Ada — Her birthday wasn't until 9-11, but since the weekend is a more convenient time for party-ing, Terry Stiles chose to honor his mother, Dorotha, with a colorful party Saturday afternoon at Baptist Village.
Guests included family, friends from Owl Creek Penecostal Church and First Penecostal Church, Ada, neighbors from Byng where she made her home for 60 years, and friends she has acquired since she moved to Baptist Village almost five years ago.
The events included the following poem authored by her sister, Joyce Scroggins: It is titled “For a Very Special Lady”
On Sept. 11, Dorotha Abbott Stiles
Will be ninety years young.
Yeah, that is really true!
It’s not a slip of the tongue!
She’s the oldest of eight children
Born to Monroe and Jessie Abbott
She raised two boys of her own
With them, she learned a lot!
She’s learning still, with the Grandkids
And the Greats, loving them all!
Plus two precious daughters-in-law
Who are there at her beck and call!
Let me say, on a more personal note
I’m so glad that she is a part
Of my family, and we honor her today
And show her love from the heart!
Another sister, Jean Sims, was present. Both live in Moore. A brother, Richard Abbott, lives in Duncan.
Dorotha attended grade school at Egypt Community and graduated high school at Latta. She married Herbert Stiles Jr. when they were 19. He was employed at the glass plant for 37 years. She worked three years at Byng school cafetetria but, for the most part, she was a stay-at-home mom for their two sons, Terry and Larry. She always enjoyed cooking and she enjoyed owning and operating a restaurant in Ada after the boys were gown.
She and her husband were involved in a one-car automobile accident and had the terrifying experience of being trapped for more than 30 minutes upside down until EMT arrived. Both were hospitalized, but Herbert was injured more severely. He sustained back injuries as long as he lived. The couple sold their house at Byng and bought a place in Ada. Following his death, she moved to Baptist Village where she still maintains her reputation as an extraordinary cook, though she says she now limits her culinary skills to pies and cakes.