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Former presidential candidate Isabell Masters dies in Florida

Isabell Masters received her doctorate from the University of Oklahoma.
by Bryan Painter Published: September 20, 2011
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Isabell Masters, a former resident of Oklahoma City and a candidate multiple times for the presidency of the United States, died in her sleep Sept. 11 in West Palm Beach, Fla. She was 98 years old.

Masters, who attended Douglass High School and was a graduate of Langston University, received her doctorate from the University of Oklahoma.

She campaigned for the presidency during each race from 1984 to 2004.

In 1995, upon announcing her intentions to run, she told The Oklahoman, “If we don't do what (Harry) Truman said, if we don't let God lead us in our decision-making, we are doomed.”

Masters was a lifetime educator, having taught in California, Nevada, New York and Kansas, and she was a political activist who also ran for city council in Topeka, Kan., the mayor's position in West Palm Beach, and other positions through the years.

Funeral services for Masters were held Sept. 17 in Riviera Beach, Fla. Graveside services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Topeka.

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by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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