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FORT GIBSON – Mayme Margaret Thompson-Meyers was born on Jan. 5, 1921, in Tahlequah, Okla., the daughter of Newton and Annie (Chair) Thompson. She was placed, along with two of her older siblings, in the Sequoyah Orphans Training School (SOTS), and later, attended Bacone College. She would meet and marry the love of her life, her best friend and companion, David Meyers, following WWII in Philadelphia, Pa., and together they enjoyed many smiles and memories until David’s passing in 1999. Mayme worked as a supervisor in a lamp company in Philadelphia, PA, and her husband in a candy manufacturer. After they relocated to Tahlequah in 1986, Mayme worked as a CNA at Cherokee County Nursing Center. When Mayme wasn’t working, she devoted countless hours and talents to the Girl Scouts of America, receiving the highest honor awarded by the Girl Scouts. Mayme represented them in England and Switzerland, and was very proud of their many accomplishments. The best times were her and David, working in the yard, raising large flower gardens, and enjoying each other’s company. They loved to return to the Tahlequah area to visit their many nieces, nephews, and cousins, every chance they had. They were residents out at Lake Tenkiller, and were frequently at Pettit Bay, hosting family reunions, making memories for years to come. Mayme was a proud Cherokee, knowledgeable in the ways of her people, and wanting to maintain the Cherokee traditions for future generations to come. She was not allowed to speak Cherokee at the Sequoyah School, but wanted to learn and keep it spoken, and studied their ancestral ways, assuring their passage to all her nieces and nephews. She was strong, determined, thoughtful, intelligent, and very loving. A Christian by faith, Mayme was a member of the First Baptist Church of Tahlequah. The Lord called this good and faithful servant home from her labors on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, in Fort Gibson, Okla. She was 95 years old and will be greatly missed. She is preceded in death by her parents, Newton Thompson and Annie Chair-Thompson; her beloved husband, David; sisters, Jesse Enlow and Betty Duffield; and two brothers, John and Charles Thompson.
Published on  February 29, 2016
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