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TAHLEQUAH – Jesica Lee Phipps, Tahlequah resident, passed away Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Tulsa. She was 41 years of age. Funeral services for Jesica will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with Bishop Spencer Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in the Tahlequah City Cemetery under the direction of Hart Funeral Home. Viewing will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and at the church from 8:30 a.m. until time of service. The casket will be closed following the service. Pallbearers will be Dale Hutchins, Seth Huntley, Phillip North, Jonathan Phipps, Sequoyah Pritchett and Gary Phipps. Honorary Pallbearers will be Henry Farmer, Ron Bywater, Don Price, David Geasland, Freddie Shade and Reasor’s Grocery. Jesica was born Aug. 1, 1974, in Tahlequah to Gary and Gene (Horsechief) Phipps. She grew up in Tahlequah and graduated from Tahlequah High School. She went on to attend Northeastern State University graduating with a degree in speech pathology. Jesica loved attending Native American powwows, doing genealogy, fishing and reading. She loved to travel. Her greatest joy was attending church. She was proud of her Cherokee and Pawnee heritage. She had a kind, loving and giving spirit who enjoyed helping others. Jesica loved spending time with her nephew, Tristyn. Survivors include her parents, Gary and Gene Phipps of Tahlequah; one brother, Jonathan Levi Phipps and his wife, Karma, of Westville; sister, Valerie Hubler Walters; one nephew, Tristan Phipps; four aunts, Lucinda Horsechief of Tahlequah, Neva Moore of Pawnee, Susan Mae Moore of Red Rock, and Debra Linn and husband, Bill, of Colcord; three uncles, Vance Olin Horsechief and wife, Lela, of Miami, Darrell Horsechief of Tahlequah, and Algar Horsechief and wife, Geneva, of Meramac; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Vance and Faye (Duncan) Horsechief and Johnnie and Vanila (Morphis) Phipps; and one aunt, Nila Phipps. Hart Funeral Home, 1506 N. Grand, 918-456-8823.
Published on  September 1, 2015
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