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(Death notices and obituaries are taken from area funeral homes and presented here as-is. The respective funeral homes are responsible for their content. They are published here free of charge in chronological order by date of death.)

Martha Sharon Alexander, 60

Born Saturday, June 4, 1960

Died Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Martha Sharon Alexander, 60, passed away on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. She was born on June 4, 1960 to Elza and Nancy Howze in Claremore, OK. She attended Clayton High School and graduated in 1978.
Martha enjoyed cooking, sewing, listening to classic rock music, drinking Diet Coke, smoking Marlboro 100’s, watching Westerns, playing games, attending grandchildren activities and most of all loved spending time with her family. Martha resided in Muskogee with her daughter Rachel and husband Chris.
She was of Church of Christ faith.
Martha was preceded in death by her parents, Elza and Nancy Howze; and brother, Arnold Clifton Howze.
Martha is survived by sons, Jeremy and Courtney Alexander of Wilburton, OK, Shadoe Harshaw and girlfriend Jody Scott of Holdenville, OK; daughter Rachel and Chris Williams of Muskogee, OK; longtime friend, Allen Harshaw of Holdenville, OK; best fur friend, Annabella; grandchildren, Alexis, Jasmine, Abbie, Paisleigh, MaLeah, Link, Liam, Raylee and Baylee; sister, Norma and Michael Adcock of Quinton, OK; brother, Jimmy and Martha Howze of Muse, OK; nephews, Clifton and Shannon of Coweta, OK, Wyatt Howze of Nashoba, OK, Tommy and Destiny of Waynesboro, GA; nieces, Dakota and Colton Fleming of Antlers, OK, Codi Berry of Colorado, Cheyenne Stout of Portland, TX and many great nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services celebrating Martha’s life will be at 11am, Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at Christian Chapel Church with Pastor Jerry Alexander officiating. Interment will follow at Pine Spur Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Chris Williams, Michael H Adcock, Clifton Adcock, Michael C Adcock, Gage Adcock, Jimmy Howze, Allen Harshaw and Jake Wimmer. Honorary Pallbearers will be Charlie Williams and Shadoe Harshaw.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at

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Born Monday, November 28, 1966

Died Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Timothy Wade Brucker, 54, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. He was born on November 28, 1966 to Bernard and Mildred (Cauthon) Brucker in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Timothy grew up attending Muskogee Public Schools and Muskogee High School.
He had many hobbies that he enjoyed such as, going to the races, playing pool, hunting, woodwork, home remodeling and going to Branson with his family. Timothy had a great relationship with God. He was always joking around and giving everyone a hard time. Timothy loved his grandchildren more than anything and enjoyed spending as much time as possible with them.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Chasity Brucker.
Timothy is survived by his parents, Bernard and Mildred Brucker; his brothers, Bernard and Michael Brucker; his children, Aaron Brucker, Hailey Brucker, Destiny Ceballos and Branson Brucker; his grandchildren, Peyton Amann, Curtasia Mayes; Brayden Brucker, Natalia Brucker, Kiera Brucker and Nathaniel “Timothy” Pastrana; and many other family members and friends.
A celebration of Timothy’s life will be 2PM, Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral services provided by Cornerstone Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the family online at

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Nedra Kay Lewis, 82

Born Tuesday, January 24, 1939

Died Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Nedra Kay Lewis, 82, a lifelong Muskogee resident, was born January 24, 1939 in Muskogee, OK to Charles and Etta Mae (Laird) Lewis and peacefully passed away Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at her home with her family by her side. Ms. Lewis grew up in Muskogee where she received her formal education. She furthered her education and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Nedra taught school at Muskogee High School for 30 years, retiring in 1995. Her summers were spent traveling and reading a good novel.
Ms. Lewis was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Steven Leroy Lewis.
She is survived by her brother, Charles Edward Lewis of Muskogee, and many friends.
Nedra’s brother is honoring her wishes to be cremated and scattered on their parent’s grave.
No services are scheduled at this time.
The family of Nedra Kay Lewis has entrusted her care and cremation to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555.
Online condolences may be left for the family at

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Faye Jean (Logan) Bruce, 81

Born Wednesday, May 3, 1939

Died Friday, March 26, 2021

Faye Jean was born to the union of Ethel Mae (Pettis) and Alvin West Logan Sr. on May 3, 1939 in Muskogee, OK. She was the second oldest of 8 children, her siblings include: 6 brothers; Alvin Jr., Carl, Larry, Bennie, Jackie, Marcus, and 1 sister, Marsenia. Faye accepted her Lord and Savior at an early age and was baptized at The Loving Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Muskogee, OK. She attended Douglas and Sadler Elementary and graduated from Manual Training High School with the Class of 1957. She went on to study and graduated from Draughon’s Business College in 1959. She furthered her education by obtaining a certification in secretarial science and computer science. In 1973 she attended real estate school, where she studied sales and brokerage. Faye’s work history spans from 1960 to 2020. She always referred to herself as the “Jack of all trades” as she worked in many different fields. She worked at John Deere while in Iowa and worked at Boeing/Rockwell in Tulsa where she retired. Later, she owned a janitorial service that served commercial businesses as well as residential occupancies. With the janitorial service, she was able to employ her grandchildren and lead by example with her strong work ethic. There was always a lesson in every conversation. She had a drive within her to always excel and move forward.

Faye met Jeff Henry Bruce in Taft, OK and by 1960, they were wed and moved to Des Moines, Iowa along with her brother Alvin and his wife Wyvette. While in Iowa, she gave birth to 2 daughters and 1 son: Nanette, Jeff Jr., and Natasha. It was during her time in Iowa that many of the family’s traditions were started. Christmas was her favorite holiday. She cheerfully and thoughtfully gave and prepared so many dinners from her heart. In 1973, she and her family left Iowa returning to Muskogee, OK.

