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June 18, 1913 ~ September 13, 2010 (age 97) 97 Years Old
Sabra Roberta McBride Wray, 97, of Adams, Oklahoma surrounded by her family joined her beloved husband, Marvin, her countless friends and family members in the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on September 13, 2010 at her home. Sabra was born June 18, 1913 to Ocie and Ida Hilton McBride. She was born in a half dugout near Hardesty, Oklahoma. She rode a horse three miles to a little country school, Prairie Bell. One day the horse stepped in a prairie dog hole, rolled four times and Sabra broke her pelvis. She lay for hours while search parties looked for her. She did not walk for four months and four days. The doctor did not think she would ever walk again but by sheer determination she learned to walk again. She accepted the Lord as her savior at any early age, living her life devoted to her faith. Sabra married the love of her life, Edmond Marvin Wray on February 23, 1930. She was sixteen and he was nineteen, they became parents to two daughters, Phyllis Gyene and Betty Yvonne. They also helped raise a foster son, Larry Knowles, who has remained close through the years. They lived in several places including Espanola, New Mexico and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Marvin contracted Diphtheria while working for Douglas Aircraft during the war. He was unable to work so Sabra took his place at the factory. They moved back to the farm at Hardesty and Sabra worked at the post office and sold Stanley Products. They moved to Adams, Oklahoma and opened a grocery store for five years and then decided to retire and travel. They spent many happy years traveling to every state in the union except Alaska, finally settling in Corpus Christi, Texas and later Tucson, Arizona. They renewed their wedding vows on their sixty-fifth Anniversary and had sixty-six wonderful years before Marvin passed away with cancer on July 1, 1996. Sabra was a wonderful cook. Her homemade bread, chicken and dressing was always enjoyed by anyone lucky enough to be there. She loved to knit and was a champion knitter. She crocheted, made quilts, played cards was a friend to all. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Hooker and a dedicated member of the Eastern Star for nearly sixty years. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Marvin, her parents, Ida and Ocie McBride, her sisters Johnny Johnson Campbell, Ethel Collinsworth, Dovie Phillips and her brother Jack McBride. Survivors include her daughters Phyllis Johnson and her husband Glade of Hardesty, Betty Ottaway and husband Bob of Hooker; grandchildren, Paul Marvin Johnson, Gyene Spivey and husband Brad, Casey Johnson, Sabra Dreyspring and husband Mike, Jodie Johnson and husband Corey, Andy Johnson and wife Peggy , Dr. Mack Johnson and wife Jill, Woody Nickels and wife Lana, Laura Marsh, Patti Hayworth and Dana Dycus, Rick Ottaway and wife Susan, Mark Ottaway and wife Pam, Coreen Jury and husband Larry; great grandchildren, Brandi Carroll, Ken G. Johnson, Harry Johnson, Austin Johnson, Chris Spivey, Kevin Spivey, Lexy Glass, Josh Johnson, Jason Johnson, Sarah Guerrero, Rachel Lewandowski, Wyatt Johnson, Morgan Johnson, Alex Schreffler, Nicholas Johnson, Grace Johnson, Sam Johnson and much anticipated new baby boy, Jesse Nickels, Sabra Nickels, Hunter Brown, Dalton Hayworth, Shannan Wray, Amber Carrender, Kelsey Ottaway, Jordan Ottaway, Michael Ottaway, Zach Jury, Daniel Jury and Jerrad Jury; great great-grandchildren, Cooper, Savannah, Kaylee, Klaudia, Braxton, Hadlee, Creed, Bailey, Peyton, Christian, Steven, Lexy, Mikey, Alex Wray, Laura, Sabra, Drew, Chaise and Kylie. Her life is summed up by Proverbs 31:10, Who can find a virtuous women For her price is far above rubies. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 18, 2010 at the First Christian Church in Hooker, Oklahoma with Rev. Odie Nunley officiating. Interment will be in the Hartville Cemetery in Hardesty, Oklahoma directed by Roberts Brothers Funeral Home, Inc. in Hooker, Oklahoma. Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church and may be left at Roberts Brothers Funeral Home, Box 745, Hooker, Oklahoma, 73945.