Dedicated to Edmond Quilt
Guild members who are no longer with us, but live on through their quilts,
and the impact their lives made on others.
If you would like to share
photos of these quilters or their quilts, email them to Dottie Alexander.
Janet Hubly Noever
Dr. Janet Hubly Noever passed away peacefully on February 20, 2020, at the age of 82 following a stroke. After three decades of teaching, she retired as an American history professor at Rose State College in Midwest City, Oklahoma. where she also served as a departmental chair and college dean for several years. Her courses in American and Women’s History, which she pioneered in Oklahoma, touched the lives of thousands of students. In retirement, she followed her three great passions: family genealogy, doll collecting and quilting.
In retirement, Janet focused on quilting. She made multiple quilts for her family members, often themed around important events in their lives. Through the Edmond Quilt Guild and as independent projects, she also made several hundred donation quilts for the elderly, wheelchair-bound, children and babies in foster care. Through a grant from the Central Oklahoma Quilters’ Guild, Dr. Noever combined her love of history with her love of quilting when she studied Seminole Patchwork. The Seminole Indians’ patchwork technique was one of the factors leading to quick quilt making and the growing popularity of quilting in the late twentieth-century. She gave several public talks outlining what she had discovered from her latest research. She was active in multiple Oklahoma quilting guilds and the community offered a generous circle of new friends when she moved to Huntsville, AL.
In a note left for her children, she expressed what quilting meant to her. “Remember that I loved the process. It was the planning of the quilt, the fabric shopping, the looking for patterns, the possibilities of it all, the sewing of it, the nice women and friendships that developed, the trips I took centered around the quilt world. All of this that I enjoyed. The whole quilt world creativity itself that I so enjoyed.” Her fabric stash was one of her life’s great treasures. She wrote in an email to her daughter, “Don’t bemoan my excesses. Just know the joy it brought me in my ‘later years’. It is hard to imagine my life without quilting.” The day before her death, the syndicated television program “The Quilt Show” celebrated her stunning blue and white quilt called “Halo Medallion” shown here. Janet remarked that the quilt’s intricate pattern tested all the skills she had learned over a lifetime of sewing.
Charter Member and accomplished art quilter, Marilu Benton, died October 6, 2019. She was a pretty lady and fun to be around. She had been fighting cancer for many years and had been doing well with her treatments, but the cancer came back with a vengeance and spread quickly.
Charter Member and award-winning long-arm quilter, Cameron Potter died September 30, 2019. Cameron was an excellent quilt maker, but she was also a folk dancer, Latin teacher, and generous to a fault. But there's more. A few years ago when the guild was in its infancy, we wanted to have a quilt show but were in need of seed money. The board had decided to put off the show until we could accumulate the money needed for down payments on a venue, etc. All of a sudden an anonymous donor came forward with enough money to pay for the entire venue. It has been held a secret until her death that it was Cameron and Greg Potter that saved the day!
Nell Claunch would be pleased to know that NQA is predicting "Radiant Orchid," to be
the color of the year for 2014. Many of us knew her as the "little lady who made BIG quilts,"
and always with a major or minor purple splash. At her memorial service, she was compared
to the hospitable, Lydia, "the seller of Purple," in Acts 16.
Nell was a member of more than four local quilt groups, having first learned to love
quilting from her mother. One circle of treasured quilting friends came for a visit with a special
memory quilt they made for her, when she could no longer participate. Another EQG member
noted that, "She was just like my grandmother," and remembers that Nell had generously
helped her on the day the guild had the Studio Tour when she was short of volunteer help.
Nell was a teacher in the Jones public schools and then a sub in the Edmond schools after she retired,
and she maintained close friendships with many of the teachers and former students, as well as her many
quilting friends. Her generosity and thoughtfulness "paid it forward" when she needed caring and support
the last few months of her life. We lost her in May of 2013.
After her birth in Pennsylvania, Dottie Alexander was brought to Oklahoma right after World War II in 1946 by her new husband, Ralph Doughty. She was active in churches and schools most of her life; St. Peter and Paul's in Cushing, St. Patrick's in Oklahoma City, St. Charles in Oklahoma City, and St. Monica's in Edmond. She was involved with building St. Patrick's Church and instrumental in the Pre-Cana Program for engaged couples.
Through her life she had many passions and was quite the "party girl" in her younger years, participating in amateur talent shows at Kerr-McGee.
Dottie had a very active leadership role in the Central Oklahoma Quilt Guild, was a charter member of the Oklahoma State Quilting Organization, and an active member of the Edmond Quilt Guild.
Dottie passed away peacefully at her home on November 28, 2017. She will be missed by her family as well as those who knew and loved her in the Edmond Quilt Guild.
Pat was one of the founding members of EQG and our first treasurer.
Her task in those early guild years was to help complete our IRS
paperwork for our non-profit status.
She was active with the St. Mary's Quilt Group, Central
Oklahoma Quilters Guild, and was a driving force behind the start of
the "Rotary Rebels" small group.
Donations in Pat's memory can be made to the National Wildlife Federation.
Evelyn was a charter member of EQG and mother to member Debi
Pickens, and aunt of member Sharon Thompson.
She was a member of
"Beyond the Block" small group and opened her home once monthly for
the study of art quilting and show and tell.
One of her sayings
"My seams match if you look at them from a galloping horse" is one
we can all appreciate.
Donations in Evelyn's
memory can be made to
www.komencentralok.org, or your favorite charity.
Debra Lea, after a
battle with leukemia, died January 23, 2012.
We will all remember
her smiling face and she never had a bad thing to say about anybody.
She even found good things to say about an ice storm.
She was a charter
member of EQG and an original member of the Beyond the Block group.
She will be dearly missed by all that she knew and touched.
Pate was a charter member and served on the first board of EQG as
helped set up the data base for the membership program and helped
research our first computer.
smooth beginnings were in part because of her hard work and
was a good sport, smart and always unselfish with her knowledge of
quilting and any other endeavor the guild or member of the guild
Lucy McAnellyLucy McAnnelly passed away on September 30, 2018, at the age of 84 in Edmond, OK from complications of multiple myeloma.
Lucy was a talented seamstress and quilter. She was active in various quilt groups.
Alice was an avid quilter and charter member of EQG. She died February 22, 2019, after a year-long battle with cancer. She always had a positive, generous attitude and was so much fun to be around. She will be sorely missed in the quilting community and by her friends and family.