Faye was a woman of great strength who exuded beauty inside and out. She was very neat and meticulous and could tell when something was out of place. She took pride in her appearance and was known for her long and exquisite hair. She was a hard worker and worked until she became ill in October of 2020. She was a go-getter and believed in being there for her family. Faye loved all her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren unconditionally and continued her holiday traditions with them. She leaves her family to cherish all the good memories.

Faye is preceded in death by her father and mother: Alvin and Ethel Logan; her brothers: Bennie, Larry, and Jackie Logan, her Aunt: Myrtle (Pettis)Leflore, and her uncle Perry Logan. She leaves to cherish her memory, 3 brothers and 1 sister: Alvin Logan Jr. (Wyvette) of Des Moines, IA, Carl Logan (Barbara) of Tulsa, OK and Marsenia Wise (Ron) of Tulsa, OK and Marcus Logan (Yvonne) of Muskogee, OK. Her children: Nanette Elmore of Oklahoma City, OK, Jeff Bruce Jr. (Debbie) of Houston, TX, and Natasha Cephus of Norman, OK. 10 grandchildren: Tejana, Chare’, Khrystina, Trey, Jenay’, Chris, Tevin, Kaylah, Matthew, Jaida, 11 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews and cousins and friends.

Home Going Celebration will be conducted, Tuesday, April 6,2021 at 11:00 a.m. in the Precious Memories Chapel of House of Winn Funeral Home-Muskogee, with Pastor Gary Hall of Mt Calvary Baptist Church, eulogizing. Interment in Citizens cemetery, Ft Gibson,OK. Visitation, Monday, April 5,2021 in the chapel during the hours of 1:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M.


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Shirley (Whittaker) Filhoil, 61

Born Monday, October 12, 1959

Died Thursday, March 25, 2021

Shirley (Whittaker) Filhoil, age 61, resident of rural Henryetta, OK, transitioned, Thursday, March 25, 2021 in the Henryetta Medical Center, Henryetta, OK.

Graveside rites, Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in Hawkins Cemetery, Hoffman, OK. Public visitation, Friday, April 2, 2021 in the Precious Memories Chapel of House of Winn Funeral Home-Okmulgee.

The family has been cared for by House of Winn Funeral Home-Okmulgee.

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Steven “Steve” C. Aich, 49

Born Monday, October 11, 1971

Died Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Steven Christopher Aich was born on October 11, 1971 in Ozark, Arkansas and departed this life on March 24, 2021 at the age of 49. He was surrounded by his loving family who will be forever grateful for his presence in their lives. Steve was a lifelong resident of Muskogee, OK and attended school at Hilldale Public Schools. He will be laid to rest at Saint Mary’s Cemetery in Altus, Arkansas.

Steve was such a vibrant person, so full of energy. He loved to be outdoors, whether riding four wheelers or working in the shop. He could always be counted on to show up for anyone who called on him with a problem. Many times he would stop what he was doing to help out a stranger with food, a ride, or whatever they needed. He was not afraid of anything. In his kids’ eyes, he was the biggest, strongest, best dad they could have ever asked for. His parents are extremely proud of him.

Steve came from the best family anyone could want. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Leo E. Aich Sr.; and his maternal grandparents, Edna and Harold Smith. They showed him so much love growing up and they are with him now. Also awaiting his arrival in heaven are his aunt Martha Watson and uncles Phillip Smith, Rick Aich and Chuck Aich, whom he will be spending eternity with.

Steve has two wonderful children, Aaron Aich and Ashley Aich Lively. Ashley and husband Tanner Lively have two beautiful daughters and one son, Arielle, Abigail, and Andy Lively. He is also survived by his parents, Connie and Leo E. Aich Jr.; brother, Leo E. Aich, III; and his nieces and nephew, Krysta Aich, Kortney Aich and fiance Dakota Noe, and Kolton Aich. Steve’s great nieces and nephews are Raygen, Rhyeese, Rhyley, Ethan, Aiden, and Baylor. He has too many aunts, uncles and cousins to list, but he loved each and every one of them tremendously.

From birth, Steve had trucking and mechanics in his blood. He grew up working in the shop with his dad and brother. He learned how to drive a semi at a very young age, even encouraged by his dad to take the wheel at age 12. When he grew up, he drove a Peterbilt for his dad at Aich Trucking for many years until his dad’s retirement. That was when Steve started his own trucking company, Top Shot Trucking. When he wasn't working, Steve could be found with friends or family having a great time. He loved to take the boat out on the lake. His greatest challenge was trying to throw his kids from the tube behind the boat. His mischievous laugh showed us all how much he enjoyed that challenge, whether it was successful or not. He also liked to go on trail rides, camping trips, motorcycle rides, and four-wheeler riding. Spending Thanksgiving with family in Ozark deer hunting was a highlight of his year. He spent a special week with Ashley, his dad and brother, and uncles when they took a motorcycle ride to Las Vegas. The laughs from that trip will be cherished forever. The week Aaron went with them to the Sturgis Bike Rally will be remembered just as much. Steve was always up for an adventure and never missed a moment to make people laugh.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 31 at 10:00am at Cornerstone Funeral Home. There will be a viewing for family and friends on Tuesday, March 30 from 9:00am to 8:00pm. Interment will follow with a burial service at St. Mary’s Mountain in Altus, Arkansas at 2:00pm where he will be laid to rest with his uncles, Chuck and Rick Aich.
Pallbearers will be his son, Aaron Aich; son-in-law, Tanner Lively; uncles, David Aich and Steve Aich; cousin, Jon Watson; friends, Jason Miller, John Talley, and Chris Caro. Honorary pallbearers are nephew, Kolton Aich and uncle, James Aich. Family and friends meant the world to Steve.

