NORMAN — Dorothy “Marie” Rollins Berglan, 94, of Norman died Monday, Dec.10, 2012, in Norman.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at CrossPointe Church in Norman with the Rev. Joe Grizzle officiating. Burial will be in I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Norman under the direction of Primrose Funeral Service. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 at the Primrose Chapel.
Marie was born Oct. 2, 1918, at home on the family farm northeast of Norman, near Franklin. She was the first child of Luther Clarence Rollins and Anna Pearl Wright Rollins. Her grandparents, Maj. Temple Wright and Emma Eudora Brooks Wright made the land run on April 22, 1889, and homesteaded a choice farm just west of Franklin, northeast of Norman.
Marie attended rural schools at Pleasant Hill, Robinson, and Blackburn for the first 8 years. To facilitate her attending high school in town she stayed for some time with Orin and Ethel Burkett, who were prominent in Cleveland County schools for many years. During her school years she was active in the Franklin Methodist Church where her father held office.
On Dec. 10, 1938, Marie married Paul W. Berglan, who she had known since first-grade. The Berglan clan had homesteaded three farms only a mile and a half from the Wright farm. Paul and Marie lived in the Norman area all their lives and raised five children.
Marie was an active member of the Freewill Baptist Church, now CrossPointe, in Norman since 1952. Over the years she taught several Sunday School Classes for small children and later the King’s Daughters, a senior ladies class. She regularly attended and enjoyed activities with the “Golden Disciples” seniors group. She was employed for 15 years at Griffin Memorial Hospital, and was a good cook and seamstress.
She was preceded in death by her husband Paul W. Berglan; brothers, Chester Rollins, Kenneth Rollins, John Temple Rollins, Richard Carl Rollins; and by sisters, Edna Rollins, Alma Davis, Jean Wampler and Etta Jane Lack.
She is survived by a brother, Dalton Rollins of Oklahoma City; sisters, Dixie Sparks of Norman, and Roberta and Eddie Tyler of Norman; brother-in-law ,Connie Wampler of Norman; and sister-in-law Fern Rollins of Colorado; four sons and a daughter, Paul Dwight and Anna Lou Berglan of Norman, Curtis A. and Reva Berglan of Norman, Gary L. Berglan of Choctaw, Caylon C. Berglan of Norman, and Margaret Louise Tisdale and her husband, Joe; nine grandchildren, Lyndon R. Berglan of Norman, Carrie and Roger Johnston of Stringtown, Rockie and Margie Tisdale of Sanger, Texas, Scott and Lancia Berglan of Oklahoma City, Denise and R.J. Testerman of Norman, Brian and Stacy Berglan of Norman, Thaja and Ryan Giles of Newcastle, Tara Abla of Midwest City, and Tia and Michael Simons of Del City; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
Norman Transcript, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012