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Reta Ann Dykes

21 janvier 193816 octobre 2020
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Reta Ann passed away and went to be with her Lord on October 16, 2020. Reta was born January 21, 1938 in Oklahoma City to Nancy (Harris) and Montie Godfrey and was a long-time resident of Oklahoma City.

Reta graduated from John Marshall High School in 1956 where she was a Captain of the Cheerleading squad for two years. After graduating from High School, Reta worked at OG&E in Downtown Oklahoma City. She met Paul Dykes when she was 19 years old at a dance in El Reno, Oklahoma and married him a year later on February 28, 1958. Reta and Paul were married for 62 years until his passing in March. Reta stayed at home and thoroughly enjoyed raising her two boys, Todd and Lane. As soon as they started school, both boys played sports through High School. Reta loved watching her boys play ball and cherished those memories for the rest of her life.

Reta had a talent for drawing, painting and making ceramics. She especially loved painting pictures with watercolors. She did Art Shows and hung her paintings throughout her house for everyone to enjoy. Reta was a loyal friend who loved her family very much who will always be remembered by her family and friends.

Reta was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Margie Montgomery; brothers Doyle & Wayne Godfrey; husband, Paul Dykes; son, Lane Dykes; and niece, Karen Dykes Edwards.

Reta is survived by son, Todd Dykes and wife Tammy, of Frisco; grandchildren, Brayden and Karley Dykes of Frisco, TX; Rob, Zack and Joe Dykes of Olathe, KS; brother-in-law, Kendall Dykes and wife Iris, of Broken Arrow, OK; nieces, Wilma Beagle and husband Nevin of Edmond, OK; Toni Markovich of Oklahoma City, OK; and Kendy Dykes McWherter and husband Phil, of Mount Dora, FL; nephews, Michael Montgomery of Oklahoma City, OK; and Ken Dykes and wife Jayne, of Bixby, OK; cousins, Wanda Farber of Oklahoma City, OK, Janet Fronko and husband Al of Augusta, KS; and Phil Applegate and wife Perri, of Tulsa, OK.

A memorial service celebrating Reta’s life will be held at 2:00pm, Saturday, November 7th at Memorial Park Funeral Home 13313 N. Kelley Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK with inurnment to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in Reta's name to the American Stroke Association.

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Barbara Niebrugge

novembre 4, 2020

Many memories remembering shopping,ceramic classes,lunches with a good friend, will miss her but know she isn’t suffering any more. Our sympathy to her family.

Genell Foltz

octobre 21, 2020

Reta and have been friends since 1958 when we worked at OG&E. Through tough times and fun times we were always close eventho we lived miles apart. Until last week we talked almost weekly and I will so miss our laughs. Rest in peace my dear friend. Love, Genell Foltz

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Reta Ann Dykes passed away and went to be with her Lord on October 16, 2020.

She was born January 21, 1938 in Oklahoma City to Nancy Jane Harris and Montie Jackson Godfrey. Reta was named after her father’s baby sister. Montie, worked as a Carpenter making cabinets, a Farmer and a Bootlegger. Her mother, Nancy, was a Waitress and a Sales clerk. Times were hard when Reta was born in 1938. It was difficult to find work to support your family, and when you did it was sometimes only $1.00 a day. Reta had two brothers and one sister: Margie Ray (1928), Donald Wayne (1930), and Doyle (1932). Reta lived on 6th Street in Clinton, Oklahoma as a child.

Reta’s mother and father divorced when she was about four years old. After the divorce, Nancy moved to Britton (Oklahoma City), Oklahoma, with the kids to be near her family. After Reta moved to Oklahoma City she would see her Dad in the summer at her Grandmother Godfrey’s. Reta was very close to her brothers and sister. Her brothers, sister, and cousins used to go out together when they were growing up and dance and have more fun. Reta was best friends with her sister Margie who she said she never had a fuss with.

Reta attended grade school in Clinton, OK until the fourth grade when she attended Britton Grade School in Oklahoma City, OK. Reta’s best friend in Elementary School was Karol Corbett and her cousin Joe Perkins. Reta attended John Marshall High School and graduated in 1956. Friends she spent time with were Pat Brown, Pat Thomas, Dorene Sullivan, Barbara Wright, Pat Trimmer, and Carol Crawford. Reta was a two-year (1954-55 and 1955-56) Captain of the cheerleading squad. She loved to attend her High School Reunions and see all of her old classmates. She loved school and loved to read. Her favorite subjects in school was English and English Literature.

One of her early childhood memories was sitting on her Grandmother Godfrey’s bed and watching her Grandfather go by the window plowing. Growing up, Reta always had to share a room with her sister Margie or her mother and did not have a room of her own till she went to work and left home. As a kid, Reta loved riding her Trike on the sidewalk, jumping rope, skating, and playing jacks and pick up sticks.

Another fond memory Reta had was of her Grandmother Harris (grandmother on her mother's side) teaching her to play checkers and cards when she was very young. She always she loved to play cards throughout her life. Todd remembers when he and Lane were young, they would all go to Cecil (Junior) and Eva Sanders home in Yukon, OK quite a bit. The adults would play cards and Lane and Todd would hang out there at the house.Cecil was a friend of Reta's husband, Paul, but she became good friends with Eva.

