In Memoriam
Phyllis  Ann  Hornett-Deerinwater
Sequoyah Alumni Partner

TULSA -- Phyllis Ann Hornett-Deerinwater was bborn Oct. 21, 1943, at the Fort Apache Agency Hospital in White River, Ariz., the daughter of Frank and Winnie Hornett, and she passed away June 23, 2004, in Tulsa.

Phyllis graduated from Wyandotte High School, and went on to receive her associate's degree in nursing from Bacone College in Muskogee. During her 30-year nursing career as a registered nurse, Phyllis worked for the Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah City Hospital, Muskogee Regional Medical Center, and most recently, Muskogee Hometown Hospice as a case manager. She was a great nurse and was always willing to help teach and mentor those interested in nursing. 

Phyllis was a former member of the Okahoma Federation of Indian Women, and was honored to be chosen the 1998 Indian Mother of the Year and the 2002 Outstanding OFIW Member. She also served as the director of the 2002 Miss Indian Oklahoma Scholarship Pageant.

Her father, Frank Hornett, preceded her in death.

She is survived by her loving family: Two daughters, Julie Deerinwater and Marissa Deerinwater-Pourier of Tahlequah; one son, Joel Deerinwater of Tahlequah; the father of her children and lifelong friend,  William Deerinwater  ('59) of Tahlequah; her mother, Winnie Hornett; and one granddaughter, Makiya "baby"; as well as a host of cherished relatives, loved ones and friends.

Phyllis was very proud her wisdom, encouragement and loving support. They were able to share many happy life occasions that will be treasured always.

Mom, we love you! You will forever be in our hearts and minds.