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© Published in Cherokee, OK. Messenger & Republican
Thursday, November 3, 2005
Submitted by: Sylva Rhodes

Okeene, OK. -- Graveside service for Bernice Wilma Beckwith Leslie, 84, was Friday at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery southwest of Aline, OK., with Pastor Jay Drawbridge officiating. Arrangements were by Lanman Funeral Home. She died Oct. 25, 2005 at Okeene Hospital.
She was born Dec. 17, 1920, near Aline, OK. to Alonzo Gilbert and Stella Alma Corson Beckwith. She grew up near Aline and moved with her family to Cherokee, OK. where she graduated from Cherokee High School. She was employed as a line supervisor by Birdseye Frozen Food Company (now Kraft General Foods) while living in Oregon. She moved to Alva, OK. and became charge aide at Share Rest Home, the job from which she retired. She had lived in Okeene at Summit Living Center for 12 years.
She is survived by a daughter, Wilma Alvarez of Portland, Ore.; a sister, Stella Rose of Bella Vista, Ark.; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two husbands, Tomie Robbins, Sr., and Thomas Leslie; three sons, Tomie Robbins, T. W. Leslie and Walter Lon Leslie; a daughter, Ruth Leslie; three brothers, Gilbert Beckwith, Garnett Beckwith and Lonnie Darrell Beckwith, and a sister, Gladys Newman.

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