Iva Dale Cannon

January 24, 1922January 4, 2021

Iva Dale Cannon passed away January 4, 2021 in Ballinger, TX at the age of 98. She was born January 24, 1922 in Byars, OK to Mervin and Leota Lemley Bowen. She graduated from Asher High School in 1941. She attended East Central State College in Ada, OK where she received an Associate Degree in Elementary Education. She began her teaching career at Trousdale Elementary School where she taught 5th and 6th grades for 3 years while continuing her education. In 1945 she married the love of her life,Cecil Cannon, in Asher, OK. In 1947 they moved to McClain Co.,OK where she taught at a one room school house for one year. She was transferred to Asher Elementary School and continued working towards her Bachelor’s Degree. In 1950 they moved to OKC where she attended Central State University and received her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education in 1953. She began teaching 6th grade at Christopher Columbus Elementary in OKC for 8 years. In 1960 they adopted their only child, daughter Cecilia. In 1962 she completed her education at OSU and received a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. In 1963 she began teaching at Shields Elementary for 8 years then went on to teach at Lafayette Elementary for 5 years in OKC. She left the OKC School District and began teaching in the Putnam City School System in 1968. Kirkland Elementary was the last school she taught at before her retirement in 1982. She taught countless children for a total of 33 years. Iva Dale was preceded in death by her parents, 3 sisters and 3 brothers. Her loving husband, Cecil passed in 2009 after 64 years of marriage. She is survived by her daughter, Cecilia and husband, Steve of Ballinger, TX, 3 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren and 2 brothers, Murl Bowen and Terry Bowen. Graveside services will be Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Wanette Cemetery in Wanette, OK. Face coverings and social distancing are required.


  • Visitation

    Monday, January 11, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021


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Jackie Woodfield

January 8, 2021

I have so many wonderful memories of spending time with my Aunt Iva Dale, camping trip, family reunions and visits over the many years. She was a tower of strength with a great sense of humor and never lacking in loving hugs and words. Cecilia and all your family I wish I could be with you, sending much love!

Barbara Cannon

January 5, 2021

When we moved to Oklahoma City, your Mom and Dad took us in, encouraged us, helped us make thru toddlerhood. The girls loved going to their house, they were like grandparents to them. They were true lights for us. We miss them