In Memoriam
Bessie  Ivora  Baker  Stoker

Bessie Ivora Baker Stoker , 85, passed away on Tuesday, July 2, 2002 in Talihina, Oklahoma. She was born July 11, 1916 near Weathers, Oklahoma.

     Bessie was a full-blood Choctaw and attended the Tuskahoma Female Academy at Tuskahoma, Oklahoma, Wheelock Academy near Millerton, Oklahoma, Sequoyah Orphan Training School at Tahlequah, Oklahoma and St. John Hospital School of Nursing in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

     She worked for 34 years as a Registered Nurse at what was then the Choctaw and Chickasaw Hospital, which later became the Public Health Service Indian Hospital and is now the Choctaw Nation Health Care Center in Talihina, Oklahoma. She retired from there in February 1973.

     She was preceded in death by her father, Logan Baker, mother, Mary A. James Baker; husband, Carl Elmer Stoker; two brothers, David Baker and Samuel Baker, and four sisters, Winnie Baker Jones, Emma Baker Jones, Amanda Baker and Elizabeth Baker.

     Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Jane Carlene Stoker Pearce and Jerry Edwin Pearce of Talihina, Oklahoma, and one grandson, Christopher Daryl Pearce of Tulsa.