Ida Katherine Roberts, longtime Fairfax Chief Newspaper publisher, passed November 13, 2015 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She was 68 years of age.
Ida was born April 10, 1947 in Shidler, Oklahoma, the daughter of Don Conner and Thelma (Carr) Conner. She attended 1st thru 8th grade at Grainola and then graduated from Shidler High School in 1965.
Ida had worked some 20 years at the Fairfax Chief having purchased the Chief in 2001. Her father’s picture is one of the two men pictured on the Fairfax Chief newspaper logo. She was a member of the Oklahoma Press Association and was a member of the Fairfax Hospital Board. Ida was known by many for her organizational skills both at the newspaper and at home.
Her enjoyments included raising her family and their friends; having coffee with Mary Ann and other coffee buddies; working crossword puzzles, needlework, jewelry work, cross-stitching and watching NCIS.
She is survived by her daughters, Carrie Short and husband Jeremy of Tahlequah, Oklahoma and Roxanne Dixon and husband Ricky, of Shawnee, Oklahoma; two brothers, Joe Conner and wife Carol, of Fairfax and Mike Conner, of Hurley, New Mexico;
Five grandchildren, Jessica Dixon, Sarah Moore, Brett Dixon, Jamey Pettigrew and Kaitlin Dixon; eight great grandchildren, Gabriel Dixon, Jocelyn Kilpatrick, Greyson Dixon, Harley Moore, Tyler Pettigrew, Ashley Pettigrew, Chevy Moore and Kaylee Moore; niece Rita Farmer; nephews Sam and Cole Conner; one cousin Karen Highfill.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Bob Waymire; one sister, Chole Buffington; and one nephew, Wayne Conner; one cousin, Joan Grisham.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at the Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home with Minister David White presiding. Interment will follow in the Fairfax Cemetery.
Casket bearers are Justin Yandell, Bobby Babcock, B.J. Young, Ryan Yandell, Russell Staples and Justin Brown. Honorary casket bearers are Ricky Dixon and Jeremy Short.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Angel Tree, in care of the Robert Clark Health Clinic, 212 North Main, Fairfax, Oklahoma 74637.
Original Publish Date: 2015-11-20 00:00:00