Dollie Maxine (Parker) Bitting passed from this life, surrounded by her family and caregivers, on February 5, 2020, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the age of 95.
Maxine was born April 22, 1924 in Salina, Oklahoma, daughter of James Dock and Julia Mae (Greenway) Parker. She grew up in the Salina area with her five sisters, Daisy “Sis” Johnson, Ivey “Bunnie” Johnson, Mary Helen Cowan, Ruth Irene Doak, Betty Ann Lawson, and one brother, J.D. Parker. She was the last living of the seven Parker children. Through the 8th grade, she attended Center Hill School, which was a one-room schoolhouse, along with her brother, J.D. and sister, Mary.
During a short marriage to Bert Keith Smith, she was blessed with two sons, Jerry “Butch” Smith and Roger Smith, deceased. Maxine married John Bitting, Jr. on July 1, 1950. They were blessed with two daughters, Beverly Allen and Brenda Goodwin. Maxine and John were married for 25 years when he died May 22, 1975.
Maxine was first a homemaker, then worked a short time at Labarge Electronics. The grandkids loved “Granny’s” cooking especially her breakfast of sausage and biscuits. She was an active walker, loved to play cards with her grandkids (hours of Skip Bo and Aggravation with orange sherbet), friends and neighbors, and loved her many trips with dear friends Martha and Charlene to Hot Springs, Arkansas to watch the horse races. Maxine loved traveling to the Greenway family reunions in Mountain View, Arkansas, and traveling anywhere. If the car door was open, she was happy to hop in for the journey.
Maxine was preceded in death by her mother, father, husband, all of her siblings, her son, Roger Smith, and two grandchildren, Jason and Travis Smith. She is survived by her son, Jerry Smith and wife Dena of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, and her daughters, Beverly Allen and husband Wayne of Tulsa, and Brenda Goodwin of Olympia, Washington. “Granny” is also survived by seven grandchildren: James Smith of Tulsa, Richard “Ricky” Smith of Bunnlevel, North Carolina, Melissa Smith of Tulsa, Brandee Tonnessen and husband Tim of Stavanger, Norway, Kristy Wingerter and husband John of Tulsa, Jonathan Goodwin of Palo Alto, California, and Jennifer Goodwin Stadler and husband Will of Olympia, Washington. She also is survived by eleven great grandchildren: Kaden and Hadley Smith, Caleb, Gabriel, Matthew, and Grace Smith, Jerod Smith, Lexi and Lillian Tonnessen, Mark and Kate Wingerter, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and loved ones.
A visitation will be held Sunday, February 9, 2020 at Heath-Griffith Funeral Home from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.with family being present from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.. A Funeral Service will be held Monday, February 10, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in the Heath-Griffith Funeral Home Chapel. Burial to follow at Floral Haven Memorial Gardens in Broken Arrow.
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