Angeline Dudley was born on what must have been a beautiful spring day in Pawnee, Okla. to Blanche and Joe Basks.
She was raised with her brothers and sisters, growing up in Claremore, Okla. She attended Justus- Tiawa through out grade school and eventually graduated from Claremore High School. Eventually she was married on Sept. 2, 1955 to the love of her life, becoming Mr and Mrs. Eugene Dudley. Together, they had one daughter, Brenda Rowan, and one son, Rick Dudley.
Over the years, Aneline's home became a staple for family and friends. Everyone always knew that she would have some candy for the kids, and a nice home cooked meal for anyone that should want to stop by to say hello. She was an avid reader and absolutely loved watching sports, especially the New York Yankees and would make sure and let you know whether or not her favorite player's performance was up to her standard that day. She loved the Yankees so much, she once flew to New York City for her birthday to see them play. Unfortunately, it started raining as she was entering the stadium, so she eventually flew to Texas that season to watch them defeat the Astros as well as catch a Texans game! When she wasn't watching "A-Rod" hit homeruns, Tiger Woods drive the golf ball or laughing about how weak the Dallas Cowboy's quarterbacks were on TV, she spent a great portion of her time following around her kids and eventually grandchildren to countless sporting events, pageants and pretty much anything that involved competition- Something that she seemed to thoroughly enjoy and took great pride in at those events. Everyone could always hear her yelling, "Come on! You can do it!" If you didn't "do it", she would simply ask you what happened, and then remind you that you just need to work a little harder, and you will "do it" next time. Friends of her children and grandchildren adored her, and many a time, asked if she would be their "Grandma" too- A task she never turned away, making a tremendous impact on more than she could ever imagine. Because of this, she was known to many in the community as "Grandma", as over her life, she shared her love and kindness with many of her family's friends that would fall in love with her wonderful sense of humor, delicious deserts and what was almost always an open home to those that at different points in their lives, needed Grandma to help them through their tough times. She always had a way of making those that were in need, feel cared for and loved, no matter if they were family or not.
Those that knew Angeline, knew that she always lived selflessly, spending most of her life caring for those that needed her help and fiercely defending those that she held dear, reassuring us all that she would always be there for us when we needed her the most.
Though many prefer to hear about simple facts and hobbies when reading one's obituary, a woman that has given so much and provided such unfathomed warmth and love to so many, while putting herself last, she should be recognized for the incredible blessing and positive impact she has had on so many reading these words with heavy heart.
In the end, she was simply tired and her heart finally took its rest. 79 beautiful years with us, and it was time to let her go home to her true love that has been patiently awaiting her to finish her chores here with those that she raised and instilled her love in all of this time. She knew that she did her job well and that we would all finally be okay. Words have neither been created nor discovered that can truly describe how much she is loved and missed, but we all can find a modicum of solace in knowing that she and Gene can finally embrace one another in Heaven, free from sorrow, sickness and the burdens they carried for those that they loved.
A funeral service has been scheduled for 2 p.m., Friday, March 16, 2018, Chapel of The Garden at Rice Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 2018.
Published on March 13, 2018