Paula LeMarr McBride

March 12, 1958 - October 12, 2019
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A farewell gathering for Paula LeMarr McBride Savage, 61, of Anadarko will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the offices of The Anadarko Daily News, 117 E. Broadway in downtown Anadarko, after the OU-West Virginia football game. All OU fans are enouraged to wear their gear in honor of Paula’s great love for the University of Oklahoma Sooners.
She was born March 12, 1958 at the Anadarko hospital to Carolyn Nell (Meyers) and Joe W. McBride Jr., and passed from this life on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 at her home in Anadarko.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Joe and Clella (LeMarr) McBride and Opal “Dee” Stuart Meyers Kardokus; her step-grandfather, James M. Kardokus; her uncles, Dr. David L. McBride and David D. Hill; her brother-in- law, Wes Savage; her parents-in-law, Marvin and Lillian Savage, and many great-aunts and uncles and other relatives.
Paula grew up in Anadarko where she was a member of her mother’s Camp Fire Ta Won-Ka group, and received her Wo-He-Lo medallion her senior year in high school. Family friend Dixon Palmer gave her the name Koy-Mah-Ton, “Kiowa Girl,” for her Camp Fire name.
Known to many as “Paula Mac,” or “one of the ‘famous’ McBride sisters,” she was a graduate of the Anadarko High School Class of 1976, and served as junior class president.
She was also an ambassador for the Great Plains Country Association her senior year. She was a talented artist and member of the high school drama productions. Paula was also a member of the Order of Rainbow for Girls.
After graduation, she carried on family tradition and attended the University of Oklahoma in Norman, receiving a degree in journalism in 1988. She later received a minor in religious studies from OU. Her family used to joke that Paula would never graduate from college, but just keep taking more classes because she liked learning so much.
She was a huge proponent for the university and an avid OU Sooner football fan.
On Aug. 30, 1992, Paula married Earl Savage, the love of her life, in Anadarko. They had recently celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary.
Her working career started at the Anadarko Printing & Office Supply in 1972, which was owned by her parents. She began working at The Anadarko Daily News in 1974. She was employed there as assistant editor at the time of her death. She worked in the newspaper advertising department in high school, but began her career in the news department soon after college. Her column, “Whatever Happened To ...” was a Daily News reader favorite. She served as editor of The Daily News weekend edition for many years. She also worked in the ad department of the Oklahoma Daily newspaper on the OU campus.
Paula never met a stranger, and her hugs were legendary. She had a smile for everyone she met, and was a listening ear for most. She was generous with her time and loved seeing old and new friends.
She adored her nephews, Dalton and Max, and loved to spoil them with attention. Her five grandchildren called her “Dingo,” and loved to go visit and spend time with her.
An avid gardener, Paula loved to work in her yard and show visitors all the plantings there, giving the common and scientific names for all of them.
She also loved to do historical research and was an authority on Mary, Queen of Scotts, from whom she was a direct descendant. She was extremely proud of her Scots-Irish heritage.
She was an excellent cook, with very few failures, and always helped prepare holiday and family meals. She was the keeper of her Grandmother McBride’s recipes and her Grandmother Dee’s desserts.
A woman of many talents, she was a great photographer and a good seamstress. She was one of the original Star Wars fans, as well, with Harrison Ford as her favorite actor.
She was a life-long Democrat and served in the Caddo County Democrats group. She was president of the Anadarko Rotary club and had served on the board of the Christian Center in Anadarko. At the time of her death, she was a member of the Anadarko Housing Authority board.
Leaving to mourn her loss are her beloved husband, Earl, of the home; her son, Seth Savage and his wife, Lacy of Fort Cobb; her daughter, Sarah (Savage) Mace and her husband, Andrew of Huntington Beach, Calif.; her parents, Joe and Carolyn McBride of Anadarko; her sisters, JoNell McBride-Thomas and her husband, David Thomas, and Carla McBride-Alexander and her husband, David Alexander, all of Anadarko, and Dana McBride of Austin, Texas; two nephews, Dalton Thomas of Norman and Max Alexander of Anadarko; four nieces, Jeannie Forneris of Ada, Alese Savage of Fort Cobb, Terrie Tolton of Anadarko and Chase McBride of Austin; five grandchildren, Gunner and Denver Savage of Fort Cobb, and Lillian, Daphne and Amelia Mace, of Huntington Beach with grandson Emmett on the way; her aunt, Sandy Hill of Tulsa; a great-aunt, Jean Stuart of Anadarko, and numerous cousins, other relatives and a host of friends.
An accomplished master of jokes and stories, Paula would tell new ones or favorites at every possible occasion. She is in Heaven now with family and friends who have passed before her, telling jokes and making them laugh.
Her beloved “Sugarfoot” a/k/a “Dalty” said about his Aunt Paula, “She had much muchness, as the Hatter said.” Yes, indeed, and she is gone far too soon.
Farewell, our Paula Mac, Paudy Mar, Aunt Paula, Dingo and Sweetheart, we’ll see you on the other side. Love you forever.

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Lennis miller
Anadarko, OK
I am so sorry for your loss. I have always considered your family my friends. I am praying for you all.
Shelley V McMillin
Springfield, IL
Paula you were a sister to me for 50 years. So many memories of camp, OU, politics, all fun memories of times shared. I will see you again some day dear Paula. I love you.
Karlya Boone
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, DC
We are deeply sorry about the loss of Paula. As you grieve, know that we are remembering and honoring her.

