TAHLEQUAH, Ok -- Norma Jean Reese Yahola , the daughter of George C. and Bessie (Dreadfulwater) Reese was born on November 25, 1952 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and departed this life on March 4, 2016 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 63 years, 3 months and 8 days.
Norma Jean enjoyed many things such as loafing with her niece, or junking with her niece and nephew, or going ''Honky Tonking''. She followed the Pumpkin Holler Boys as far as she could and enjoyed listening to them play and sing. She liked to cook and as many will tell you she was one of the best. She loved her grandkids and there was seldom a time when one of her grandkids wasn't with her. Norma Jean had a heart for children and even the neighborhood kids called her grandma. She loved her dog Josie Maria, and she thought of her as one of her kids. Norma Jean touched many lives and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Norma was a sophomore at Sequoyah High School in 1970 and was an employee on the cafeteria staff from 2000 until her passing in 2016.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters Frances Fields (Seq. 7th '61), Mary Ann Reese Ummerteskee, and John Ann Reese Gritts (Seq.Soph,'59); a son-in-law Brian Jumper Sr. and a granddaughter Darian Elizabeth Jumper.
She is survived by a loving family which includes her children Johnny Ray Yahola of Tulsa, Tina Marie Yahola and Felix Cruz of Spiro, and David Ray Yahola and wife Billie Jean of Tahlequah; her brothers George Sooner Reese and James "Joe" Reese (Seq.Cls.'65) and wife Pat all from Tahlequah; her sisters Georgia Reese Hogner (Seq. Soph.'60) and husband Robert and Juanita Wacochee and husband Alex Wacoche (Seq. Jr, '72) all of Tahlequah; 11 grandchildren: Talisha (Shug), Brian Jr. (Bum), Anna, Kara, Josh, Jake, David Jr. (Chooge), Mason (Kyle), Wesley, Native, and Isaac and 7 great grandchildren. Many nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives also survive her.