Viola L. Harjo, 97, of Shawnee, passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at her home.

Viola L. Harjo, 97, of Shawnee, passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at her home.

She was born June 8, 1920, to William F. and Katie (Ellis) Harjo in Shawnee.

Viola attended South Rock Creek Schools. After high school she attended Chilocco Indian Agricultural School from 1935 to 1939. She graduated from Eastern Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical College in May of 1942 with an associate’s degree in science.

She married Roman Harjo on May 15, 1956, in Clovis, New Mexico, and he preceded her in death in 2006.

Viola worked as a seamstress at Wrangler for 10 years and 22 years for the Dry Cleaners.

She was a proud member of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe and was the oldest living tribal member. Viola loved to sew, listen to stomp dance and pow wow music and was a fan of Thunder basketball and her favorite player was Russell Westbrook.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roman Harjo; parents, William and Katie Harjo; five brothers, Clifford Harjo, Wilburn Harjo, Gilbert Harjo, Emmit Harjo and Richard Harjo; and four sisters, Jessie Harjo, Leona Harjo, Fanny Harjo and Juanita Harjo.

Those left to cherish her memories are three sons, Jimmie D. and Amy Harjo of Seattle, Washington, Benjamin Jr. and Barbara Harjo of Oklahoma City, and Jacob L. and Linda Harjo of Ada; daughter, Tawanna Harjo of Shawnee; five grandchildren, Debra Harjo Phillips, Kelle Pearce, Theresa Harjo, Twyla Blanchard and Laketa Harjo; seven great-grandchildren, Kyla, Ryan, Tyler, Dakota, Solomon, Kyerra and Erika; two great-great-grandchildren, Kayden and Amity; numerous nieces, nephews and other loving extended family and friends.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, March 30. Wake service will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 30, at Cooper Funeral Home Chapel with Kellos Walker officiating.

Service will be 10 a.m., Saturday, March 31, at Cooper Funeral Home Chapel with Kellos Walker officiating. Burial will follow at Vamoosa Cemetery under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.

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