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In Memory of former OKWOCPINC China Painters

Lina Steele Reynolds

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Lina Steele Reynolds


Lina Steele Reynolds was born October 26, 1924, in Bartlesville, OK the third of seven children born to Burr Roach and Marguerite (Dunlap) Reynolds, and she died on August 13, 2023, in Oklahoma City, OK.

She graduated from Bartlesville College High School in 1942 and then attended Bartlesville Junior College.  She started working in the insurance industry in Bartlesville in 1943 and moved to Oklahoma City in 1946 where she continued working for fifty- four years until her retirement from C.L. Frates and Co. in December 1997.

Lina Steele taught at the Independent Insurance Agents school in Norman for two years and served as Moderator as well as Assistant Dean and Dean of the School during her tenure. Through her work at the school, she also assisted with Project Invest School at Capitol Hill High School to help students learn about the banking and insurance business and operate a business within the class. She was a member of the National Association of Insurance Women, the Insurance Women’s Association of Oklahoma City, and Theta Chi Chapter of the Phi Tau Omega Sorority.

With deep faith in God, Lina Steele attended and was a Charter Member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City. She served for three years on the Board of Deacons and was a member of the Martha Circle group.

A gifted china painter, Lina Steele won many blue ribbons for her work at the Oklahoma State Fair for which she was very proud.  She painted many beautiful plates and Christmas ornaments which she generously shared with family and friends.  She was a member of the World Organization of China Painters and the Leisure China Painters.

Lina Steele loved OU Football and had season tickets for many years, and she would occasionally take along a niece or nephew to a game.  As most of her extended family are OSU fans, she relished the opportunities to sing Boomer Sooner whenever possible to keep the Bedlam pot stirred!

Never having married, Lina Steele was admired by her family for her independent spirit and with the help of her nieces and nephews was able to remain in her home until very recently.  She was sharp of mind and wit until her last days.   

Lina Steele is survived and loved by many nieces and nephews. Drucilla Reynolds Cessac of San Antonio, TX; Sharon Fitch Melrose (Dan) of Enid, OK; David Fitch (Mickey) of Bixby, OK; Janice Richter (David) of Ponca City, OK; Phyllis Hilterbran (Steve) of Edmond, OK; Cheryl Matthews (James) of Hampton Cove, AL; Lori McMillin (Wayne) of Ada, OK; Debbie Murray Overturf (Alan) of Afton, OK; Mike Murray (Susie) of Edmond, OK; Tom Murray (Karen) of Clinton, OK; Andy Murray (Karen) of Katy, TX; Pat Murray (Chris), Elmwood Park, IL; and many great-great nieces and nephews

She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, Margarette Louise Reynolds, Helen Ann Fitch (Jack), Lucy Ellen Murray (Robert), Roberta Elaine Thomas (Ivan Dean) and two brothers Burr Dunlap Reynolds (LaFaye) and James William Reynolds (E. Louise), and nieces Burnell Reynolds Cooper, Jamie Lou Reynolds, Kimberly Louise Reynolds, Christie Ann Reynolds, and a nephew Darrel Wayne Thomas.

Memorial services will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Friday, August 18th at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers memorials can be given in Lina’s name to the Westminster Presbyterian Church.



Venneida Bethurem DAVIS, passed from this life to life eternal Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at the age of 93. She was born Septemer 2, 1992 to parents, Bert and Mary Barton Bethurem September 2, 1922 in Little Rock, AR. Growing up in a family of seven children of which her beloved survived sister, Bertie Bethurem Bolding is the last family member of that great generation.


In 1942, Venneida married Barney A. Davis. Her husband of 62 years predeceased her in 2004. Their long marriage began in Little rock and ended in Tulsa where they lived for more than 60 years. From their union came four children, Dick Davis (Karen), Melinda Davis Carver (Ron), Dennis Davis (Margaret, dec.) and Rebecca Davis Armstrong (Terry); eleven grandchildren, Justin Davis (Stina), Tracy Davis-Black (Kat), Carrie Smedstad (John), Christy Wells (Dan), Molly Lawson (Peter), Jeffrey Carver (Ashley), Emily Bauman (Paul), Brent Davis (Katie), Blake Davis, Leah Anderson (Tyler), Joseph Armstrong (Ashley); and sixteen great-grandchildren, ages 3 weeks to 11 years old. All treasured and loved by Grandma Venneida as they loved her.


