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Lois Virginia Singletary

Oklahoman Published: April 5, 1995

SINGLETARY Lois Virginia, died Tuesday, April 4, 1995 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oklahoma City after a short illness. Mrs. Singletary was born February 9, 1920 in Oklahoma City to Claude Ray and Lois Amanda Irwin Southwell. She was a graduate of Classen High School, Christian College in Columbia, Missouri and the University of Oklahoma, where she was a member of Chi Omega. On October 17, 1942, she was married to John N. Singletary, co-founder of the Globe Life and Accident Insurance Companies, who died January 1, 1977. She had been active in Junior Hospitality, Opti-Mrs., and the Acorn Book Club. She was a member of the Board of Trustees of Columbia (Christian) College and of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. She was a supporter of and contributor to numerous arts and charities. She commissioned the Remington Park fountain, The Horse of Good Fortune, on which the inscription reads, "Horses Running to Help Children Walk. " Money in the fountain is matched by Remington Park and donated to the Easter Seals organization. In recent years, she bred and raced both quarter horses and thoroughbreds under the name of Gina's Stables. Her horse, Queen's Gray Bee, won both the Remington Park Derby and the Red Earth Derby in 1991; repeated in the Red Earth Derby, won the Crossroads Handicap three times, The Wiley Post Handicap twice, and is a local favorite. Mrs. Singletary was named Owner of the Meet on several occasions and received awards as Breeder of the Year and Owner of the Year in 1994. Mrs. Singletary is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Anita Jo and J. Phillip Patterson and their children, Paige Erin and James Cooper Patterson; her son, Jay Singletary and his children, Sherrie Lynn, Christy Leigh and Julie Michelle Singletary, and his wife, Beverly Singletary and her children, Neely Schwab and Ashley Halladay; her brother and sister-in-law, Joseph R. and Grace Southwell and their children, Suzanne Irwin and Joseph R. Southwell, Jr. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a grandson, John Jarrod Patterson. Services will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 6, 1995 at All Souls Episcopal Church with burial at Rose Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Children's Medical Research, Inc., P.O. Box 60818, Oklahoma City, Ok. 73146 BIOG: NAME:

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