TAHLEQUAH, Ok -- Funeral services for Irene Griffin-Coultas , 94, were held Friday, June 30th, 2017 at Reed-Culver Chapel with Pastor David Weins officiating. Visitation was Thursday, June 29th, at Reed-Culver Chapel. Interment followed at Tahlequah City Cemetery
Irene Griffin-Coultas was born on July 26th, 1922, in Griffin Bend, out by Pettit Bay, Keys, the daughter of Richard and Ellen Lucinda (Cookson) Griffin. She grew up with two brothers: Louie and Tom and two sisters, Cora Bell and Brownie. She attended Chilocco Indian School near Newkirk, OK, and upon graduating, attended college classes.
She met and married her husband, William Robert Coultas on June 27th, 1946 in Long Beach, CA. This relationship was filled with many happy memories until Bill's passing in 2006.
After Bill left the military, they operated the Sequoyah State Park Grocery for years. Irene, or Ike to her many friends, then worked at the Sequoyah High School cafeteria (1966-1981) , and she loved every minute of the kids being around her.
She loved to spend her spare time working in her vegetable garden and canning her own produce. Her Thanksgiving dinners were nothing short of spectacular! There was nothing better than an evening out square dancing with Bill. She was always ready to go fishing or sit in on a good game of pitch. She was quiet and reserved and possessed a sense of humor that was subtle. She liked crosswords and puzzles of all types. Ike and Bill never had children of their own, so they enjoyed every moment with their nieces and nephews and their families.
Bill passed from this life in 2006. Ike continued living in the area and eventually moved to Muskogee. A Baptist by faith, the Lord took his good and faithful servant home from her labors on June 24, 2017 in Muskogee, OK. She was 94 years old. She will be greatly missed by all those lucky enough to call her friend.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Bill, mother, father, two brothers, Louie and Tom Griffin and two sisters, Cora Bell Ray and Brownie McGehee.
Those left to cherish her memory include her nephews, Bobby Ray and Joe Thomas in Nashville, TN and two great nieces, Lucinda Humphrey and Samantha Whitworth, as well as many friends and a host of loved ones.