Shirley Ann Dreith, 81, of Chattanooga, Oklahoma, passed away Saturday, December 22, 2018, in Frederick, OK.
Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Friday, December 28, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga, OK, with Joe Charles, Lay Preacher, officiating.
Interment will be in the Chattanooga Cemetery under the direction of Gray Funeral Home, Grandfield, OK.
Mrs. Dreith was born July 31, 1937, in Duncan, OK, to Wesley Thomas Sr. and Katie Mae Allen Whittington. She grew up in Grandfield and attended school there. Shirley graduated from Chattanooga High School with the Class of 1956. She married Earnest Dreith on August 7, 1955, in Grandfield, OK. She was a graduate of Cameron College. She attended OU, where she received her Master's Degree. She also had hours toward her doctorate. Shirley taught elementary school at Faxon and Frederick. At the time of her retirement, she taught 8th grade science. She retired from teaching after 27 years. At that time she began helping her husband farm. She loved canning pickles and jelly. She enjoyed gardening and loved flowers. She loved to cook. She was a Student Council Sponsor. At the time of her teaching career she was instrumental in starting the Hackberry Flats Project and the Marsville Project. Shirley was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga.
Survivors include, her husband, Earnest Dreith of the home; one son, Danny Mark Dreith of Fernandina Beach, FL; two daughters, Deborah L. Peek and husband Douglas of Mustang, OK and Deann M. Dreith-Williamson and husband David of Tuscon, AZ; two brothers, Wesley Whittington and wife Vicki of Grandfield, OK; Gary Whittington and wife Georgia of Covington, TX; two sisters, Rojenia Thomas and husband Mel of Rialto, CA and Peggy Platner of Lawton, OK; six grandchildren, Kyle Dorton, and wife Lindsey; Ryan Dorton and wife Stephanie; Katie Braddock, and husband Matt; Amanda Knox, Lindy DeGrave; D. J. Williamson; and nine great grandchildren, Kamden and Kollins Dorton; Hannah Dyer, David Ehman; Riley and Tegan DeGrave; Jayden, Rylan; Lawson Brown.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Wesley Thomas Sr. and Katie Mae Allen Whittington; two sisters Francis Luckett and Rebecca Whittington; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lucas and Katie Dreith.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association,225 N. Michigan, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601.