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 Virginia Belle <I>Mickle</I> Brown

Virginia Belle Mickle Brown

Death 27 May 1973 (aged 30–31)
Burial Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 82843172 · View Source
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By Tom McCarthy

YUKON -- In the final cruel twist in a series of tragic ironies, Kenneth Gardenhire spent Memorial Day making arrangements for the funeral of His wife.

It began Sunday when Mrs. Virginia Gardenhire left her Yukon home on a trip to visit the graves of her two children at Chapel Hill Cemetery.

It will end Tuesday afternoon when she is buried beside them.

A passing motorist discovered the wreckage of Mrs. Gardenhire's car in the 12000 block of N Piedmont Road and notified her husband, who in turn discovered his wife's body in a dense wheat field 40 feet away from the crash

She apparently lost control of her car when it was hit by a gust of wind, accident investigators said. Mrs. Gardenhire fell out of the vehicle as it overturned repeatedly and she was pronounced dead on arrival at Baptist Medical Center from multiple injuries.

Shaken with grief, Mrs. Milo Mickle of Yukon, her mother, recalled the two previous tragedies that spurred Mrs. Gardenhire's trip to the cemetery.

"Steven Lynn was about 17 months," she said. "He died of cystic fibrosis in 1961. Pamela Zane was 4 goin' on 5. A dog pulled an antique gas pump over on her an killed her instantly. That was 1971."

The news of her daughter's death reached her and her husband just after they returned from a visit to the cemetery.

"We just got home and her former husband told us," she said. "It was about 10 in the morning and the (Yukon) police called a bit later."

"I can't remember anything else," she sobbed. "I can't talk anymore."

The Mickles and Gardenhire are the only immediate survivors. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Turner Funeral Home, Yukon, with interment in Chapel Hill Cemetery.

"She'll be buried in the same plot with the kids," Mrs. Mickle said, "right beside 'em."

Published in The Daily Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Tuesday, May 29, 1973, Page 15

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