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6934 South Western Avenue
PO Box 891320
Oklahoma City, OK 73139
Phone: 405-634-1439
Fax: 405-634-3753
Melinda Jones

Melinda Sue Hanan Jones (Oxford)

Tuesday, June 15th, 1948 - Thursday, March 14th, 2019
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Friends and family are invited to a visitation Sunday, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Vondel L. Smith and Son Mortuary 13125 N. MacArthur Blvd., Oklahoma City, and a funeral service Monday at 10 a.m. at Vondel L. Smith and Son Chapel. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Burial Park in Oklahoma City.

Melinda Sue Hanan Jones, better known as Susie to friends and family, passed away at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City Thursday morning at the age of 70.

Susie was born June 15, 1948, in Amarillo, Texas, to Ben and Lahoma Oxford. She graduated from Henryetta High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Oklahoma State University. She was employed at the Oklahoma State Department of Health as a microbiologist until her retirement.

Susie was one of the last generation of children to contract polio, which left her left arm weakened and her legs paralyzed. She spent her entire life in a wheelchair, in and out of hospitals from the onset of polio in 1949 until her death. Much of her childhood was spent in hospitals hundreds of miles from family. She endured numerous surgeries and constant pain without complaint and still showed everyone a smiling face. Her body might have been frail, but her spirit was unquenchable. She took care of herself and others, volunteering her time for several organizations. Her spirit was an inspiration, and she brought out the best in everyone she met.

Susie was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband Hugh of the home in Oklahoma City; a brother, Stoney Oxford, Broken Arrow, and a sister, Cathy Robertson, Henryetta; as well as one niece, Becky Robertson, Henryetta; two nephews, Donovan Oxford, Tulsa, and Ben Oxford and wife Joanna, Broken Arrow; five great-nephews, Thomas Johnson and wife Ashley, Zachary Thomas, and Codie Artussee, all of Henryetta, Gavin Oxford and Ethan Oxford, Broken Arrow; three great-nieces, Chelsea Artussee and Jamie Artussee of Henryetta, Audra Oxford, Broken Arrow; a great-great niece Lia Thomas, Henryetta; and many friends.

Head for the light, my dear. There are no wheelchairs in heaven.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, March 17th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    Sunday, March 17th, 2019 2:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Funeral Service

    Monday, March 18th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Monday, March 18th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    Vondel L. Smith Mortuary - North Colonial Chapel
    Address
    13125 N. MacArthur Blvd
    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 73142
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    Officiant
    The Rev. Mitchell Miller
  • Interment

    Monday, March 18th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Monday, March 18th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Rose Hill Burial Park - OKC
    Address
    6001 NW Grand Blvd.
    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 73118
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Paula Bell

Posted at 07:14pm
Sue was a member of our Red Hat group since 2004. We have gone out for lunch so many times, I can't count. Our trips with Sue included a fabric trip to Dallas, and a trip to Sapulpa OK for some tours and of course lunch at a tea room. The last several years we would see her off and on. She made Santa baskets with us in 2016. Our prayers go out to her family and friends. We were always amazed by her endurance and good attitude.
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Marlyn Hamon-Harris

Posted at 06:19pm
Susie was our elementary, junior high and high school classmate at Henryetta OK. We graduated class of 1966. Susie always had a smile and such a warm heart. In elementary school she wore braces and actually played soft ball with us girls at recess. We didn't treat her any different and she could hit the ball hard enough to at least make it to first base - sometimes to second if it was a grounder.... She had surgery in junior high but attended through an intercom system that was through the telephone. We took turns carrying "Susie" which was a speaker that was plugged into each classroom. She attended class reunions when she could and always humble about her life and career. I still think she is amazing!
Marlyn Hamon-Harris HHS Class '66
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Gloria Marks

Posted at 12:16pm
Donna, I and a whole lot of people at OSU were privileged to have met Susie 52 years ago and our lives have been enriched by knowing her. I can't begin to recount all the fun adventures we had together. In college we loaded into my little VW and off we would go. Be it to Tonkawa, Henryetta, or Stoney's wedding. We stayed constant friends over the years. When I was living in San Antonio Susie was going to fly down to visit. Well, back then the airline's wouldn't let her fly unless she had a catheter. So, she loaded up her car and drove to San Antonio. We explored a cave and the walkway was a little damp in places. I don't think she ever went on another cave tour. She was the one who usually picked me up at the airport when I would fly into OKC. A lot of times I spent the night, but sometimes she would just give me a ride to my Uncle's or up to Tonkawa. It always gave us a chance to visit and catch up. The first time she came to visit me in Idaho, I will never forget her look as she saw the 2 2/4's we had rigged over the stairs to get her in the house. We laugh at it to this day. Eventually we built a ramp for her visits. Susie was my sister I never had. I wish I could be there. But we had discussed it and went with more visits earlier. It will take a long time for all the tears to stop flowing, but I know she is in a better place and with loved ones on the other side. My love and condolences to everyone, Love, Glo
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