Cora Ladell Headings, 83, was called by God to eternal rest at her home on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017.
Cora was born in 1933 in Dorset, Ohio, to Merald and Nellie Van Winkle.
She graduated from Westerville High School, Westerville, Ohio. After graduation she married Paul E. Strait and they built a modest farm and dairy of registered Jersey cattle.
Paul and Cora had three daughters: Paula, Brenda and Jolana. Cora’s love, pride and joy of her daughters was from there forward never in question.
Cora was preceded in death by her husband Paul at his young age of 32. Cora later remarried Robert (Bob) D. Headings.
Cora and Bob had a daughter together, Christa. In addition to Christa, Cora shared Bob’s love of his two daughters from his previous marriage: Susie and Gracie.
All together Bob and Cora had an impressive family of six daughters. Cora and Robert (Bob) made their way from Ohio to northeast Oklahoma.
They built an impressive home, ranch and herd of registered Limousin cattle and later a poultry operation where they made many friends with other ranchers and poultry growers.
Cora was multitalented she loved to oil paint and was a superb seamstress. She spent endless hours over a period of many years sewing items of the heart for her daughters. She also loved to grow things. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Pawhuska.
Cora was preceded in death by her husband Robert (Bob) at his age of 67.
Widowed again Cora was faced with many challenges with the ranch and poultry. With help from her family and being the capable person that she was, Cora would once again preserver.
After selling the ranch, Cora resided in Grove. She worked for the Chamber of Commerce and later for her daughter Paula in the Health and Wellness fields.
She enjoyed her time living close to her daughter Paula on Grand Lake for many years, highlights in her life were trips with her daughter Paula to Egypt, Holland and Germany as well as a surprise trip to California with her four daughters.
Other highlights included her stays in Denver with her daughter Brenda and family whom she engaged in an unforgettable rocky mountain dirt biking camping trip.
Cora loved people, she never met a stranger. She raised her children to her social standards, always being friendly, giving and wanting to help people in need.
In Cora’s senior years she experienced some health issues, Cora moved to Chelsea, Oklahoma with her daughter Jolana and Jolana’s husband Roger.
Cora enjoyed living at their ranch where, she enjoyed her miniature donkey and was entertained daily by her favorite pets. She enjoyed being a part of Roger & Jolana’s life for several years.
As Cora became more elderly she was still animate about taking daily rides on the golf cart around the ranch, viewing the flower gardens and baby horses. She loved flowers and loved being outside in God's beauty. She enjoyed every outdoor moment.
Cora even enjoyed the most beautiful sunset the evening before God took her home. Setting on her deck watching the most beautiful sunset and saying “It is so Beautiful."
Cora Ladell Headings was preceded in death by her mother and father Merald and Nellie Van Winkle; her first Husband Paul E Strait; her second husband Robert D. Headings; and her younger brother Norman Van Winkle.
She is survived by her most loved sister Dee (Van Winkle) 80 years; six daughters and their families: Paula Rochelle-Johnson (Floyd Johnson), Brenda (Stan) Jones, Jolana Bushnell (Roger Williams), Christa (David) Cappellano, Susie (Del) Gratz, Gracie (Greg) Kemp; 11 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorial services will take place at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 9, at First United Methodist Church, Grove, with Dr. Richard Dayringer will be officiating. Private interment will follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Cora's name to the American Red Cross disaster relief fund or the UCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) for disaster relief in care of the Methodist Church.