|Birth: ||Nov. 7, 1913|
|Death: ||Jun. 9, 2006|
*. .*Lu Celia Rose (Roberts) Wise (92)
Lu Celia Rose was born November 7, 1913 in Kingston, Oklahoma to loving parents, Rose and John Roberts.
Lu Celia met George Wayne Wise, a traveling candy salesman.
They were married in December 3, 1940 in the home of friends in Oklahoma City. They moved to Tulsa, OK and George got a job as a draftsman for Wells Surveys.
Lu Celia Wise is a native of Oklahoma of Indian descent who has been a teacher, an engineering department presentation artist, and presidents of a corporation. Her art work and gift lines were marketed internationally for many years.
As author/artist and publisher, Lu Celia wrote and/or illustrated sixteen books and two teacher's guides. One of her books, Oklahoma's official bicentennial book, "Oklahoma's Blending of Many Cultures", was adopted twice as an Oklahoma history textbook. It is the only book kept inside the time capsule on the State Capitol grounds in Oklahoma City. She was invited to present her book in Washington D.C. during one of the Bicentennial Celebration Festivities.
Lu Celia Wise was commissioned by the State Department of Education to write and illustrate three books on three reading levels on the Indian Cultures of Oklahoma. These books utilize the art of more than twenty of Oklahoma's outstanding Indian artists, as well as some of her own art work.
Lu Celia also wrote the real life stories, with personal photographs, of Oklahoma's First Ladies. This is the official book which is coordinated with the "First Ladies Gown Display" on the second floor of the Kirkpatrick Center in Oklahoma City. As a volunteer for the Arts and Humanities Council's "Artist in the schools" and other programs, LuCelia has given over 300 presentations in schools across the state. She has conducted Symposiums and Teachers Institutes on various subjects at Gilcrease and other locations in Oklahoma and Texas.
Lu Celia was a board member of the National Hall of Fame for Famous American Indians. She organized the Oklahoma Historical Society's Indian Heritage Committee and served as its chairperson for several years.
One of the most enjoyable experiences for Lu Celia was her involvement with the Oklahoma State Historical Society. She served on the board for more than 15 years and was elected to serve as Board Member Emeritus.
In the fall of 1996, Lu Celia was honored by an invitation to participate in an exhibit of the works of "Women in Action" (Women Innovators) in Houston, Texas. This was an event sponsored by the League of Women Voters in ten cities of the United States. The project began at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. One or two women from each of the states surrounding the 10 cities participated. Lu Celia was the only one selected from Tulsa on one of two selected from the state of Oklahoma. Eighty-eight thousand people viewed the exhibit of her book inside the main library.
Lu Celia has served as President of State President of several organizations including, Pro-America. George and LuCelia enjoyed traveling and participatin in the International Club of Tulsa. She enjoyed programs and camaraderie as she attended the Omni Book Club.
After high school, Lu Celia attended teacher's college and began her teaching career in Putnam City. She spoke of the fondness she had for the kids and enjoyed their affection for her. Stories from this period include, playground duty, being threatened to have her job, by an unruly boy from a prominent family, and putting on plays, making costumes and taking part on stage.
Lu Celia began her work in Sinclair's engineering department. As the first and only woman she took a lot of ribbing and enjoyed the good natured teasing volley. It was here that Lu Celia saw opportunity to design and market a line of executive business gifts which focused on the Oil Industry. She started her first company "Oil Originals" and had numerous artistic employees. For years, her creations were sold out of a showroom in the Dallas "Market". Items ranged from lighters, desk sets and wall art with a theme of geological to her signature Oil Drops and miniature scaled pumping units that had motion.
From here, her entrepreneurial interests moved her to the book and publishing area. Her strong commitment to education, coupled with her interest in American Indian History and her artistic talent brought forth educational books, coloring books and then history books. Lu Celia designed a new curriculum and materials for teaching Oklahoma history. In these books, she succeeded in showcasing only Oklahoma owned or produced artwork. She joined her talents with Margaret Zehmer Searcy and created the Indian legend story books for children. Endless hours were spent researching libraries all over the state for materials for "Oklahoma's Blending of Many Cultures".
Services for Lu Celia will be 2:00 P.M., Monday, June 12, 2006 in Moore's Eastlawn Chapel with interment rites 3:00 PM, Tuesday, June 13, 2006 in Memorial Park Cemetery in Oklahoma City.
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George Wayne Wise (1912 - 2000)*
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