Cuma Elizabeth Painter, 86 years, 11 months and 11 days old, died on Feburary 18, 2018, at a local nursing center.
Visitation will be tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bishop Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bishop Funeral Service with Chaplain Jarrod Peterson officiating. Burial will follow at Tannehill Cemetery.
Cuma was born on March 7, 1931, to Andy and Versie Thomas Roberts, of Calvin. At 16, she moved to Tannehill with her family.
She was married to Clarence "Peck" Painter from 1949 to 1972 and they had four children. Phyllis, Randy, Ronald and Penny. Her number one priority had always been her children.
She worked at Komar & Sons for 30 years, retiring in 2001.
Cuma accepted Christ into her heart and was baptized in front of her four children in 2004. She loved being a member of the "AMEN" section at Peaceable Valley Church where she attended faithfully until she was no longer physically able.
In 1974 she became a "Mema" with the birth of her first granddaughter. She was known as "Mema" to everyone. Mema loved her little dogs, gardening, cooking, reading and her soap operas. Everyone knew not to call when her soaps were on - she'd "call you back". She was known for her wonderful cooking. Even when she was forced to use a walker, she was always trying new recipes. Her cooking was well known. Nobody could ever make chicken and dumplings, dressing, raisin pie, divinity and peanut rounders like Mema!
Cuma is survived by her sister, Wyneman Maynard, of Conroe, Texas, and her children, Phyllis Williamson and husband, Randy, of McAlester, Randy and Sheri Painter, of Grand Junction, Colorado, Ronald Painter, of McAlester, and Penny James and her husband, Larry, of Pinetop. Nine grandchilden, Kristen and Andy Solheim, of Phoenix, Arizona, Shawn and Cheri Painter, of McAlester, Brian Doyle, of McAlester, Chad and Emily Painter, of Grand Junction, Colorado, Wade Doyle and Meagan, of McAlester, Cody Painter and Ashley, of Grand Junction, Colorado, Whitlie Painter James, of Hartshorne, Jade Painter, of McAlester, and Dawn Michelle and Luke Pomaville, of Skiatook; a special lifelong friend, Danny Santino, of McAlester, and 13 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephew, and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Andy and Versie Roberts; her brother and sister-in-law, L.D. and Alice Roberts; a brother-in-law, Delano Maynard, and nephews and grand-nephews, Rick and Drew Maynard.
Active pallbearers will be Shawn Painter, Jade Painter, Brian Doyle, Wade Doyle, Billy Ray Henry and Leroy Conner.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Roberts, Aaron Roberts, Jimmy Painter and Larry Conner.
Published on February 20, 2018