Reta worshiped at the First Baptist Church in Britton. In Hobart, when Reta visited her Grandma Godfrey, she went to the church of Christ. The first person that told Reta about God was her Grandmother Godfrey and Aunt Freda Harris. Reta’s first communion was at twelve years old. Reta said as soon as she heard about God, she knew he was real. Her mother told her “God never puts more on us than we can handle”. Reta said “Many times I have wished he didn’t think I was so strong”. Her favorite passage of Scripture was “God so loved the world he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” She said she could not begin to understand, “I love my sons so much and to think he gave his son for us!” Reta’s dear friend Lena Boynton and her mother Texas Rose helped Reta become a better Christian. Lena’s son, Kyle, played baseball with Reta’s son, Todd. Every Monday evening Reta would go to Lena’s and make ceramics. Her favorite hymn was The Old Rugged Cross, but she also loved music by Lionel Richie, Commodores, Whitney Houston and Elvis.


Since Reta’s mother was a single mother with four children she worked a lot, so her bother Doyle had to take care of her. Reta wore lipstick for the first time in eighth grade. Her brother, Doyle, would not let her wear makeup until the ninth grade. Reta had a lot of chores because her mother worked. By the time Reta was in the fifth grade, she had dinner ready when the family got home for the day. Growing up, Sunday lunch was a special time for her family. Reta’s Mother was off on Sunday’s so her mother, brothers, Wayne and Doyle, and sister, Margie, would have lunch together every Sunday. Reta’s Mother taught her how to survive, use common sense, cook, iron, clean and take pride in one’s self. Her mother’s favorite advice to Reta was, “Don’t marry too young; get your education, and follow your dreams.” The first time Reta drove a car was when she was 14 years old. She drove an old pickup of her Uncle Lodell’s on a country road with her cousins, Joe and Max.

Reta’s first job was a Soda Jerk at a Drug Store on Britton Road and Pennsylvania. Reta worked after school till 10:00, except on high school football game days, so she could cheerlead at the John Marshall High football game. After high school, Reta worked at Oklahoma Gas and Electric (OG&E) in downtown Oklahoma City. Reta rented a small apartment for $50 a month and brought home $220 a month. Reta made friends with Genell Foltz at OG&E when they were 20 years old. Genell and Reta remained friends until Reta passed away.

Reta met Paul Dykes when she was 19 years old (1957) at a dance in El Reno, Oklahoma. She worked at OG&E and Paul worked at Kerr McGee. Since they both worked downtown, Paul would take Reta to OG&E before going to work at Kerr McGee. Paul and Reta were married on Friday, February 28, 1958 in El Reno, Oklahoma by a Justice of the Peace.

Reta and Paul had two sons, Todd and Lane, who were born in 1961 and 1964, respectively. Reta stayed at home and raised her boys and loved every minute of it. Her boys made her very proud and she loved them more than anything. Todd came home from first grade and wanted to play baseball, then football, then basketball. Since Todd was playing sports, Lane wanted to also. From that point on, Reta was running her boys to the sporting goods stores, practices, games, and tournaments all year round for the next the ten years or so. Reta loved to watch both of her sons play sports from little league to high school. Reta always supported her sons in whatever they did. When the boys got in any kind of trouble at school and Reta thought they were not getting a fair deal, she had no trouble standing up for them and telling the school about it. She always told Lane and Todd to never start a fight but if somebody started a fight, they should protect themselves. One day Lane and Todd were in front of the house when a boy in the neighborhood came over and started a fight with Todd. Reta was in the front bedroom of the house with the window open yelling, “Todd, hit him, hit him, Todd!” That is one day Todd will never forget. People could hear her all over the neighborhood. When the boy was running away, Lane threw a football helmet and hit him! Reta was always keeping herself busy when the boys were growing up. She took the boys to all of their appointments, kept the house clean, made dinner, paid bills, and made sure the boys made it to every practice and game on time.

When Todd graduated from Oklahoma State, Reta was an avid Oklahoma State fan from that point on because her son graduated from there. She loved to watch OSU football, basketball, and baseball games. Reta attended every Mom’s Weekend at Oklahoma State University while Todd attended OSU. Reta and Bonnie Moslander would drive to Stillwater every year and participate fully in the weekend activities including Two-Stepping at the Tumbleweed Dancehall in Stillwater, OK. She danced not only with her son, but every member of Todd’s Fraternity House, Acacia. Bonnie and Reta, both, would talk and laugh about Mom’s Weekend for years.


Reta loved Christmas and loved to decorate her house inside and out for the holidays - Lots of lights! Reta was also an artist who painted watercolor paintings for many years. Reta did Art Shows and hung her paintings throughout her house for everyone to enjoy. In addition to painting, she also made ceramics for many years. Reta’s dream car was her black on black Cadillac Fleetwood Coupe. She loved that car and was always getting compliments on the car with numerous offers to buy the car.

Reta suffered a stroke in 1999. Her husband, Paul, took care of Reta once she had the stroke. Judy Warehime, whose husband, Ron, coached Todd and Lane in Little League football, was a friend of Reta’s who did Reta's hair and helped take care of Reta. Reta was strong-willed and always showed a lot of courage. When times were tough, Reta loved to say, “This Too Shall Pass”. It was her way of saying this won’t last forever and that things will get better.

Reta was close to her family and had long-time good friends from High School (Pat Brown, Pat Thomas), work (Genell Foltz), son’s sports teams (Lena Boynton, Judy Warehime), Barbara Niebrugge, that remained good friends with her for many, many years. Reta was very proud of her grandchildren and she loved to brag on them. Her grandchildren, Brayden, Karley, Rob, Zack, and Joe brought her joy like never before. They stole her heart.

When Todd would hang up the phone with his mother it seemed like she would always say, “Tell everyone (Todd’s family) I love them and I love you the most.” Todd would tell his mother, “I will and I know you do, Love you, Mom.”