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Lois R. Collier
Tahlequah Daily Press
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
October 14, 2011
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

Services for Lois R. Collier, 86, of Tahlequah, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m., in the Green Country Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Terry Stone. Pallbearers will be Randy Jones, Roger Cole, Dusty Jones, Tyler Jones, Trent Jones and Mike Matthews. Honorary pallbearers are Ed Knighten, Clyde Moore, Bob Ferguson, Bob Martin, Jimmy Martin, Charles Bynum and John Lutz. Interment will follow in the Tahlequah City Cemetery, under the care of Green Country Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at tahlequahfuneral.com.

Lois R. Garoutte was born Aug. 24, 1925 to William Wesley Garoutte and Ida Francis (Pruitt) Garoutte on a farm near Black Bird Creek north of Tahlequah. She passed away Oct. 12, 2011 in Tahlequah.

Lois attended school at Double Springs and Grandview until her family moved to Broken Arrow where she completed high school. Lois worked as a telephone operator for some 35 years. She then became a food nutritionist at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa until her retirement. She spent her retirement years sewing and making ceramics.

She married Jesse Arnold Collier, Oct. 9, 1943, in Broken Arrow with the Rev. James C. Dodd officiating. Lois was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Broken Arrow most of her life, and later transferred her membership to Twenty-Nine Eleven Church in Tahlequah. Lois loved going to church and reading her Bible. She was always a witness for the Lord wherever she went. She loved her family dearly and prayed daily for them.

Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Arnold Collier; her parents, Wes Garoutte and Ida Garoutte; one sister, Pauline Knighten; one brother, Bynum Garoutte; and a very special sister-in-law, Eunice Stephens.

She is survived by one daughter, Yevonne Loftin and husband Jim; granddaughters, Jamie Cole and husband Roger, and Anita Jones and husband Randy; great grandchildren, Dusty Jones, Tyler Jones and wife Kendra, Trent Jones and wife Jennifer, Brittni Cole, Leslie Cole and Chris Cole; and great-great-granddaughters, Harlow Jones and Makenna Ford, all of Tahlequah, as well as many nieces, nephews and a host of friends and loved ones.

The family would like to express their gratitude for your kindness, expressed through thought and deed. A special appreciation goes out to the staff at Cherokee County Nursing Center for the wonderful care and love of Lois while she resided there. Also, thank you, to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Tahlequah City Hospital for the exceptional care and tenderness they gave during Lois' stay.

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