Born Friday, December 28, 1934
Died Friday, October 4, 2019
Arnee Oakley (Harris) Sample was born on December 28, 1934 in Oktaha, Oklahoma to the parents of Harrell and Irene (Winn) Oakley. She was the fourth of 15 children born to this one union. She began her education in New Hope and Dubois High School in Summit.
At an early age she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, and after moving back to New Hope from many years of living in Minneapolis, MN, she became an active member again at New Hope Baptist Church.
She met and married Andrew Joe Harris in Minneapolis and six children were born to this union. Over the years four of her children preceded her in death.
On September 3rd, 1977, Arnee married John “Uncle Bo” Sample; they remained married for 42 years, one month, 2 days and 4 minutes, until Friday, October 4th when the angel of the Lord took her home, while her husband was by her side. John has been by her side, taking such good care of her, especially for the last 15 years, when Arnee’s health gradually began to change and slowly decline.
After Arnee returned to Oktaha, she began to work at Corning Glass, in Muskogee, as an assembly line worker, until the plant closed in 1987.
Arnee exhibited many talents, which consisted of sewing, and under the guidance of her Aunt Oda, she became a professional seamstress. She loved other hobbies, such as going to garage sales, planting and caring for her many flowers and plants and tending to her garden. Arnee loved to read, shown by the many, many collections of books, magazines, newspaper articles and recipes.
Arnee was the primary care giver for our Mom Irene and Dad Harrell, when their health became challenging over the last years of their lives, giving them tending loving care.
Arnee was preceded in death by her Beloved parents, Harrell and Irene Oakley; adult siblings, Mildred Hill, Harold Oakley Jr., Osee Oakley and William Oakley; her children, Mary Jo, her only daughter, Jeffrey, Thomas and David.
She leaves to cherish her precious memory, her devoted husband, John “Uncle Bo” Sample; two sons, Dell Harris, Clifford Harris; three sisters, Ruby Tucker, Saundra Jackson, Adlaide Oakley; two brothers; Sherman Oakley, Michael Oakley and two very special cousins raised as brothers, Fred (Jan) Brown and Wayne (Brenda) Brown; sister-in-law’s, Maxine and Betty; brother-in-law’s, Robert (Beverly), Marvin , Leon (Janice); granddaughters, Rachel (Matthew) Ritter, Jessica (Evan) Blomeyer, Yolanda Harris, Kaci Harris; grandsons, Korey Dennis and Thomas Harris; and great grandchildren, Brionte, Nizhoni , Koreyon, Kingston, Malik, Eniyah, Amilla, Bailey, Mason, Lars and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A POEM BEFORE MARRIAGE
Last night I came over to take another look, but still cannot close the pages of my book.
For your face was a little whiter, your smile was a little deeper
But so far, you’re the keeper
I asked you once, I may get to ask you again, and if the answer is no, you’re still my friend.
But after we married, you became my wife, you remained my friend, to the end.
~John W. Sample
A Home Going Celebration is planned for Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 11 a.m. in the New Hope Baptist Church, 12358 S. 40th St. West, Oktaha, OK. Interment will follow in New Hope cemetery.
Visitation, Friday, 1 P.M. until 6 P.M. in the Precious Memories Chapel- Muskogee.
The family has been cared for by House of Winn-Muskogee.