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Ilomae Beck was born September 12, 1928 to Myrtle Agnes (Rea) and John William Appleton at the family farm north of Selman, Oklahoma.  She grew up on the farm and graduated from Selman High School.  Ilomae went on to attend college at Northwestern State College in Alva, Oklahoma completing a 2 year business program. After completion of her college degree, she began working at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation in Buffalo, OK.  Her husband of 66 years, Glen Beck, came into her life and they were married June 6, 1948.  Glen began working for Phillips Petroleum Company and they moved several times throughout the Texas Panhandle ending up at Aetna, KS working at a Booster Station. They moved back to Buffalo in 1962 when they purchased the Allis Chalmers Dealership from Ray Howard.  Ilomae took care of the accounting for the business and sold parts.  She often commented that many patrons didn’t want to waste their time telling a “woman” what part they might need, but she probably knew better than them, what they were talking about.  Ilomae also helped on their farm by driving the tractor and taking care of cattle that they raised.  Later, Ilomae began working for Young & Weder C.P.A. as a receptionist, who also took care of payroll and other bookkeeping tasks.  Ilomae continued to work for Pam until she passed.  Ilomae was an excellent seamstress, often sewing the clothes for the family including wedding dresses, but her latest most enjoyable task were the Christmas stockings for all of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.   In her prime Ilomae loved to water ski, snow ski, and golf.  She was a member of Doby Springs Golf Club where she served as the treasurer for the women’s organization for several years.  Ilomae was also a member of the Buffalo Square Dancers Club. Ilomae and Glen traveled across the entire United States to watch their grandchildren participate in different sports and organizations. Regardless of the weather conditions, she enjoyed making the trip to Stillwater every fall to tailgate with her children and grandchildren at OSU football games where she expected Glenda or Pam to sneak her in some of her famous rice krispie treats after half time.  Ilomae could always bring her family together with her love for cooking, especially on Sundays and as everyone knew, you were always welcomed at her table family or not, one more was never an issue. Ilomae was blessed with a family that loved, respected, and looked up to her for guidance.  Ilomae passed from this life on June 23, 2014 at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.  Ilomae is survived by her husband Glen of the home; daughter Glenda, husband Dennis Mittasch of Morrison, OK; daughter Pamela Weder of Buffalo, OK; daughter Janet husband Dr. Brent Steffen of Kearney, NE. Grandchildren: Stacy McKay, husband Bryan, children Denver, Berkley and Kamdyn of Orlando, OK; Shane Weder, wife MacKenzie, children Kreighton and Branton of Enid, OK; Clay Mittasch, wife Niki, children Austin and Brooks of Morrison, OK; Devin Weder, wife Katherine, children Zachary and Henry Glen of Buffalo, OK; Sarah Gierhan, husband Jon of Kearney, NE; Allison Stark, husband Cole, daughter Vayda of Lincoln, NE; Kyndell Weder of Stillwater, OK; and Caitlin Kuiper, husband Aaron of Olympia, WA.  Sister Geraldine Martin of Woodward.  Sister-in laws: Iva Appleton and Bessie Appleton of Buffalo, OK; Phyllis Beck of Enid, OK; Lois Beck of Burleson, TX.  Brother-in Law Duane Beck, wife Evelyn of Albuquerque, NM.  Ilomae loved her numerous nieces and nephews.  Ilomae was preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Delbert Appleton, Joe Bill Appleton and Vernon Appleton:  sisters Adella Allen and Vera Harper; and son-in-law, Doug Weder.  Ilomae will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

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