In Memoriam
Ina Brady - 1961 TAHLEQUAH-Funeral services for Ina Elizabeth Brady , 87, of Tahlequah, were held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2002, at the Reed-Culver Funeral Home, with Rev. Charles Keim. Officiating. Burial followed at the Downing Cemetery in Baron Ok, located in Adair County near Westville.

     Pallbearers included Sherman Coombes, Jimmy Cochran , Larry Freeman, Lindel Adair, Phillip Logan , and Jack Parnell. Honorary pallbearers are Amon Baker and Cecil Shipp.

     Ina Elizabeth Brady was born July 29, 1915, at Baron, the daughter of Wade and Cleo (Duncati) Brady, and she passed from this life on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002, in Tahlequah.

     Ms. Brady graduated from Westville High School, and then attended Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kan. She then transferred to Oklahoma A&M in Stillwater. She taught a few years in Colorado before moving to Tahlequah, where she was in civil service as a guidance counselor in the boy's department at Sequoyah High School . She attended Southside Baptist Church in Tahlequah.

Ms. Brady was preceded in death by her parents. 

     She is survived by a sister, Zelda Rains and husband Earl, of Tahlequah; and a niece, Earleene Rhoades and husband Ron, of Catoosa. She also leaves behind several cousins and friends.

Sad News From Tahlequah

     Ms. Ina Brady (87), a long time dorm matron at Sequoyah, passed away on Sunday morning, Sept. 22nd, 2002. Her funeral was Wednesday Sept. 25th in Tahlequah. Among those in attendance were former Superintendents Edwin S. Moore and Amon Baker; other alumni were Leroy Wolf, George Duvall, Robert Sanders, Geraldine Morgan and Mable Sanderson. My brother Jimmy Cochran and Amon were pall bearers. 

     She was laid to rest in the little town of Baron Ok. Baron is a small community located just north of Stillwell, on the highway to Westville; it's where she was born and grew up with her sister, Zelda Rains. 

     She came to Sequoyah in 1951 and for many years was a large part of life in the boy's dorms at Sequoyah. She started out working with the big boys in the Units and moved to Home One when Mrs. Trent retired in 1952.

     She lived in an apartment on the first floor 5 days a week, so she was a full time matron to all the grade school boys. She became a second mother to many of us and to some of us the only mother.

     I was in the 3rd grade when she came to Home One. I remember how she made sure we were clean after our showers. She would sit at the exit, check our ears, feet and hair and send us back until we could pass inspection. She would make sure we had clean underwear and clothes that fit, in each of our clothes boxes.

    The clothes boxes were like large post office boxes mounted on a wall and each kid had a box; when the laundry came in, it would be sorted, so that each kid had a complete set that fit and the sizes would be changed as we grew.

    She was a large woman and she could scare the heck out of us grade schoolers. We sometimes referred to her as "Battle Axe Brady", but never in her presence.  She never married and she considered all of us "her kids", especially those of us who were in Home One before the little kids moved to Seneca.

    Ruby and I visited her whenever we were in Tahlequah and through those visits, found out that we hadn't fooled her near as much as we had thought.  She let us get away with a lot of stuff that was just kids growing up. 

    When we would visit, she would tell us about other Home One kids and what they were doing now. Quite a few kept in touch and you know how it is, we all seem to be related in some way and when one contacted her, she would find out about the others.

     She had lived in Tahlequah since her retirement sometime in the 1970's. She was a fine lady and will be remembered by all the guys who lived in the boy's dorms, especially those of us who grew up in Home One. 

Charles Cochran ~ Class of 1960