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Rumell LeCrone, 84, of Purcell, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. Cleta Rumell Holsonbake was born April 23, 1930, in Corbett, the fourth of 12 children, to L. D. Holsonbake and Jewell Estell (May) Holsonbake. She was raised in the Corbett and Lexington area and attended Lexington schools. Rumell married a young man named Harry Kennedy Jr. on Dec. 11, 1948, in Gainesville, Texas. While her husband worked for Halliburton Oil Company, they lived in Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle, before finally settling in Moore to raise their three children. Their children include daughters, Theresa and Rebecca, and son Douglas Curtis. Rumell owned and operated the Kut & Kurl Beauty Salon in Moore. After 23 years of marriage, Harry preceded her in death in 1971. A few years later, Rumell met Dave LeCrone, and they were married on April 27, 1973, in Norman. They settled in Purcell in 1975, where Rumell opened the Woman’s World Beauty and Gift Shop. Rumell was a creative and gifted artist. She enjoyed sewing, arts and crafts, painting, woodworking and building beautiful playhouse furniture for her grandchildren. She loved craft parties with her family and friends, the outdoors and tending to her garden. She enjoyed fishing and annual family campouts at the Platt National Park in Sulphur. Rumell wrote personal stories about early life along the South Canadian River for the Lexington Sun. She enjoyed traveling with Dave, friends and family extensively throughout the United States. August in Ruidoso, N.M., was a favorite place. Rumell was a member of the Cleveland County Genealogical Society and a faithful member of the United Methodist Church in Lexington. She will be remembered as a loving and thoughtful person, who cared greatly for others. She will be dearly missed! She was preceded in death by her husbands, Harry Kennedy Jr. and Dave LeCrone; her parents, Louis Devore “L.D.” and Jewel Holsonbake; four sisters, Norma Jean Darling, JoAnn Baker, Marcille Blair and Jacqueline Holsonbake; two brothers,        Wyman Lavon and Robert Dwight “Dutch” Holsonbake; and stepdaughter, Pam LeCrone. Rumell leaves behind her son, Douglas Curtis Kennedy and wife LaNora, of Mustang; two daughters, Theresa Schuldt and husband John, of Norman and Rebecca Smith and husband David, of Purcell; stepchildren Molly, Jeff, David and Greg LeCrone; one brother, Marlin Dale Holsonbake and wife Betty, of Oklahoma City; four sisters, Fredona Rose, of Weatherford, Sharon Dickerson and husband Jim, of Norman, Linda Oliphant and husband Charles, of Norman and Janice Tusen and husband David, of Norman; nine grandchildren, Wes, Reece and Hattie Kennedy, Alexis Schuldt, Kim Hornbuckle, David III, Zackery, Tyler, Kelley and Chloe LeCrone; four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; cousins and friends. Funeral services were Dec. 15, 2014, at the Wilson-Little Funeral Home chapel. Burial followed at Lexington Cemetery under the direction of the Wilson-Little Funeral Home. To submit online condolences, visit wilsonlittle.com.
Published on  December 17, 2014
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