Sep. 18, 2011 Lawton Comanche County Oklahoma, USA
ELGIN Funeral for Nell Yvonne (Oberly) Wahahrockah, 76, Elgin, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Comanche Nation Funeral Home, Lawton.
Nell went to be with her Lord Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, in Lawton, after a brief illness.
Prayer service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Burial will be at Deyo Cemetery, west of Lawton.
Yvonne was a proud member of the Comanche Nation and the Osage Nation. She was born June 29, 1935, in Walters, to Eva (Winnerchy) Oberly and Acey Oberly Sr. She grew up in Walters, and was the eldest of nine brothers and sisters. Yvonne graduated from Cameron College later in life and always encouraged her children and grandchildren to get a college education. She met her husband (Melvin) Louis Wahahrockah in Lawton and they had four children together and reared their granddaughters: Phyllis Wahahrockah-Tasi and Cecily Serna. Yvonne and Melvin were married in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1952 and were married for 48 years. Yvonne worked at Fort Sill Indian School, and when the school was closed she transferred to Riverside Indian School, where she retired. She was the editor for the Comanche Newsletter and hosted the Native American Indian Program at KSWO. She also worked at the Community Action Program. Yvonne was a Lifetime member of the Walters Service Club. Yvonne enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. She had a great sense of humor. Her hobbies included shopping (Wal-Mart), reading, attending dances and Indian gatherings, and watching her children and grandchildren participate in athletics and school activities. She always had an amusing story and a smile to share.
Yvonne was preceded in death by her parents, Eva and Acey Oberly Sr.; her husband, Melvin; and a brother, John.
She is survived by her children: Ramona Pahcheka and her husband, Paul; Eva Asenap and husband, Ted; Glenn Wahahrockah and his wife, Kelly; and Mari Lynn Lavatai and husband, Tomasi; and special son-in-law and caretaker, Teddy (Mack) Burgress Sr.; her brothers: Acey Oberly Jr. and wife, Thelma, of Wapato, Wash.; Frank Oberly Sr., of Norman; Martin Oberly and wife, Linda, of Yukon; and Gary Oberly and wife, Jackie, of Norman; sisters: Jackie Seymour, of Walters; Margaret Kelley, of Fort Gibson; and Sara Oberly, of Portland, Ore.; her grandchildren: Gary Burgess, Elton Burgess, Teddy Burgess Jr., Miguel Rivera and Myrna Rivera, Moway Wahahrockah, Aleesia Wahahrockah, Gerald Wahahrockah Jr., Desiree DeVine, Sara Serna,Yvonne Serna, Galu Lavatai, Alofaifo and Fialele Lavatai, great-grandchildren: Brandon, Tre, Aubrey, Leanna, James Talia, Mariah, Alyssa, Ruby Rose, Amiya, C.J., Adrianna, Ivan, Reyna and Deja; numerous nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law: Bernadette Oberly, Thomasine Kawaykla, LaRue Parker and Wendy Pope; and special relatives: the Tippeconnic and Weryavah families.