Parents: Albert and Ann
Gerald and Frances Stallman
Monday, March 14, 2011
Frances and Gerald 06 July, 1960
Fran, Greek Isles, 1984
One child, Vicki
Frances Ann Stallman was born July 27, 1939, at Chamberlain, Brule County to
Albert and Ann and was baptized Aug 14 1939,
at St. Mary's Catholic Church in
Reliance. I had a bout with rheumatic fever
when I was three years old which left me with a
weakened heart. I
grew up at Reliance, attended North Cooper School, two miles east of the farm,
as did my father before
Then I attended Reliance Consolidated School after the family moved into
In the summer of 1955, my sister Barbara and I took a bus to Utah to be with our mother.
realized that if I was to graduate
I would have to return home and enroll back
in school. I was very dedicated to
getting my education and supported myself during
the school year by riding
Chamberlain after school with a teacher, Darrell Cadwell; work at the
Rainbow Cafe for Babe and Irene Cullen, then catch the
bus back at night, or stay overnight with the Cullens and ride back to school in
the morning with Mr. Cadwell. I graduated from RHS
with the class of 1957.
After graduating high school, I eventually ended up in Farmington, New
Mexico with Mama and Fuzz in 1958. I met my husband,
Gerald, the first week I
arrived there. He joined the Army in 1959. I was working for the Farmington
Police Department as secretary
to the Detective
Division. He proposed the spring
of 1960, and we married at his parent's home in Seminole, Oklahoma, July 6th,
1960. Gerald was
born Oct. 22, 1936,
at Chandler, Lincoln County, Okla. to Herman Elvis and Fannie Lois King. He was
stationed at a Nike Hercules
missal sight in Gary, Indiana. We had great
experiences in the military. During this time, our neighbor was killed in
a head-on collision
one mile east of Reliance. The other person killed in
the car crash was our Uncle Ray Stallman.
We had one child, Vicki Lyn, born August 16, 1962, in Price, Utah. Gerald was
discharged from the Army and we moved to Oklahoma
City when Vicki was only a few
Gerald was a welder on the natural gas pipelines crossing the U.S. We traveled
most of ‘the lower 48’ from 1965-1970. Vicki and I returned to Oklahoma City and
Gerald continued on with the pipeline. I became employed as an apartment manager
in 1972, and we divorced
In 1973, I went to work for a man named Mike Schuminsky and opened a new 244
unit complex. Our operation was much like a long-stay
hotel, renting only to FAA
students attending the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Academy in Oklahoma City. Our
tenants were FAA
students world-wide. It was a wonderful job and I loved it. I
worked at that location until August 1988.
In 1988, I moved to Guam and managed 400+ apartments, condominiums, and
commercial real estate. Relocating was a wrong personal
choice, however, I loved
the Island life and traveled all of Micronesia, Asia, Indonesia and Malaysia
while living there. During the 80’s
while employed at Railhead, I also had the
privilege to travel extensively. I made many friends from many places attending
the academy. I visited
friends on several Caribbean Islands and all across the
U.S. . Vicki and I traveled most of Europe when she graduated high school, and
later took a Greek Isle cruise including Istanbul and Ephesus Turkey. Vicki made
about four trips to Guam. After her last trip with her
husband and two
daughters, December 1998, I made the decision to return to ‘the mainland’.
January, 1999, I contacted my old boss, Mike Schuminsky, and asked him to find
employment for me, that I needed to sell land and a condominium and would be
ready to relocate by the fall. Three weeks later, he had me in Tiburon,
California, managing his hotel, the "Tiburon Lodge". I balked, but was there by
the end of the month. I managed the Lodge at Tiburon for five years. He sold
the lodge in
May, 2004 and
built me a beautiful home in a suburb of OKC.
I am retired now, living virtually in my daughters back yard. She and John had
another daughter February 2006 ... guess what I do … My ex-husband, Gerald,
lives here in OKC as well and we have remained good friends and see each other
I weigh too much, but other than that, I am healthy. I do not take, or need, any
medication. I have two new knees. Life is GRRRRRRREAT !
You can keep up with my antics with my blogs at
Frances was always my hero. She was my big sister and
tended to look after me once I too, returned
from my stay with our mother. We looked like twins and
referred to each other as our "twin." She worked at
the Rainbow Cafe on Chamberlain's east side of Main Street and I worked at the
Silver Leaf on the west side.
She seemed to be one of
those people who always came out on top. "Had the touch," if you will.
Proof positive that you can be anything you want to be and do anything
you want to do. A survivor of four or six heart
attacks, I have lost count. She hasn't had one now in probably 25 years. She'll
make it! barbara
Freshman initiation garb
Barbara, Grandma Black, Frances
Katy, Grandma Stallman, Ann, Albert. MaryAnn, Maxine, Frances, Barbara 1942
Frances, Barbara, Pegge, Sandy, Eddie,
MW, Pegge, Ed, Barbara, Frances, Gerald
Me and Mama going out to eat
Vicki in front of
President Harry Truman home, KC, KS
Sandy, Pegge, Barbara, Frances. Seated,
Ann ca 2005
Vicki Lynn was born Aug. 16, 1962 at Price, Carbon County, Utah.
She grew up, somewhat, in Oklahoma City, Okla.,
following her parents on the natural gas pipeline across the US. She attended six different
schools in as many states during her first grade. She
graduated from Putnam City West High School, OKC with the
Class of 1980. After graduation she traveled to several European
countries with her mother.
Fran, Vicki and Britany, 1994 reunion, SD
Miss Rileigh Shea Martin
Britany Martin, graduation
Gerald Elvis King
Oct. 22, 1936-Aug. 02, 2009
A graveside funeral service for Gerald Elvis King, 72, of Oklahoma
City, Oklahoma was held at the Chandler Cemetery August 9.
Mr. King passed away Sunday morning, August 2 at the VA Hospital in
Oklahoma City, following a bout with cancer.
Gerald was born on Oct. 22, 1936 at
Chandler, Lincoln County, Oklahoma, to Herman Elvis and Fannie Lois
After graduation from
Farmington High School, Farmington, N.M. in 1955, he attended the
University of Oklahoma for two years. He returned to Farmington
and was employed by El Paso Natural Gas Company until he enlisted into
The United States Army in 1959. He was transferred to a NIKE
HERCULES MISSILE RANGE in Gary, Indiana.
July 6, 1960, he married Frances
Stallman, formerly of Reliance, South Dakota and Farmington at
his parent’s home in Seminole, Oklahoma. Gerald and Fran were the
parents of one child, Vicki Lyn King.
Gerald was honorably discharged from the Army in 1962, re-locating to
Oklahoma City. He and Fran divorced in 1977. They remained friends throughout
Gerald's life. She became his caregiver during the last three years of his
Gerald worked on cross country
pipeline construction from 1965 through 1972 then returned to OKC to open and operate a Skelly Service Station on East
Reno until 1978. At this time he became a Real Estate Broker and owned and
operated KING/MIZE Realtors until his retirement in 1997.
After retirement, Gerald dabbled in
antique sales, and classic automobiles. Both were a passion of his
most of his adult life.
Grateful for sharing his life are his
daughter, Vicki and husband John Martin; three granddaughters,
Brittany and husband Jeff Wells and Sara, Lauren, Rileigh Shea; ex-wife Fran King,
all of Newcastle,
OK., and one sister, Janice Carol King-Holland of Chandler, OK.
He was preceded in death by his father, Herman Elvis King, his mother,
Fannie Lois King and one sister, Mary Louise Kiker.
Our "home" church
St. Mary's Church in Reliance.