Please take the time to remember Steve’s life with joy.
The sadness will be felt, but the laughs will live on in the memories we hold dear.
We will forever carry the memory of Steve in our hearts.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at

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Nancy Sue Dial, 79

Born Thursday, July 31, 1941

Died Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Nancy Sue Dial, 79, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Wednesday, March 24, 2021. She was born July 31, 1941 in Sallisaw, Oklahoma to Earnest and Ola (Corbit) Richardson.
She married Wayne Dial on February 13, 1958 in Stilwell, Oklahoma. They shared more than 63 years of life, marriage, and memories together.
Nancy was the owner of Nancy’s Café for 25 years. She loved the many customers that she served and many became like family to her.
She loved to travel and anything nature. Most important was her family, especially her two children. Nancy loved nothing more than being a mother to her children and a wife to her husband. One of her proudest moments watching her children receive their diplomas.
Nancy will be dearly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents; Earnest and Ola Richardson; and her daughter, Pam Dial.
Nancy is survived by her husband, Wayne of the home; her son, Roger Wayne Dial; sister, Carolyn Randolph; and brother, Earnest Richardson Jr.
Funeral services celebrating Nancy’s life will be 11AM, Monday, March 29, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Rodnie Groomer officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at

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Clinton Buttrey, 39

Born Wednesday, May 27, 1981

Died Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Funeral Service for Clinton "Clint" Buttrey, 39, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma will be at 1:00 PM on Friday, April 2, 2021 at Blackgum Harvestime Church in Blackgum, Oklahoma. Burial will follow at Box Cemetery in Vian, Oklahoma under the direction of Agent Mallory Martin Funeral Service, Inc.

Clint was born on May 27, 1981 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Linda Louise (Pittman) Alford and Darrell Edward Buttrey and passed away on March 24, 2021 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He loved spending his time cooking for himself and all of the people he loved so dearly. He shared a special bond with his parents' Shitzu, "Hunter." He was a country concert fan, with Little Big Town being his favorite. Children adored him and he enjoyed all of the care taking duties that came with it. Clint was a Bachelorette fan and thoroughly had a great time loving his life very vividly. He enjoyed horses, going to the lake and he was able to see the ocean for the first time in Galveston, October 2020.

Survivors are:

1 daughter: Raylee Ann of Oklahoma;

father: Darrell Buttrey and Sue of Broken Arrow, OK;

mother: Linda Alford of Locust Grove, OK;

3 sisters: Jessica FIsher and Sean of Locust Grove, OK, Amber Mabes and Mike of Tulsa, OK and Amy Brown and Meaghan of Tulsa, OK;

1 brother: Bryan Brown and Erica of Bixby, OK;

nieces and nephews: Sonny, Issabella, Grace, Madison, Hudson, Grayson, Maddox, Remi and Carson;

grandmother: Carol Buttrey of Vian, OK;

grandfather: Robert Pittman of Tulsa, OK;

other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his his stepdad, Steve Alford; grandmother, Dale Pittman; grandfather, Donald Buttrey; his nephew, Wyatt Lee Sanders; and two uncles, Ronnie Buttrey and Bobby Pittman.

Active Pallbearers will be Sean Fischer, Mike Mabes, Kyle Jordan, Troy Buttrey, Clavin Harned and Byran Brown.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Dukes Buttrey and David Buttrey.

Viewing and Visitation will be 1 - 8 PM Thursday at Agent Mallory Martin Funeral Home in Sallisaw, OK where the family will greet 6 - 8 PM.

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David Allen Hargrove, 64

Born Friday, August 10, 1956

Died Tuesday, March 23, 2021

David Allen Hargrove, age 64, former resident of Muskogee, OK transitioned on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 in Joplin, MO.

Graveside rites, Friday, April 2,2021 in Booker T. Washington cemetery, Muskogee,OK at 1:00 P.M. Public visitation, Thursday, April 1,2021 in the Precious Memories Chapel of House of Winn Funeral Home-Muskogee, during the hours of 1:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M.


The family has been cared for by House of Winn Funeral Home-Muskogee.

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Ethan Catlett, 27

Born Wednesday, September 29, 1993

Died Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Ethan Cord Catlett, 27, of Owasso, Oklahoma passed to his eternal Heavenly home on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. He was born September 29, 1993 in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Wallace Lee and Lisa Kay (Clay) Catlett.
Ethan’s first years were spent in Muskogee where he was a part of Muskogee First Assembly and thoroughly enjoyed being a member of Royal Rangers. He attended grade school in Muskogee. After moving from Muskogee to the Tulsa area, he became a part of The Landing Community Church and graduated from Sapulpa High School in 2013. He then became his mom’s official sidekick.
Ethan loved his cartoons, especially Spongebob Squarepants and Veggietales, music, mylar balloons and spending time with family and friends.
His smile was infectious and his laugh contagious. He loved everyone and they loved him back.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Brenda Turner.
Ethan is survived by his parents, Wallace and Lisa Catlett; sister, Erin Catlett; nieces, Kloey Boling and Madison Boling; nephews, Zane Boling and Zachary Boling; paternal grandparents, Kenneth and Carolyn Catlett; maternal grandparents, Gary and Theresa Clay; great-grandmother, Mildred Hall; along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who will greatly miss Ethan.
The family will greet friends from 5-8PM, Thursday and Friday, March 25 and 26, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
A memorial service celebrating Ethan’s life will be 2PM, Saturday, March 27, 2021 at Muskogee First Assembly of God with Pastor Steve Rose and Pastor Bodie Sanders officiating.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at

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Born Tuesday, January 7, 1941

