She is survived by her loving son Wesley and his wife Candace of Sapulpa, three granddaughters Pia of Muskogee, Mariah of Tulsa and Candace Jr. and her husband George of Billings, Mont., and six great-grandchildren.
She was youngest of five children, growing up during The Great Depression. In 1944, she graduated from Wister High School. Sharp, determined and resourceful, Mary was an accomplished woman in many areas. Proficient in Morse Code, she worked as telegraph operator and a train dispatcher for the Santa Fe Railway in Moline, Kan. Later, coming to Tulsa, she was a dress store proprietor, and then a real estate closer for Carriage Company. In her later career, she worked at Creek County Child Support and as a bookkeeper for various companies.
In her free time, she very much enjoyed home improvement projects, hanging wallpaper and refurbishing furniture for fun. She rehabbed and sold houses before flipping houses was popular. She loved to bake, and her family loved eating her creations. Mary was a world class seamstress and made many of her own clothes, as well as her granddaughters'. As a single, working mother, she took great pride in sending her son to college and then to law school. More than anything, she loved her family and valued her role as a mother and grandmother.
Mary was deeply loved and will be forever missed by her family and all those who were privileged to know her. She was all the best things.
No public services will take place. All arrangements are being handled by Gary Kelley's Add'Vantage Funeral and Cremation Service, Tulsa.
Published in Poteau Daily News from Apr. 21 to Apr. 22, 2021.