In Memoriam
Juanita  Ruth  Beaver
Sequoyah  High  School ~ Student 1950s

     OKMULGEE, Ok --  Juanita  Ruth Beaver Kelly , (Seq.Class of 1955), a longtime resident of Okmulgee, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, Aug.4, 2010 at the age of 72. She was born Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1937 to George Coser, Sr. and  Abbie Leaster Cummings in Claremore, Okla. 

She  graduated  in 1955 from  Sequoyah Vocational School , Tahlequah and retired from St.John’s Hospital as a nurse’s aide where she worked for over 30 years.

She was a devoted Christian since early childhood and encouraged her children and grandchildren to follow her path. She supported  her family’s choice of  religion and raised them to appreciate and enjoy both the Christian and ceremonial ground ways of life. 

She was a member of the Okmulgee Indian Baptist Church and Okmulgee Indian Community. Juanita enjoyed playing the piano, gospel singings, traveling and sewing. She enjoyed the fellowship with her family and friends at the churches and ceremonial grounds. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren that she actively helped raise, she instilled the importance of education to each one. 

She was a avid OU football fan.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom Beaver and Abbie Leaster Cummings; father, George Coser, Sr.; sisters, Nancy Bruner and  Joycetta Bark; brothers, Skipper Tiger and Robert Tiger and daughter, Ramona Butler; brother-in-law, Wesley Butler, sister-in-law, Leta Marshall and aunt, Hettie Tiger. 

Survivors include her children: Roger D. Butler and wife, Marina of Bowlegs, Ronald D. Butler and wife, Shirley of Coweta, Randall G. Butler of the home, Ruth E. Day and husband, Paul of Ponca City, Julia Mendoza of Tulsa, Christine Butler of Tulsa and Andy Butler of Hanna; brothers, Prentice Tiger and wife, Alta of Tulsa, George Coser, Jr. of  Glenpool, Dr. Pete Coser of Stillwater, Wayne Coser of Okmulgee and Joe Wallace Bruner and wife, Rachel of Lamar; sisters, Lonnie Tapia and husband, Arnie of Seattle, Wash., Izora Carter of Okmulgee, Doreen K. Murray and husband, Johnny  of Hanna, Sharon Neil and husband, Rick of Broken Arrow, Louise Wisdom and husband, Johnsey of Tulsa, Charlene Keah-Tigh of Miami, Georgia Coser Frye of Muskogee and Nettie Harjo of Okmulgee; grandsons, Cory Butler, Gannon Brown, Brandon “B.J.” Butler, Earl S. Howe IV, Colton Butler, Brent Butler, Ryan Butler, Dakota Marshall and Prudencio Mendoza; granddaughters, Rayna Thornton, Tia  Brown, RaeLynn Butler, Shannon Hart, Amy Lynn Barnett, Ashley “Honey ” Butler, Elaina Howe and Becky Butler; sixteen great grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends.

 Wake Services were Thurs., Aug. 5th at the Shurden-Jackson Funeral Home in Okmulgee and Fri.., Aug. 6th at the Belvin Baptist Church in Okmulgee.  Funeral Services were Sat., Aug. 7th at the Shurden-Jackson Funeral Home in Okmulgee with Pastor Will Hill and Reverend Joe W. Bruner officiating. Burial followed at the Hanna Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Robert Smith, Matt Wisdom, William Gouge, Dennis Simpson, Sterlin Harjo, Rufus Gould, Mike Wisdom and Vincent Thomas. Honorary pallbearers were her grandsons.