Fleta Jeraldine (Jerry) Campbell Vantine Horton Hendrix, 92, passed from this life on January 3, 2013 in Edmond, Oklahoma. Jerry was born May 13, 1920 in Frederick, Oklahoma to Thomas and Anna Lois Carruth Campbell. The family moved to Chillicothe, Texas in 1921 where her parents operated a laundry business. She graduated from Chillicothe High School in 1937. She then attended Central State College in Edmond, Oklahoma from 1937 to 1941 where she earned a B.S. in Business and Home Economics. During her college years, she was voted Popularity Queen and Shakespeare Queen. She returned to Chillicothe to teach business education at the high school from 1942-1943. She married U.S.M.C. Lt. Roy Lee Vantine, Quanah, TX, on May 15, 1943, and went with him to San Diego, California until he was sent to the Pacific Islands in World War II. She returned to Chillicothe to teach and serve as principal through 1945. Upon his return from the War, the couple lived in Amarillo, TX. and Santa Barbara, Ca. where Roy worked as a school administrator. Their son Michael Roy (Mike) was born in 1946. In 1948, R.L. and Jerry built a beautiful home and orchard in upper Ojai, Ca. Their daughter Margaret Lee (Margo) was born in 1949 in Ventura, Ca.
Jerry taught social studies and business courses for the Ojai Valley Schools from 1955 to 1975. After retirement, Jerry and R.L. enjoyed traveling and went to many states, Europe, and the Holy Land. After Roy’s death on February 23, 1990, Jerry moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and married Howard Horton in June 1993. After Howard’s death in 2000, she moved to Tealridge Manor in Edmond where she met and married Sam Hendrix on April 22, 2006. She was a founding member of the Ojai Valley Church of Christ. Upon moving to Oklahoma, she was a member of the Mayfair Church of Christ and then Memorial Road Church of Christ. She spent time volunteering at Baptist Hospital and was active in her church until she was too ill. She loved to travel, read, and spend time with her family. She was a brilliant life-long learner. Jerry was a devout Christian who led a life of service to the Lord.
In all things, Jerry wanted to do what was best in the eyes of God. She enjoyed being physically fit, walking three miles or more a day for over 20 years. While living in California, she spent much time grafting trees, planting, and tending different varieties of horticulture. She was an excellent seamstress and made treasured quilts for her grandchildren. Jerry lived an active life until debilitating illness prevented her from independence. She always had a positive outlook and never complained about her physical condition. Jerry’s life was filled with love and honor and she was admired and respected by all who knew her. She was cherished by her family and her legacy lives on in the lives of her children and grandchildren who have her spirit and wisdom to guide them.
Jerry was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, R. L. Vantine, her second husband, Howard Horton, one sister, Obera Calvin, and one brother, Wayne Campbell. She is survived by her husband, Sam Hendrix of Tealridge, Edmond, Ok, her sister, Theda Brock, her two children: Mike and wife Pat Vantine of Kirkland, Washington, and Margo and husband Richard Glanville, Pawnee, Oklahoma, her four grandchildren: Kristin and husband Steven McMullin, Kirkland, Washington, Katie and husband Phillip Puzio, Kirkland, Washington, Erin and husband Ronny Brown, Pawnee, Oklahoma, and Matt and wife Aubrie Glanville, Oklahoma City, Ok. She is also survived by seven great grandchildren: Laurel and Lily McMullin, Vivian and Sydney Puzio, Leah, Quinn, and Ian Brown, and one baby Glanville on the way.
Services have been entrusted to Matthews Funeral Home, Edmond, Oklahoma. The celebration of her life will be Friday, January 11, 2013 at 10:00 at the Matthews Funeral Home Chapel and the burial will be in Frederick at the Campbell family burial plot. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Christian Relief Fund. http://christianrelieffund.org/
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