Died Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Dee Shelton Davison, 80, passed away on March 23, 2021. Dee was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, to Jack and Marian Martin (Davison). Dee attended Riverside Elementary School and graduated from Muskogee Central High School in 1958 and attended Northeastern State University, and later formed his own construction company, Davison Custom Masonry.
Dee was a remarkable man, a faithful servant to God, devoted to his family, a hard worker, and a loyal friend.
In Dee's passing, so many have said in earnest, "what a good man." Such true words, and nobody knew this more than those closest to him, his wife of sixty years, Sue Davison of the home, his sons Randy and Doug, the daughters he always wanted Sherri and Rania, grandchildren, Brandon Davison (Katie), Ryan Davison (Chelsea), Lindsey Davison, and Cheyanna Davison. Great-grandchildren, Ethan, Drake, Kalyn, Ryder, Brielle, Reese, and Sawyer. Son Randy Davison, mother Marian Davison, and great grandmother Mildred Wilson, sister Sandra Thayer, and brother Gale Davison precede Dee in death.
His love of God and family mark Dee's legacy. He was faithful in all that he did. Dee was a charter member of Riverside Christian Church. He served as elder and deacon at Riverside Christian Church and York Street Christian Church for most of his adult life. He taught Sunday school and had a profound knowledge of the Bible. His wisdom was a source of inspiration for many, and he never missed an opportunity to speak up for the Lord and tell the good news. It was said that Dee was the same man on Sunday morning as he was on Saturday night. We are all made better by his Christ-like example.
Dee loved his family. He adored Sue and always made sure that she was well cared for, and her life as his wife was a great one. Dee worked very hard and so that his family had all that they needed. Dee was incredibly proud of his family. His sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren respected him immensely. All of them are trained up in the way they should go by his shining example.

His love of the outdoors followed Dee's love of God and family. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Some of his best times were spent on a boat or in the woods surrounded by his sons, grandsons, and a host of cherished lifelong friends. Dee had many favorite fishing and hunting destinations, including Mexico, Lake Guerrero, Slidell, Louisiana, and Colorado Rocky Mountains. He loved planning every detail of the trip, including the menu. The stories from his travels have been told and retold to the point that even if you were not there, you felt as if you were. His walls are full of hunting trophies and prize fish, but nothing was more valued than the treasured memories made with those he held dear.
Dee loved to tinker and fix things; some were not necessarily broken. He modified machines and anything with moving parts with a myriad of unique applications, including duct tape, wire, and gorilla glue. His engineering skills are to be marveled at; we all learned that you never throw out what can be repaired, and your mind is the most important tool in your toolbox.
Dee loved to laugh. He was intelligent and quick-witted, with an endless supply of jokes and stories that he was happy to share and share he did. Once he acclimated to social media, our inboxes were kept busy, as he loved us to see the latest thing that made his heart smile. We will miss the notification sound on our Facebook Messenger at all hours of the night. Our inboxes and hearts will surely not be as full.
"What a good man" people are right Dee Davison was a "good man," a befitting descriptor of our cherished husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Our hearts will miss all that he generously gave to us. Life here won't be the same not hearing his gentle but booming voice or getting one of his strong, warm hugs, seeing his eyes glisten with mischief as he told one of his silly jokes, receiving his Chex Mix at Christmas, or hearing him sing gospel tunes slightly off-key.
We are comforted in the understanding that Dee is safe with his Lord and Savior and reunited with many loved ones and friends that have gone on before. Be inspired by all of the goodness that Dee cast into this world, keep the faith and fight the good fight until we gather again.
A celebration of Dee’s life will be 10AM, Monday, March 29, 2021 at Muskogee Church of Christ with Bro. Steve Moss and Mr. Kendall Dean officiating.
Funeral services under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory. Condolences can be made at

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Jeffrey Henry Daniels, Sr., 62

Born Monday, March 16, 1959

Died Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Jeffrey Henry Daniels, Sr., 62, of McAlester, Oklahoma passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. He was born on March 16, 1959 to Connie B. Daniels and Maggie Lee (Hyslope) Daniels in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Jeff grew up attending Checotah public schools.
He was a farmer most of his life and milked the cows, rode horse, did anything and everything on the farm. Working on the farm was some of the happiest times of his life. Jeff enjoyed going fishing whenever he could. He also enjoyed playing guitar. Jeff loved his family very much and loved spending time with them. He will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
Jeff was preceded in death by his father Connie Daniels; and his sisters, Vickie Lanier and Ruthie Daniels.
He is survived by his children, Jeffrey Daniels, Jr., Anessa Daniels, and Teresa Daniels; siblings, Cleata Pearce, Charles Daniels, Robert Daniels, Louise Evridge, Lisa Howard, and Cynthia Markham; mother, Maggie Arnett; grandchildren, Jeffrey Daniels III, Jaquelyn Daniels, Jaidyn Daniels, Jayce Daniels, Micah Candler, Lyla Candler, Rhylan Candler, Callysa Thompson, Carlie Muse, Makinzy Domebo, Nicholas Domebo, Trentin Domebo, Kendra Domebo and Myah Domebo; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
A celebration of Jeff’s life will be 2PM, Monday, March 29, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Donnie Echols officiating.
Funeral services under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory. Condolences can be made at

