Alveta  Feltenberger

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Alveta Feltenberger, 84 year-old former resident of Woodward, Oklahoma was born March 24, 1935 in Vici, Oklahoma and went home to be with the Lord on June 23rd, 2019.

Alveta Carol McCracken was born to Leo & Juanita McCracken and raised in Vici. She was the eldest of eight children. She met her future husband while working in the local grocery store. Oren was home on leave and was told about a pretty girl he needed to go meet. He went to Stowe's Grocery Store and found Alveta sitting on the aisle floor sorting potatoes. He introduced himself to her and asked her to the movies. In true Alveta fashion she responded with an "I suppose." The rest is history. They married on June 4, 1955 and were married 60 years.

Shortly after they married, they moved to Okmulgee, Oklahoma for Oren to attend college. She took a job to provide for the family while he went to school. In August of 1961, the family grew with the addition of a daughter, Karen Gayle. Then in November of 1961, they welcomed their other daughter Cheryl Diane. While the girls were young, Alveta was a stay-at-home mom and treasured all aspects of being a mother and homemaker. The family recalls how deeply she loved sewing clothes for them. In fact, true to her classic style, each piece had a custom label inside... "Made with love by Alveta".

In 1973, Oren and Alveta moved to Woodward, Oklahoma. Oren started his own heavy machinery business, and Alveta became the full-time bookkeeper. Kyser Creek Ranch became a farming and ranching business for them as well, though it was more of a passion. Whenever there was work to be done, Alveta and Oren were side-by-side; she loved to work the land and cattle next to her family. The grandchildren remember being so impressed that, with each new season, she could recall which new calves went with which mammas. She used her bookkeeping skills to keep impeccable records on the livestock. The family wonders if she also kept records of how many cedars were cut down as they fought to keep the canyons and grasslands clear for their herd.

Oren and Alveta loved to spend time together outside. They enjoyed water skiing and hunting together. Some say she holds hunting records on the ranch.

Family was always a huge part of her life. When she was only 18 years old, after the sudden death of her father, she worked two jobs to help her family. She put her dreams of college aside and rose to help the family in their time of need. This is a characteristic that represented Alveta throughout her life. Whenever someone was in need, Alveta would step up to take care of them. It was not unusual to receive a card with a handwritten note from her. In a desk drawer, she kept a card or two for every occasion. Whenever she thought about someone, she would pull out the appropriate card and send it out in the mail. She was exceedingly thoughtful and sincere.

Alveta loved to bake and cook for those she loved. She would make everyone's favorites whenever they came to visit. If someone happened to show up unannounced and she did not have a fresh baked dessert she would be very embarrassed. She was known for little things like baking a cake or sending a card. This is how she expressed her love and kindness to all.

It was true that for her, grandkids are the best. She loved taking them shopping for anything and everything. She would take Kim shopping with Cheryl and Gayle. They would have girls' days in Oklahoma City. She would even manage to steal Ryan and Grant away from Oren's shop taking them to pick out a new toy. When she found out she was going to be a great-grandmother she could not wait to meet and love them. She took pride in being the one to buy the grandchildren and great-grandchildren their first pair of cowboy boots. She loved visits from her great-grandchildren and carried multiple small photobooks of them in her purse. She would proudly show them off at every opportunity.

Alveta had a steadfast faith. She was a true example of a loving and compassionate Christian woman. This was evident to all who knew her and anyone that just met her. She read her bible daily and shared her faith with so many. When the grandkids visited and attended church with her, we realized she was everyone's fun grandma.... And all the kids wanted to sit on the bench by our grandmother. That big purse always had a great supply of mints and gum for them to enjoy during service.

As a family, we think back to all the time spent with her in the shop, at the house, on the ranch, and out running around town in the Blazer. She always wore a huge smile. It is impossible for us to share each and every story that comes to mind about Alveta. What sticks out most to us all is how she showed us by example to be kind, giving, patient, and loving to everyone we meet. These are the memories that we will cherish most about her.

Alveta was preceded in death by numerous loved ones, including the love of her life, Oren and son in law, Darrell Tibbett. She is survived by her daughters, Gayle Holsinger and husband Ronnie and Cheryl Hale and husband Lonnie; grandchildren Kimberly Martens and husband Hank, Ryan Hale and wife Rebecca, Grant Tibbett and wife Rachel and great-grandchildren Adeleine Martens, Max Martens, Rylee Hale, Charlie "C.R." Hale, and twins Ruth and James Tibbett.

Memorials may be made to the Harmon Fire Department in care of Shaw Funeral Home, P.O. Box 276, Vici, OK 73859.

Services were held Wednesday June 26, 2019 at 10:00 am at the General Assembly & Church of the Firstborn, Vici, OK with burial following at Sunnyside Cemetery, Vici. Condolences may be made to the family at shawfuneralhome.net. Shaw Funeral Home of Vici
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