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Wasa Lee Tyner

© Examiner-Enterprise, Bartlesville, OK
June 24 to July 24, 2012
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre




Wasa Lee Tyner entered her heavenly home on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A Wake will be held Sunday, June 24, 2012 at the Ottawa Pow Wow Grounds in Miami, OK Interment will be on Monday, June 25th at the Peoria Tribal Cemetery in Miami. Arrangements are under the direction of Walker-Brown Funeral Home.

Wasa Lee was born January 5, 1929 in Quapaw, OK to Jessie B. Cochran and Lillie Mabel Ross. She was raised in Miami, OK and attended school at the Seneca Indian Boarding School in Wyandotte, continuing her education at Haskell Institute in Lawrence, KS. She was of Cherokee, Shawnee and Peoria American Indian descent.

Wasa Lee and her husband Roy established their home in Dewey, OK in the 1950's and have been residents since that time. She was very active in the Native American Church organizations and enjoyed attending New Hope Indian Methodist Church. She was a lifelong OU Sooner fan, loved Elvis, enjoyed listening to the blues and a bingo fanatic. Her fondest memories were taking her grandchildren to Disneyland and visiting Graceland.

She was honored with citations by the State of Oklahoma and the Sac N Fox Chapter of the Native American Church for her lifelong service. She was also the Honored Elder during the IICOT Pow Wow 2008 and crowned the Ottawa Elder Princess in 2010.

Wasa Lee is survived by three sons; Michael Tyner and wife Linda of Stillwater, Dwight Tyner and wife Tammy of Tahlequah and David Tyner of Dewey. Three daughters; Lenora and husband Robert Adams of Bartlesville, Lilly Tyner and Ed Trowbridge of Dewey and Lisa and husband Steve House of Dewey. She was blessed with twelve grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. Two sisters; Esther Rogers, Julie Ann Bender and one brother, Leonard Rogers all of Quapaw, many nieces, nephews and numerous relatives.

Wasa Lee was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Alfred Tyner, two grandsons, Ronald Charles Watts and Ronald Joseph Watts and two great-granddaughters, Kalah Dawn Watts and Angel Alene Watts.


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