Matilda Gertrude Groundhog
Sequoyah High School ~ 1930s
Funeral services for Malinda Gertrude GROUNDHOG KEYS , 88, of Stilwell, Ok. will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, 1999 at Reed-Culver Chapel, under the direction of Rev. Jess FRENCH and Rev. Dale WILSON. Burial will follow in the Ross Cemetery under the direction of Reed-Culver Funeral Home in Tahlequah.
Pallbearers will be Tracy GLORY, Sam BARDELL, Tommy BRANNON, Andy SELLERS, John R. SELLERS and Dickie SELLERS. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill NEWTON, Bill WALLS, Tom SPEARS, Junior HENDRIX, W.I. CRAIG and L.A. CRAIG.
Mrs. KEYS was born June 14, 1911 at Stilwell, the daughter of Joe L. and Nancy GRITTS GROUNDHOG, and she passed from this life on June 20, 1999 at Tulsa.
She attended Stilwell Schools and Sequoyah Orphans Training School. She married Alfred "Cunnie" KEYS in Welling. Mrs. KEYS was very active at the V.F.W. Auxiliary #3707, the American Legion Auxiliary #135 and the Hastings Hospital Auxiliary. She was a former Sunday School teacher at Eldon Baptist church and a long-time member there.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband on December 23, 1956, one son and his wife, Jimmy R. "Rusty" and Pat KEYS; one brother, George GROUNDHOG (Seq. Emp 1950s) ; one sister, Mary Groundhog SELLERS (Seq. Std. 1930s) ; and one grandson, Darrell KEYS.
She is survived by four daughters, Naomi, Fannie, Julia and Charlene, all of Okla.; two sons, C.B. of Colorado and Jack of Arizona; one brother, Dennis GROUNDHOG (Seq. Cls '36) of Portland Or.; seven grandchildren, Nancy of Md., Dennis, James and Cindy of of Okla., Louis of Penn., Kelly of Arizona, Jackie of Ill., and John; and three great grandchildren, Lindsey Tyler and Jodi.