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Olive Opal “Pal” Waugh, 97, passed away Saturday, January 9, 2016. She now rests comfortably in the arms of Jesus and is reunited with her husband Woody and daughter Kathy. Pal was born on Sept. 9, 1918 in Concordia, Mo., to Walter Gustav and Amalia Bertha Roepe. She was a “cradle Lutheran” being baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church. She was steadfast in her faith and loved the Lord in faith and actions. Her name “Pal” was given to her by her father because she was his pal. Following their marriage, Pal and Woody established a home in Oklahoma. They attended Zion Lutheran Church but later became charter members at Messiah Lutheran. Her devotion to the Lord was evidenced in her service to the church through the many positions she held. Whether it was serving in the nursery on Sunday morning, or chairing the wedding committee, she was always ready to help. However, her favorite ministry was that of a counselor and comforter visiting the sick, grieving, or homebound as a Stephen Minister. Through her experience of losing her husband and later her involvement with “Beginning Experience,” Pal co-authored the book “Learning to Live Again,” a step by step guide through the grieving experiences one will go through, either through the death experience or divorce. After Pal married W. “Woody” Waugh they moved into their first home on December 7, 1941. Pal and Woody, along with his brother and wife, were busy building their new business, Waugh Bros. Supply Co. The busy company grew to become the largest wholesale heating and air conditioning dealer in the Southwest. Soon, seven locations, Oklahoma City (2), Tulsa, Enid, Lawton, Amarillo and Lubbock were established. In 1942, Pal took a position with the Civil Service becoming the first Post Mistress in the new Oklahoma City suburb, Warr Acres, and held that position until 1945, when her first of five children were born. This began her next life’s challenge that of being “mom” to her five children. She loved being a homemaker, she loved to cook and entertain. The home was always open to many guests and there was always room for one more at the table. In 1974, following the death of Woody and after all the children had left the nest, Pal went to work for her oldest son, Scott, as a office manager and bookkeeper in his dental practice. She worked there until 2008 when she retired at the age of 90. She would say she wasn’t retired, but “fired”! Pal loved life, she loved to travel and at the drop of a hat was willing to pack a bag and go. She traveled to Germany, China, Italy, France, and Israel. It’s easy to see she had many many friends and her smile and warm caring personality will be missed by all. She had an inscription in her ring, “mizpah,” which means “God be with you while we are apart.” Mizpah, mom; you will be missed. She is survived by Scott and Sheri Waugh, Mark and Paula Waugh, Kent and Pam Waugh, Blake and Barbara Waugh, David Segobia, 11 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by Woody Waugh, her daughter Kathy Waugh Segobia, and two sisters Ruby Roepe and Nyla June Roepe. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Friday, January 15, 2016, at Messiah Lutheran Church, on NW Expressway in Oklahoma City. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Edna Gladney Home in Fort Worth, Texas.
Published on  January 11, 2016
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