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Arleta Roy, 72 year old Woodward resident, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, June 4, 2016 in Vici. Graveside funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday,. June 8, 2016 in the Elmwood Cemetery with Donna Olson officiating. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arleta Marie (Dennett) Roy was born January 23, 1944 to Otis and Pearl (Halderman) Dennett on the family farm east of Vici, Oklahoma and went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 4, 2016 in Vici. Arleta was the youngest of five daughters. Arleta was baptized on July 21, 1957 at the age of thirteen in the First Christian Church at Vici. She was very active in that church until she married and moved away. She served as assistant treasurer for a while as a teenager. She was married to Eddy Roy on July 3, 1960. Three children were born to this union, Travis, Terry and Tonya. She attended Vici schools through her sophomore year in high school then due to following highway construction with her husband, Arleta began her junior year of high school in Ardmore, Oklahoma, then she moved to Geary, Oklahoma where she completed her junior year and began her senior year. When her first child was born in December of her senior year she chose not to attend school but completed her high school education at a later date through correspondence. In 1968 the family moved back to the farm where Arleta was born. Arleta went to work for Trego's Westwear Factory in Woodward and went to H&R Block training at night. In January of 1970 she brought H&R Block to Woodward by buying a franchise operation and opening the doors on a new business. It was like a baby to her and over the forty plus years she operated it the business went from an embryo to a booming business. Arleta also helped operate the family farm and her husband's mechanic business as well as taking care of her family and her elderly parents. Her marriage ended in divorce. June 26, 1985 was a turning point in her life when she met Mark Wayne Womack. They soon realized they were the perfect match and had a few really wonderful years together before Mark succumbed to cancer on July 25, 2001. They had the utmost respect for each other, were best friends and loved each other so much that everyone around them knew that they were deeply in love without being told. Arleta's favorite hobby was tracing the family tree and she and her daughter Tonya were charter members of the Northwest Oklahoma Genealogical Society and Arleta suggested the name that was chosen for the organization. She instigated printing the newsletter and served as the editor for the first several years after it was begun. Her son Travis designed the first cover for the publication. Another hobby was making dolls and she and her daughter did some of that together. She made porcelain and cloth dolls for many family members and friends as well as a few to sell.

Arleta's favorite pastime was spending time with her family, playing with the kids and telling her friends and other relatives about all the cute things her grandkids do and say. Her grandchildren loved staying with her and most of them at some time begged to live with her. They thought her house was a play house and some of them called her "Little Grandma" to which her explanation was "it must be my actions because it's not my size". They had some really good times together. She loved them dearly and they loved her in return. The last several years Arleta has attended services at the Community of Christ Church in Woodward.

Arleta is survived by her children Travis Roy of Vici; Terry and Teresa Roy of Vici; Tonya and Alan Quinby of Woodward; grandchildren Rebecca Turner of Edmond; Tiffany Roy of Lenexa, Kansas; Darcy Herring of Mutual; Garrett Quinby of Stillwater; Blain Quinby of Ft. Riley, Kansas; Zac Quinby of Woodward; Dylan Roy of Ogden, Utah; TyRell Verhoeff of Thomas; Taylor Verhoeff of Vici; Trey Verhoeff of
Vici; eight great grandchildren, Madison Thomas of Blanchard; Emma Roy and Mayson McMartin of Edmond; Jacob Morton and Chloe Morton of Shawnee, Kansas; Tripp Baker of Vici; Cadin Kilker and Emery Kilker of Mutual; one sister and brother-in-law Margaret and Windell Bellows of Stigler; her mother-in-law Mary Lou Womack; Mark's brothers and sister-in-law and his grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her soul mate Mark W. Womack; her parents, three sisters, Martha Mae Endersby; Jaunita Pittman and Chris Hart; four brothers-in-law Walt Endersby, Bill Hart, Raymond Love and J. B. Pittman and two nephews, Russ Hart and Danny Hart.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society with the funeral home accepting the donations.

Remembrances may be made online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Published on  June 7, 2016
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