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Diane Sousa Reece, 55

Born Sunday, September 26, 1965

Died Monday, March 22, 2021

Diane Sousa (Burroughs) Reece, 55, of Gore, OK was born September 26, 1965 in San Jose, CA to Jim and Teresa (Maciel) Bettencourt and received her eternal reward, Monday, March 22, 2021 at her home with her family by her side. Diane graduated high school and chose a career in childcare. Her love for children led her to Wonderland Daycare in Fort Gibson, where she served as Office Manager. Diane retired from childcare in 2020. She met and later married her best friend, Donald W. Reece, on May 22, 1988 in Henderson, Nevada. Diane loved the outdoors, tended a beautiful garden, and always wanted to live off the grid. She was an avid hunter and fisherwoman. Diane is preceded in death by her son, Daniel Reece and her step-father, Doyle Burroughs. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Donald of the home; her children, Dylan J. Reece of Stillwater, OK; Brittany N. Reece, Dalton K. Reece, Dacey A. Reece, Dawa A. Reece and Dustin J. Reece all of Gore, OK; her father, Jim P. Bettencourt of Morgan Hill, CA; her mother, Teresa Burroughs of Checotah, OK; siblings, Steven Burroughs of Midwest City, OK; Fredrick Burroughs of Muskogee, OK; Evelyn Stevenson of Euless, TX; and James S. Bettencourt of Morgan Hill, CA. A visitation will be held Thursday, March 25, 2021 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home in Fort Gibson, with the family receiving friends, 5PM-7PM. A service celebrating Diane’s life will be 11AM Friday, March 26, 2021 at the First Pentecostal Church of God in Fort Gibson, OK with David and Tonna Jones officiating. Committal prayers and interment will follow at Citizens Cemetery with Dylan Reece, Dalton Reece, Dustin Reece, Zach Burroughs, Cody Burroughs, Steven Burroughs, and Shawn Burroughs serving as casket bearers.
The family of Diane Sousa Reece has entrusted her care, services and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Fort Gibson, OK. 918-478-2555. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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Leslie Eugene Locust Sr., 74

Born Saturday, September 28, 1946

Died Friday, March 19, 2021

Leslie Eugene Locust, Sr., 74, of Ft. Gibson, OK. Les was born September 28, 1946 in Tahlequah, OK to Jess and Ella Locust. Les peacefully passed away Friday, March 19, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family. Les received his education at Vian Elementary School from Kindergarten to sixth grade, and at Sequoyah Schools graduating in 1966. After graduation, he enlisted into the United States Air Force, where he was stationed in Hawaii for one year and then deployed to Vietnam for three tours as an aircraft mechanic on C-130’s. He proudly served his country, and was honorably discharged from the Air Force in July of 1973. Les then enlisted into the Army National Guard at Camp Gruber, where he earned rank of an E-6. Les retired in 2006 as a Staff Sargent. Les was a member of the Frank Gladd American Legion Post #20 in Ft. Gibson. Les was a very patriotic serviceman, which he instilled in his children. Les worked for the Corps of Engineers, while working there, he enrolled, and began attending Conners State College. Les eventually transferred to Northeastern State University graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Science in 1986. Les married his best friend, Sammie Harris on March 1, 1996 in Ft. Smith, AR. Les’ love for travel would set him on a career path as a Coast-to-Coast truck driver, where he would earn the coveted “2 Million Mile” pin for his driving accomplishment. Les was an active member at The Old Mission Church in Ft. Gibson, OK for more than 25 years, where he loved to praise and worship God. Les enjoyed playing golf, photography, fishing, hunting, attending rodeos, and watching air shows. Les was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Mike McConnell, Abraham “Abe” Locust, Oaks Locust, Charles “Rock” Locust, Vincent “Toy” Locust, and Louis “Lou” Locust, sisters: Myria “Sibby” Ballard, Paula Christie, and Edith Dalton. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Sammie of the home; son, Leslie Locust, Jr. and wife Jenell of Vian; daughters, Becky Dyer and husband Mike “Mika” of Muldrow, Monica Taylor and husband Danny of Schulter; sons, Billy Parker and wife Gay Lynn of Muskogee, Joe Dale Parker and wife Pat of Muskogee; daughter, Suzie Guinn and husband Rex of Stilwell, brother; James "Booter" Locust of Vian. Les is also survived by his grandkids, Brandi Noisey, Derek & Chelsey Locust, Hailey & Justin Sharp, Kaitlyn & Clay Bolinger, Tre & Fontana Locust, Camry & Dillon Jett, Macee Underwood, Dakota Brown, Matt Parker, Jessica Legarda, Jacob Tinsley, Dallas & Becky Guinn, Mary and Tina Guinn; great grandkids, Rian, Easton, Reid, Sawyer, Carson, Emma, Noah, Evelyn, Jackson, Kimber, Karson, Ava, and Sawyer; special niece, Shawnee “Dobbie” Livers as well as a host of other family & friends. Les will be greatly missed by all who knew him, and leaves a legacy of love, devotion and patriotism that his family will carry on. A visitation will be Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at Clifford D. Garrett Funeral Home in Ft. Gibson from 5pm – 7pm. The celebration of Les’ life will be held at 12pm (Noon) on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at the Clifford D. Garrett Family Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Richard Pickup officiating. Interment will follow at Ft. Gibson National Cemetery, where full Military Honors will be observed. The family of Leslie Eugene Locust, Sr. has entrusted his care, services, and burial to Clifford D. Garrett Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Ft. Gibson, OK. (918)478-2555. Online condolences may be left for the family at This obit was beautifully written by the family.

