In Memoriam
Flodelle  Dyer
Sequoyah  Girls Advisor ~ 1950s - 60s

 


Flodelle Dyer

Flodelle Dyer  was born on April 26, 1901 in Durant, Indian Territory. She passed away on Saturday, May 8, 1999 at the Medical Center of Oklahoma in Durant at the age of 98.

     Miss Dyer received her Life Teacher's Certificate from SE Normal School in Durant in 1926. She taught in Durant Junior High School while working on her BA degree which she completed in  the summer of 1929 from Southeastern which was by then a college.

     She began her teaching career with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1935 and retired in December of 1965. She had taught at Concho for five years, Chilocco 19 years and Tahlequah (Sequoyah Vocational School)  for six years. Her summers were spent on special assignments of instruction teachers of the bureau schools in New Mexico,  Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Oregon.

     Music was always a very important facet of her life and having been taught by her parents  that talent was God given and should be shared, she used her talents long and wisely. She played for SS (Sunday school ?) assembly at the age of 13 when she and her family lived in Brownwood, Texas and was SS (?) pianist when she became a member of First Christian Church in Durant when she was 17.

     She was offered a job as a concert pianist while attending college but her father declared she was too young for that type of work. During the 20s and 30s she was allowed to have a paid position of providing music  for the visiting vaudeville shows which appeared in Durant. She recalled seeing the St. Louis Symphony, John Phillip Sousa and band, Leopold Godowsky and Madame Schumann-Heink. She once directed a chorus of 100 harmonica players during a one-week music festival.

     Miss Dyer was long active in civic organizations and clubs. Among those were PEO Fortnightly, Home Circle of the King's Daughters, and Sons, Ohoyahoma, Delta Kappa Gamma and the Chamber of Commerce. Her awards and recognition, too numerous to list, spanned many years of untiring work and leadership. Two of her favorites were Miss Durant (Choctaw Indian Princess) in 1925 and B&PW Woman of the Year in 1968.

     She was an avid fan of all local  programs at the college and was an ardent supporter of all college activates until poor health prevailed in her last few yes. She  was a member of First Christian Church for 81 years and served it willingly as pianist, choir director, soloist, circle participant and long member. She was also pianist for the Men's Bible Class for many years.

     Nurturing was second nature to Miss Dyer though she was never a wife or mother. This was made evident by the many students who remained in touch with her through the years and who fondly recalled the many kind and loving acts she bestowed upon so many. She was always a stabilizing factor within her immediate family, having love, encouragement and whatever was needed within immediate reach. if only one word were allowed to describe her, it would be LADY.

     Miss Dyer was preceded in death by her parents, her only brother and three sisters. Survivors include her sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Wilcher of Durant, three nieces of the Tulsa area and one cousin of Brownwood, Texas.