October 8, 2013

Obituary-Elizabeth Blackwell

October 8, 2013

PRYOR, OK — Funeral services for Elizabeth Ann “Liz” Blackwell are 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Pleasant View Baptist Church, Pryor, with Pastor Gerald Pilant officiating. Burial will follow at Oakhaven Memorial Gardens, Claremore. Visitation will be held  at the Musgrove Merriott Smith Funeral Home Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

She died Fri., Oct. 4 at Hillcrest Hospital, Tulsa, at the age of 80.

The daughter of Earl Nick and Flora Ena (Montgomery) Dooley was born Feb. 5, 1933, at the family home outside of Chouteau. One of seven children, she helped on the family farm, and attended Chouteau schools where she played basketball.  She married Jesse Allman Blackwell on March 12, 1950. They traveled for several years before making their home in Claremore. She worked at the luggage factory, and then went to work for the Dollar Store in Claremore. They moved to Pryor in 1971, and she went to work for the Dollar Store in Pryor as the manager.  She worked there for many years, and then went to work for Ranch Supply.  She later went to work for Fabricut as a seamstress making custom drapes.  

Blackwell loved being active outdoors. She loved fishing and riding her lawn mower.  She always grew a large garden and raised flowers, enjoyed genealogy which she shared with her daughter.  She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of 1812, Daughter of Indian Wars, Rogers County Cherokee Association, First Families of the Cherokee Nation, First Families of Indian Territory, and the Pocahontas Club. She also shared a love of beadwork with her daughter. She was a beading artist, TERO certified through the Cherokee Nation, and sold many of her pieces. She enjoyed raising dogs and playing the organ at home.

Blackwell was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse, in 2003,  son Jack, parents,  brother Nick Dooley and sister Carolyn Sue “Judy” Couch.

She is survived by her children Gary Blackwell and wife Debbie, and Kathy Robinson and husband Louis all of Claremore; siblings Reta Curl of Vinita, Earl Charles Dooley and wife, Janice of Afton, Jim Dooley and wife, Betty of Chouteau and Harvey Dooley and wife, Chualla of Westville; grandchildren Edward Blackwell and wife Jessica, Susan Kline and husband David, Steven Blackwell and wife Jennifer, and Kevin Blackwell and wife Jessica; step-grandchildren Eagle Robinson and wife Laura;   great-grandchildren Justin, Ethan, Ashley, Austin, Logan, Ayden, and Korbyn and step-great-grandchildren Eagle, Jr. and Locke.

Leave your memories and view her tribute online at www.mmsfuneralhomes.com.

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