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Clint Cole Barnett, 59

Born Wednesday, June 21, 1961

Died Thursday, March 18, 2021

Clint Cole Barnett of Warner, Oklahoma was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma at Muskogee General Hospital June 21, 1961 and passed away at Hillcrest South Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Thursday, March 18, 2021. He was a Believer and went to be with his Savior Jesus Christ at the young age of 59.
Clint was a graduate of Oktaha High School class of 1979 where he enjoyed playing basketball, spending time with his friends and family, and all things related to quarter horses and horse racing. Clint was gregarious, fun loving, and never met a stranger. He always had many amusing stories to tell anyone who would listen.
His love and affinity for horses and horse racing came naturally from his father John and the two had a special bond from spending countless hours together while training and racing their horses on the family farm. This eventually led to a career in training and racing registered quarter horses which took him to many states including New Mexico, Texas, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa. After a successful career in the horse racing industry, he transitioned to a new occupation in Topeka, Kansas with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad that spanned 17 years. While in Topeka his love of gardening evolved and he raised beautiful flowers and vegetables and enjoyed sharing his bounty with his neighbors and friends. He also very enthusiastically cheered for his beloved Oklahoma Sooner Football team, which we are sure was much to the dismay of his Kansas Jayhawk coworkers and friends! Clint had a great love for his family and friends and a particular affection for his nephews and nieces.
Clint was preceded in death by his dad, John Barnett Sr.; older brother, John Barnett Jr.; his maternal grandparents, Josh and Doris Cole; and his paternal grandparents, Roy and Nevada Barnett.
He is survived by his mother, Carol “Red” Barnett of the home; sister, Pam and husband Charles Gosnell of Tahlequah Oklahoma; brother, Jeff and wife Mary Barnett of Muskogee, Oklahoma; and sister, Paula and husband Kendall Cook of Muskogee Oklahoma. He also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations to be made in Clint’s name to Blue Ribbon Fellowship Chapel, P. O. Box 1901, Sallisaw, Oklahoma 74955.
A memorial service for Clint will be 2PM, Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at Greenhill Cemetery in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at

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Twyla Nadine Wright (Rowe), 88

Born Wednesday, January 11, 1933

Died Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Twyla Wright, 88, of Muskogee, Oklahoma went to be with the Lord on March 17, 2021.

Twyla was born in Wagoner. Her family moved to Muskogee, and she graduated from Central High School in 1953. She married Robert “Bob” Wright on May 1, 1974. They celebrated 35 years of marriage before his passing in 2009. She worked as a grocery cashier at Milgrim’s. In 1975, she became a full-time homemaker and took great pride in caring for her family’s needs. She was the mother who always had a car filled with kids: taking them to lunch, shopping in Tulsa, or skating every Friday and Saturday night. She was the wife who helped skin the deer and had dinner waiting on the table. She was the granny who looked forward to having the grandkids spend the night so she could spoil them with a special treat from Walmart or a movie from Blockbuster. Holidays were her favorite times of the year. They were the times when the family would gather around the table, and she could spend time with everyone together. These things weren’t a part of a job, they were her greatest joy.

She was the kindest soul you would ever want to meet. To look in her face was to see her sweet spirit radiating from within. Twyla was a strong woman of God and had great faith in His love, forgiveness, and promise of eternity to those who call on Jesus. She enjoyed going to church and meeting with her widow’s group for lunches. Her favorite guilty pleasure was watching The Oklahoma City Thunder dominate on the court. She never missed a game and loved talking to her friends on the phone about every one of them. She looked forward to normalcy after Covid, but she received Streets of Gold instead. She most definitely got the better deal. She will leave a Mom- and Granny-shaped hole in the hearts of her family, but there is peace in knowing we will be with her again.

Twyla was preceded in death by her parents, Hazie and Emma Lee Rowe; husband, Bob Wright; son, Jerry “J.D.” Blair; siblings, Alene Tucker, Alley Rowe, Red Rowe, and Wanda Pigg. She is survived by her son, Vic Blair, and wife Thyra; daughter, Brenda Pearson, and husband John; stepdaughter Teresa Hanna, and husband Mike; grandchildren, Vic Blair, Tara Blair, Victoria Pearson, and John Pearson, II. Stepgrandchildren, Christine, Melanie, and Elizabeth Hanna; special niece, Marcy Price, and special friends who were like extended family.

There will be an open viewing at Lescher-Millsap on Saturday, March 20, 2021 from noon until 8pm for friends to have a time to say their goodbyes and pay their respects. A family memorial service will be held on a later date.

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Sonja Lynn Pennington, 76

Born Friday, March 17, 1944

Died Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Sonja Lynn Pennington, 77, of Muskogee, was born on St. Patrick’s Day March 17, 1944 in Muskogee to Ira and Pearl (Rhoden) Cordell and peacefully passed away on her birthday, Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She received her formal education and graduated from Fort Gibson High School. Sonja married the love of her life, Teddy Clay Pennington on December 20, 1968. Teddy serenaded Sonja everywhere they went. They would go to the lake and sit on a blanket and he would sing Hank Williams songs to her. They shared 47 years of life, marriage and precious memories together. Sonja worked as a Data Entry Clerk for Greenleaf Nursery for many years. Sonja loved to fish and she was the 1st and only Woman President of the B.A.S.S. Federation and held that title for eight years. During that time, she also was the Director for B.A.S.S. Casting Kids Program for children for five years. She loved decorating and watching the Kansas City Chiefs. She was devoted to her family and gave them endless love and memories that they will cherish forever. She faithfully attended New Hope Assembly in Muskogee. She loved her church and while attending she created, Rope of Hope, after the loss of her husband for grieving support, for others going through the same grieving process that she was going through. The support group took field trips and enjoyed fellowship over meals and games. Sonja was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; Teddy Clay Pennington, son; Marck Anthony Pennington, brothers; Carl “Buddy” Dean Cordell and Don Cordell, sisters; Billie White and Kathryn Cookson. She is lovingly survived by her daughters; Kathy Barnett of Fort Gibson, Penny Slape of Muskogee, sons; Gene Ellis (Pennington) and wife, Shannon of Liberty, MO, David Pennington of Fort Gibson, grandchildren; Trey Mitchell, Brittany Clark, TJ Barnett, Gena Lewis, Eric Baker, Mike Ellis, Teddy Clay Baker, Austin Baker, Luke Pennington and Skylar Pennington, and 20 great grandchildren whom she loved dearly; extended family and many friends. A visitation will be held Monday, March 22, 2021 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home in Fort Gibson with family receiving friends 5PM-7PM. A service Celebrating Sonja’s life will be held 1PM Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at New Hope Assembly in Muskogee with Pastor John Overton officiating. Trey Mitchell, TJ Barnett, Mike Ellis, Eric Baker, Teddy Clay Baker, Austin Baker and Luke Pennington will serve as casket bearers. The family of Sonja Lynn Pennington has entrusted her care and services to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555. Obit was beautifully written by her family. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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Alma L. Brown, 62

