Beth Philpot (born Winnie Beth Ward), 79, died of cancer on Monday the 22nd of July at her home in Ada. She was surrounded by her family and friends. Born on February 20, 1934 in Sulphur, OK, Beth was the daughter of Martha Lee and Ulys Ward. She graduated from Sulphur High School and attended East Central University in Ada. During her early 20s, she worked in Dallas, TX, as a secretary. She returned to Sulphur where she worked as a court reporter for many years. She was married to Gerald Philpot and has lived in Ada since 1971.
Beth was well-known for her vivacious spirit, enthusiasm and sense of humor. She was thoughtful and generous and cared deeply about her friends and family. She delighted in hosting spontaneous parties and dinners and was known for her elegant, fun style of entertaining. She was an accomplished bridge player, enjoyed tennis and was a passionate thoroughbred horse racing fan. She traveled with Gerald throughout Europe and the U.S. and looked forward to her annual visits to Hot Springs, AR for the horse racing season. More recently, her travels involved spending time with her grandchildren, daughter and son-in-law and they had many memorable adventures together. She was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother and a dear friend to many.
Beth is survived by her daughter, Kelly Ebeling, her son-in-law, David Howard, and her grandsons, Clay and Will Howard, who live in Healdsburg, CA. She is also survived by her three brothers and their wives: Sid and Flo Ward of Moore, Steve and Maris Ward of Stillwater, and Terry and Diana Ward of Oklahoma City. In addition, she has 2 nieces, Kim Flanders, AZ, and Stephenie Titsworth, Bristow, and two nephews, Hank Ward, Tuttle, and Scott Ward, Glenpool.
She was preceded in death by her son, Chase Ebeling, her husband, Gerald Philpot, and her mother and father, Ulys and Martha Lee Ward.
Services will be held on Thurs., July 25th, 2:00, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Ada.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Matthew 25 Mission of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, or to Meals-on-Wheels in Ada.