- Ada, Oklahoma

July 8, 2013

Myrtle Dale

The Ada News


Graveside services for Myrtle Putnam Dale, 98, Carbondale, Ill., formerly of Tulsa, are 10 a.m. Monday at Rosedale Cemetery. Her son Dr. Richard R. Putnam will officiate.

Mrs. Dale died Thursday, June 27, 2013. She was born Dec. 16, 1914 near Cleveland, Okla.,  to Robert G. and Minnie Thompson Canary. She graduated from Central Oklahoma Teachers College and received a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma.

She married Guy A. Putnam in February 1942 at  Granite City, Ill. He died in 1962 in Gilroy, Calif.  She married Henry Dale in 1968 at Livermore, Calif. Mrs. Dale was an elementary teacher for 38 years until her retirement, a Southern Baptist and a member of the Oklahoma and California Professional Teacher’s Associations. She served as a Campfire Girl Leader, 4-H Leader and at Christian youth camps.

Survivors include two sons, Dr. A. R. Putnam and his wife, Sigrid H. Putnam, of Pensacola, Fla., and Dr. Richard R. Putnam and wife, Claraalice Putnam, of Ada; her grandchildren, Stephany C. Koeler and husband, David, of Floyds Knobbs, Ind., Joshua Putnam and wife, Misti, of Edmond, Nathanial Putnam, New York, N.Y., Amanda and Adam Bowen of Oklahoma City, Vicki Mulder and husband, Paul, Pleasanton, Calif., and Christopher Putnam of Tempe, Ariz.; her great-grandchildren, Anika Koeler and Ava Koeler, both of Floyds Knobbs, Ind., Amanda Mulder and Jonathan Mulder, both of Pleasanton, Calif., and Kingston Effinger of Ada.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert G. and Minnie T. Canary; a sister, Rose Pierce; and two brothers, Ray Canary and Robert Canary.

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Criswell Funeral Home, Ada