The Boone Family
Shannon Oberhauser
Anadarko, OK
Paula always had a smile and great story to tell. I will miss our encounters and her hugs. Love and prayers to her family and loved ones ?
Max Yearwood
Eakly, OK
It is with heavy heart and condolences to Paula's Family on her passing.  She was my friend as is her family. We will miss her smile, quick wit, and passion as a Newspaper Writer and Reporter.
David Doro
Chickasha, OK
She always had a smile so sorry for your loss may God bless you all
Jackie Callahan
Anadarko, OK
Paula, you will be so missed. I will miss your big hugs and contagious smile. Rest In Peace, sweet friend. #classof76
Carrol Blizard-Dickerson
Dubois, PA
She was an amazing woman and has done so much for a lot of people, you will be missed
Ramona Quoetone
Tulsa, OK
I have many fond memories of Paula.  I always appreciated her hugs even after years apart.  My thoughts and prayers go up for her family.
Matt Neal
Sulphur, OK
What a wonderful person. Such a caring heart . Sorry for your loss. May God bless and keep you through this time.
Cindy Fletcher
East Palestine, OH
I am so very shocked and sorry to read about Paula's passing! She and I worked side by side for several years and had many great adventures, none of which I will ever forget. May God be with her family in the difficult days ahead. Love to all the McBrides!
Antoinette Toni Short
ANADARKO, OK
I'm so heartbroken tonight my dear sweet friend Paula. I'm glad we said I Love You to each other the last time we spoke my dear friend. I will miss you so much! Thank you you for loving me and everything you have done to make my work flow smoothly. You and your family are a big part of this beautiful community.  To the McBride family thank you for sharing your beloved daughter and sister. She's our sweet Angel now but hard to let go. I love you Paula???????
Deanna McDole Killion
Lafayette, IN
My condolences and prayers to all the family. I will always remember her laugh and great smile! Love you Paula??
Tim Johnson
Anadarko, OK
God blessed us with your smile. Thank you
Kay Burleson
Anadarko, OK
I will miss your bright smile and those legendary hugs.  Fly high my Friend ??????
Delores Taylor
Dibble, OK
It was always a delight to visit with Paula. She had a great smile and laugh.
Sympathies and prayers for her family and friends.
Marvin Delaware
Norman, OK
R.I.P my friend
Bennie McElhaney
Norman, OK
Paula always offered a happy greeting when I would visit the Anadarko newspaper. She usually had a joke or two, and we would share a laugh. I looked forward to seeing her when I would visit.
Vera Toles
Norman, OK
I am sorry for your loss! I loved Paula and all the girls! God bless you all!????
Sheri Monroe Miller
Blanchard, OK
Heavens gain.  Our lost. I know she will be missed tremendously always a leader caring about people. She loved you anyway even with indifferences of opinions . She could make everyone laugh or cry.  A true God given Servant to the Public, we’ll miss.
Prayers and hugs for her sweet parents & families.
Jay Upchurch
Norman, OK
Paula always had such a wonderful passion for life, and in everything she did. A favorite memory is her ferocious campaigning for Jimmy Carter during the 1976 presidential race. She was relentless in her quest to spread the good word about Mr. Carter every day at Anadarko High School, and make sure every student and teacher eligible to vote was pointed in the right direction. Seems like that's how she approached life - full of energy and hugs and personality. She always made me smile.
Tracey Redbird Gabehart
Andarko, OK
I'm devastated by the news of Miss Paula's passing. Great woman and friend. Always helped me when I needed her and never let me down. She always has kind words and awsome hugs and I will miss her more than she will ever know. The community won't be the same without that feisty spirit and great laughter. fly high Paula xoxo
CAROLSUE HAMMOND
SAN FRANCISCO,, CA
I AM SHOCKED TO HEAR OF HER PASSING. I HAVE MOVED AWAY BUT PAULA U ALWAYS WERE IN MY HEART AND I THOUGHT OF U OFTEN. YOU ALWAYS HAD A GREAT SMILE, A KIND HEART. THE MOST AMAZING HUGS, U ALWAYS HAD TIME TO STOP AND CHAT. U ARE IN HEAVEN NOW. NOT GONE CAUSE WHEN WE LOOK UP AT THE SKY U WILL BE THE BRIGHTS STAR WE SEE. REST IN PAECE DEAR FRIEND.
Troy Gayle Walling
Mustang, OK
Paula wrote the kindest, most thoughtful letter to me about my dad, Troy Dale Plaster, when he died in 1993. I still have the letter.  Prayers for family.
Christine Hendricks
Fletcher, OK
Prayers for the family and friends that I know will miss her. I loved her laugh and appreciate her standing in for me when Seth and Sarah needed a Mom. I will always be grateful that she was there and I know that she will be missed.
Philip P Workman
Anadarko, OK
Will miss Paula's, laughter, smiles, hugs, energy, greetings and of course, her way, so delightful.  It will hard to miss her.
Sherri Diaz
Anadarko, OK
So sorry to hear about Paula. May God comfort you and your family.
Kathy Enochs Eppers
Fort Worth, TX
Well Paula, I haven't seen you since 8th grade but we sure had some fun times which I still remember. My prayers go out to your family.
Doug Carel
Oklahoma City, OK
She was a sweet lady.  She loved her community.  I will miss her smile!
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