The Norman Transcript

Obituaries

March 21, 2014

Elizabeth M. (Sohl) Quoetone

NORMAN — Elizabeth M. (Sohl) Quoetone was born Feb. 1, 1957, in Lawton, to Muriel and Gene Sohl. She died around sunrise Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at the age of 57.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Quoetone; her brother-in-law, Matt P. Haag; and both her parents.

Liz graduated from Eisenhower High School in Lawton in 1975. She received her BS in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma in 1980. Liz also completed a five-year course of study in spiritual direction formation through the Benedictine Sisters at the Red Plains Monastery in Piedmont, nurturing her gift of guiding others on life’s journey. At the time of her death, she was pursuing a Master of Arts in pastoral ministry.

Liz grew up in southwest Oklahoma watching squall lines approach with her meteorologist brother from their home’s rooftop vantage point, too ignorant to worry about lightning back then. This early passion launched her professional career in the National Weather Service (NWS) in 1979. Her work included 10 years at the NWS forecast offices in Tulsa and in Oklahoma City/Norman, where she was involved in the groundbreaking test and evaluation of the NEXRAD weather radar.

In 1989, Liz became an NWS instructor as one of the six original members of what is now known as the Warning Decision Training Branch located in Norman. She had this position at WDTB at the time of her death. Her focus was on baseline WSR-88D radar training for NWS meteorologists, as well as advanced training encompassing the elements of the severe weather warning processes that included science, technology and human factors. While at the WDTB, Liz instructed more than 4,000 NWS forecasters, significantly improving NWS warning support to the public for more than three decades.

Liz introduced many human-factors training elements into the NWS weather warning process, including Situation Awareness Displays and Weather Training Simulators. The NWS now regards her techniques as best practices that are “mission-critical” to the NWS warning process.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Obituaries
  • Arley Jay Newton

    Arley Jay Newton died Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Tulsa. Arley was born Feb. 4, 1957, in Tulsa, to parents John Newton and Marianna (Pyatt) Newton....

    July 29, 2014

  • Jo Ann Oberst

    Jo Ann Oberst, 80, of Norman, passed away Monday, July 28, 2014, in Norman. She was born April 13, 1934, in Oklahoma City to Albert Siddens and Mary (Mollman) Siddens Manley. She retired from the University of Oklahoma in 1995....

    July 29, 2014

  • Elizabeth Mary Waters

    Services for Elizabeth Mary Waters, 92, Norman, who died Friday, July 25, of natural causes, will be10 a.m. Tuesday, July 29 at Robinson Street Baptist Church, 801 E. Robinson. Bill Blair will officiate. Viewing will be Monday, July 28, 8 ...

    July 27, 2014

  • James Francis Fynmore

    James Francis Fynmore, III, of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, passed away suddenly Tuesday, July 22, 2014....

    July 27, 2014

  • Thomas ‘Tom’ Chambers

    Although Tom was christened Thomas Previglian, he took his step-father’s name of Chambers as it was easier to spell when he entered grade school. Born in Olean, New York, on March 11, 1943, he transitioned into his new life on July 25, ...

    July 27, 2014

  • John Martin McMahon

    John Martin McMahon, 87, of Norman, passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014. He was born Jan. 30, 1927, to John and Hattie McMahon, in Detroit....

    July 27, 2014

  • Erma Gene Hubbard

    Family matriarch Erma Gene Hubbard passed away Monday, July 14, 2014, in Norman. She was born March 5, 1921, to Harvel Bryan Pitchford and Lillian Floy Moon in Okemah....

    July 27, 2014

  • Betty Jo Tucker

    Betty Jo Tucker, 84, of Rosedale, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Betty Jo Easley was born Dec. 19, 1929, in Rosedale, the third of five children born to Calvin Andrew Easley and Laura Era (Miser) Easley. She spent her early years in ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Berenice Elizabeth Young

    Berenice Elizabeth  Young, 84, died Monday, July 7, 2014. She was born Nov. 27, 1929....

    July 27, 2014

  • Lucille C. Knapple

    Lucille C. Knapple was born June 2, 1927, to Thomas and Emma Morren, in Norman. She was the only girl, with eight brothers. Lucille met and married her husband, James N. Knapple on April 24, 1947. They had three children, Helene, Ann and ...

    July 27, 2014