Saturday, February 16, 2019

Betty Lou John




Betty Lou John, 72, of Wister, OK passed away Saturday, February 16, 2019, in Ft. Smith, AR.  Betty was born September 11, 1946 in Wister to Cecil & Georgia (Curtis) Jernigan.  Betty taught school in Soper from 1971-1973 then moved to Bennington and retired from there.  She went to work for the Choctaw Nation as a caseworker in the child care department.  She left that job to babysit with her grandchildren.  Betty loved to work with her flowers outside and working with wood crafts.  She was preceded in death by her father; grandparents, George & Ollie Curtis & Clyde & Ida (LeFlore) Jernigan.
          Survivors include her mother, Georgia Jernigan of Wister, OK; son, Robert Ray John; sister & her husband, Nita Jernigan Caudell & Stanley; grandsons, Hunter Ray John & Holten John of Austin, TX; nephews, Clay Caudell of Wister, Mark & wife Joanie Caudell of Wister, OK; great nieces, Alia Caudell of Wister, Halli Caudell of Poteau; great nephews, Lane Caudell of Wister, Evan Caudell of Poteau; uncle , J.C. Curtis of Durant, OK; aunts, Mary Gibson of Wister, Carolyn Curtis of Selmar, CA; other relatives, loved ones and friends.
          Memorial services will be 1 pm, Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at Faith Community Church (formerly Methodist Church) in Wister, OK.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Lucy McMillin


Lutricia Ann “Lucy” McMillin, 63, of Poteau, OK passed away Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at her home  in Poteau surrounded by family and friends.  Lucy was born January 26, 1956 in Bakersfield, CA to Howard & Nan (Green) Earven.   Lucy grew up in Arvin, CA and graduated with  the class of 1974.  She was a majorette in the Arvin High Bear Band.   She was Student Body President of her 8th grade class at Haven Drive Elementary.  She held a record in the high jump. She was 1971 RCA Rodeo Queen.  .  Lucy worked in the potato sheds, taught nursery school and gave many a little girl baton lessons.  After moving to Oklahoma in 1980, she was the director at the First Free Will Baptist Day Care and loved on many area children.  She was a member of Delta Lambda Sorority of Beta Sigma Phi.  If you ever met Lucy, you loved her.  She lit up a room just by walking in it.  Lucy had more best friends than most have friends.   Her kids, grandkids, nieces & nephews meant the world to her and they all knew it.  She spread love and sunshine wherever she went. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Barney & Ruby Green, Samuel & Catherine Earven.

          Survivors include her husband, Don; daughter, Melissa &  Mike Culverson of Ft. Smith, AR; sons, Clint Bradshaw of Poteau, Cody Bradshaw of Frisco, TX, Mark & Edie McMillin of Poteau; her parents, Howard & Nan Earven;  sister, Marla & Mack Hinds of Heavener, OK; brothers, Danny & Brenda Earven of Catoosa, OK, Clark Earven, Frank & Linda Earven all of Heavener; grandchildren, Hunter & Ethan Bradshaw of Poteau, Jaxon, Grayson & Jace Bradshaw of Frisco, TX, Jake & Demi McMillin, Kade McMillin, Maci & Tanner Wright all of Poteau, Calli Culverson of Ft. Smith, AR; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

          Come celebrate her life with her family on  Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 2 pm,  at the Reynolds Center in Poteau with Rev. Phil McGehee officiating.  Interment will follow in Vaughn Cemetery, Gilmore.  Pallbearers will be  Jake & Kade McMillin, Hunter, Ethan, Jaxon & Grayson Bradshaw, Tanner Hinds.  Honorary pallbearers will be her special friends The PoPo’s.

          The family will be at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6-8 pm to visit with relatives & friends.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Jean Brown


Jean Sharon Brown, 69, of Poteau, OK passed away Tuesday, February 12, 2019, in Poteau.  Jean was born January 26, 1950  in Lubec, ME to Robert & Leverne (Moores) Olson.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.  Family was of the utmost importance in Jean’s life.  She loved spending time with her family, especially her grand and great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Olson & Leverne Mahoney; son, Stacey Brown & brother, Harold Olson.    
Survivors include her husband, Robert Brown; daughters, Priscilla Brown of ME, Pattie & SimiTalaese of Poteau; son, Todd Brown of Poteau, OK; grandchildren, Nickelas Talaese, Natasha Chavez, Helen Westbrook, Hilary Talaese, Ethan Talaese, Claire Talases, Tyler Williams, Ember Brown, Eariona Brown, Daylin Brown, Darion Brooks; great grandchildren, Kaydence Aguilar, Brynlee Westbrook & Kambrie Chavez; brother, Robert Olson of ME; numerous nieces, nephews and friends
Memorial services will be 2 pm, Friday, February 15, 2019 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Jeri Marler


Jeri Lynn Marler, 48, of Poteau, OK passed away Saturday, February 09, 2019 in Ft. Smith, AR.  Jeri was born August 24, 1970 in Poteau.  She was a loving mother, wife, sister, and friend.  Jeri worked as a Child Welfare Specialist for 23 years.  She enjoyed music, movies, shopping, playing cards,  and spending time with her loved ones.  She was quick-witted and loved to laugh.  Most people were drawn to Jeri’s infectious laughter and smile.  She also had a huge heart loving all of her friends and family dearly.  She was preceded in death by her  parents, Jesse & Anna Ward &  Sharon Henderson.

          Survivors include her husband, Carl Marler of Poteau; daughter, Jennifer Marler of Madill, OK; son, Bryce Marler of Poteau; brothers & sisters, Crystal Fout & Alan  of Poteau, Diane, Shauna, Gary, Tobey & Derrick Henderson of Poteau; grandchildren, Kayden Armstrong, Brantley and Braxton Bridgman of Madill, OK;  aunts & uncles, Sue & Gerald Oliver of Heavener, OK, Tommy & Carolyn Ward of Wister, OK, Larry & Kathy Ward of Tyler, TX; nieces & nephews, Ariel Cardenas, Jessica Oldaker, Nichole Oliver, Colton Jones, Jessica & Jasmine Henderson, Anali, Amoriana & Anai Sanchez, Aiden, Alex, Andrez Damian, Kira, Kaitlyn & Violet Henderson; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

          Services will be 2 pm, Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at Faith Community Church of the Nazarene, Poteau, OK with Rev. Jim Cook officiating.  Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Poteau.  Pallbearers will be Eric Bridgman, Christopher Dorosh, Aaron Good, Jess Callahan, Cody Wann,  Jarod Ridenour.  Honorary pallbearers will be Donnie Fout and Ramon Espinosa.  The family will be at the funeral home on Monday evening from 6-8 pm to visit with relatives and friends.