March 13, 2013

Chickasha resident reflects on 90th birthday

CHICKASHA — A recording of a woman's voice in prayer streams from the small cassette player on the kitchen table in Edith Lynville's apartment.

The voice is Lynville's mother. After the prayer, it is Lyville's voice singing a tune while she strums an acoustic guitar.

This tape, which Lynville treasures, documents her family's history and love of music. Some of these recordings are decades old. And it is in to her ninth decade that Lynville carries these memories.

Lynville grew up on a farm with her family. As a girl she helped chop cotton, bail hay and make molasses. Chopping cotton had to be done very early in the morning, before the dew settled and made the cotton heavy, Lynville remembers.

There were all kinds of animals on the farm, Lynville said, such as horses, goats and milk cows.

The older girls would take turns going home to make dinner for the rest of the family. She had four sisters and two brothers. Edith fondly remembers her mother referred to the group as "Mother's Lucky Seven."

Having seven siblings meant that there was always someone to play with.

"We had fun. We played basketball, made stilts to walk on, jumped rope, rolled a tire down a hill ..." Lynville says with a laugh.

Lynville married at 17 to Earl I. Lynville, who was 18 just after he got out of civil conservation camp. He worked as a welder and she stayed busy at home with with their eight children: Lee, June, Earl Jr., Joyce, Jerry, Gail, Janice, and Jimmy.

Lynville's son, Lee, has been returning the favor, living with and caring for his mother.

Lynville has many hobbies including crafts and sewing. She has made two wedding dresses for her daughters and she used to do alterations to get by after her husband could no longer work. Lynville has also worked in the manufacturing of sports shoes, been certified to do income taxes and a variety of other positions.

She has also enjoyed gardening and still loves flowers. A birthday bouquet for her 90th birthday sits on her kitchen table.

Music is one of Lynville's many passions, whether she is playing a melody on her keyboard or her acoustic guitar.

Lynville said that when she was growing up, music was something her family enjoyed and studied together. Her mother, Sallie Brown, was a songwriter. Lynville remembers her first guitar was $3 from Montgomery Ward many years ago.

Lynville said that music is a lifelong passion, though her hands aren't as flexible as they used to be.

She enjoys gospel music, especially quartets. Her favorite band is The Bishops, who are comprised of three sons and their father.

"I love the Bishops."

When asked if she had any life advice for younger folk, Lynville said, "Just trust in God. Call on him and he'll answer. I like the statements, 'Ask and you shall receive. Seek and you shall find. Knock and the door will be opened.'"

Lynville moved to Chickasha on Dec. 20, 1986. Her husband, Earl, died shortly after. Lynville went to stay with family in California for a while, but came back to Chickasha. She said that she always comes back here. She knows her way around and her daughter, June McDowell, is helpful in getting her around where she needs to go.

Text Only
  • image-3.jpg Girl Scout donates to Locks of Love

    Six-year-old Madison Dunn donated her long hair to Locks of Love when she learned that some children don't have hair.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hospitals let patients schedule ER visits

    Three times within a week, 34-year-old Michael Granillo went to the emergency room at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles because of intense back pain. Each time, Granillo, who didn't have insurance, stayed for less than an hour before leaving without being seen by a doctor.

    July 22, 2014

  • Malaysians wonder 'Why us?' after second loss of airline jet

    It was all too familiar. Grieving families rushing to airport. The flashing television graphics of a plane's last radar appearance. The uncomfortable officials before a heavy thicket of microphones.
    For many Malaysians, the disappearance of Flight 370 in March has been a long trauma from which the nation has not yet recovered.

    July 21, 2014

  • H@TG4ES-1.jpg Howling at the Gates:

    The web comic, "Howling at the Gates" begins when mad scientist Hypatia tells her boyfriend Grant that she plans to kidnap Pythagorus with her time machine.

    July 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Survey shows colleges flouting sexual assault rules

    More than 40 percent of 440 colleges and universities surveyed by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., haven't investigated a sexual assault in the past five years, according to a report released Wednesday.

    July 16, 2014

  • Are America's biggest alcohol brands targeting the country's underage youth?

    Underage drinkers - those between the ages of 18 and 20, most specifically - are more heavily exposed to printed alcohol advertisements than any other age group, according to a new study. And it's America's biggest booze companies that could be to blame.

    July 15, 2014

  • Can plants hear? Study finds that vibrations prompt some to boost their defenses

    They have no specialized structure to perceive sound as we do, but a new study has found that plants can discern the sound of predators through tiny vibrations of their leaves - and beef up their defenses in response.

    July 8, 2014

  • DSCF1770.JPG The sonogram fairy

    Walking into Bubbie's Bebes is like walking into a corner of Neverland.

    July 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • 20140625-AMX-HEALTH-EXERCISE252.jpg Fitness program caters to people with developmental disabilities

    Spirit - which stands for "Social Physical Interactive Respectful Inclusive Teamwork" - offers classes that help clients with developmental disabilities build muscle, increase flexibility and improve their diets. As a population, they have limited opportunities when it comes to health, Smith says. "And a lot need more social interaction," he adds.

    June 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSCF1598.JPG Verden Separate School featured as best in country

    When Allen Toles built a secret school where African American children could learn to read and write, he probably never thought that–some 100 years later–it would be on YouTube. 

    June 25, 2014 1 Photo

Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Obama Offers Condolences at Dutch Embassy Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Raw: Lawmakers Scuffle in Ukraine's Parliament The Rock Finds His Inner 'Hercules' Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts

Who do you blame for the current immigration crisis?

The President
Both are equally at fault
     View Results