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TAHLEQUAH – Pearl Risenhoover-Wagers, 73, of Tahlequah, passed away Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, with her loved ones by her side. A memorial service will be held on Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. at Hart Funeral Home in Tahlequah. Pearl was born April 12, 1942, in Fort Gibson to Sam and Martha (Cooper) Risenhoover. Pearl graduated from Fort Gibson High School and went on to become a licensed cosmetologist for over 15 years. After making her home in Tahlequah, Pearl co-owned and operated Roxie’s BBQ until her retirement. Pearl was passionate about spending time with her sisters, brothers, kids, grandkids, nieces, and nephews, loving a good laugh, telling stories, and stealing special sugars from all. Pearl was a true blessing to her entire family and will be greatly missed. Family gatherings will never be the same. Pearl was an accomplished chef; she loved to cook and could never stand the thought of someone going hungry. Her most joyous times were preparing dinners for family and friends. Her culinary skills were above reproach. All who knew Pearl will remember that infectious distinct laugh and voice. Pearl was honest with her words and beautiful with her smile. Those amazing ruby red lips will forever be remembered. Pearl spent her days visiting with her family, watching old movies, reading with an occasional trip to the casino. Pearl was blessed with two sons, Rocky and Tyler. She loved to brag about her boys; they were the sparkle in her eyes. Pearl was preceded in death by her mother and father, Sam and Martha Risenhoover; sisters, Betty Moore and Cleo Bailey; and brother, Troy Risenhoover. She is survived by sons, Rocky Wagers and wife, Mykka, of Eugene, Ore., and Tyler Wagers and wife, Kim, of Tahlequah; grandchildren, Andrew, Hayden, Kami, and Lottie Lou; brothers, Sammy and Carolyn Risenhoover of Wagoner and Jimmy Risenhoover and Elaine Risenhoover of Oktaha; sisters, Katie Clark of Muskogee, Pat and John Hollingshed of Muskogee, Sandra and Kenneth Hopkins of Muskogee, and Shelia and Lonnie Haughey of Warner; nieces and nephews, Allen Clark, Donnie (Dawn) Clark, Jimmy (Sonja) Clark, Troy Mack (Glenda) Risenhoover, Barb (Cheryl) Risenhoover, Johnny Moore, Steven Moore, Angela Bailey, Earl “Bo” Bailey, D. Bruce Bailey, Jimbo (Casey) Risenhoover, Jeff Risenhoover, Vicky Smith, Barry (Mary) Smith, Larry Smith, Kellie (Kevin) Etchison, Kristie (David) Testerman, Kevin Hopkins, Martha (Shawn) Hogner, Toni (Ryan) Freeman, Keith Hollingshed, Shawna Hollingshed, Thomas (Aubree) Bell, and “Pearl’s girl,” Aubrey Kaye Etchison; several great-nieces, nephews, special friends, and classmates. Special heartfelt thanks to Cherokee Elder Care, Dr. Higgins, and devoted friends Bob and Shelly Tillison. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Governor’s Food Drive in the month of October hosted by any BancFirst location in Pearl’s honor. Hart Funeral Home, 1506 N. Grand, 918-456-8823.
Published on  October 6, 2015
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