Tahlequah Daily Press

July 17, 2013

Emma J. Webster


TAHLEQUAH — Services for Emma J. Webster will be held on Thursday, July 18, at 10 a.m., at the Reed-Culver Chapel with Rev. D.J. McCarter officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 17, at Reed-Culver, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Interment will be held at Johnson Prairie Cemetery.

Pallbearers for Emma are her grandsons, Colton Webster, David Webster, Blake Blakley and James Drywater; son-in-law, Juan Holguin; and son-in-law, Glenn Blakley.

Emma J. Webster was born on March 30, 1927, in Cherokee County, and attended Oaks Mission School in Oaks. Emma retired from the Cherokee Nation, also working many years for Doctor and Dorthene Pointer as well as Shirley Boatwright. Whenever she had time, Emma loved to do needlework and did beautiful embroidery and made quilts for her family. Emma enjoyed reading the daily paper, clipping out the articles which featured her grandchildren, or working crossword puzzles. She took great pride in her Cherokee Heritage and not only read her Cherokee Bible and sang Cherokee Gospel music, she volunteered her time teaching the Cherokee Language to others. Emma had a wonderful sense of humor and a witty personality. She enjoyed traveling with family and friends and loved shopping. Her children and grandchildren were a great source of pride and she delighted in watching them participate in sports or play in the yard.

A Christian by faith, Emma was a member of the Elm Tree Baptist Church in Tahlequah. The Lord called Emma home from her labors on July 14, 2013, in Tahlequah, with her family by her side. She was 86 years old. Emma will be greatly missed by all of her family and her friends.

Emma is preceded in death by her sons, Ronnie Dale Webster and Bobby Lee Webster; brothers, Joe Sands, Richard Sands and John Sands; and sisters, Mary McIntosh, Lucy Drywater and Lizzie Grass.

Those left to cherish Emma’s memory include her loving children, Gary Lee Webster and wife Barbara of Tahlequah, and L.D. Drywater of Tahlequah. Her daughters include Sandy Smith Rock and husband Juan Holguin of Tahlequah, Peggy Fredrick and husband Scott of Grove, and Brenda Blakley and husband Glenn of Tahlequah. She leaves one sister, Katie Hendricks of Langley. Her legacy and love of life lives on in her 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and loved ones.

Online condolences for her family can be posted at www.reedculver.com.

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