Beatrice Oosahwe © Tahlequah Daily Press
January 23, 2013
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
Kanohe ----Beatrice Oosahwe was born on 19 may 1930, near Money Bean Hollow to Stephen and Sallie Oosahwe. Upon her arrival on this earth, she had two brothers who cared for her (Andy and Wilson). Later her two sisters would come and a younger brother. Beatrice attended school till the 8th grade at Shady Grove School. She raised two sons during her early years and after her sons went out into the world, she continue to contribute to society as Master seamstress, homemaker, church worker, singer, gardner, and cooker of fine fried pies. She also was a part time teacher of Cherokee language to prospective missionary workers. She was a fine athlete in her time as she competed with her brothers in games of competition. She was fine user of the blow gun.
Beatrice was the matriarch of the Oosahwe family. With the passing of our matriarch, the oosahwe family lost her knowledge of the ways of tribal medicine, customs, beliefs, family history, and stability as a confident of life situations. The Cherokee Nation and Keetoowah band also lost a fluent speaker/writer of the Cherokee language and historian. She was revered as a teacher of the language and knowledge of origin of meaning for certain words.
Some of her lifetime joys included church attendance, speaking, singing and writing of the Cherokee language. She loved to travel. She traveled to North Carolina to look for our family background history and exchanging language vocabulary with native speakers of Cherokee North Carolina. She traveled to the deserts and mountains of Arizona to visit her granddaughters and grandson. Earlier in her life she visited the Pacific Ocean in California and later on the tourist attraction of Nevada. In her spare time, she was master quilter and seamstress. Some of her quilting brought her fame and notoriety for her skill.
Her greatest joy in life was her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She spent as much as possible time with her family.
She was lifelong member of the Tahlequah Indian Baptish church but her heart belonged to New Hope baptish church were most of the her relative reside or live. Her father was longtime pastor of New Hope church where she learned all the protocol of being a good religious person based on the teaching of her Dad.
As she travels on to the creator/God, she leaves a foundation of her life's teaching. Because of her, we know our Cherokee language. We know our Cherokee ways. Because of her, we know what it is to be loved. We know how we are supposed to treat other people. Because of her, we are better cooks and better sewers. Because of her, we know what is it means to have family and to laugh. BECAUSE OF HER, WE ALL ARE BETTER PEOPLE. And because of that, you who are here can attest to her values and can celebrate her life and her journey to heaven.
She will be joining the rest of her family as she would want it to be.
She is preceded in death by her Parents, 3 Brothers: Andy Oosahwe, Wilson Oosahwe, Stephen Oosahwe a Half Brother William Mckee and a Great-Grandson Butch Oosahwe.
Beatrice is survived by her 2 Sons: Leon Oosahwe and wife Linda of Pawhattan, KS, Kenneth Oosahwe and wife Diane (Wood) of Locust Grave, OK; 3 Grandchildren: Keokuk Oosahwe, Evening Star Yellowfish, Quannee Oosahwe; 2 Great-Grandchildren: Kai Perkins, Reignen Yellowfish and many nieces as well as host of friends and other loved ones.
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