In Memoriam
Ivy  Lys  Lehman  Dameron
Daughter of Laurence L. Lehman ~ Sequoyah teacher  1940s-50s-60s

  TAHLEQUAH -- Services for  Ivy Lys Dameron  will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004, at Saint Brigid Catholic Church, with Father Ken Iheanacho leading the mass. Interment will follow in Tahlequah City Cemetery, under the direction of Reed-Culver Funeral Home of Tahlequah.

Ivy Lys (Lehman) Dameron was born April 22, 1927, in Fredrick, Md., to Laurence and Ivy (Dent) Lehman. She passed from this life Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004, in Tahlequah at the age of 77 years. Ivy was first a wife and mother, but the community of Tahlequah will remember her for other accomplishments. She earned her bachelor of science in education in 1948, when women were still a minority in the work place. She chose to stay home with her children and supported her husband's teaching and acting careers. 

She taught her children the love of creativity, to seek knowledge, to believe in themselves and to be confident in their choices; to challenge limitations and to love life, each other, God and all of God's children. Ivy was loving, faithful, creative and optimistic; she was absolutely fearless and met each of life's challenges head on. Ivy was a doting and faithful daughter, a role model and confidant to her eight siblings.

She was an author, poet, playwright, artist and sculptor. She was a columnist for the Tahlequah Daily Press for 15 years. Each week thousands of readers would turn first to the Sunday edition to read "Smoke Signals." It was a column rich in descriptive details of the community and family life that touched the lives of many Cherokee County families.

Ivy was involved in many organizations, clubs and activities. Among those include, The Tale Bears Writers Group, The Fortnightly Study Club, We Care Cancer Support Group, Tahlequah Community Playhouse and Take Off Pounds Sensibly.

Ivy enjoyed singing in operas while in her prime, she wrote many poems and plays, including the play "Shades of Death" which won Best Play of the Year for the 1991-'92 season. She loved to cook, hated housework, liked to take walks, drink coffee with her friends and share luncheons with her lady friends at the newest restaurants and then let the rest of us know how it was.

Ivy leaves all who knew her enriched by her memory. She will truly be missed.

Ivy was preceded in death by her son, John Starr Dameron, age 6.

Survivors include her loving husband John Dameron of the home; her daughters, Gigi Westfall of Claremore, Fleur May and husband Kerry of Stafford, Va., and Valerie Rakes and husband Randy of Atlanta, Ga.; her sons, John Dameron Jr. of Anadarko and Paul Dameron and wife Robin of Tishomingo; three sisters, Barbra Ayames, Dianne Barrette and Jackie Davidson; five brothers, Lowell Lehman, Stretch Head, Larry Lehman, Lyle Lehman and Leslie Lehman; grandchildren, Michael Sean May, Kristy Michelle May, Katherine Dianne May, John Alexander Westfall, Jenna Westfall Scott, Matthew Randolf Rakes, Joel Starr Dameron, Samantha Dameron, Danielle Darie Dameron, Stephanie Jacqueline Dameron and Timothy Caleb Dameron; seven great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Samantha, Mollie, Zachariah, Cheyene, Chloe and Jonna; and many friends, neighbors and loved ones.