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Audis Moore 
Mrs. Thomas (Audis) Moore, 96, longtime Okmulgee resident, died Saturday morning, May 5, 2007 at Okmulgee Memorial Hospital. Friends may visit the funeral home on Friday from 9-5 P.M.  Private family committal services will be held.


If I knew it would be the last time
That I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be the last time
that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss
and call you back for one more.

If I knew it would be the last time
I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time,
I could spare an extra minute
to stop and say "I love you,"
instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.

If I knew it would be the last time
I would be there to share your day,
Well I'm sure you'll have so many more,
so I can let just this one slip away.

For surely there's always tomorrow
to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance
to make everything just right.

There will always be another day
to say "I love you,"
And certainly there's another chance
to say our "Anything I can do?"

But just in case I might be wrong,
and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you
and I hope we never forget.

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,
young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance
you get to hold your loved one tight.

So if you're waiting for tomorrow,
why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes,
you'll surely regret the day,

That you didn't take that extra time
for a smile, a hug, or a kiss
and you were too busy to grant someone,
what turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today,
and whisper in their ear,
Tell them how much you love them
and that you'll always hold them dear

Take time to say "I'm sorry,"
"Please forgive me," "Thank you," or "It's okay."
And if tomorrow never comes,
you'll have no regrets about today.

Georgia Charline Lamons
, 85 longtime Okmulgee resident, passed away Friday morning, June 21, 2002 at Rebold Manor. She was born November 22, 1916 in Bristow to Charlie A. and Cornelia Mae (Phillips) Lamons. Miss Lamons was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Business and Professional Women's Club, Okmulgee County Retired Teachers, Kappa Delta Pi, and a charter member of the American Association of University Women, Which she helped to found in Okmulgee. Miss Lamons taught in Okmulgee High School for 17 years before moving to San Diego, California, where she taught in Grossmont College for 23 years. She retired from teaching and moved back to Okmulgee in 1983.
Mary Lou Finley, 93 a long-time resident of Okmulgee, Died Friday July 19, 2002 in Okmulgee. Services will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 24, 2002 at the First Presbyterian Church in Okmulgee. Burial will follow in the Harmony Grove cemetery. Services are under the direction of the Shurden-Kelly Funeral Home Okmulgee.
 She was born on Sunday, May 30, 1909 to Herschel C. and Anna (Swart) Finley. Ms. Finley graduated form Central State University. She earned her Master's Degree from the University of Oklahoma. She played the trumpet and at one time with the Oklahoma City Symphony Orchestra. She taught history at Wilson School in Okmulgee and was asked to head the music department at Okmulgee High School. She started the Key Notes and Harmonaries and started or rather her students did and named it for her, "Finley's Follies", a high school musical that still goes on. She is also known for writing the music for the OHS Alma Mater. After her retire in 1974, a high school scholarship for OHS was established in her name.
She was preceded in death by her parents: one brother, H.C. Finley, Jr in 1933: one sister, Anna Belle Reed in 1995.
Survivors include one cousin, Jill Copeland: and many friends.

Jane Nelson
95 of Okmulgee died on Thursday, March 4, 2004 at a local Nursing Center. She was Born to Joseph R. Winn and Altah M. (Key) Winn in Stratford Ok. Mrs. Nelson was a school teacher in Okmulgee High School for many years. She was a member of the Eastern Star and was a good matron and also a member of the Daughters of the King. She was preceded in death by her husband Raymond Nelson, May 31, 1963. Mrs. Nelson is survived by her son Dr. Jon Nelson of California, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Billie Hightower

Billie Dean Hightower, 73, of Okmulgee passed away Sunday, July 25, 2004 at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa. Mrs. Hightower was born in McAlister, OK to George and Sara (Wilson) Woods. She later married W.F. "Bill" Hightower. They both worked in the Okmulgee Public School System and then retired from Oklahoma State University, Okmulgee. She loved her cats and to work with her flowers, she was a member of the Retired Teachers Association, First Baptist Church and the Home and Garden Club.

