Phyllis Lorene Colburn


Lorene Colburn was born July 22, 1930, in Hulbert, Oklahoma, to Ray and Gladys (Steely) Collins.

Lorene passed away in Tahlequah on May 19, 2019, at the age of 88 years, 9 months, and 27 days.

Lorene grew up in the Hulbert community on her parents small farm. She attended elementary school at Shady Grove School. After graduation from the eighth grade, Lorene attended Hulbert High School and graduated in 1948. Lorene always talked fondly of her days in the Shady Grove community and enjoyed driving through the community with her daughters and nieces in the past few years to reminisce about her childhood.

On June 4, 1948, in Hulbert, she married Lofton Gene Colburn. They shared over 61 years of marriage. In 1952, they moved to the Oil Springs community where they began building their farm and raising a family.

Lorene loved taking care of her family and neighbors. A large, hot meal could always be found on her table every Sunday afternoon and anytime there was cattle to be worked, hay to be bailed, or when visitors came calling.

Lorene and Gene loved being members of the Cherokee County Cattlemans and Cattlewomens Auxillary. Lorene served many years as the Auxillary's president and was the last living charter member of the association. Very rarely did they miss meetings or social functions associated with the cattlemen's association. And just like at home, Lorene took pride and joy in cooking at the yearly meetings.

In later years, after Gene's death, Lorene enjoyed spending time with her family. She continued living in the Oil Springs community on the farm they started in 1952. She loved watching her granddaughter's family continue working the farm, as she and Gene had.

Lorene is preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Gladys Collins; husband, Gene Colburn; and brothers, Jimmy and Leon Collins.

Those left to cherish her memories are daughters, Lavonne Hastings and husband Jerry, of Oil Springs, Oklahoma, and Phyllis Gene Hill of Tahlequah, Oklahoma; granddaughter, Stacie Gene Hammons and husband Tim of Oil Springs; great-grandsons, Jake Hammons of Georgetown, Georgia, and Josh Hammons of Oil Springs; grandson, UG Turney and wife Tana of Colcord, Oklahoma; great-grandsons, James and Tyler Turney of Colcord; her beloved sister, June Colburn of Tahlequah; nieces, Pam Colburn and Hannah Walker of Tahlequah; nephew, Charles Colburn also of Tahlequah; cherished neighbor, more like a daughter, Jan Rucker and her daughters, Rebecca and Rendy of Tahlequah; along with numerous relatives, friends, and loved ones.

Funeral services are 10 a.m. May 23, 2019, at Green Country Funeral Home, with Brother Sam Andrews officiating. Interment will follow in the New Home Cemetery in Chance, Oklahoma, in Adair County.
Published on May 20, 2019
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3 posts

David Spears
May 23, 2019
So sorry to hear about her passing. I remember how much she was loved by Stacie and the rest of her family. I know she will be missed greatly.
Alene Fields
May 21, 2019
So sorry for your loss !!
Carolyn Hix
May 21, 2019
Lorene was one of the nicest, honest, genuine ladies I've ever known. I'm happy to say that I have known Lorene for over 47.years. She was a loving Mother and Mammie to all. She will be missed by all, but it was time for her to go on and be with Gene.💝