Etta Laverne Kirby

August 12, 1936 - July 24, 2019
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Etta Laverne McMillon Kirby passed away July 24, 2019 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was born on August 12, 1936 in Greenville, Texas to Robert Leonard and Effie Odessa (English) McMillon. She attended high school in Greenville, Texas, where she was Band Queen. She continued her education and received her Bachelor's Degree in Education from East Central Oklahoma University, and later her Master's Degree in Education. Once she received her Teacher Certification from ECU, she went on to be a teacher/principal for 22 years, before retiring in 1995 due to her declining health. She served at Elmore City and Verden, as well as a member of Anadarko's Board of Education after she retired in order to "stay involved". Laverne loved her flower beds and sending kind words of encouragement to those that needed it. She loved her Sunday School Class dearly. She also loved OU Football and often would travel thousands of miles just to watch them play. Whenever the Sooners lost, Laverne would say that Bob Stoops still owed her for some of those trips. Thankfully that wasn't often. Laverne loved her fur babies: Duke, Dutchess, and Kash. Laverne loved her grandchildren most of all.

She is preceded in death by her parents, sister RueNell Haralson, and brother Fred McMillon.

She is survived by her husband Dale Kirby of Anadarko, Oklahoma,
2 sons: Keith Alan Castner and wife Kim of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,
Eric Paul Castner and wife Lori of Weatherford, Texas,
step-daughters: Terri Powell and husband Colice of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,
Susan Kirby and special friend Paul Vu of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,
step-son Scott Kirby and wife Jessica of Allen, Texas,
grandchildren: Keely Castner Woodard and husband Ryan of Mustang, Oklahoma,
Kirk Castner and wife Alycia of Dallas, Texas,
Kale Castner and wife Jacqueline of Lubbock, Texas,
Matt Castner of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma,
Mason Castner of Fayetteville, Arkansas,
Auburn Powell of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,
Haley Powell of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,
Jaren Kirby of Anchorage, Alaska,
Tyler Kirby of Odessa, Texas,
Cole Kirby of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,
great-grandchildren: Evelyn Woodard, Vivian Woodard, Emery Woodard, Reese Castner, and Chandler Castner
as well as several nieces, nephews, and hundreds of friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Anadarko Public Schools Education Foundation.

Viewing: 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Thursday, July 25, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Friday, July 26, 2019
Ray & Martha's Funeral Home, Anadarko, Oklahoma

Family will greet friends from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Friday, July 26, 2019 at the Ray & Martha's Funeral Home in Anadarko, Oklahoma.
Funeral: 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 27, 2019
First Baptist Church
Anadarko, Oklahoma
Burial: Victory Cemetery
Altus, Oklahoma
Services are under the direction of Ray & Martha's Funeral Home, Anadarko, Oklahoma.

Service Information

Date: July 26, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Date: July 25, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Date: July 26, 2019
Time: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Date: July 27, 2019
Time: 10:00 am
Date: July 27, 2019

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Anadarko, OK
It was an Honor and a pleasure.  You are a special lady.  Much love to u. God bless you Always.  Love u LaTasha
Dana Morris
Oklahoma City, OK
I am so glad Laverne let her light shine in this world.  She was such a blessing to everyone she came in contact with and my life is better because of her touch.  I count her and Dale as forever friends.  My prayers now are re-directed from her to Dale and Laverne's families as they will miss her presence here on earth, but praising God that she has a brand new body and has been made whole.  Much love to all who loved this amazing woman.
Marcy & Don Barrington
Weatherford, TX
Sorry to hear about your loss.
Thinking of the Castner Family.
Marcy Atchley
Weatherford, TX
Laverne’s love is a rich blessing in my life. Her warm hugs, great big smile, positive outlook and love of Christ will continue to live in my memory.
David and Kim Kennedy
Elmore City, OK
So sorry for your loss.
Constance Moore
Yukon, OK
Laverne and her family touched my heart from the start. I was blessed to be able to care for her. My prayers for Dale and her family ??. Another great woman is blessing Heaven
Oklahoma City, OK
We will miss Laverne very much at Quail Ridge Assisted Living.  She was such a special lady with a beautiful spirit and smile.  We will forever remember her.  Dale and Keith you will be in our prayers as well as the rest of the family.
Brian Elliott, Frontline Church
Oklahoma City, OK
We're praying for you at this time as you fondly remember Laverne and celebrate her life and that she has finished the race well and now is laid up for her the crown of life!
Mick Lee and Peggy Lee
Anadarko, OK
Prayers for your family
Keith I will always remember the kindness your mom showed me when I saw her. She is in her real home now. I pray that brings you alittle peace. Love you brother.  Joe
Kristi (Willis) Hawks
Pauls Valley, OK
Mrs.. Kirby was one of my favorite teachers. We had a fur lined bathtub for reading set up in a corner of the classroom. I even fell asleep in it once! She was a very sweet lady, my thoughts are with her family.
Laura Wray
Chickasha, OK
Mrs. Kirby was a very special lady.  I enjoyed working with her at Verden.  I am so sorry for your loss.  Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Barbara Roulain
Clinton, OK
Eric and Keith,
So very sorry for the loss of your mother.  May God comfort you at this time and give you peace knowing she is with her Heavenly Father.  I did not know her but she must have been a wonderful lady to have raised sons like you.
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