The Oklahoman

Mary Elizabeth Sills


OKLAHOMA CITY - Mary Elizabeth Samara Sills received her angel wings on Saturday, September 25th, 2021, at the age of 103 years. Mary was born in Oklahoma City on April 6th, 1918, where she lived her entire life. Mary attended and graduated from Central High School in 1937, and later attended business school. Mary met Noble P. Sills, a handsome sailor from Woodward, OK, when he returned from serving in the Navy during WWII. They met, fell in love, and married, May 25th, 1948. Mary is survived by her only child, Michael Paul Sills, along with a multitude of loving and caring nieces and nephews.

Mary was born into a family of Lebanese immigrants to Fullamena Samara Saied and Ameen Michael Samara. Together, they had 10 children, all of whom have passed.

Mary loved to dress up and go dancing. She loved social events and was always the prettiest lady in the room. Mary Elizabeth loved spending time with her family and friends. Her cooking skills were beyond extraordin­ary, and she always had a spread for anyone who might drop by her home. Mary loved helping her brother, Jake Samara, at his many restaurant­s and night clubs. Introducin­g herself as the sister of brothers, Jake Samara, Leo Samara, Carroll Samara, Johnny Samara and Michael Samara always made her feel so proud and happy. Mary had four lovely sisters, Minnie Samara Rash, Maggie Samara McDonald, Sadie Samara Stewart, and Josephine Samara Stacy (Aunt Finney).

One of Mary’s favorite jobs was working at Kerr’s Department store in downtown Oklahoma City. Mary began as a salesgirl and was eventually asked to join the team of buyers. Mary left Kerr’s to raise Michael and spend more time at home. Later Mary took a job with OPUBCO and worked in classified ads until she decided to retire. Mary’s many hobbies included shopping, cooking and being the perfect wife and mother to Noble and Michael.

Mary was a member of Saint Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church. She was a proud and active member of the Bonne Heure Club (one good hour). They met by monthly in one of the member’s homes. Their main focus was to make their own lives and the lives of families less fortunate more enriched. These gatherings were truly the highlight of Mary’s adult life.

Over the years, there have been many who brought much happiness and love into Mary’s life. A special thank you to Linda Island for the love and commitment she gave Mary in her last years. Mary brought joy and beauty into this world and left all who knew her with fond memories that will never be forgotten. May her memory be eternal.

The family will be available to greet friends during visitation Tuesday, September 28, 2021 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Smith & Kernke N. May. The Funeral Service will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at St. Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church with burial to follow at Rose Hill Burial Park.

All donations would be greatly appreciate­d to the Flowers That Do Not Wither Fund at St. Elijah Church. www.smithandke­

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