Born Saturday, June 14, 1958

Died Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Alma Louise (Lish) Brown, 62, of Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, passed away on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. She was born June 14, 1958, the daughter of Raymond Lish and Phyllis (Rainbolt) Lish in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Alma attended Muskogee Public Schools.

Alma married Mike Edward Brown on December 8, 1988 in Sebastian County, Arkansas. They shared over 32 years of life, marriage and many memories together.

Alma was always a very hard worker. She began working the Dairy Bar and then The Doghouse while still in high school.

She worked at 7-11 for a while before starting her longtime employment with Safeway on Okmulgee St in Muskogee. She continued working there when it sold out to Homeland and continued until it closed.

Alma spent a period of time substituting at Fort Gibson Schools before beginning her career with the United States Postal Service where she was employed at the time of her passing.

Alma loved God, family and her pets! Some of her favorite hobbies and activities included spoiling her grandkids, being a kinship foster parent, traveling with her husband, being a Sunday School teacher, driving the church bus, fostering pets, going to garage sales, and finding awesome deals on Amazon.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Edgar Lish; her father, Raymond Lish; her mother, Phyllis Rainbolt Lish; and her baby brother, Phillip Lish.

Alma is lovingly survived by her husband, Mike Brown of the home; children, Michael & Lori Barnard of Checotah, OK, Julia Mullican of Muskogee, OK, Cody & Candice Brown of Tulsa, OK and Zachary Brown of the home & his fiancée Bristen Graves of Okay, OK; stepdaughter, Krishna Hoff of Oklahoma City, OK; siblings, Kenneth & Mary Lish of Wagoner, OK, Odis Lish of Gillette, WY, Viola & Marvin Fruits of Sibley, MO, and Monta & Alvin Campbell of Muskogee, OK; grandchildren, Kassie Barnard, Brennon Barnard, Ashley Henderson, Kylee Henderson, Madison Metcalf, Cameron Upky, Isaac Weigel, Olive Brown and Kaleigh Upky; great granddaughter, Hazel Rose Barnard; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins she loved dearly.

Alma’s life will be celebrated at 10AM, Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home with Pastor Daniel Miller officiating. Honorary Pallbearers will be Michael Barnard, Cody Brown, Zachary Brown, Brennon Barnard, Cameron Upky and Isaac Weigel.

Funeral services provided by Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N York, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at

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Joe Allen Bowden, 77

Born Tuesday, May 18, 1943

Died Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Joe Allen Bowden, 77, a lifelong Fort Gibson resident, was born May 18, 1943 in Boynton, OK to Edward and Eva (Brantley) Bowden and peacefully passed away Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at his home with his loving family by his side. Joe received his education at Wainwright Public Schools. He spent ninety-one days in the 11th grade and then enlisted in the United States Army on March 24, 1961. Joe proudly served his country and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant E-5 on February 28, 1967. On September 16, 1963, Joe married his best friend, Mary Elizabeth Walters, in Fort Gibson, OK. In 1966, together they established their family-owned business, Bowden Pest Control, where they both worked side by side in the business for forty-eight years. It is now presently owned by their grandson, Lance and his wife Lauren Bowden, who have carried on the Bowden legacy since 2014. Joe enjoyed and faithfully attended the car races locally and nationally most of his life. He was a self-taught master mechanic, successfully fixing anything with a motor. Joe never met a stranger and had many stories to tell. He was a lifelong paid in full member of the Frank Gladd American Legion Post #20 in Fort Gibson. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Elizabeth Bowden; son, Ronnie Bowden; siblings, Irene Bowden, Melvin Bowden, Lucielle Turney, E.K. Bowden, Bonnie Arnold-Phillips, James Bowden; and great granddaughter, Maven Russell. Joe is lovingly survived by his daughter, Helen Soto of Heavener, OK; grandchildren, Bethany Russell, Lance Bowden, Jennifer Voyles, Santos Soto, III, Cecelia Soto, and Katelyn Jochims; 12 great grandchildren; his sisters, Joyce Steveson and Wanda Cook; brothers, Lawrence Bowden and Bobby Bowden; extended family and many friends. A visitation will be held Sunday, March 21, 2021 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home in Fort Gibson with the family receiving friends 1PM-3PM. A Celebration of Joe’s life will be held 10AM Monday, March 22, 2021 at the Citizens Cemetery Pavilion in Fort Gibson, OK. The family of Joe Allen Bowden has entrusted his care, services and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Fort Gibson, OK. 918-478-2555. Online condolences may be left at