Venneida's other love was creating and painting on porcelain as she became an accomplished porcelain painter. She belonged to the Oil Capital China Painters Club and was State President of the Oklahoma World Organization of China Painters from 1992-1993


Midwest City, OK

Deceased, March 10, 2021 (1951-2021)


ALEXANDER, Alene deceased April 15, 2022

2813 Robin Road

Midwest City, OK 73110

Phone: 405-737-1679

Doris Marie Harris





Carol Tillman

Student and Friend




Our friend and teacher, Doris Harris, died on Friday, August 19, 2016 after a short illness. A few days before her sudden illness, Doris had driven herself to the library to check out her weekly supply of books to read, she was preparing to participate in an interview for the Tulsa Historical Society about the history of china painting in Tulsa, and she was working as a bookkeeper and tax consultant for a small electrical firm. She was concerned that she was having a problem with “unsteadiness” so she was planning to shop for a piece of exercise equipment that would strengthen her legs. She lived life to the fullest and was an excellent artist, teacher and business woman.

Doris was born in Tulsa, OK. She married E.D. Harris “Harry” in 1944. Harry was an electrician and they spent several years living in various states” following the work”. They eventually settled back in Tulsa with their two children, Barbara and Bob. Doris credits her mother who lived in Duncan, OK for her start in china painting. Her mother owned a weight loss business and created beautiful ceramic flowers which she painted with china paint and sold in her studio.

She moved her mother to Tulsa in the early 70’s. In order to help her find friends in her new city she enrolled both of them in china painting classes at the Taylor & Oxford China Shop in Brookside. Doris and her mother bought a kiln together and Doris started on her mission to learn china painting. She took two lessons a week from Hazel Schwerring and one per week from Sue Heath.

Doris’s husband became ill with cancer and they had a very difficult two years while he was undergoing treatment at the University Hospital in Oklahoma City. She described this as one of the most difficult times in her life. Her husband died in 1968. She needed to increase her income so she took a real estate course and sold real estate in addition to working as an office manger for an electrical company.

She had an opportunity in 1979 to open a china shop, “The China Cabinet”. She had two excellent teachers, Nadine King and Hazel Schwerring who taught china painting in her shop. Her shop was always busy with classes and activities but Doris learned “you can’t make a living in a china shop” so she closed her shop in 1987, but continued to teach at city parks and Hobby Lobby and to work in, and promote china painting.

She became involved with the Oklahoma World Organization of China Painters (an international organization for china painters, headquartered in Oklahoma City) and became acquainted with its founder, Pauline Salyer, She started attending and working in the conventions and participating in the organization. In 1987-88 she was the State President and coordinated the largest china painting convention ever held in Tulsa.

She saw a need to have an evening club to meet the needs of working women so she sought the advice of her friend, Pauline Salyer, who said “if you feed them, they’ll come”. She prepared her now famous “Chicken Cornbread Casserole” and 45 people came to the first meeting of the “Oil Capital China Painters”. This was the largest number to be chartered into a club in the world. In 2007 she received the Pauline Salyer award, the highest honor bestowed by the Oklahoma WOCP, for outstanding service to the organization. She served the local, state, and national organization in numerous offices and capacities over the years. Virtually all of the Tulsa china painters considered her their mentor.

Doris is survived by her daughter, Barbara Williams and husband Ed, son, Bob Harris, her granddaughters Jill and husband Shad, Ivy and husband Kevin and 2 great-grandsons and a great-granddaughter. .


The family requests memorial donations be made to the American Diabetes Association or the World Organization of China Painters.


SUSAN K. JACKSON (1962 - 2013)


Laid to rest at Rose Hill Burial Park, Oklahoma City OK.


Susan was a porcelain artists and a member of the Oklahoma World Organization of China Painters Inc. and a member of the World Organization of China Painters in Oklahoma City, OK.

CAROL ANN HUBBARD(1935 - 2016)



Carol Ann Hubbard was born on April 14, 1935 and passed away on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at the age of 81. Carol was a resident of Lawton, Oklahoma, at the time of her passing. She graduated from Lawton High School attended Cameron College and also attended St. Maryâs College in Seneca, New York.



Carol was a porcelain artist and belonged to the Oklahoma World Organization of China Painters as a member of the Redbud Club. Carol also was a member of the World Organization of China Painters in Oklahoma City, OK.

She taught private lessons about 15 years. She demonstrated for state clubs,- at Okla. state conventions her pieces were voted on and published in the China Painter,- served as president several times for the Lawton Club,- member of PPIO, and painted any subject but her favorite things to paint for her own were animals, fruit, birds and portraits.



Note from Audelle Owens: Needles to say I miss her so much. Nearly every day or so I think I need to call her and tell her something. WE were friends for about 40 years. I met her when she was my husband’s executive secretary at Cameron University for eleven years. She was perfectionist in about everything she attempted.

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