Thelma Mae Coker passed away Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Midwest City.
Thelma Mae Coker passed away Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Midwest City. Her sister, brother, nieces with their spouses and a nephew were with her at the hospital. Thelma was born April 26, 1930, at the City Hospital in Shawnee to Frances Walker Coker and Thomas Coker. She was an enrolled member of the Sac and Fox Nation and was a member of the Deer Clan. Her Deer Clan name was Ahkathitah. Her mother was a full-blood member of the Sac and Fox Nation, and her father was a member of the Seminole Nation and Creek Nation. Her parents met at Chilocco Indian School, which was a military school for Indian youth.
Thelma spent her junior year in High School at Chilocco Indian School. However, she graduated from Pleasant Grove High School, located west of Seminole, in 1948. All her remaining sisters and brother also graduated at Pleasant Grove High School.
After receiving training from Neff’s Business College in Shawnee, Thelma worked at Tinker Air Force Base for 30 years, when she retired to take care of her mother, Frances Coker.
Surviving her are a sister, Mary F. McCormick of Seminole, and a brother Walter Larry Coker and his wife Joann Coker of Shawnee; adopted mother, Christine Williamson; adopted sisters, Marlene Ellis and Anna McKosoto Kilgore, and nieces surviving her are: Gwen Wilburn, Shirley Marie McCormick, Roseanna Preston, Johanna Smith, Ellen Ortega, Lina Ortega, Galle Rae Adkins, Bobbe Ann Tipton, and Gail Ruth Harjo. Nephews surviving her are Jason Larry Coker, Shawnee; and John London Coker, Shawnee.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel with William Bill Haley officiating. Burial to follow at the Thomas Coker Family Cemetery.
Wake services will be Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Swearingen Funeral Home Chapel from 6 to 8 p.m. with Rev. Dorsey Nero officiating.