Her parents preceded her in death. Survivors include her husband Bill Hightower, her brother-in-law Jim Hightower of McCloud, OK a sister-in-law Wilma Hightower of Gerty, OK, five nephews Mickey Hightower, Donnie Hightower, Rex Hightower, Mark Hightower and Robert Hightower and one niece Debbie (Hightower) Liljequist.

Viewing will be from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home in Okmulgee.

Funeral Services will be 10:00 AM on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 at the First Baptist Church in Okmulgee with Dr. Dennis Taylor officiating.

Interment will follow at 2:00 PM in the Gerty Cemetery in Gerty, OK. under the direction of the McClendod-Winters Funeral Home in Okmulgee.

Casketbearers will be her nephews Mickey Hightower, Donnie Hightower, Rex Hightower, Mark Hightower and Robert Hightower and her niece Debbie (Hightower) Liljequist.

Vivian Lenette Tatge Tenney
Vivian Lenette Tatge Tenney, 72, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004, in Norman Regional Hospital.

Services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. in First Christian Church in Norman, at the corner of Webster and Eufaula with the Rev. Harry Smith officiating. Burial will be in Munice Cemetery, near Seiling. Services are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.

She was born Jan. 11, 1932, in Cheyenne, Wyo., to Clara and Lester Tatge. She married Leland A. Tenney while attending the University of Oklahoma and completed her college education later, earning a bachelor�s degree from the University of Tulsa and master�s degree from Oklahoma State University. She was a mom who was always ready to �be there� for her children.

She was a staunch defender of democracy and an advocate of citizen education, active in the Stillwater, Norman and Oklahoma Leagues of Women Voters and Oklahomans for Campaign Finance Reform. She traveled internationally and hosted international visitors to the United States with the Oklahoma Friendship Force.

She helped her late husband run two small newspaper and office supply businesses in Weleetka and Okemah. She taught high school Spanish in Okmulgee and retired in the mid 1990s as a Stillwater school counselor.

She was active in her church, most recently, First Christian Church in Norman, where she rotated leading an adult Sunday school class, was active in her Christian Women�s Fellowship group and enjoyed helping to make pies for their holiday sale and taught a rotation in the children�s program.

She gardened � her entire yard, not just �a garden� and took care to feed the birds every winter. She walked her 120 pound dog, Max, every day, and was acquainted with everyone in the neighborhood. She loved to spend time at her lake home near Checotah on Lake Eufaula.

She is survived by three daughters and their husbands and children; Linda and John Sexton and children, Brady, Brian, Brent and Brenda of Norman and Jeff of Marion, N.C.; Gayla and Larry Polk and sons, Randy and Robert; Carla and Jim VanBuskirk, son, James and daughter, Adrianna. Her first great-grandchild was born in June, 2004.

Pauline Geraldine Brannon

Pauline Geraldine Brannon, longtime Okmulgee resident, passed away Wednesday morning, September 10, 2003 at Fountain View Nursing Home of Henryetta. She was 88 years of age. Mrs. Brannon was born November 24, 1914 in Avant, Oklahoma to George Robert and Trixie Elizabeth (Jones) Gideon. She married William Martin "Mart" Brannon on June 5, 1937 in Skiatook, Oklahoma. He preceded her in death on February 6, 1989. Mrs. Brannon was a school teacher, having taught 32 years before retiring. She taught in Woolco (near Avant), Deer Creek, Edmond, Okmulgee and retired while teaching in Preston. She was a member of Butler Memorial Methodist Church, Oklahoma retired Teacher�s Association, OEA, and formerly a Pony Girl. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Donnie Gideon.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Billie Brannon of Morris, a daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Chelsea Cook of Broken Arrow, two brothers, Jack Gideon of Bartlesville and Bill Gideon of Owasso, four sisters, Lucille Ramsey of Tulsa, Mildred Bowman of Skiatook, Margery Biggerstaff of Yukon, and Helen Lee of Bartlesville, five grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held 2:00 P.M. Friday, September 12, 2003 at the Okmulgee Cemetery with Reverend Bill Bowman officiating. Friends may visit the funeral home from 1-8 P.M. Thursday, and on Friday morning. Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.