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Willie Mae Childress, 78, of Eufaula, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, at McAlester Regional Health Center.
Visitation will be today until 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 2 p.m. at Round Mountain Church near Gore with the Rev. Mike Perry officiating. Burial will follow at Round Mountain Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Brumley-Mills Funeral Home of McAlester.
Pallbearers will be Jeremy Kennedy, Johnathon Church, Michael Allison, Brian Schlehuber, Braden Schlehuber and Ricky Peoples.
Willie Mae Childress was born on May 14, 1938, in Sequoyah County, to Edgar and Flora (Cowet) Peoples, and was loved by her step-father, Roy Holeman. She grew up in Sequoyah County then lived in Fort Gibson for a while.
She married Howell Childress on Sept. 26, 2001, in Indianola, and they lived in Muskogee for several years and recently moved to the Eufaula area.
Willie Mae worked as a secretary for a number of years. Her favorite activities were spending time with her family, especially her grandkids, and she loved to go fishing.
She was a member of the Assembly of God Church.
She is survived by her husband, Howell Childress, of the home; her children, Norma Betts, of Wagner, Shelley Church, of Indianola, Kathryn Crutchfield and husband, Steve, of Wagner, John Edward Owens, of Tulsa, JonAnn Esponge and husband, Eric, of Kansas City, Missouri, Debby Pack and husband, Eulan, of Sapulpa, Brenda Schuessler and husband, Carl, of Muskogee, Donnie Cook and husband, Dennis, of Ward, Arkansas, Connie Schlehuber and husband, Brian, of Tulsa, and Stacy Smith and husband, Todd, of Glen Haven, Florida.
Also numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. A sister, Geneva Foreman and husband, Lloyd, of Vian; a brother, Johnny Peoples and wife, June, of Vian, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two children, Vicky Nail and John Winter, and a brother, Charles Peoples.
Published on January 6, 2017
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