|Birth: ||Feb. 24, 1907|
|Death: ||Mar. 21, 2006|
Delores (Tucker) Callen was born February 24, 1907 in Lincoln KS to Frank and June (Murphy) Tucker. She died at the Ayers Nursing Home in Snyder.
When she was five years old, she, her parents and her brother, Elbridge, moved to Oklahoma in a covered wagon. They had bought a farm south of Gotebo in the Cooperton Valley. She lived most of her life there in the area and south of Cooperton after she married.
She attended grade school at Rocky Hill, three years at Gotebo High School, and her senior year she attended high school at Cameron State School of Agriculture in Lawton. She graduated in 1925.
After high school, she attended SW State Teachers College at Weatherford and taught school for three years; one at Mt. Mirah and two at Sedan.
While attending SWSTC at Weatherford, she played on the college's winning tennis team. When she taught at Sedan, she coached the county champion girl's basketball team and won the county tournament in Hobart in an indoor gym. They played on an outdoor court in Sedan, and for many of the girls, it was their first time to play inside.
She married Mack A. Callen on May 23, 1929 in Lawton and he preceded her in death on Oct. 25, 1965. During WWII she was a substitute teacher because so many teachers were resigning to enter the military and to do defense work.
She was a helper and partner with her husband in their daily lives of farming and ranching in Comanche and Kiowa Counties.
She was baptized when she was a teenager at Gotebo. While living in the Cooperton community, she worked and served in the Christian Church teaching classes and leading a number of Vacation Bible Schools. She played the piano for numeroud programs and church services.
In 1972 she and her mother moved to Hobart and became members of the First Christian Church. She was a member of the DAR and was a Past Regent of the chapter. She was Past President of the AARP and Past Worthy Matron and member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a member of Research Home Demonstration Club for 49 years, a member of the Kiowa Co. Historical Society, the Oklahoma Farm Bureau and served on the State Women's Committee for 18 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother, Elbridge. Survivors include her daughter, Della June Liles of Snyder and two sons, Wesley and wife Kary of Post TX and Ned and wife Betty of Cooperton; brother Kensel Tucker and wife Dortha of Wilburton, six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Frank G. Tucker (1878 - 1969)
June A. Tucker (1886 - 1977)
Mack A. Callen (1905 - 1965)
Della June Callen Liles (1931 - ____)*
Spring Hill Cemetery
Created by: Linda Cardenas
Record added: May 23, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70274791