Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat


June 13, 2013

Bernadetta (Pierce) Walton

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — Bernadetta (Pierce) Walton, passed away June 6, 2013 in Claremore, Oklahoma at the age of 89 years.

 Berna was born April 10, 1924 in Rochester, Texas and arrived in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma in 1926, at the age of two, with her parents Frank and Gracie Pierce in a covered wagon, and has been her home-town ever since.

 She attended Grade School in both Jackson and Lee Schools and graduated from Pauls Valley High School in May 1942. While in school, History of any kind was a favorite subject, especially happenings in the area. After graduation, she went to work in September as a Telephone Operator for Southwestern Bell, where they were referred to as “Ma Bell’s Girls.”

 She was married to Cleo A. Walton in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma on September 2, 1953 and has been a member of Pauls Valley First United Methodist Church since November 1953 and involved in many activities, including Methodist Women both locally and worldwide. She was also involved with the Golden Agers, a non-denominational group for Senior Adults, as a Greeter for many years; Berna helped deliver ‘Meals-on-Wheels’ to shut-ins and assisted in preparing some meals; as well as helped with Vacation Bible School for children and was church historian since 1980.

 Berna was a member of Pauls Valley Chapter #185 Order of the Eastern Star since November 1953 where she served as Worthy Matron, District Deputy and Grand Chapter Committees, Associate Mother Advisor of Rainbow Assembly for Girls and organized DeMolay Mother Club, and was President.

 She was Charter member of the American Association of Retired Person in Pauls Valley in 1978 and worked with the City Council, HUD, and the Federal Housing Association finalizing plans for housing for Senior Adults resulting in the construction of the Donihoo-Colley Complex which had its grand opening on October 27, 1985.

 She also held membership in the Pauls Valley Historical Society since 1978 where she served as Secretary for nine years; and was a volunteer at the Washita Valley Museum and Santa Fe Depot Museum; she received first Heritage Award for Recognition as Volunteer of the Year from Pauls Valley Main Street and for Historic Downtown Revitalization in February 2000.

Text Only
  • Juanita ‘Janie’ Williams

    Juanita “Janie” Williams, 90, of Pauls Valley passed away July 30, 2014 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at her home with her family near her side.

    July 31, 2014

  • Loyd Oliver

    Loyd Rdell Oliver, 98, was born January 13, 1916 in Wayne, Oklahoma and died in his home in Fresno, California on July 19, 2014.

    July 31, 2014

  • Luan Adams

    Luan Adams, 77, of Wynnewood was born Oct. 22, 1936 and passed away July 27, 2014.

    July 29, 2014

  • Sybil Leach

    Sybil Fern Leach of Wynnewood, Oklahoma was born to Al Bonnie and Donnie May (Boyd) Vanderburg on December 31, 1916 in Hot Springs, Arkansas and passed from this life on July 28, 2014 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at the age of 97 years.

    July 29, 2014

  • Eva L. Dickson Wright

    Eva L. Dickson Wright, passed away July 25, 2014 at her home in Purcell, Oklahoma at the age of 77 years.

    July 29, 2014

  • Francis Leona ‘Chock’ Rutledge

    Francis Leona “Chock” Rutledge, 94, of Lindsay was born Nov. 29, 1919 and passed away July 22, 2014 in Norman, Okla.

    July 25, 2014

  • Nellie Travis

    Nellie Lee Dutton Travis of Elmore City, Oklahoma was born September 10, 1932 in Blackwell, Oklahoma to the late Ferguson Roosevelt “Ted” Dutton and Alice Vaughncil Harrison Dutton and passed from this life on July 22, 2014 at her home in Elmore City, Oklahoma at the age of 81 years.

    July 25, 2014

  • Lisa D. Brinkley

    Lisa D. Brinkley of Springdale, Arkansas was born to Clarence (C. L.) and Bertha (Wright) Pelfrey on November 3, 1947 in Yuba City, California and passed from this life on July 15, 2014 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at the age of 66 years.

    July 17, 2014

  • Roger Glen Clayton

    Roger Glen Clayton, of Wynnewood, was born April 22, 1960 in Arizona to Sonny B. and Wanda Ruth (Riddle) Clayton. He passed away July 10, 2014 in Newcastle, Oklahoma at the age of 54 years.

    July 17, 2014

  • Reba Joyce Dawson

    Reba Joyce Dawson of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma was born to Ben and Gertie Mae (Gates) Crawford Jr. on July 28, 1934 in Carthage, Texas and passed from this life on July 8, 2014 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at the age of 79 years.

    July 17, 2014

Business Marquee

  • How You Want It When You Want It Today's Pauls Valley Democrat

    Now you can view and download the Democrat right to your desktop on the day the paper is published. Click here to get more information on the Democrat's e-Edition.





    e-mail request to

    April 20, 2011 1 Photo 1 Link

AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN