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Susanne Patterson Chancellor, 92, died Monday, Oct. 30 after a lengthy illness.Chancellor was born Oct. 8, 1925 in Wewoka, Okla., the year the music If You Knew Susie Like I Knew Susie and Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue became famous. Her steel blue eyes added to her charm, although she grew up to be a little taller than five foot two.
Her parents Ione Cranston and J.A. Patterson lived in one of the state's earliest homes in Wewoka. She was the youngest of three Patterson daughters, who were notorious for their sharp laughter that spread around the room to anyone nearby.
Chancellor attended Wewoka schools and lettered in the Wewoka High School band. She graduated high school in 1943 and enrolled at the University of Oklahoma, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and appeared in college plays and performances.
She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, and it was at the Tri-Delt House where she met an OU student working in the kitchen, Hubert Clyde Chancellor. They began dating and eventually married.
Mr. Chancellor's work took the couple to Guthrie, where they enjoyed living in the old state Capitol building, which had been converted into apartments.
Eventually they moved to Muskogee and became active in the First Presbyterian Church and, later, Grace Episcopal Church and the fledgling Oklahoma Republican Party.
Mrs. Chancellor was a Girl Scout Leader; a member of chapter EA PEO and served on the Gospel Rescue Mission Board. In the late 1960s, she teamed up with several Muskogee ladies to form the
Happy Hookers needlepoint club, which delighted in newspaper coverage of what the 'hookers' were up to. The group also spent many hours needlepointing covers for pillows, books and tables, and it created hundreds of needlepoint wall hangings.
The Chancellors traveled extensively and, on a trip to Arizona, they met the famed Indian artist Ettore (Ted) DeGrazia. At his studio, they purchased several dozen of his paintings that had been prepared for needlepoint. In subsequent trips, they returned to the artist's studio and De Grazia autographed the finished needlepoints before they were framed.
She collected other favorite things as well - vintage cameras; Frankoma political elephant mugs and anything with the logo Goodyear - ashtrays; keychains; shot glasses; miniature racing cars, etc.
As if needlepoint 'hooking' was not enough fun, she began taking tap lessons and appeared with fellow dancers in recitals and performances.
She is survived by a daughter, Andrea Chancellor and her husband Brian Jones of Muskogee; a son, Dr. Douglas Chancellor and his wife, Carolyn (Berney)of Oklahoma City. Also, sister-in-law Doris Rader of Muskogee. In addition, nephews, Raymond Owens of Durant,
Pat Martin of Tulsa; Rick Jones, Shawnee Mission, Kansas;
Phillip Jones and Gary Jones of Muskogee; two nieces, Sarah (Steve) Davison of Tulsa and Nancy (Steve) Rutledge of Panama City Beach, Florida; three granddaughters, Erin (Jeffrey) Vestring; Emily Chancellor of Oklahoma City and Allison Dent of Tulsa. Also, grandson Jacob Chancellor and two great grandchildren, Jack Vestring and William Vestring of Oklahoma City.
She is preceded in death by her husband, H.C.Chancellor; sisters, Josephine (Arthur Clark) Martin; Helen (John) Owens and sister-in-law Mary Beth (Dick) Jones.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2 at St. Paul United Methodist Church. Arrangements are by Lescher Millsap Funeral Home.
Honorary pall bearers are Susan Berney; Janice Martin; Sarah Davison; Nancy Rutledge; Genevieve Farr; Sabina Beckman; Virginia Lipotich; Barbara McAlester and Ann Sheets.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Muskogee Gospel Rescue Mission.
Published on November 1, 2017
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