LOCUST GROVE, OK -- Juanita Louise Osage Bighorse was born July 23, 1934, in Kenwood, OK to Frank & Bessie (Hughes) Osage. She departed this life on Friday, February 3, 2017 at her home in Locust Grove at the age of 82 years, 6 months, and 11 days.
Growing up, Louise attended grade school at Smith Chapel near Rose, OK. She graduated Sequoyah Vocational School with the Class of 1955. While in high school, she met the love of her life, Franklin Bighorse (Seq. 6thgrade-1947 to middle 1950s). On November 7, 1959, in Tulsa, Juanita Louise Osage & Franklin E. Bighorse were united in marriage. They were married for 57 years. Louise lived in Locust Grove most of her life, except for several years spent in California, while her husband was serving in the United States Marines Corps.
Louise worked for Red Devil in Pryor for 26 years as a Supervisor. She later worked for Gates for 8 years, & then Cherokee Nation Head start for 3 years, finally retiring in 2004. Louise was a charter member of the Country Baptist Church in Locust Grove. She had served as a Sunday school teacher, deaconess, as well as Women on Missions Director. Louise loved to serve others & was a grandma to everyone she met. She was the best cook & pie maker around. Louise loved her husband, children & grandchildren dearly & will be missed by all that knew & loved her.
Louise is survived by: her husband Frank Bighorse of the home; 3 sons: Mark Bighorse & wife Clara of Stilwell, OK, Randy Bighorse & wife Stacey of Locust Grove, OK, & Terry Bighorse of Locust Grove, OK; 9 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; 2 sisters: Phyllis Osage Doty (Seq. Class of 1956) of Locust Grove & Annabella O'Canas of Pryor; 2 brothers: Johnny Osage (Seq.Jr 1958) & wife Sue of Locust Grove & Steve Osage of Locust Grove; Numerous other relatives & a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; 1 son, Edward Bighorse; 1 brother: Frankie Osage; & 1 brother-in-law: John Doty.
Wake services were held Monday, February 6, 2017 at the Locust Grove Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 7th at Cornerstone Outreach Church in Locust Grove. Reverend Keith Marler and Reverend Rick Kiddy officiated. Interment followed at McClain Cemetery in Locust Grove.