Lorene Livonia Richardson Ferrin, 92, died Feb. 13, 1996, in Oklahoma City.
She was born Aug. 3, 1903, in Kinsley, Ks, to
Chauncey E. Richardsonand Amanda Clark Richardson. The eldest of six children, she grew up in Wilmore, Ks, where her father built the local hotel and merchandise store.
Lorene attended Ottawa University of Kansas and then taught in a little country school on the Kansas plains. Her life was focused on God and Christ and she dwelt accordingly, giving more to this world than she took. Her joy was to bring light to anyone eager to learn.
She married Horace H. Ferrin, who preceded her in death in 1987. They moved to Oklahoma City after marriage, where Ferrin worked for Oklahoma Gas and Electric until his retirement.
Also preceding her in death were two brothers, Royce and Valtos Richardson of Wilmore; three sisters, Sylvia Clayton of Wilmore, Rita Golobay of Fowler, and Velma Leiss of Greensburg.
Survivors include her children: E.G. Ferrin of Bethany, Ok; Robert W. Ferrin of Amarillo, and Miriam M. Powell of Okla. City, 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.
The funeral was Feb 17., 1996, in the Resurrection Cemetery Chapel in Oklahoma City, with Bill Merritt Bethany Funeral Service in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Mayfair United Methodist Church or Carter Hospice.
The Wilmore News, June 10, 1927.
TO WED JUNE 17TH
The invitations are out for the wedding of Miss Lorene Richardson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Richardson of this city, to Horace H. Ferrin, son of Mrs. Alice Ferrin also of Wilmore. The ceremony will be pronounced at the local Baptist church, Friday evening, June 17th.
Miss Richardson who is a popular member of her set, was graduated from Wilmore High School and attended Ottawa University two years. Mr. Ferrin is also a Wilmore High School graduate and attended Ottawa University, and Missouri University where he graduated in 1926. He is now employed by The Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co., at Shawnee. The News sends advance congratulations.
The Wilmore News, June 24, 1927.
Two Wilmore young people become one at the mystic altar in the legendary "Garden of Venis." Friday, June 17, was an ideal wedding day; just such a day as makes everybody's heart beat in tune with the old Jingle: "Everybody Loves a Lover." The Wilmore Baptist Church had been transformed into a veritable Garden of Venus with the famed fountain at the rear spraying forth its rich nectar of love and the mystic altar of Cupid just inside the scared arch. It was in this beautiful spot of ancient glory that Mr. Horace H. Ferrin and Miss Lorene Richardson, both of Wilmore, by the stately and impressive Episcopal Ring Ceremony were made man and wife.
At four o'clock, Mrs. T. F. Sowers and Mr. Valtos Richardson, the musicians of the day, entered the choir loft. Ere the waiting friends were aware, they were living in a new Utopia of Love Land as Mrs. Sowers led their thoughts captive by strains of dear old familiar love songs. With unperceptible modulations the pianist found herself in the introduction to "At Dawning," which Mr. Richardson sang with much feeling. Again the strains of old time love songs held the heart.
Another beautiful shift in harmonies and Mr. Richardson sang impressively "O Promise Me." The increased passion evident in the love strains which now held the heart suggested that the climax must be near when but with the change of a single tone, the piano struck the noble chord which opened the grand Lohengrin. At the sound of the Bridal March, Pastor T. F. Sowers entered at the door to the right and took his stand behind the mystic altar. He was not yet in place when Miss Velma Richardson, Bride's Maid, from the rear of the church and Mr. Edward Schrock from the room to the left came slowly to their respective places in waiting at the altar. Next came little Miss Marion Wells, a two-year-old cousin of the bride, bearing the wedding ring on a lovely rose cushion. Then came the two little flower girls, Miss June Boles and Miss Shirley Wells, also a cousin of the bride, strewing the bridal path with rose petals. The next to appear were the Matron of Honor, Mrs. Ray Bigbee, a lifelong friend of the bride, and Mr. Royce Richardson, brother of the bride. Before these two had reached the sacred arch, the bride, leaning on the arm of her father, C. E. Richardson, was coming down the center aisle while the groom with his "best man," Mr. Earl Ferrin; brother of the groom, was coming from the room at the left. It was a beautiful and impressive sight which the friends witnessed as the bridal group passed under the sacred arch and took its place beside the mystic altar.
In measured stately tones, Pastor Sowers read the Solemn lines of the sacred service and led the two young people to plight their troth. The moment was one not soon to be forgotten, frightened with the sacredness, not easily expressed when the pastor, acting under the laws of the state and the laws of God pronounced the two man and wife and introduced to their friends Mr. and Mrs. Horace Ferrin. To the livelier notes of the famous Mendelssohn, the Bridal Party left the sacred garden for the home of the bride, where her father and mother had arranged for the happy couple one last farewell to their many friends.
Not often is there a more beautiful group than this one. The bride was beautifully gowned in White satin and lace made in a popular basque effect and neath her lovely veil held to place with wreaths of orange blossoms she made a picture which might fittingly bear the title "The Ideal Bride," the lovely Bride's Maid wore a beautiful gown of pink georgette and wore a white hat and a beautiful corsage of baby's breath and pink roses. The dignified Matron of Honor wore a blue crepe de chene dress and a white hat with a corsage of baby's breath and larkspur. The little ring bearer and flower girls were daintily gowned in white organdy and seemed more like fairies than children.
Mr. and Mrs. Ferrin will make their future home in Shawnee, Oklahoma. They will take with them hearty congratulations and good wishes from a host of friends in and around Wilmore.
Most of Lorene (Richardson) Ferrin's relatives from Wilmore, Kansas, are buried in the Wilmore/Powell Township Cemetery.
The Paternal Ancestry of Horace H. Ferrin
Horace 7, Arthur 6, Rueben 5, Zeb 4, Zeb 3, Zeb 2, Captain Jonathan Farren 1.
Chauncey Elmer RICHARDSON, father of Lorene (Richardson) Ferrin.
Amanda Belle (Clark) RICHARDSON, mother of Lorene (Richardson) Ferrin.
Royce Clark RICHARDSON, brother of Lorene (Richardson) Ferrin.
Sylvia Narelle (Richardson) CLAYTON, sister of Lorene (Richardson) Ferrin.
Elmer Gwinn FERRIN, son of Horace & Lorene (Richardson) Ferrin.
Capt. Jonathan FARREN of Amesbury, MA, & Newton, NH (1697 - 1770), earliest known paternal ancestor of Horace H. Ferrin.
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