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Cherokee Municipal Cemetery

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Submitted by: Jo Aguirre


Linda Lou Cushenbery was born to Robert John Failes Jr. and Esther Bernice Coulter Failes on September 2, 1941, in Cherokee, Oklahoma. She was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. She left this world after a brief illness on December 29, 2021, at the age of 80. She grew up five miles north of Cherokee on her family's farm. She was a member of the Driftwood First Baptist Church and attended her first three years of school at Driftwood Schools, then finished out her school years at Cherokee Public Schools, graduating in May 1962.

On Christmas Eve 1959 she married Dale Arnold Cushenbery. They made their home in Cherokee, where they resided all their lives. To this union five children were born: Michael, Rodney, Brenda, Deborah, and Sharon.

Linda worked most of her life in the food service industry, doing everything from washing dishes to running her own café for 12 years. It was located at Cherokee Sales Company, where she found her love of cooking. So many fond memories and life-long friendships were made in that little cafe.

Linda is survived by her three brothers, Kenneth Failes and wife Marcia (of Cherokee), Larry Failes (of Cherokee) and James Failes (of Midwest City); four children, Michael Cushenbery and wife Doris (of Broken Arrow), Brenda O'Connor and husband Bob (of Lockwood, Missouri), Deborah Dunn and husband Roy (of California, Missouri), and Sharon Tullis and husband Brian Coons (of Seiling). She is also survived by grandchildren Joshua Cushenbery, Molly Blew, Jared Prewett, Jamie Weymoth and Byron Steier (all of Seiling); Christopher Dunn (of Fulton, Missouri), Kayla Dunn (of Tebbetts, Missouri), Vicky Kemphor (of California, Missouri), Carson Tullis, Payton Tullis, Keaton Tullis and Rachael Jones (all of Seiling) and 18 great-grandchildren. Linda had many special friends throughout her life, but Debra Engle was at the top of her list.

Linda is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Esther Failes; Dale Cushenbery, her husband of 46 years; sister-in-law Bobbie Ann Failes; son Rodney William Cushenbery; and granddaughter Bonnie Lee Prewett.

Memorial service will be Thursday, January 6, 2022, at 1 p.m. at Lanman Funeral Home Chapel in Cherokee. A gathering of family and close friends will be held directly after the memorial service at the Baker Building in Cherokee. Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home Inc. of Cherokee. Online condolences may be made at http://www.lanmanmemorials.com.

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