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Romania Sue (Tipps) Small was born in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, in the clubhouse of the Tishomingo Golf Course on October 11, 1942. She died April 24, 2017, at her home in Slaughterville, Oklahoma, at the age of 74.

The oldest of four children born to the late Elmer Leslie Tipps and Sylvia Florence Tipps, she grew up in the Tishomingo area and other parts of southern Oklahoma before she and her family moved to Midwest City, where she graduated from high school in 1960. She met her husband, John Robert Small Jr., while John was stationed at Tinker Air Force Base.

They were married at Crest Baptist Church in Midwest City on August 31, 1962, and following his discharge from the Air Force they moved to Kankakee County, Illinois. They lived in the Kankakee-Bradley-Bourbonnais area for 30 years until 1995, when they moved to Slaughterville following John’s retirement from the U.S. Postal Service.

Sue - known as “Sissy” to her family - worked at a number of jobs throughout her life, most notably at the Kankakee Daily Journal newspaper in Kankakee, Illinois, as a longtime member of the mail room crew; and most recently as the head of the cafeteria staff at Monroe Elementary School in Norman, Oklahoma. Her hobbies included crocheting, cross-stitching, quilting, and playing solitaire - quite often with multiple decks at once, which was a constant source of amazement to her sons. She also enjoyed reading, especially mystery novels and historical novels; watching her favorite old movies on television; cooking for her family at home and for the children at Monroe School; and had a great love of music and was often known to sing as she worked around the house, especially when her children were young.

She was a devoted wife and mother who greatly loved her three sons and their wives, and adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren with a love that seemed to know no bounds. They loved her immensely in return, and always will; she was a constant source of strength and inspiration, and will be greatly missed by everyone whose lives she impacted in her special way.

In addition to her parents, Sue was preceded in death by her younger brother, Billy Jim Tipps; her middle son, James Leslie Small; and a niece, Tricia Ann Harden.

Survivors include her husband, John Robert Small of the home; two sons, John Allen Small and wife Melissa of Ravia, Oklahoma, and Jerald Robert Small and wife Nicole of Slaughterville, Oklahoma; her sisters, Barbara Lynn Harden and husband Wes of Del City, Oklahoma, and Jo Annette Tipps of Moore, Oklahoma; her grandchildren, Mark Wayne Parker, Stephanie Renea Parker, Jessica Ashley Small, Jerilynn Nicole Small, Joshua Orrin Small and William Ian Small; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives, friends and loved ones.


Funeral Service: 2:00 pm Friday, April 28, 2017
McMahans Funeral Chapel
Noble, OK.

Officiating: Pastor Bud Wolf

Interment: Dripping Springs Cemetery
Noble, OK.

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