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Friday, November 18, 2011

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE COWBOY FAMILY


A  white    veil  of  deep  sadness  has  covered  the 

OKLAHOMA  STATE  UNIVERSITY  FAMILY.


Four  chairs  are  now  empty  and  four  beautiful

people  have  walked  on  to  heaven.


My  son  and  I  always  call  each  other  when  there

is  breaking  news.  When  I  woke  up  today,  I  saw  my

phone  had  a  message.   It  was  my  devoted  OSU

COWBOY  FAN  and  handsome  son  (with  that  baritone

voice)  asking  me,  if  I  had  heard....

I,  as  I  know  every  one  else  thought ,  "not  again!"

It  has  just  been  10  years  ago,  when  we  lost  10  of  the

OSU'S  Mens  Team......

but  this  time...

It  was  our  coaches  of  the  OSU'S  Womens'  Team.

Two  beautiful  lovebirds  and  pilots,

former  Senator  Olin  Branstetter  and  his  wife  Paula.

They  met  in  the  1950's  at  OSU. 

A  couple  of  great  FAITH,  they  often  flew

Mercy  Misson's  for  people  with  cancer  that  needed

to  be  flown  to  other  hospitals.

Although  they  were  both  pilots,  Olin  was  flying  and  the

crash  occured  in  Perry  County,  Arkansas,  on  a  recruiting

trip  Thursday  night.

The  Winona  Wildlife  Management  Area  is  in  steep

terrain  in  the  eastern  Ouachita  Mountains.


On  board  was  Kurte  Budke,  a  Salina,  Kansas  native,

the  most  loving  of  husbands,  a  doting  father  of  3  beautiful

children,  including  a  daughter  who  is  a  student  at  OSU,

A  MAN  OF  GREAT  FAITH,

AND

THE  OSU  WOMENS'  BASKETBALL  TEAM.

He  was  a  charismatic  coach  who  could  be  easily  spotted

in  his  bright  orange  blazer  at  any  game.

HE  LOVED  OSU  AND  HIS  BASKETBALL  GIRLS.

He  taught  them....

1.  FAITH

2.  EDUCATION

3.  BASKETBALL

...ALL  IN  THAT  ORDER.


COACH  MIRANDA  SERNA,  was  his  recruiting

coordinator.

She  was  a  native  of  Guadalupita,  N.M.,  and  the

first  in  her  family  to  go  to  college.

She  played  for  Kurt  Budke.

She  was  a  rising  star.

FOUR  EMPTY  CHAIRS.

FOUR  BEAUTIFUL,  KIND  SOULS

WILL  BE  FOREVER  REMEMBERED

GOD  NEEDED  THEM  MORE  THAN  US.

PLEASE  PRAY  FOR  THE

BRANSTETTER  FAMILY,

KURT  BUDKE  FAMILY

AND

THE  MIRANDA  SERNA  FAMILY.

May  you  feel  the  love  and  peace  of  God.

May  you  not  remember  this  horrible  event

but  instead,  the  loving  memories  of  your  precious

family  member.

I  heard  a  quote  the  other  day,  but  I  don't  remember

the  author....

FIND  YOUR  JOY

AND  IT  WILL

PUSH  YOUR  

PAIN  OUT.

THE  JOY  OF  THE  LORD  IS  OUR  STRENGTH

AND  HE  WILL  NEVER  LEAVE  US  OR  FORSAKE

US.  HE  IS  RIGHT  THERE  WITH  YOU.

THE  SHORTEST  SCRIPTURE  IN  THE  BIBLE,

"JESUS  WEPT!"

ONE  MUST  GRIEVE  TO  GET  BACK  TO  THE

GIFT  OF  LIFE...THAT  QUOTE  IS  BY  ME.

THANK  YOU  FOR  YOUR  PRAYERS  AND  I  PRAY

PROTECTION  FOR  OSU  COWBOY  FOOTBALL

TEAM  AS  THEY  TRAVEL  TO  IOWA  FOR  A  GAME

TONIGHT. 


p.s........I have forgotten the sight from where I obtained this picture...if you
notify me I will be so happy to credit you.

11 comments:

ArtyMarti said...

Truly a sad event. Our prayers are with the relatives and friends.

Oklahoma Granny said...

I could hardly believe my ears when I heard the news story. It's all so very sad. But I don't see the whole picture. Only God does. And I trust that his plan is perfect. I pray for all those affected by this horrible accident.

ShirleyC said...

This is so sad. The two coaches had also coached at Louisiana Tech University.
Keeping the families and friends in my prayers.

jojo said...

I saw this on the news earlier and was shocked and deeply saddened. I will keep them all in my thoughts and prayers...God speed dear ones.

pchickki said...

My prayers are with the family
I am so sorry to hear of this tragedy.

Just Stuff From a Boomer said...

My heart and prayers are with these families and with the community that loved them. Just hearing that awful news made my heart skip a beat and I am just an outsider.

Joyful Noise for a Joyful Life said...

Such a tragedy. I will definitely pray for the families and your community. We had 2 funerals in our little town yesterday. One amazing woman who died of cancer and a father of 3 and loving husband who made the choice to end his life. So sad. Pray for us as we pray for you.
In Him,
Joyful

jennspeacornpopnuts.com said...

Hi Debbie! You have been on my mind a lot lately. I had to run through bookmarks and all trying to find you (since I blog and quit and blog again). Anyway, I laughed when I was looking for a "Debbie" or Debby" and just kept running past the bookmark with your name on it, "Simply Debbie"! How could I miss that one?!

I'm sorry to hear about the losses of those kids and coaches.

As I scrolled down, I read about the depths of depression over the death of your beloved Amy and that you are doing soooo much better. I'm so very glad to hear that. I can't imagine that pain and sorrow but understood yours. Your own quote in this post, "one must grieve to get back to the gift of life" was a blessing to read but that second one, soooo much the more. I'm so glad you're doing better, that's why you were on my mind. Take care! Hugs, Jenn

Chatty Crone said...

Oh Debbie - a sad story indeed and will send my prayers their way.

sandie

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Many Blessings to you and your love ones this Thanksgiving..Hugs and smiles Gloria

Jettie said...

Prayers have been going up about this, locally, because we live not too far from where the plane went down.
Debbie, I'm a new fan of your blog, looking forward to getting acquainted.