Nettie June Covington Brockhaus

Funeral: 02/28/2020 at 1:00 PM

For the past 55 years, Nettie June Covington Brockhaus has been a well-known and well-liked member of the Noble community. As the owner of Brockhaus Flowers and Gifts, she helped countless brides plan and enjoy their weddings and she was always there for the families of loved ones who had passed away. Employees of Brockhaus Flowers remember Nettie as a “Christmas celebrity,” with customers looking forward to her annual Christmas open house which inspired the start of the town Christmas celebration. Nettie could make a meal in a flash, making a bologna sandwich look like a gourmet meal. She was competitive at cards, and loved OU football and attended many games, home and away. Nettie and James loved to travel, especially with good friends and family. Most important to Nettie was her family, and she made each one feel special and loved. Nettie was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Noble, where she held many positions including teacher of the Mary Martha Sunday school class. Born August 30, 1932, to Hettie Eunice Edwards and Fonzo Robert Covington in McClain County Oklahoma, Nettie was the youngest of nine siblings, all of whom are deceased. They included Lillah Avis Wimpy, Sadie Margaret Bumgarner, William Elvis Covington, Lorene Vara Harris, Laura Corrine Luther, Barney Fonzo Covington, Burl Edwards Covington, and James Bryan Covington. Nettie grew up in Oklahoma and graduated from Washington High School in 1949. She married James Alvin Brockhaus the same year, and they remained married for 70 years. Nettie died peacefully in her home in Noble from complications of Alzheimer’s disease on February 24, 2020, surrounded by family and friends. She is survived by husband, James; daughters, Carolyn Van Dyke and husband Les of Houston, Texas, Diana Long of Oklahoma City, and Becky Howell and husband Mike of Hooker, Oklahoma. She is also survived by grandchildren Debbie Strong, Jennifer Miller, Josh Howell, James Van Dyke, Chris Howell, and Sarah Cunningham. Nettie had 14 great-grandchildren of whom she was equally proud. She is also survived by sister-in-laws Ruth Brockhaus and Polly Hewitt. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, February 28, at Noble First Baptist Church. Visitation will be at McMahan’s Funeral Home, 616 S. 8th, Noble from 4-7 Thursday, February 27. Memorial contributions can be made to the Southern Cleveland Historical Society and Museum, 302 Chestnut, Noble, OK 73068 or the First Baptist Church, 330 E. Chestnut, Noble, OK 73068.