|Birth: ||Oct. 16, 1920|
|Death: ||Jan. 4, 2011|
Gunter K. Anderson
The Tahlequah Daily Press Thu Jan 06, 2011
TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee artist and basket weaver Gunter K. Anderson passed to the world of enchanted baskets at noon on the Jan. 4, 2011.
She was born Gunter Payne Kinsey on the Oct. 16, 1920, at Kinsey on Grand River three miles north of Salina in Mayes County, to Ernest Vail Kinsey and Sallie Mayo Morgan. She attended schools in Salina, Sapulpa, Cleveland and Terlton. She was a student at Oklahoma A&M College, where she was elected as freshman queen in the fall 1938.
She married Jimmie Edward Anderson of Cushing on Nov. 3, 1940, at Tip in Mayes County. They lived in Chandler, Fort Sam in Houston, Fort Benning, Ga. and Pryor, before establishing permanent residence in Cushing.
Two children were born to this marriage: Nicholas in 1941 and Sallie in 1942. In 1983, Gunter and Jimmie Anderson established Euchee Valley Memorial Park, just east of Cushing. After Jimmie's death in 1993, Gunter continued to operate the cemetery until 2000, when she passed the responsibility to her children.
In 1997 at the age of 77, Gunter discovered her natural talent as a basket weaver. Since then she produced many beautiful and intricate baskets. One of her baskets was honored with first place in the national Daughters of the American Revolution Arts and Crafts Contest.
Mrs. Anderson was a longstanding member of Cushing's Presbyterian Church, a past member of Geographic, Hypatia and PEO and was a current 50-year member of DAR, Oklahoma Native Basket Weavers Association and a charter member of the Cherokee Artist Association. She was also lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. She will be missed by many.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Vail Kinsey Jr.; her husband, Jimmie E. Anderson; and her grandson, James W. Frazier Jr.
She is survived by her son Nick Anderson and wife Kathy of Haysville, Kan.; her daughter Sallie and husband Jim Frazier of Cushing; grandson Phil Frazier and wife Chasity of Amarillo, Texas; and granddaughters, Beth and husband Preston Underwood of West Des Moines, Iowa; Robin and husband Rick Allford of Amarillo, Texas; and Kristine and husband John Mertes of Cushing; seven great-grandsons and two great-granddaughters.
A memorial service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Cushing. Interment will be held at Euchee Valley Memorial Park Cemetery during Easter weekend. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Presbyterian Church Women's Association, Cushing.
Arrangements are entrusted to Palmer Marler Funeral Home, Cushing. Condolences and online guest book are available at www.palmermarlerfh.com.
Palmer Marler Funeral Home, 800 S. Linwood, Cushing, 918-225-2500.
Ernest Vail Kinsey (1881 - 1943)
Sallie Mayo Morgan Kinsey (1888 - 1977)
Jimmie Edward Anderson (1916 - 1993)
Euchee Valley Memorial Park
Maintained by: Sallie Frazier
Originally Created by: Alice Huitt Preston
Record added: Jan 10, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64001203
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