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Annette (Reeves) Auld
July 2, 1941 ~ September 11, 2022 (age 81) 81 Years Old
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Annette “Nettie” Auld was born July 2, 1941 in Malvern, AR to parents, James and Elsie (Brazell) Reeves She departed this life for her heavenly home on Sunday, September 11, 2022 at McCurtain Memorial Hospital. She married Archie Auld who preceded her in death. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church. While she had no biological children, she considered her students “her kids” and she mentored, advised, and nurtured many during her long career at Broken Bow High School. She was a beloved choir teacher and director. Her passing will leave a void in the hearts of the students who were fortunate to be “Nettie’s Kids.” Her love for animals is legend having homed and housed dozens of homeless “fur babies” as she called them, especially “Parker.”
Mrs. Auld received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas. She was a member of Alpha Sigma Tau National Sorority. Nettie was crowned “Miss Henderson State” and represented the University in the Miss Arkansas Pageant, winning the swimsuit competition and finishing as a finalist in the top three.
After graduation from Henderson State, Annette began her career in education in Hot Springs, Arkansas before moving to Broken Bow, OK. After relocating in Broken Bow, she obtained her Master’s Degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. For the next 29 years, she taught vocal music, show choir, and music theory developing a very popular vocal music and show choir curriculum at Broken Bow High School. The greatest compliment that can be given to an educator is that many of her students followed in her footsteps and became educators, some of them music teachers. She retired in 2002 but stayed active playing the piano for special occasions, accompanying solos at regional and state vocal contests, private coaching and mentoring young men and women in performance technique. Throughout her career, she helped others express and develop their love of music and was respected for her brilliant understanding of the human voice. Her insight and nurturing manner created a dynamic relationship between her and her students who claim that she taught them how to live life as well as how to sing.
With co-director Stephen Smallwood, she developed and co-directed 12 musicals beginning with the initial hit “Lil Abner”. The annual musicals established Broken Bow High School as an “arts school” and named many vocal students as State Superintendent’s Award for Arts Excellence winners and began a path for several students to pursue a career in music, theatre, dance, and television.
During her career, she assisted Judy Pike in the development and production of the Miss Broken Bow Pageant and continued to assist after retirement when needed.
Mrs. Auld was a stylish, beautifully presented, vibrant personality to whom people gravitated. Her engaging manner and her encouraging methods made her one of the most popular educators at BBHS. She was unique and she is missed and mourned by all who knew her.
She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Elsie Reeves; her loving husband, Archie Auld and beloved sister, Jimmie Alice Stewart.
Annette leaves to cherish her memory, special friend, Wayne Plummer, Natalie Pierce and family as well as a multitude of former students and friends.
Services for Annette Auld will be graveside at Hochatown Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. on September 22, 2022. Viewing for family and friends will be at Bunch -Singleton Funeral Home, 205 N. Broadway Street, Broken Bow, OK prior to the day of the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to ARK (Animal Rescue and Kare of McCurtain County) P.O. Box 1023, Broken Bow, OK or online at firstname.lastname@example.org .