A memorial service for Noka Dean Hornbuckle, 82, of Santa Clarita, Calif. are Saturday at 11 a.m. at Heavener Memorial Park with Rev. Aaron Polk officiating.
She passed away at her home on Dec. 3, 2016 in Santa Clarita, Calif. and was born in Heavener to Thomas Damon and Ova Lee (Wisdom) Spears on Sept. 14, 1934.
She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and best friend. Her radiant smile, infectious laugh and humble, but warm and caring personality will be adoringly remembered by all who knew her.
After graduating from Heavener High School she enrolled at Eastern Oklahoma A&M, but left the halls of academia in her freshman year to marry the love of her life, Charley Pat Hornbuckle, who was starting his career with the U.S. Air Force.
This busy military career took them many places throughout the USA and on numerous foreign assignments. Along the way, they were blessed with a son, Charles P. “Chuck” and a daughter, Jo Lynn. The last military assignment was in Anchorage, Alaska, where Noka retired from the City of Anchorage, having been employed in the Utilities Customer Service Department.
Noka loved camping in the mountains and streams and always had her fishing pole handy. They eventually found their way back home to Heavener where Noka served as pianist for the Calvary Baptist Church. Noka stayed in Heavener after Charley Pat’s death in 1989 until 2004 when she joined her daughter in California where she enjoyed the involvement in the lives of her grand and great-grandchildren.
Noka was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Charley Pat – her soul mate. She is survived by one brother, Edwin Utah Spears, of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada; one sister, Wanda Sue (Spears) Smith of Wapiti, Wyoming; two children, Charles P. “Chuck” Hornbuckle of Anchorage, Alaska; and Jo Lynn (Hornbuckle) Gessert of Santa Clarita, Calif.; two grandchildren, Joslyne Renae Bullard of Santa Clarita, Calif. and Jacqueline Lee McGirt of Palmdale, Calif.; two great-grandchildren, Lauren Renee McGirt and Leeah Mae Wilson, both of Palmdale, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Her ashes will be interred next to her beloved husband, Charley Pat, in Heavener.
To sign Mrs. Hornbuckle’s online guestbook please visit www.dowdenrobertsfuneralhome.com.
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