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TAHLEQUAH – Funeral services for Minnie Mae Risenhoover-Bower will be held on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Sam Keener officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 2, from noon until 6 p.m. at Reed-Culver Chapel. Interment will be held at Tahlequah City Cemetery. Online condolences for her family may be left at www.reedculver.com. Pallbearers for Minnie include her grandsons, Bryan Bower, Bradley Cox, Mark Gower, Roger Allen Bower, Duane Qualls, and Stoney Robison. Her honorary pallbearers include Brian Gibson, Morgan Whitmore, James Johnson, Johnny Johnson, Coby Allen Bower, and Brett Cox. Minnie Mae Risenhoover-Bower was born on Aug. 28, 1932, in Qualls, Okla., the daughter of Buster Robert and Easter Rose (Carr) Risenhoover. She attended school at Bagley in Tahlequah. On Aug. 13, 1949, she married her lifelong companion and best friend, Posey Lee Bower in Tahlequah. To this union two sons and two daughters were born, Roger, Peggy, Patricia and Bill, and years of happiness until Posey’s passing in 2007. When they first married, Minnie and Posey worked as aides in the Vinita Nursing facility. They later relocated to the Tahlequah area. Minnie worked at a variety of places, including The Wagon Wheel making those wonderful pies everyone loved so much. At home, Minnie made the most wonderful meals for her family and friends to enjoy, pot roast, brown beans, biscuits and gravy, and then her desserts, coconut cream pie, fruit cobblers, and those fried apricot pies, Heaven! She loved to work out in the yard raising flowers, especially roses. During FFA week in Hulbert, Minnie made literally hundreds of biscuits, topped with her special gravy for enjoying. Minnie made it her mission in life to care for those who needed help, and a little TLC. If you had a problem, she gave sound advice; if the baby needed someone with time to rock in the chair, Minnie was there. If the heart was a little heavy, Minnie would work to lift you up. Minnie never shut her door to anyone wanting a bed to rest in or a hot meal. Minnie thought of all the kids in her home as hers to love and hold. Even as a resident in the assisted living, she checked on her friends to make sure they were cared for and loved. It was Minnie’s way. She was determined and strong willed, with a sparkle in her eye. The sparkle got brighter when children were near, she always had the candy bag ready. She loved to have fun, and couldn’t wait for her family to gather again. Every one of her grandchildren was special to Minnie, and she followed their endeavors with interest and enthusiasm. Her drive and desire to serve was as strong as ever, but her body grew weary of the days. A Christian by faith, Minnie was called to her heavenly home on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, in Tahlequah, with her loved ones by her side. Minnie was 83 years old. She will be greatly missed by all the hearts she touched. Minnie is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one brother, E.R. Risenhoover; and her beloved grandparents, Allen Jones Carr and Mathilda Burgess, and Jim and Minnie Wyatt-Risenhoover. Those left to cherish Minnie’s memory include her children, Roger Lee Bower and Freda of Hulbert, Peggy Ann Cox and husband Daniel of Tahlequah, Patricia Ann Gower of Tahlequah, and Bill Allen Bowers of Tahlequah. She leaves one brother and one sister, Gary Nodine and wife Cissy of Benbrook, Texas, and Linda Sue Peck and husband Steve of Broken Arrow. She leaves twelve blessed grandchildren, Tracy Cox and Duane Qualls, Bradley Cox, Mark Allen Gower, Bryan Lee Bower and wife Mary, Roger Allen Bower and wife Holly, Nichole Gibson and husband Brian, Celena Mae Bower, Connie Jean Bower and Brandon Stepp, Stoney Robison, Sunny Ruth McDaniel and Bo, Janet Marie Frye and Spencer, and Bethany Friman. She also leaves 11 great-grandchildren, as well as many cousins and a host of children who called Grandma Minnie’s house, their home. Reed-Culver Funeral Home, 117 W. Delaware, 918-456-2551.
Published on  December 3, 2015
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