Merle Nadine
Merle Nadine

ELGIN - A celebration of life for Merle Nadine McIntosh was held Monday, Dec. 10 at Crossroads Baptist Church, Elgin. Burial followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Lawton under the direction of the Elgin Funeral Home.

Nadine McIntosh went home to be with Jesus on Dec. 4, 2018, surrounded by her family.

She was born Nov. 13, 1938, to Lewis and Jeffie Strange in Elgin. She grew up in Elgin and spent time playing with her cousins and attending Elgin schools where she made life-long friends. She accepted Jesus as her savior and was baptized at Richard Spur Baptist Church.

She met Dick McIntosh, the love of her life, at a dance in Medicine Park and they were married on June 30, 1956. They lived in Medicine Park where both their children, Susan and Jeff, were born. While living there Nadine attended beauty school and opened her own beauty shop.

She was the 4H leader and was active in the Medicine Park PTA and served as president. She was great fun and had wonderful parties and neighborhood gatherings. She and her close friend Ruby Dudark took their kids on many fun adventures. The family moved to the Kimbell Ranch near Carnegie in 1966.

Nadine was a “city girl” but took to country life without missing a beat. For one birthday she requested a .410 shotgun so she could kill rattlesnakes and scare away varmints. She learned how to clean a wild turkey and how to help Jeff with his show lambs.

At the same time she was active in Carnegie PTA and was a Girl Scout leader for eight years while Susan was a Girl Scout. During this time Nadine went back to beauty school to finish her instructor’s license and began teaching at Aladdin Beauty College in Lawton. She also sold beauty products for Bowden’s Beauty Supply for several years.Nadine and Dick moved to Paradise Valley in 1982. Nadine was a member of the Paradise Valley Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School and Bible School. She had “semi-retired” when she read an article about a meeting that was open to the public in Lawton to establish a new program to help children who were caught in the court system. She attended the meeting and ended up on a committee to work toward that goal. As a result the Comanche County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for abused and neglected children was established. Nadine served as the CASA Volunteer Coordinator for several years and eventually became the Director until she retired after 26 years as a CASA.

She was a fierce advocate for “her kids” and worked long hours to ensure that children were treated fairly and swiftly in the court system. She was named as the recipient of the Lela Roddy Special Recognition Award  in 2010 by the Oklahoma State CASA board.

She also served on the Comanche County Sexual Assault Coalition working with victims of sexual assault. And she was the CASA representative on the Oklahoma State Child Death Review Board for many years.  She retired from all her boards after suffering with Fibromyalgia for several years. One highlight of this time was getting to meet Barbara Bush.

Nadine has been known by many names – Merle, Dean, Deanie, Mom and Grambo, but her favorites were Nanny and Grandma. She loved nothing more than spending time with her grandkids and great grandkids.

Nadine was preceded in death by her parents; beloved stepfather, E.L. (Son) Abbott; brother, Jerry Abbott; sister Barbara Skinner; father- and mother-in-law, Ralph and Issey McIntosh; sisters-in-law, Geraldine Stewart, Ellanore Alexander and Patricia (Sally) Wicker; brothers-in-law, Ralph (Mack) Mc-Intosh and Jack McIntosh; beloved aunts Vera, Fern, Merle and Jane, and best friend Ruby Dudark.

She is survived by her husband, of the home; daughter Susan Walker and husband Ronnie; son Jeff and wife Kay; grandchildren: Brandon McIntosh; Jaimee Deel and husband Evan; Jennifer Tendall and husband Danny; Haleigh McIntosh; Donny Waits and wife Tiffany; Daniel Waits; Janna Flynn and husband Austin;

Great-grandchildren: James Porter; Peyton, Jaxon, and Jake Deel; Landyn Phillips; Myah McIntosh; Ethan, Evie, and Eric Flynn; and Walt and Andi Waits; adopted family Terri and Bruce Glover; Dustin and Jamie Glover; and Tommy and Taylor; Clay Glover and fiancé Chelsey Sprigs; and Hunter, Lindsay and Ronnie Owens; and Ryder and Landri, Charlie and Stacy Dudark; Trevor and Kelly and Dawson; Debby and Marc Howard; close friends Jill Penick, Jaylene Lander and Carly Douglas.