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Rosemary B. Morales

Funeral Mass for Rosemary B. Morales, 92, Lawton, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church with the Rev. Brian Buettner, pastor, officiating.

Rosemary B. Morales died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 in Lawton. 

Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery under direction of Becker-Rabon Funeral Home.

She was born March 20, 1925, in Lawton to Robert and Sue Ballew. She was a 1942 graduate of Lawton High School, attended Our Lady of the Lake College, San Antonio, Texas, and Oklahoma College for Women, Chickasha. She earned her bachelor's degree from Cameron University and her master's degree from the University of Oklahoma.

She married Ray Newman Jr. on Nov. 11, 1944, in Lawton. They lived in Turkey, Italy and Germany. On July 10, 1974, she married Richard Morales. She served as organist for St. Barbara Catholic Church and Holy Family Catholic Church for 30 years. She was the Religious Education Coordinator for St. Barbara Catholic Church, taught school in the Lawton Public Schools system and retired from Fort Sill Artillery School after 19 years where she was an Education and Training Specialist.

She was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity and a former member of Square Topper's Square Dance Club and Hill Topper's Round Dance Club. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband, Richard, of the home; daughters and sons-in-law: Connie Hakimipour, Orlando, Fla., Jane and Raymond Miles, Baltimore, Md., and Laura and Marshall Clevenger, Lawton; sons and daughters-in-law: Chris and Carolyn Newman, Duncan and Robert and Cova Newman, Lawton; grandchildren and spouses: Rosemary Hakimipour, Andrew and Suzanne Hakimipour, Melanie Hakimipour, Tiffany Hakimipour, Emily Hakimipour, Amy and Chris Morgan, Michael and Huong Newman, Mark and Annye Newman, Melissa and Matt Kraus, Aaron Newman, David Newman, Elizabeth Erin Brown, Kathryn Ray and Jimmi Combs, Sara Catherine and William Low, Kristen Jane Clevenger, Jennifer Stamper and Lara and Jimmy Pesek; great-grandchildren: Stephen Hakimipour, Jason Hakimipour, Alex Hakimipour, Haley Newman, Brett Newman, Garrett Kraus, Gage Kraus, Gracie Rae Kraus, Gavin Stamper, Carsen Stamper, Avery Pesek, Madelyn Morgan, Christian Morgan, Ryan David Evans, Chelsea Newman and Linus Newman.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Carol Suzanne Newman; a son-in-law, Fred Hakimipour; and her former husband, Ray Newman Jr.

The family will greet friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

An online guest book and sympathy cards are available at

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