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Johnny Wayne Huggins Sr, 51

Born Wednesday, December 31, 1969

Died Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Johnny Wayne Huggins Sr, 71, of Oktaha, Oklahoma passed away Tuesday, March 16, 2021. He was born December 18, 1949 in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Floyd Wayne “Hoot” Huggins and Edna (Walkabout) Huggins. He attended Wainwright School and Oktaha High School.
Johnny married the love of his life, Denice Lynn Hunter, on August 29, 1970 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. They shared more than 50 years of life, marriage, and memories together.
He worked in the construction industry and was the site superintendent for Beemer Construction when he retired in 2012.
Johnny loved all things rodeo when he was younger. He also loved to fish, work in the garden, watch baseball, and watch his grandchildren play sports.
He was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Sylvia Hughes; grandfather, Johnnie Walkabout; paternal grandmother, Lola Stevens; grandfather, Harley Huggins; mother, Edna Mae Mills; father, Floyd Wayne Huggins; step-parents, Helen Huggins and Alfred Mills; sister, Lawanta James; and brother, Jimmy Jack Huggins.
Johnny is survived by his wife, Denice Huggins of the home; sons, Johnny Huggins Jr of Tulsa, Steven Huggins of Oktaha; daughter, Brittany Huggins of Tahlequah; sisters, Marsha Madewell, Mary Huggins, Debbie Vandiver and husband Danny, all of Muskogee; two very special grandchildren, Scout and Stella Huggins of Tulsa; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
The family will receive friends from 2-4PM, Sunday, March 21, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
Johnny’s life will be celebrated at 3PM, Monday, March 22, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Donnie Echols officiating. Interment will follow at Middleton Chapel Cemetery in Oktaha, Oklahoma.

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Kathleen “KaKa” Smith, 99

Born Friday, April 29, 1921

Died Monday, March 15, 2021

Kathleen Smith, 99, passed away, on March 15, 2021 at St. Francis Hospital
in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Kathleen was born on April 29, 1921 to Cleve Edward Cook and Cora Lee "Nannie" McCoy at the family farm home in Ft. Gibson, Oklahoma. She was the youngest of four siblings. Her father passed away before Kathleen was one year old. Kathleen was the first Cook or McCoy to graduate from high school. In 1939 she graduated with honors from Bagley High School in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Soon after graduation, Kathleen got a job at the Oklahoma School for the Blind and moved to Muskogee.
The decision to move to Muskogee proved to be one of fate for it was there that Kathleen was introduced to Carl Edwin Smith. She always loved cars and was enamored with Mr. Smith's 1936 V-8 Coupe. They were married on June 22, 1941- but, within six months, they were separated from each other as war spread across Europe and the Pacific.
After Pearl Harbor, Edwin enlisted in the Coast Guard and was stationed in New York City. In 1942, Kathleen left Oklahoma for the first time in her life and took the train to New York City to be with her new husband. Kathleen became pregnant in 1944 and returned to Oklahoma for the birth of their son, Pete. She lived with her in-laws, Alfred and Bertha Smith, before renting a home for her new family. Needing day care for Pete so that she could work, Nannie moved in with her and stayed for another 27 years. Edwin was discharged from the Coast Guard in November 1945 and returned home to Muskogee where he worked for 35 years as a salesman for Wonder Bread. Their daughter, Myrna, was born in October of 1946.
For the next 25 years, Kathleen worked at OSB, Jones Department Store, Sears and the Motter's Bookbinding Company. But she had always dreamed of something more fulfilling and exciting.
Kathleen's dream finally came true in 1966 at the age of 45. She established a new business in her home and would spend the next 20 years as the very successful and happy owner of Kathleen's Wedding Service. Over those 20 years, she would help plan and orchestrate more than 1,300 weddings and become widely known in Northeastern Oklahoma as the "Marriage Lady in the Pink House". She sold the business in 1987 and retired with her husband.
Kathleen also attended several very special weddings of her own. The first was the 1968 marriage of her daughter, Myrna to Larry New at OSU in Stillwater.
Myrna and Larry live in Lawton, Oklahoma with their two sons, Kelly and his wife Jennifer and two sons, Carson and Gunner and Marty and his wife Janette and their two sons, Jacob and Isaac. The second wedding was the 1968 marriage of their son, Pete to Betty Croll in Tulsa. They currently live and have retired in Henderson, Nevada and have two children. Kimberly is married to Jim Doyle
and they live in Orange, California with their two children - Katie and Jake. Joe is married to Gayle Plus and they have three children - Fayth, Bella and Jack. They reside in Orlando, Florida.
Kathleen was also involved in the lives of her sibling's children: Billy Johnson, Sharon Hazleton, Eddie Cook and his wife Billy, Esther and her husband Kent Neel, Curt Cook and Chip Gillispie.
Kathleen's interests and hobbies were many and quite diverse. She loved travel, to read, to have her morning devotion, to go on bus and car rides, to decorate her home for whatever holiday month was in season and to explore garage sales to find her treasures. There were so many happy times and blessed events in Kathleen's 99 years on this Earth - and she remembered and was thankful for each of them.
But not all days were always happy days. Her Mother passed away in 1971. Both of her big sisters, Leona and Helen, also passed away leaving her without her two best friends. Her brother Charley's death, along with that of his wife, Margie, was more than losing her only brother and next-door neighbor. She literally worshiped Charley, who was her mentor and idol - and the only father figure she ever had.
In 1982, her husband, Edwin, developed colon cancer and courageously battled the disease for more than 25 years. This difficult period took its toll on her. At the time of his passing in 2007, at the age of 86, they had been together as a married couple for 66 years.
She lived the wonderful retirement life in the Coburn Circle Addition of Muskogee for some 30 plus years. Her neighbors became dear friends and the focal point of her social life. It was apparent that everyone truly enjoyed being with and caring for each other, sharing experiences together and basically taking care of and looking after one another – especially Kathleen. For that comforting experience, her family is deeply grateful and most appreciative to al the neighbors in Coburn Circle who also loved our Kathleen Smith.
A celebration of Kathleen’s life will be 2PM, Saturday, March 20, 2021 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with former Chaplain John Trent presiding along with Rev. Matt Kelly of Letitia Baptist Church in Lawton, Oklahoma.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at

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