Aleene Alma Self was born September 24, 1924 to Charles Oscar and Alma Berkenbile on a farm 8 miles east of Hennessey, OK. She graduated from Lone Star School located east of Hennessey in 1942. During WW2 Aleene worked in a war factory in Wichita, KS building B-17s, and she was an honored member of the American Rosie the Riveter Association. Throughout her life, Aleene enjoyed traveling the world, but simply watering and pruning her flowers brought her just as much joy. She worked together with Don Self in his drugstore in Bethany for 23 years before retiring to Edmond. She went to her family in Heaven on October 2, 2016.
She is survived by husband Don Self of the home; brother Charles Vernon Berkenbile of Celina, TX; son David Jones and wife Patti of Hennessey; son Doyle Jones and wife Roxann of Hennessey; daughter Donnis Moore and husband Michael of Denver, CO; daughter Jacqueline Gooch of Edmond; daughter Deborah Olson and husband Michael of Phoenix, AZ; daughter Becky Wade and husband Kenneth of Oklahoma City; 13 grandchildren including Tabatha Scott and husband Brandon of Hennessey, Trisha Jones of Stillwater, Amber Taylor and husband Kyle of Crescent, Philip Jones and wife Jennifer of Yukon, Lenzy Kerechek and husband Mike of Denver, CO, Lauren Hill and husband Sam of Edmond, Cameron Steele and Ellen of Del City, Kendall Wade of Tulsa, Stephen Gooch and Megan of Edmond, Tommy Gooch and Cindy of Edmond, Daniel Pullin and wife Tamara of Norman, Valerie Buckner of Phoenix, AZ and Allison Pullin of Phoenix, AZ; 20 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents C.O. and Alma Berkenbile; brothers Leland, Hollis and Delmar Berkenbile; sisters Juanita Rogers and Irene States; one daughter Donetta Self; two granddaughters Kyla Jones and Chaunte’ Self; and great granddaughter Kayman Rose Scott.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at Matthews Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at 3:30 p.m. at Enid Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of your choice.