Tahlequah Daily Press


December 12, 2006

Gracie Catron

TAHLEQUAH – Gracie Mae Catron was born Oct. 9, 1946, in Welling, to Raven and Martha Holmes Feather.

One of six children, Gracie had two sisters, Retha and her husband Richard Catron and Faye and her husband Mike Deason; and three brothers, Sammy Beamer, Randy and his wife Brenda Feathers, and Joe Feathers.

Gracie Mae was married to Calvin Catron for 38 years until Calvin preceded her in death. Gracie and Calvin raised a family of five children: Alvin Catron and his wife Jennifer, Betsy and her husband Larry Bluebird, Julianne and her husband Jeffery Kizzia, Calvin Catron Jr. and his wife Kelli, and Amy and her husband Steven Silcox.

Gracie was a loving individual, generous with her things to everyone, and loved to laugh. She doted on her grandchildren, every one of them - Heather, Kayla, Alvin Jr. and Candie Catron, Larry, Calvin Terris, Mitchell, Uriah Bluebird, Rebecca and Prudencio, Rebba and Jon, Chalia, Raven, Keicia, Randy, Katia, Patrick, Courtney, Saray, Brittney Catron, and great-grandchildren Kandace and Prudencio Tavera III. Gracie worked hard during her life holding jobs at W.W. Hastings Hospital; Gentry, Ark., and Decatur, Ark.; Greenleaf Nursery; and Apple Tree Learning Center. She loved to travel and see new places and things.

Everything was a wonder to her, and she never got tired of going someplace new and would get excited about going - as excited as her grandchildren would get - and that would make her laugh, which she also loved doing. Laughing and finding humor in most everything was just Gracie; she would laugh, and all those around her would smile and laugh with her. Going camping, dancing, riding horses and coloring with her granddaughter Candie brought great joy to Gracie and to everyone else, too. Gracie loved pets and had several, including her dog Lillie, as well as turtles, birds and horses, and she loved to collect rings - all kinds - and she collected a lot of them; hundreds in her lifetime.

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Cities should be allowed to raise their mimum wages, but not states.
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