FORT GIBSON – Graveside services for Ahniwake Cherokee (Sanders) Courter will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at Fort Gibson National Cemetery under the care of Green Country Funeral Home. Officiating will be Athea Meigs.
Ahniwake Cherokee Courter was born Sept. 16, 1917, in Wauhillau, to James Pope Sanders and Betty (Duff) Sanders. She passed away March 14, 2013, at her residence in Park Hill, at the age of 95.
She attended Chilocco Indian Agricultural School from 1929 to 1936, and graduated from Hillcrest School of Nursing in Tulsa in 1945.
In 1945, Mrs. Courter enlisted in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps and was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., where she trained for duty in the South Pacific. After being honorably discharged in 1946, she moved to California and worked at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Santa Monica. It was there that she met and married William L. Courter in 1948.
She and her family moved to Tulsa in 1960, and she continued to work as a registered nurse until she retired in 1982 to care for her mother, Betty. After Betty’s passing, Mrs. Courter became a permanent resident of Park Hill.
Green Country Funeral Home, 203 S. Commercial Road, (918) 458-5055.