Dr. Eileen Stitt Whitlock Kelble was born on August 23, 1927 in Cut Bank, Montana to William Everett Stit and Margaret Barthel Stitt.
Eileen graduated from Beulah High School and attend Northwestern University and Purdue University, where is graduated with a Masters in Experimental Cooking. Eileen married Jean Riggs Whitlock, son of Ruth Riggs Whitlock of Fairbanks, Indiana on November 24, 1948. The couple moved to California where they had two daughters, Vikki and Kim. After moving to Tulsa in 1964, Eileen began working at the University of Tulsa. What started as a part-time job in the Home Economics Department, soon lead to her achieving a Doctorate of Education in Human Education from TU and becoming a beloved professor in the College of Education. Throughout her career, Eileen shaped early childhood education and science education in Oklahoma in many ways. After the death of Jean in 1975, Eileen married Denton E. Kelble on April 9, 1977.
Eileen is preceded in death by her parents, William and Margaret, and her husbands, Jean and Denton.
Eileen is survived by two daughters Vikki Whitlock Pitts of Northridge, California and Kim Whitlock Sisk (James P. Sisk) of Locust Grove, Oklahoma; four grandchildren Kara Y. Farrow, Jennifer Sisk-Miley, Alan Pitts and Anna Pitts; and four great-grandchildren Katherina, Elijah, Nevaeh and Xander.
Dr. Kelble’s ashes will be interred at Center Ridge Cemetery at 2:00 June 8th.
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