Former Shawnee City Councilwoman Marva Jean O'Neal died Saturday, March 12, 2016, at the age of 79. She was born March 8, 1937.
Marva Jean was born to George Roberts Sr. and Laddie Barkus on March 8, 1937, in Wewoka. She attended schools in Wewoka, graduating from Douglas High School in 1956.
She pursued her secondary education at Macintosh College in New Hampshire and later attended Howard University in Washington, DC. She moved to Boston, where she worked with the Internal Revenue Service. While living in Boston, she met and married the love of her life, Charlie Robert O’Neal. They later moved to Shawnee, where she worked for Mr. Leon Rodgers at Central Community Action Agency. Marva returned to Washington, DC, and worked for the US Postmaster General and the US Department of Transportation. She also worked for the late Robert Novak and the late Rowland Evans on the political television show “Crossfire.” After moving back to Oklahoma, she worked for the Federal Aviation Administration in Oklahoma City, from which she retired.
Marva served as a City Commissioner for Shawnee Ward 3 from 2004 to 2008. Charlie and Marva owned and operated Rob's Elite Cafe and the Sno-Shack on South Beard.
Marva leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband of 52 years, Charlie; her only daughter, Gloria Wallace-Hutchison (Larry); brothers, Rev. Anthony Watts (Patricia), Alvin Roberts (Vonnie), Milford Roberts (Janice), George Roberts Jr. (Carol); sisters, Georgetta Guess, Mildred Bert (Clyde), Mary Gray (Oscar); three grandchildren, Jasmine, Charity, and Jalon Wallace; one cherished great-granddaughter, Kyndal Jenkins; one beloved aunt, Curley Ann Lewis; cousin/brother, Russell Roberts; niece/little sis, Lavon King; step-daughter, Renee O’Neal; step-grandson, Nicholas Hutchison (Germana); two god-daughters, Phyllis Houston and Evonne Combs; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends.
A celebration of life will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 19, at Immanuel Baptist Church, 1451 E. 45th St., Shawnee. Burial will follow at Westwood Cemetery in Wewoka under the direction of Tempe and Sons Funeral Directors, Oklahoma City.
A public viewing is being held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, March 18, at Temple & Sons Funeral Home, in Oklahoma City.