Tahlequah Daily Press


June 10, 2014

Anna Belle Byers-Silk

COOKSON — Funeral services for Anna Belle Byers-Silk will be held on Tuesday, June 10, at 10 a.m. at the Reed-Culver Chapel with Pastor Charlie Young officiating. Interment will be held at Cookson-Proctor Cemetery in Cookson. Visitation was held on Monday, June 9, at Reed-Culver Chapel from 10 a.m. until 8 a.m. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.reedculver.com.

Pallbearers for Anna Belle include her grandsons, Mark Linch, David Linch, Tommy Joe Linch, T.J. Girdner, Brent Perry, Nick Silk, and William Silk.

Anna Belle Byers-Silk was born on March 25, 1931, in the Pigeon Community, the daughter of Nick and Charlotte (Pigeon) Byers, and would grow up in a household of 10 children. She attended school at Pigeon.

On May 4, 1947, she married the love of her life, Earnest Edgar “Rascal” Silk. This union was blessed with 54 years and five wonderful children, Bernice, Houston, Wynice, Linda, and Ricky.

Anna Belle was a loving wife and mother by choice. There was nothing more important to her than her family. She dedicated herself to making a home for her family, and was the friend and neighbor everyone liked to visit. Her door was always open and the smile on her face was always there. She possessed a wonderful sense of humor and had a way with people that naturally made them feel at ease. She was an accomplished cook and you could never get enough of her chicken and dumplings, fried chicken, coconut cake and pie, and her berry cobblers. Holiday dinners were always special when she made her homemade dressing.

She liked to play bingo and was often at the Senior Citizens building in Cookson making quilts for those that needed the warmth. She loved her friends and was always a welcome member at every gathering. She adored her grand, great-grand, and great-great-grandchildren and was always keeping up their many activities. Anna Belle was a Christian by faith.

The Lord called this wonderful wife, mother, and friend home from her labors on Saturday, June 7, in Tulsa, with her family gathered by her side. She was 83 years old. She will be greatly missed by her family and her many friends.

Anna Belle is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rascal Silk in 2001; three brothers, Charlie Byers, Ed Byers, and Joe Byers; and her three sisters, Fanny Anderson, Lillie Bishop, and Regina Leep.

Those left to cherish her memory include her five children, Bernice Willsey of Coweta, Houston Silk and wife Carolyn of Red Boiland Springs, Tenn., Wynice Girdner and husband Red of Hungry Mountain, Linda Anderson and husband Craig of Warner, and Ricky Silk of the home in Cookson. She leaves three sisters, Nancy Hatley of Oklahoma City, Betty Lowery of Tahlequah, and Virginia Hiest of Tahlequah. Her legacy lives on in her 10 grandchildren, Mark Linch, David Linch, Tommy Joe Linch, Susan Supernaw, Nick Silk, William Silk, Christina Regan, Pennie Brown, T.J. Girdner, and Brent Perry. She leaves 18 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and loved ones.

Reed-Culver Funeral Home, 117 W. Delaware, 918-456-2551.

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