Silkwood, Ray G.& Laura (Banister)
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Daily Oklahoman, The 
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 
September 5, 2001

Ray G. Silkwood, age 80, of Midwest City, was born December 29, 1920 in Hastings, Oklahoma to George Beaman and Rosey (McMakin) Silkwood. He passed away Sunday, September 2, 2001. Ray was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He received his B.A. from Central State, in Edmond, OK, his Masters from Oklahoma University. He taught in Hope, New Mexico, Bristow, OK and Epperly Heights in Del City. He was director of Bldg. and Grounds at Rose State from it's beginning until his retirement.

He is survived by his son, Kevin and wife Kim; daughter Cheryl and husband Sam Shahan ; Ray was Papa to granddaughters, Sammie, Whitney Bender & her husband Jake, Ashley, and Kylie and grandson Kaleb, and two great granddaughters: Cassidy and Sierra. He is also survived by his brothers Haskell and twin brother Roy, also many neices and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Laura, and a son Kelly, and his brothers: Emmett, Ulmet, David, Charley, Perry; sisters: Bessie, Willie, Lorene and Dorothy. The family wants to say a special Thank you to the staff (past & present) of Alterra Glare Bridge Cottage, for their love and support the last year and a half, and to those associated with Good Shepherd Hospice. Funeral Services will begin at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 5, 2001 at The Paylor Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Arlington Memory Gardens.

Daily Oklahoman, The 
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 
June 20, 1999

Laura Silkwood age 71 of Midwest City, was born November 22, 1927 in Bristow, Oklahoma to George E. and Annie (Shelburne) Banister. She passed away Friday, June 18, 1999.

Laura worked at the State Regents office of Higher Education for many years, and later worked for Genie Girls Temporary Services. She was a true fan of sports, her favorites included the OU & Dallas Cowboys football teams. She enjoyed sewing, jigsaw puzzles, needle point , and liked collecting beanie babies. She was a special Nana to her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Ray G. Silkwood , son, Kevin Silkwood and his wife Kim of Midwest City, daughter, Cheryl Shahan and her husband Sam of Choctaw, 5 grandchildren, Sammie, Whitney, Ashley, Kaleb, Kylie and 2 great grandchildren, Cassidy and Sierra. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, one sister, and by her son Kelly Ray Silkwood.

Those who didn't know her were unable to experience her giving heart and fighting spirit. She was a "picture perfect" Nana, always giving 200% never asking for much in return. She was most satisfied when she was able to make another person happy. Looking back at our time together, we are all blessed to have had so many wonderful years together. All of our pain and sorrow of our loss will be replaced with joy and happiness knowing she is in a safe and wonderful place ... and someday, we will be together again.

Graveside services Monday, June 21, '1999 at Arlington Memory Gardens.

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