canton, OK and daughter Sally Bisel and Rick Shatto of Jenks, OK; two brothers, a half-sister, six grandchildren and their spouses, thirteen great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorials may be made to the Canton Christian Church through the funeral home at P.O. Box 36, Canton, OK 73724. Condolences may be made online at

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