Margie Vaden

February 20, 1920January 24, 2013

Margie Aline Reece Vaden, 92, Oklahoma City, left her earthly home on January 24, 2013. She was born February 20,1920 in Adair County, Kentucky, the daughter of Charles Alexander and Barbra Allen Reece. Margie was the youngest of nine siblings. Margie frequently shared stories of happy memories of her days growing up on the family tobacco farm. During World War II she worked as a “Rosie the Riveter”, building aviation parts for the military. Margie met the love of her life, Clyde Vaden, a young solider, recently returned from the war, on a blind date. It was love at first sight, and three weeks later, on June 30, 1945, they were married with her brother, Paul, officiating. After a short stay with the groom’s family in Arkansas, they moved to Oklahoma, which became their permanent home. Despite the distance, she always held a fondness for her birthplace, Kentucky, and stayed very close to her family and friends there. Over their 46 years together, Margie and Clyde raised three daughters. Margie was a loving, devoted mother and wife, and family always came first in her heart. Additionally, she was a hard-working career woman. Her warm and outgoing personality was enjoyed by her loyal customers at Kinney’s Shoes for over 20 years. Her volunteer activities included her church, Memorial Christian, Meals on Wheels and nursing homes. In her final years, Margie enjoyed spending time with her friends at Hefner Mansions. She will be remembered for the unconditional love she shared with all, selfless service to others, her fabulous cooking, ability to put a smile on the face of everyone, and her joy of singing. Margie had a remarkable way of making sure that each of her family members knew they had a special place in her heart. Preceded in death by her husband, Clyde in 1991, her parents, and 8 siblings, she is survived by daughters: Donna Harrison and husband Paul, June Davis and husband Jim, Reeca Young and husband Phillip, 10 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Sunday, January 27 Bill Merritt Funeral Home in Bethany. Memorial Service on Monday, January 28 at 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Christian Church, 1915 N. Meridian, OKC. Memorials can be sent to Memorial Christian Church, in remembrance of Margie Vaden.


  • Visitation Sunday, January 27, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 28, 2013

Margie Vaden

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Hattie Reed

January 30, 2013

Margie is in a very special and loving place in heaven. I have so many sweet memories from my childhood of time spent at her house. She always made me feel loved.

January 30, 2013

I always loved you Ms. Vaden. I never came to OKC that I didn't look you up and go by to visit. My beautiful lady.

Donna Harrison

January 29, 2013

Mom, you & Daddy raised three daughters to be strong women of great faith. I hope that we have always made you proud by passing this on down through our children and grandchildren. I picture you & Daddy walking hand in hand, and I know how happy you both are. You are in our hearts forever, and I know that you will continue to guide our family throughout our lives. Love you, Love you, Love you. Donna

Karen Burdg

January 27, 2013

Branden & June and Family,
I know the love you had for your grandmom Branden and always enjoyed the stories you shared with me. June, I remember the times I would go to your house with my cousin Hattie, we were so little but she always had a treat for us and a big smile! I am sorry for your loss, just know you will meet aggain for eternity.
Prayers & Love
Karen Bone Burdg

Debbie Barrett

January 26, 2013

Sorry for the loss for the family, but Margie you had a wonderful daughter my friend Donna
Debbie Barrett

joye kane

January 26, 2013

It so saddens my heart that My #2 mom is gone She was one of the most sweetest and kindest i have ever known. Always there if you needed to talk and never judged. She was there for my family when we needed a shoulder to cry on.
I know she is in heaven with Clyde and my mom and dad haveing a cup of coffee and telling old stories and laughing. RIP Margie we Love you

#4 daughter