NORMAN — Monetta Lazel Devine was born March 31, 1933 to the late Purthy and Beatrice Devine in Altus. Monetta was the youngest of three children, Jeanie Mae Jackson (sister), and Lonnie Allen (brother) (both deceased). Monetta joined her family of origin Nov. 30, 2013. She attended school in Altus, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1950. She received additional education and training through a number of universities that included Langston University, Texas Southern University, Western Oklahoma State College, Eastern Oklahoma State College, and extension courses at University of Oklahoma, which enhanced her job performance throughout the years.
In 1954, she met and married Chief Master Sergeant Herman Roberts (deceased) and to this union one daughter was born, Dr. Robbie Jean Roberts (Steward), who is married to Robert Lee Steward, III. Later, she married Climon Quarles (deceased) and to this 23-year union were born three children: Lonnie Anthony Quarles (deceased 1995); Tina Monique Quarles (Thomas), who is married to Jarrod Thomas; and Whitney Vladimir Quarles. Monetta’s grandchildren include: Astin Devine Steward, Collier Justin McKinnis, Lonnie Quarles McKinnis, Marcus Thomas, Janna Thomas, Jaylyn Thomas, Amy Shantel Quarles, and Jasmine Quarles. Monetta had one great-grandchild, Jordan Wayne Quarles, Whitney’s grandson. She is also survived by her niece and namesake, Monetta Jean Allen-Prieston, and her children: Keeynon, Victor, Jada, and Tamia.
Monetta’s life was filled with adventure and travel, living two years abroad in Paris, France, California, Texas and Arizona. She returned to Altus in 1966 and committed to service in the community that she loved. Monetta owned and operated a beauty salon for 13 years; served as the music director in congregations within her community; served as Director of the Southwest Community Action Child Development Center for eight years; performed as a nursing sssistant at the Jackson County Memorial Hospital; worked as a supply clerk for Altus Air Force Base; and worked for the Vocational Technical Center in Altus. She was a registrant for the Jackson County Election Board, notary for the State of Oklahoma, and worked with the Lincoln Alumni Association from 1950 until her health failed her.