Funeral services for Nadine Wiest, age 96, Norman will be held at 10:00 am Saturday, November 6, 2010 in The Chapel of the Havenbrook Funeral Home, 3401 Havenbrook Street in Norman with Dr. Richard House of the McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church officiating. Nadine was born February 6, 1914 the daughter of Everett Fay and Ora Elizabeth (Holland) Sherman in Lexington, Oklahoma. She attended school in Lexington and Norman, graduating from Norman High School in 1931 and from the University of Oklahoma in 1935 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. She was united in marriage to Charles Lenort Wiest on August 8, 1934 in Chickasha, Oklahoma. Nadine taught school in Oklahoma City, but spent the majority of her education career in the Norman Public School System, retiring in 1979 after teaching more than 37 years. She taught Sunday School at St. Luke's United Methodist Church while living in Oklahoma City. She was united in marriage to Charles Lenort Wiest on August 8, 1934 in Chickasha, Oklahoma. Nadine taught school in Oklahoma City, but spent the majority of her education career in the Norman Public School System, retiring in 1979 after teaching more than 37 years. She taught Sunday School at St. Luke's United Methodist Church while living in Oklahoma City. She was passionate about education and challenged her students to do their best. In 1966 the Norman High School Year Book was dedicated to her. It said, “She led the student body by sponsoring at various times, the Gingersnaps, junior and senior classes, and the Student Council. Her students considered her a friend because of the warm interest and sympathy she has given, not only in their school work, but in their personal lives as well. She has been a teacher in touch with our generation; one who has understood our problems and needs. Above all, she has shown great dedication in her teaching. She has instilled in her students an appreciation for literature which they will carry with them.” While a student at the University of Oklahoma, Nadine was a member of Tri Delta and the University Debate Team. She was president of the YWCA and in 1931 was voted Freshman Queen. In 1935 she received the silver Letseizer Medal. Nadine was a member of PEO and is the last charter member of the McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church of Norman. After her retirement in 1979, she enjoyed gardening and spending time with her family and was delighted when she encountered her former students. Survivors include her daughter, Ann McLaury and her husband, Mike of Norman; one grandson; Daniel McLaury of Norman, OK; one brother, Warren Sherman; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Lenort Wiest in 1979 and one brother, James Sherman. Visitation for Nadine will begin Thursday, November 4, 2010 from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Friday, November 5, 2010 from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Havenbrook Funeral Home.
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