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KANSAS, Okla. – Funeral services for Wallis Kay Van Sickle Wiley (Kay) will be held on Friday, March 27, at 11 a.m. at the Reed-Culver Chapel with Pastor Chris Wiley officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, March 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Reed-Culver Chapel. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.reedculver.com. Kay was born on July 7, 1945, in Magnolia, Ark., the daughter of Wallace and Florine (Lindsey) Van Sickle. She grew up in a family with her two sisters and one brother. She graduated from high school, then attended NSU in Natchitoches, La., obtaining her Bachelor Degree in Music with emphasis in piano. Kay also obtained her teaching certificate in special education. She was a devoted daughter, mother, teacher and friend. Her smile was warm and genuine, and she made you feel welcome every time you were with her. She taught school for 30 years in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. She devoted herself to her students, always keeping their best interests at heart. She played the piano for several churches, providing them with beautiful worship music. She loved to crochet, making numerous afghans, scarves, hats, and whatever new pattern she could find. Whenever she had free time, she could be found outdoors, exercising her green thumb to grow beautiful flowers. Spring was her favorite time of year. Her family was the cornerstone of her life. She adored her children and grandchildren and enjoyed every minute she could find to spend in their company. She raised seven daughters and one son, and was always involved in her children’s many activities. No day was complete without her taking time to love on her hybrid wolves. She loved their beauty and intelligence. Kay was a Christian, serving her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as she grew in his grace. She attended church faithfully and served him in any capacity asked of her. Her health began to fail her almost four years ago when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and the Lord called this good and faithful servant to her final rest on March 24, 2015, at her home in Kansas, Okla., with her loved ones by her side. She will be greatly missed by all the students whose lives she made better and the friends and family she shared her life and love with. Kay is preceded in death by her parents; one grandson, Cody Lee Goodwin; and the father of her children, Larry Wiley. Those left to cherish her memory include her loving children, Chris Wiley and wife Hayley of Tahlequah, Bonnie Wallace of Atlanta, Ga., Marion Holcomb of Tulsa, Katy Kinser and husband Danny of Gentry, Ark., Nancy Wiley of Little Elm, Texas, Ann Jameson and husband Jamie of Gentry, Ark., Lindsey Flanders and husband Mike of Lebanon, Mo., and Megan Beckham and husband Dakota of Tahlequah. She leaves one brother and two sisters, Clarke Van Sickle of Baton Rouge, La., Ginny Johnson and husband Junior of Natchitoches, La., and Leslie Methvin, also of Natchitoches. Her legacy lives on in her 22 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and loved ones. To God be the glory. Reed-Culver Funeral Home, 117 W. Delaware, 918-456-2551.
Published on  March 27, 2015
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