Audrey Elizabeth Kincannon passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2023 in Dumas, Texas at the age of 102 years, 7 months, and 20 days, bringing to end an impressively long and extremely productive life.
She was born July 24, 1920 in Reed, Greer County, Oklahoma to Will and Jewell (Solomon) Tidwell, being the youngest of six surviving children born into that union — all girls.
Her family moved to Texhoma, Oklahoma when she was around 6- years of age, seeking to move out of Oklahoma’s "Tornado Alley," only to arrive at their new Sherman County, Texas farm a short period before the "Dust Bowl" and "Great Depression" descended upon the High Plains. Her remembrances of early life in Greer County were limited; however, she did recall picking cotton, grudgingly conceding she only used a child-sized flour sack. Her memories there included those revolving around a passel of cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents, followed with childhood recollections of playing games of "Annie Over" (this involved both a barn and a ball) and adventures of rolling down the rocky hill by their farm in a little red wagon or inside a tire. One of her favorite childhood memories included family picnic gatherings at the foot of a mountain outside the town of Granite. Later, her childhood years were to be filled with memories of blowing dirt and tough economic times for her family.
Audrey graduated from Texhoma High School, followed by attending Panhandle A&M College, where she graduated with a degree in Home Economics and Education.
After graduation in the Spring of 1942, she traveled by train to meet her college sweetheart, Leroy Kincannon, then employed as an air traffic controller in Savannah, GA. They were married on August 2, 1942. After being transferred to Jackson, Mississippi, they had their first child and then three other children followed after their return to Cimarron County’s Griggs community.
Audrey was a member of the Marella Methodist Church, always being an active participant in all church functions and in many other school and community organizations. Her life revolved around her family and in being a homemaker, helpmate, and mother, while simultaneously helping build the family’s farm and ranch operation.
In 1952 she and her husband completed construction of their new home, having drawn its original blue prints upon unfolded paper sacks. Audrey helped chip and shape the white limestone rocks that eventually covered the home’s exterior and, in her words, worked as a "gopher," as in"go for this" and "go for that".
In 1968 the family was devastated when they tragically lost their only daughter, Kristine, in a car wreck at the age of 16 and Audrey was again to feel great loss when in 1990, she lost her husband, they being only months short of their 50th wedding anniversary. Audrey continued to live alone on the family farm until she was 98 years of age and then chose to move into assisted living in Dumas, Texas.
Audrey was the last surviving member of both her own and her husband’s siblings as-well-as the spouses of those brothers and sisters. She leaves to morn her passing her son, David and wife Syble (Mills) Kincannon of Sterling, VA; son, Ronald and wife Betty (Littau) Kincannon of Boise City, OK; and son, Martin and wife Cindi (Daffern)Kincannon of Dumas, Texas. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren along with many nephews, nieces, and a host of other family, friends, neighbors.
Viewing will take place 11:30 a.m. till service time Monday, March 20, 2023 at St. Pauls Methodist Church in Boise City.
Funeral services will be conducted by Pastor Kim Mizer at the St. Paul’s Methodist Church of Boise City, Oklahoma on March 20, 2023 at 2:00 o’clock p.m.
Interment will follow at the Marella Cemetery in the Griggs community.
Memorial donations may be made in Audreys name to charity of choice.
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