Jan 082014

Audine “Dean” Hodge Wyrick passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Funeral services were held Jan. 3 at the First Baptist Church in Winslow. Interment followed at Desert View Cemetery in Winslow.
Dean was born to William Sneed Hodge and Ruby Leona Hodge on Nov. 23, 1933, on a sharecropper farm near Lubbock, Texas.
She moved to Winslow in 1937 and graduated from Winslow High School in 1952. She was the first woman to be awarded four stripes on her letter sweater. Audine was also the first female drum major and first woman drum major allowed to wear pants.
Her favorites singers were Hank Williams Sr., Loretta Lynn and Tennesse Ernie Ford. She loved to sing and dance, but most of all loved her kids. She always gave, never took and was always fair. Her first love was family and making a safe place for her children. She also worked at Douglas Market, Safeway and Witt Insurance. She loved to watch the Olympics on TV.
Survivors include her children, Helen Margurite Beulen and Rainey (Elaine) Wyrick Stone; her sisters, Joy Hodge Jackson and Bonnie Mae Hodge Morrill; her grandchildren, Setiva Devitt and Jasmyn Gibson; and her great-grandchildren, Clay Thomas, Steven Devitt, Bryant Devitt, Draven Gibson and Jayden Gibson.
Aunt Dean also raised Lisa, Brent, Suzanne, Danny and Perry Wyrick. For that matter, “Momma Dean” opened her heart and her home to all her nieces, nephews, friends and their friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ruby Hodge; two siblings, Wanda Faye Hodge Russell and Donnie Bill Hodge; a nephew, Brent Wyrick; her first husband, Charlie Cooper; and her second husband, Charles Martin Wyrick.
Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow was in charge of the arrangements.