Sequoyah High School ~ School Secretary
TAHLEQUAH, Ok -- Services for Elizabeth Coffee , 83, of Tahlequah, will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7, in the Green Country Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Brother Dennis Sixkiller. Serving as pallbearers are Leonard Coffee, David Coffee, Steven Coffee, Vincent Sarren, Robert Veales, and Sam Scott. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Coffee and Robin Coffee. Interment will follow in the Greenleaf Cemetery under the care of Green Country Funeral Home.
Elizabeth Coffee attended First Indian Baptist Church in Tahlequah.
Elizabeth was shown the power, the love and mercy of our Lord and Savior and our Father, giving her understanding and faith in God our Father and in Jesus our Lord and Savior, through Hebrews 4:12-16.
Elizabeth Naoma Johnson Coffee was born Oct. 27, 1923, in Albuquerque, N.M., to Harpley and Amy Johnson.
Her parents and brother, Fred, preceded her in death. Her father, Harpley, was a Creek Indian from Okmulgee, and her mother, Amy, was a Yankton Sioux from Wagner, S.D.
Also preceding her in death was a granddaughter, Leigh Michelle Coffee Solomon; her daughter Darlene of Bellingham, Wash.; and a grandson, Sean Ray Birdtail Sarren. Elizabeth passed from this life at her residence in Tahlequah on Nov. 4, 2006.
Elizabeth lived around the Okmulgee area for 17 years, graduating from a country school at Nuyaka before graduating from Haskell Institute, now known as Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kan. She went on to work for two years as a secretary/receptionist on the Hualapai-Havasupai Indian Reservation near Kingman, Ariz. She was also employed for two years as secretary/receptionist in the Military Service Department at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City. She and her family moved to an area near Lawrence, Kan., and after 15 years, returned to Oklahoma, settling in Tahlequah in 1963. She was employed at Sequoyah High School in November of 1967; with the Bureau of Indian Affairs for 18 years; and with the Cherokee Nation for nine years, holding positions as secretary/receptionist and registrar, and retiring in August 1994 as records management specialist.
Elizabeth’s enjoyment in life were her children and their families, and spending all the time she could with them. They all enjoyed going on picnics and cookouts at the lake and home. To her, Tahlequah was a beautiful place. She enjoyed living here and working at SHS, where she met many wonderful students and staff.
Elizabeth is survived by seven children: Leonard Coffee; David Coffee and wife Nora; Robin Coffee; Linda Sarren; Deena Johnson and husband Sam of Tahlequah; James Coffee and wife Mary of Dodge City, Kan.; and son Steven Coffee and wife Janelle of West Siloam Springs.
She is also survived by 11 grandchildren: Lindsey Coffee of San Jose, Calif.; Elizabeth Houser and husband Stephen of Carl Junction, Mo.; Christopher Coffee and wife Amy of Lenexa, Kan.; Elaine Veales and husband Robert; Crystal Drywater and husband Matt; Kelly and Eric Vann; Vincent Sarren and wife Nova of Tahlequah; Jody Sarren of Miami; Jamie Settlemyer; and Donald Coffee of West Siloam Springs.
She is survived by 15 great-grandchildren: Tracy Luella, Peter Andrew, Dale Solomon Jr.; Asheley, Stephen James, and Jonathan Wesley Houser; Brandi Sioux and Shalia Shay Sarren; Nahni Jahlize; Skylar, Briona, and Aaron Settlemyer; Cameron Dewayne and Naomi Danae Veales; and Keeper James. She is also survived by a special granddaughter, Amy Weaver Romo and husband Keegan, and her daughters Emily Rene Romo and Kaytlynn Romo. She also had eight step grandchildren.
She is also survived by two sisters, Ginger Johnson Gaither and husband Tom, and his sons Neal and Dylan; and Dee Crawford and husband Paul, and son Christopher and daughter Michelle, with her son Kyle, of Fort Worth, Texas; and a host of other relatives, friends, and loved ones.
Green Country Funeral Home, 203 S. Commercial Road, Tahlequah ~ 918-458-5055.