Mildred Leona Ryals
Mildred Leona Ryals was born on October 14, 1925, in Wauhillau, Oklahoma to Marvin and Grace (Eden) Eastham. She was the oldest of five children and grew up in the Caney, Barber, and Welling Communities. She passed away on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at the age of 94.

She graduated from Bagley High School in 1945, and married Charles Edward Ryals the love of her life on May 15, 1946. They lived in the Tahlequah community and raised seven children. Charley passed away in 1984 and their daughter Joyce passed away in 2009.
Mildred's love for children has always been at the forefront of her life, and she also loved to travel, enjoyed music, dancing, cooking, and bird watching. She spent many years helping Charley with his businesses. They had a furniture store at the corner of Bluff and Downing in Tahlequah. After that they opened a resale furniture, antique and appliance store east of Tahlequah, and finally in the mid '60's they bought property on the Illinois River where they had a beautiful home and ran the Ryals Gravel operation for more than twenty years.

Mildred is preceded in death by her husband Charley of thirty-eight years, a daughter, Joyce Quinn, Grants, NM, her parents, Marvin and Grace Eastham, Tahlequah, OK, and a sister, Wilma Craig, Tulsa, OK.

She is survived by her two sons: Wayne Ryals and wife Susan, and Phillip Ryals, both of Tahlequah, OK, and her daughters: Pat Presley and husband Rex, Kathy Ryals, both of Tahlequah, OK, Karen Burchett and husband Billy, Wagoner, OK, and Debbie Turney and husband Mike, of Hulbert, OK. Her siblings knew her as "Sis," and they are a sister Marie Stepp, Tahlequah, OK, and two brothers: Bob (Son) Eastham and wife Cassie, Hulbert, OK and Joe Eastham and wife Sandra, Pryor, OK. Mildred's grandchildren are: Chris Presley, Kent Presley, Crystal Reeve, Jeremy Ryals, Julie Ryals Smith, Michael Ryals, Michelle Shankle, Bobby Turney, Scott Turney, Nicole Wallace, and Shawn Wallace. Mildred also leaves twenty-five great grandchildren, as well as many other family and friends.

A very special thanks goes out to Gavyn Ryals and Gracie Presley the great grandchildren who visited Mildred so often. She dearly loved their visits. Also a special thanks to the Cherokee County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the wonderful care they have given our mother for the last thirteen years.
The funeral will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 2:00pm at Reed-Culver Funeral Home.
Burial will follow at the Tahlequah City Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be, Chris Presley, Kent Presley, Jeremy Ryals, Michael Ryals, Bobby Turney, Scott Turney, and Shawn. Honorary pallbearers include Billy Burchett, Bob Eastham, Joe Eastham, Rex Presley, Jim Quinn, and Mike Turney.
Published on October 24, 2019


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Oct 25, 2019
It's always hard losing a parent. It helps to remember all the wonderful memories you have had with your dear mother for so many years. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Joe & Eileen Shroff
Oct 25, 2019
So very sorry for your loss.