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Etta Rachel Love Gilliam
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Birth: Jun. 13, 1921
Carter County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Jul. 13, 2007
Carter County
Oklahoma, USA

Message from Steve Shuman, Etta Rachel's grandson on July 23, 2011: "Another Great Granddaughter who is named after Grandma, Jesse Love Shuman."

Thanks Steve. Your grandmother would be proud.

The Daily Ardmoreite
Monday, December 4, 1939

Marriage License
"Nephi LaFontain, 18, and Etta Rachel Love, 18, Hoxbar"

On April 18, 1940
Nephi & Etta R. Lafontain, ages 19 & 18, were renting a home in Wilson, Carter Co, OK on Ardmore Road. Nephi was self employed as a farm operator. In 1935 Nephi lived in Rural, Love Co, OK.

The Daily Ardmoreite
Tuesday, August 21, 1945

"LaFontain Returns to Duty
Pvt. Nephi L. LaFontain has left after spending a 10-day furlough with his wife, Etta, and children, Douglas and Joan Lou, at 709 H street northeast. Private LaFontain took his basic at Camp Gordon, Ga. He is now stationed at Fort Ord, Cal."

The Daily ardmoreite
Tuesday, May 21, 1946

"LaFontain to Return Home
T/S Naphe (Nephi) La Fontain, son (husband) of Mrs. Etta Mae (Rachel) LaFontain, Ardmore, has received processing for his return to civilian life after more than 24 months of service in the armed forces and is now on the way home from the Philippines. Corporal La Fontain has been overseas 10 months and was last stationed at sub-base R on Luzon, 80 miles south of Manila with headquarters company."

"Etta Rachel Gilliam
Services for Etta Rachel Gilliam are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with Bishop Val Wheelwright officiating.Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Craddock Funeral Home.

She was born June 13, 1921 to Mose and Mary Barthenia Love at Provence. She passed this life on July 13, 2007 in a local hospital.

She and Kenneth Gilliam were married Aug. 13, 1974 in Ardmore. Most of her 86 years she lived within one mile of where she was born. Etta graduated from Dickson High School where she was a talented softball player. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

She worked many years as a skilled lacer of leather goods with Western Leather and JoKay Leather. Etta and her husband, Kenneth Gilliam, raised cattle and quarter horses and harvested pecans on their land.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth, her parents, four brothers, John Love, Joyce Love, Tommy Love and Colbert Love, and two sisters, Ella Mae Hawley and Doris Vieroski.

Etta lived by the traditional family values and beliefs of her parents and grandparents and taught her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren the same. Her family was the joy of her life. She was fun-loving and had a great sense of humor. Etta was talented in various forms, such as sewing, crocheting, quilting, gardening, cooking and baking.

Survivors include a daughter, Joan Shuman and son-in-law Anson, Ardmore; a son, Douglas LaFontain and daughter-in-law, Sharon, Duncan; grandchildren, Tammy Rachel and Michael Thomas, Ardmore, Steve and Alice Shuman, and Lynn and Victor Galvan, all of Dallas, Michelle LaFontain, San Antonio, and Darby LaFontain and John Paul Tidwell, Duncan; great-grandchildren, Steven Michael Thomas and Eric Joe Thomas, Ardmore, Aeryn Rachel Shuman and Selena Galvan, Dallas, and John Riley Tidwell, Duncan; and many nieces and nephews.

Bearers are Anson Shuman, Steve Shuman, Michael Thomas, Randy Love, Calvin Love and Herbert Wayne Belt."

The Daily Ardmoreite
July 15, 2007
Family links: 
  Mose Love (1881 - 1959)
  Mary Barthenia White Love (1890 - 1966)
  Nephi Lamon LaFontain (1920 - 2014)*
  Kenneth L Gilliam (1922 - 1983)*
  Charles R Love (1906 - 1906)**
  Edna Love (1908 - 1912)**
  Ella Mae Love Hawley (1911 - 2004)*
  Colbert Love (1911 - 1984)**
  John William Love (1919 - 1989)*
  Etta Rachel Love Gilliam (1921 - 2007)
  Tom Love (1924 - 1927)*
  Doris Love Vieroski (1925 - 1999)*
  Joyce Love (1925 - 2004)*
*Calculated relationship
Hillcrest Memorial Park
Carter County
Oklahoma, USA
Created by: Virginia Brown
Record added: Mar 21, 2009
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Etta Rachel <i>Love</i> Gilliam
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