|Birth: ||Apr. 25, 1931|
|Death: ||Dec. 31, 2013|
A celebration of the life of Dora B. Wilson will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 1st Southern Baptist Church in Peggs. Visitation will be Friday from 1-7 at the funeral home with family receiving visitors from 5-7.
Burial will follow with the final hand shake in Neugin Cemetery under the direction of Rice Funeral Service.
Dora passed away Tuesday, December 31st. She was 82.
Born in Hulbert, OK on April 25, 1931 to Simon and Rebecca Spears Welch, Dora was raised and educated in Lost City, OK. She attended an all Indian girls academy called Wheelock – where the importance of her Indian heritage was suppressed and her native language was not allowed to be spoken. Dora continued her education by receiving an Associate's Degree from N.S.U. in Tahlequah.
Dora moved to the Claremore area in 1957 and this area was where she chose to raise her family.
Dora's first child Eddie was born with some limitations and she dedicated her whole life to taking care of him. Even though this created a hardship, Dora never failed to let her other children know that her love and care for them were of equal importance.
A single mom, she supported her family by cooking in many of the local restaurants – Howard Johnsons on the turnpike, Will Rogers Hotel, and finally retiring twice from the Hard Rock Casino. Many diners were unaware that they were having some of Dora's famous yeast rolls with their meal.
Being raised by her grandfather when times were hard, he instilled in her a frugalness that she utilized throughout her life time. Her grandfather also taught her a respect for the U.S. Military and the sacrifice they paid for her freedom.
Canning was also a lifelong skill he taught her. As a young girl she would take the left over new potatoes, put them with green beans, can them and then place them under her bed.
In her free time Dora never sat idle. She loved to make quilt tops, do embroidery work, read, or pick blackberries and wild onions. She also loved to cook for her family - pot roast and biscuits being one of their many favorites.
Dora's grandchildren were also a special treat and the word "Grandma" became one of her favorites to hear. Special times with them included days at the creek or a pow wow where she was determined to pass down her Indian heritage to them.
This mother, grandmother, and friend will be missed by all whose life she touched.
Dora is survived by her children, Edward Compton, Dwight Compton and wife, Janice, Janet Space and Denise Spears; grandchildren, Christina Walker and husband, Bryan, Cynthia Aquirre and Michael Moone, Rose Compton, Brandon Compton and wife, Heather, Misty Cottom and husband, Tim and Peggy Dean; 17 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dora is preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Victoria Wilson, son, William "Pat" Wilson, sister, Lee Anna Anderson, grandson, Lenny Miller and great great grandson, Bow Hunter Waymire.
Created by: Abby Normal
Record added: Jan 03, 2014
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I would like to have a legacy imported into the life of Dora Belle Welch Wilson. She left me with teachings, history, spoken truths not found in text books, or researching the Indian heritage, for she was the true full blood of the Cherokee Tribe decedent...(Read more)|
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