TAHLEQUAH – Violet LaVerne Cleesen, longtime Tahlequah resident, passed away Friday May 22, 2015. She was 90 years of age. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, in the Hart Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Kenneth Adams officiating. Interment will follow at noon in the Fort Gibson National Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Hart Funeral Home. Violet was born April 26, 1925, in Mexico, Mo. She was the daughter of Walter Raymond and Noma Hester (Higginbotham) Prater. She grew up in Mexico, Mo., and graduated from high school there. She was married to Roger Cleesen in Mexico, Mo., on Aug. 12, 1942. The couple came to Tahlequah in 1953. She was a homemaker and also worked for Morgan’s Bakery for five years and the Tahlequah Pictorial Press as an assistant pressman for 11-1/2 years. She enjoyed gardening, needlework and quilting. She is survived by three daughters and one son: Stanley Cleesen of Tahlequah; Joyce Ray and husband, Tom, of Shady Grove; Catherine Fundersol and husband, Clayton, of New Llano, La.; and Dusky (Judy) Lyne of Louise, Texas. She is also survived by one brother, Jimmy Prater of Eufaula, Ala.; two grandchildren, Terasa Gail Bilon and husband, Patrick, and Victoria (Rose) McKee; and four great-grandchildren, Patrick Bilon Jr., Jennifer Bilon, Kylea Taylor and Adrain Taylor. Hart Funeral Home, 1506 N. Grand Ave, 918-456-8823.
Published on  May 26, 2015