Nioma Ludean Yott, or Lu as everyone knew her, went to be with her lifetime friend Jesus Christ on Feb. 13, 2017.
She leaves behind the love of her life, George Yott, to whom she was married for 60 years. They met in McAlester while George was stationed at the McAlester Navy Base. When George received orders to leave she agreed to go with him as long as he promised to bring her home eventually, and he did. George and Lu's adventures in the navy cris-crossed them across the nation and they weathered being separated for seven Mediterranean cruises during a total of 22 years of navy life.
Lu's life changed forever when Freda Mullins introduced her to Jesus and she began her walk with him.
George brought Lu home and together they raised their three children, Ken, Tracy and Julie.
Lu taught religious education and worked with the youth of both Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hartshorne and St. John's Catholic Church in McAlester.
She was one of the founding members of the Oklahoma Cursillo movement, sharing her love for Jesus with women from all over the state.
Lu worked for Farmer's Home Administration for five years. After her time there, she worked for Phoenix Federal.
Lu loved to travel and spent her retirement years planning and sharing in wonderful trips with her family and friends.
She was proud of her Chickasaw heritage and loved Native American art.
She is survived by her husband, George Yott; her brother, Milton Hogan, of Tulsa; sister, Mildred Thompson, of Haywood, and a sister-in-law, Barbara Yott, of Fairlawn, Ohio. Three children and their spouses, Ken and Cheryl Yott, of McAlester, Ken and Tracy Matthews, of McAlester, and Julie and Danny Brennan, of Tulsa. She was loved dearly by 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Bishop Chapel of Memories led by Deacon Danny Brennan.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at St. Joseph Church in Krebs, celebrated by the Rev. Kingsley George-Obilonu. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery in McAlester.
Pallbearers will be Allen Mann, Al Ross, Ron Monsour, Josh Jeffries, Vince Greuel and Tim Sullivan.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Derischweiler, Joe Massaro, Phillip Stizza, Bob Woolman, Bob Basolo and Paul Zoeller.
Arrangements are entrusted to Bishop Funeral Service and Crematory of McAlester.
Published on February 15, 2017