Oleta Fern Moler, 83, of Stillwater, Oklahoma passed away April 14, 2019 with her children by her side at Willow Creek in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Her life and faith will be celebrated at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Stillwater, Oklahoma, with a Rosary service on Tuesday, April 16 at 7pm, and a funeral mass on Wednesday, April 17 at 11am, followed by interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Strode Funeral Home and Cremation is in charge of the arrangements.
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Oleta was born to the late Melda and Raymond L. Babcock, April 27, 1935, in Mutual, Oklahoma. Early in childhood, Oleta’s family moved to Alva, Oklahoma, where she attended grammar school and then later moved to Ponca City where she graduated high school.
She married the late William J. Moler, May 15, 1954, in Culver City, California before returning to Oklahoma later that year to raise their family. Oleta is survived by five children: Catherine Asmussen (Mark) of West Monroe, LA, Theresa Abernathy (David) of St. Louis, Roberta Moler-Mitchell of Stillwater, Robert Moler (Nicole) of Dallas, and William R. Moler (Amy) of Kansas City, along with 18 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Oleta was predeceased by her loving husband of 64 years in July of 2018.
Oleta was not only a loving wife and mother but she also a Human Resources professional working for Mercruiser until retirement in 1989. She loved to serve God and her community. Oleta jointly-led weekly bible study groups in her home with her husband, Deacon Bill. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Alter Society at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. And most notably, she served 22 years as a volunteer with Judith Karmen Hospice. Oleta loved gardening, sewing, and doting on her grandchildren. She had great love for her family, and her soul-mate, Bill. Although life presented numerous, and seemingly insurmountable, challenges for Oleta, her friends and family will remember her for her genuine unwavering reply of “I’m fine.”
Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Mother Teresa Ministry at St. Francis Xavier church in Stillwater, Oklahoma.