Tahlequah Daily Press


June 11, 2014

Stella Mae Coon-Flute

TAHLEQUAH — Funeral services for Stella Mae Coon-Flute will be held on Wednesday, June 11, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Bill Holcomb and Steve Campbell officiating. Visitation was held on Tuesday, June 10, from noon until 6 p.m. Wake service was from 6 to 7 p.m. Online condolences may be left for her family at www.reedculver.com.

Pallbearers for Stella include Nathan Boyd, Kendall Lee-Daugherty, Austin Lee, Stephen Coon, T.J. Jordan and Ryan Galcather. Honorary pallbearers include Bobby Lee, Darryl Begay, Joe Galcather, Victor Moses, and Joseph Moses.

Stella Mae Coon Flute was born on March 26, 1937 in Adair County, the daughter of Joe and Nancy (Campbell) Coon. She graduated from Sequoyah High School, was crowned Queen of the Cornstalks and received a scholarship which allowed her to attend nursing school in Albuquerque, N.M., where she obtained her LPN degree.

She met Richard Begay and they married on Aug. 12, 1959. She returned to the Tahlequah area where she worked briefly at Tahlequah City Hospital Before she began working as a public health servant for the Indian Health service at W. W. Hastings Hospital. She was employed at W.W. Hastings Hospital as a surgical technician until she retired in 1995.

She married Famous Cole Lee and together they raised a family of five children; Darryl, Ella, Terry, Tammy, and Bobby. Stella was never one to sit and watch the world go by. She had the personality of everyone’s best friend. She was happy, cheerful and a joy to be around. Her humor was the best and she had a way of making everyone feel welcome in her home. She was gifted in the kitchen and you knew you were in for a treat if she made her fried chicken, spaghetti, or one of her wonderful peach or berry cobblers.

She was proud of her Cherokee heritage and worked as an interpreter for clients at the hospital as well as anywhere she was needed. She was a devout Christian, Baptist by faith, and was a founding member of the Johnson and Pritchett Baptist Church, now known as the Rocky Mountain Baptist Church. She loved Gospel music and enjoyed singing the old Cherokee hymns.

The love of her life was her family. She adored her children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and spent as much time as possible watching their sporting events or enjoying a meal with them. She married Levi Flute in October 1981 and they enjoyed family life together until his passing in May of 1982. After her retirement from W. W. Hastings, Stella continued working in home health and hospice nursing, treating those in her care like family.

The Lord called this good and faithful servant home from her labors on June 6 in Tahlequah, with her loved ones by her side. Stella was 77 years old. Her loving manner and sweet smile will be greatly missed by all of those who knew and loved her.

Stella is preceded in death by her parents; her son, Terry Lee in 2011; four sisters, Martha Coon Scott, Mary Jane Galcather, Bobbie Seay, and Mazola Galcather; and two brothers, Joe Coon Jr., and Wilson Campbell.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving children, Darryl Begay and wife Susan of Pittsboro, Ind.; Ella Begay of Coweta; Tammy Lee of Gainsville, Fla.; and Bobby Lee and wife Jamie of Tahlequah. Her legacy lives on in her eight grandchildren, Matthew Begay, Haley Begay, Austin Lee, Trenton Lee, William Lee, Dalton Lee, McKenzie Lee, Kendall Lee-Daugherty, and Kinsey Lee; as well as 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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