Villa Lee (Smith) Heer
Villa Lee (Smith) Heer, daughter of Eva (Chamberlain) Bowers and step daughter of Homer Bowers, died suddenly Monday, February 26, 2018 at The Commons Nursing Home, Enid. She was born in her grandparents’ farmhouse, John and Della Maycumber, southeast of Fairview, OK September 20, 1925. At age 7 she played on the outdoor platform dance at Apple Grove while Mearl Heer (age 13) played banjo. 10 years later Villa and Mearl married, making their home in Longdale. Villa was best known for her friendly greeting & smile at the door of Mearl’s dances for over 64 years in OK, TX, CO, and KS. During her working years she was a skilled seamstress, sales clerk (Colorado), waitress, and manager of the Red and White Grocery in Longdale. Villa was active in Lions, Lioness Clubs, Longdale Country Op’ra, and Longdale Community Church in the years before suffering from arthritis. She enjoyed flower gardening, reading, crocheting, gathering with friends, and country music. When they lived in Salida, Colorado (1954- 1980) their home was a revolving door of summer vacationers and big game hunters from Oklahoma. Villa kept the food stocked and the coffee perking for their loved ones. Survivors are her daughter, Sharon Heer, Longdale; and grandson, Sandown Murrah, Fairview; nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mearl (2006); parents, Eva and Homer Bowers; and son-in-law, G. Myke Murrah. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the Longdale School Gymnasium with Pastor Mark Dirks officiating. Interment will follow in Longdale Cemetery under the direction of Pierce Funeral Home, Fairview. Memorials may be made to Longdale Country Op’ra or Longdale Cemetery through Pierce Funeral Home, P. O. Box 15, Fairview, OK 73737. Condolences may be made online at www.piercefuneralhomes.com.