|Birth: ||Oct. 10, 1856|
|Death: ||Mar. 25, 1965|
The Daily Oklahoman
Hundreds Mourn Jay Woman, 108
JAY - A thousand said a final goodbye
Sunday to Mrs Jennie Birdchopper,
Cherokee Indian who lived to the age
of 108 before her death Thursday.
"It was the biggest funeral we've had
around Jay in a number of years,"
Carroll Lawson, funeral director, said.
"It took an hour for the mourners to
file past the casket."
The funeral in Cloud's Creek Baptist
Church, south of Jay in Delaware County,
followed a night-long farewell to the
Cherokee matriarch by Indians in her log
cabin on the banks of Cloud's Creek, 15
miles southwest of Jay.
Lawson said the body was taken to the
cabin Saturday on the 260-acre farm so
the Indians could hold their night-long
Mrs Birdchopper, born Oct.10, 1856,
near what is now Colcord, Okla., never
learned English. Despite her age, she
still wore no glasses and died with her
The woman, who spent her life living
close to nature, was buried in Cloud's
Creek Cemetery - still close to nature
under the elms and dogwoods.
Her husband, known only as
"Birdchopper," died 41 years ago. Her
mourners include three sons, Mike, Noah
and Claude, and two daughters, Lila and
Mrs Sarah Foreman, all of whom lived on
the farm. One of the daughters shared
the log cabin with her mother. The other
children lived in a modern house nearby.
Indians from a four-state area also were
among the mourners, as well as a number
of non-Indians, Lawson said.
Thirteen grandchildren and 11
Clouds Creek Cemetery
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