Tahlequah Daily Press


June 17, 2014

Edith Suzanne Saunders Kight

TAHLEQUAH — Edith Suzanne Saunders Kight, former resident of Tahlequah, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 15, at her home in Gilbert, Ariz.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 20, at 11 a.m. at the Abundant Life Fellowship in Tahlequah, followed by a brief burial service at the Ross Mayes Cemetery in Salina, where Edith will be laid to rest beside her husband William (Bud) Kight.

Edith was born May 3, 1926, in Medford, Ore., to Frank Hicks Saunders and Hallie Maude Railsback Saunders, and married her husband William Hershell (Bud) Kight in Medford, Ore. on Dec. 31, 1943.

Edith is survived by one brother, Alfred Lee Saunders, and his wife, Alice; two sons, David Allen Kight and his wife Julieta (Jeep) Brittain Kight, of Gilbert, Ariz., and Raymond Joseph Kight and his wife Delores (DeeDee) Kight of Beaverton, Ore.; grandchildren, Paula Kight Lunn, Toni Kight Searles, Jesse Kight, and Joshua O’Kerns; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Edith is preceded in death by her husband, William Hershell Kight; a daughter, Patricia Suzanne Kight; a grandson, William Raymond Joseph Kight; and her parents and three sisters.

Edith’s lifelong career and calling was that of wife, mother and grandmother. She also worked as a teacher of art and music in the Salina Public schools after graduating from Northeastern State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She served as president and vice president of the Association of Classroom Teachers, and as president of Tahlequah’s Senior Citizens Center. She was also a member of the Moody Extension Homemakers, and she and her husband were members of the VFW in Salina. Edith was a lifelong member of the Christian church, and served and worshipped faithfully at her church wherever she lived. She will be sorely missed.

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