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 Dora <I>Tabor</I> Popejoy

Dora Tabor Popejoy

Henry County, Missouri, USA
Death 19 Aug 1965 (aged 85)
Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Anadarko, Caddo County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 64673742 · View Source
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Dora Streight Popejoy, 1880-1965
Mrs. Dora S. Popejoy, 85, died August 19, 1965 at a Hollywood, California hospital.
She was one of the city and state's best known pioneer music educators.

She was born on April 4, 1880 in Henry County MO

Mrs. Popejoy had started her long and colorful music teaching career at the age of 13, and accepted her first music pupils in 1895 in Carbondale, Kansas.

She studied with Dr. Hugh A. Clarke at the University of Pennsylvania; Gilbert Raynolds Combs of Philadelphia and William G. Schmidt and Charles F. Giard at the University of Oklahoma where she earned a B.F.A.

She and her husband Ben R. Popejoy came to Anadarko in early 1902 and were married on December 25th.

She had continued her active music teaching career here up until going to California during the summer of 1965 to spend time with her two sons Aubrey of Hollywood and Francis of Lancaster.

Mrs. Popejoy had been included in numerous "Who's Who in Music" publications distributed internationally.

Funeral services were held at the First Christian Church where she was a long-time member.

Burial was in Anadarko's Memory Lane Cemetery in a family plot beside her late husband, who was a former oil and insurance business executive in Anadarko and died in the early 1940's in Levenworth, Kansas, where he was at that time an auditor with the federal government.

Mrs. Popejoy was a past president of the Oklahoma Federation of Music Clubs, a patroness of the Oklahoma University chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, honorary music sorority, and a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Born in Kansas on April 4, 1880, she began studying music at an early age. Her mother drove her 15 miles each week in a horsedrawn buggy to a music teacher in nearby Topeka.

She gave her first lesson in Anadarko on September 19, 1904, in a small downtown studio over what was formerly Callahan's hardware store.

Mrs. Popejoy served as director of high school music in Anadarko from 1921 to 1925, and since that time had been director of the Popejoy School of Music.

She also had served as supervisor of music departments in several Caddo County high schools.

She organized the In and About Anadarko Music Club on October 29, 1930 and served as its first president.

Both of her sons attended Anadarko public schools. A grandson made his home with her during 1964 and attended Anadarko high school.

Survivors are her two sons, six grandchildren, a sister Mrs. Jewell Maynard of Louisville, KY and a niece Evelyn Mathews of Santa Cruz, California.

She was loved very, very much by all of her music students.
Bio provided by N. Dale Talkington.

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