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Alpha LaVada Palmer
Tahlequah Daily Press
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
June 15, 2011
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

TAHLEQUAH Alpha LaVada Palmer was born April 3, 1929, in Terrisita, to Mose and Barsha (Hobbs) Doyle. She departed this life on Sunday, June 12, 2011, in Tulsa, at the age of 82 years, 2 months, and 9 days.

LaVada grew up in and around the Peggs area, and graduated from Tahlequah High School. On Sept. 14, 1951, in Tahlequah, Alpha LaVada Doyle and Dee Austin Palmer were united in marriage. They lived in Tulsa for 17 years, where she was employed at Guys Potato Chips.

They bought a farm and moved to Peggs in 1968, where they lived and raised cattle. During this time, LaVada worked on the farm while Dee worked in Tulsa. Above all, she was a dedicated homemaker.

LaVada had been a part of Clear Creek Free Will Baptist Church near Peggs. She enjoyed working in the garden, loved flowers, and feeding hummingbirds.

She also treasured time spent visiting with friends and family on the telephone. LaVada will be missed dearly.

She is survived by her husband of over 59 years, Dee Palmer, of Tahlequah; three brothers, Wayne Doyle and wife Lois of Tahlequah, Tommy Doyle and wife Wanda of Pryor, and Robert Doyle of Peggs; three sisters, Delpha Harvey and husband Lloyd of Peggs, Reba Harvey and husband Max of Peggs, and Louise Barrington and Dale of Peggs; one sister-in-law, Ruby Doyle of Peggs; and she was survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

LaVada was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Wesley Doyle; and one sister-in-law, Earlene Doyle.

Services will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 15, at the Peggs Community Church. Rev. Rex Hendrickson will officiate. Burial will follow at the New Home Cemetery near Peggs. Services have been entrusted to the Locust Grove Funeral Home. People may leave thoughts, memories, or condolences at www.locustgrovefuneralhome.com.

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