The Pryor Times


April 27, 2013

Obituary- Melba Demaree

Funeral services for Melba Bess Myers Faulkner Demaree, 85, Tulsa, formerly of Locust Grove, are Friday, April 26, 10 a.m., at Fellowship Bible Church in Tulsa. Pastor Eric Bryan will officiate and burial will follow at  2 p.m. at Hogan Cemetery in Locust Grove. Guests are encouraged to celebrate Melba's love of country hospitality by wearing country-casual (hayride/weenie roast attire) to the service. Visitation is Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fellowship Bible Church, 5434 S. 91st St. in Tulsa. Services are under the direction of Key Funeral Home in Pryor.

Demaree was born on Oct. 9, 1927, in Tulsa to William Chester and Helen Viola (Loeffler) Myers. She died April 23 in Tulsa.

Demaree grew up and attended school in Tulsa, graduating from Central High School in 1945. She married Alexander Joseph Faulkner Jr. on Aug. 11, 1946, and from their union came two sons, Joe and Steve. They made their home in Tulsa. "Daddy Joe" was killed in an accident in 1953 leaving her, at the age of 25, a single mother to two young boys.

She married John James Demaree on March 10, 1956. He had two daughters, "Tina" and Angela; together they had three children, twin girls, Barb and Betsy, and son John. Their family became a real life “Yours, Mine and Ours.” The family moved to Locust Grove in 1968. She loved her children and loved being a homemaker. She was involved in the lives of her kids, whether it be watching them play sports, involved in Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, and the myriad of church activities. She loved the outdoors, enjoyed hayrides and roasting marshmallows by a campfire. She she was supportive and involved with her family when they were young and as they grew up and started families of their own. She was someone they could always count on to be there for them anytime they called.

Demaree enjoyed Bible study groups and ladies’ groups with her church friends and also helped support many missionaries all around the world. She was a longtime member of the Open Door Bible Church in Locust Grove. After moving to Tulsa in 2008, she became a member of the Fellowship Bible Church. She was an avid knitter and loved to crochet. She made hundreds of pairs of slippers over the years for her family and friends, crocheted many afghans for her family, and a wide variety of other crafty items as well.

Survivors include seven children, Joe (Mary) Faulkner of Highland Village, Texas, Steve (Elaine) Faulkner, Angela Demaree, Barb (Jeff) Goss, Betsy (John) Catrett all of Tulsa, John (Kathy) Demaree of Locust Grove; grandchildren and great grandchildren, Alex (Victoria) Lazar and their children Eliot and Abby of Houston, Texas, Jeff (Tracy) Faulkner and their sons Reed and Graham of Singapore, China, Alycia (David) Routzon and their children Trey and Bryce Goldsmith of Highland Village, Texas, Larry (Robin) Faulkner and their children Alex, Blake and Caroline of Tulsa; Jeremy (Shannon) and their children Colin and Grant of Tulsa, Jeff, Jon and Josh Goss of Tulsa, Lars (Jenn) Gwartney and their children Afton, Harper and Thatcher of Broken Arrow, Len (Shelley) Gwartney and their children Rylan and Kennley and a third baby due  in October, Lance (Stephanie) Gwartney of Tulsa, Lark (Tristan) Gwartney and their sons London and Luca of Riverside, Calif., Luke (Jill) Gwartney and their son Law of Tulsa, Kelsey Demaree of Arizona and Dustin and Hailey Hull of San Francisco, Calif.; sister, Helen “Pat” Bartlett of Tulsa and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents  W.C. and Helen Myers, a still born sister, first husband Alexander Joseph Faulkner Jr., second husband John James Demaree, step-daughter, Justina Kay Demaree and twin great-grandsons Isaiah Tate and Gavin Daniel Gwartney.

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Christ For Humanity, P.O. Box 580127, Tulsa, OK 74158-0127.


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