"Dignity without Compromise"
Graciella (Gracie) Mao-Lani Mathews-Tiger
Graciella (Gracie) Mao-Lani Mathews-Tiger, lifetime resident of Okmulgee went to be with the angels on Monday, October 23, 2006 at the age of 4. Gracie was born on Thursday, February 7, 2002 at Okmulgee Memorial Hospital to Darryl and Camela Tiger. Gracie attended Wilson Creek Nation Head Start. She enjoyed playing with her brothers and classmates, Thursday night Chinese and movie night with her mother and brothers, eating popcorn and watching movies, Hello Kitty and Little Mermaid.
Survivors include her mother, Camela Tiger of the home, father, Specialist Darryl Tiger of the home, two brothers, Dominic Nikolas Tiger and Jason Nathaniel Tiger, both of the home, maternal grandmother, Bertha Brown of Okmulgee, maternal aunt, Cecelia (Sissy) Leybas of Okmulgee, paternal aunt, Tracy Brown of Bixby and uncles Jesse Brown of Arkansas and Robert Brown of Tulsa. Gracie was preceded in death by maternal great grandparents Bennie and Lillian Leybas and paternal grandmother Amelia Brown.
Services will be Friday, October 27, 2006 at 2:00 P.M. at Arbeka Indian Baptist Church in Bryant, Oklahoma with Reverends Marvin Lowe, Christopher Harjo, Johnny Leybas and Matt Tiger officiating. A wake service will be Thursday, October 26, 2006 at 8:00 P.M. at the church. Burial will be in the Arbeka Cemetery with Traditional Creek Ceremony under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee. Casketbearers will be Tecumseh Sanders, Nick Sanders, Wyatt Wixson and Matt Sutton. Honorary Casketbearers will be Bryan Sanders and Virgil Sanders. Donations can be sent to the American Red Cross Tulsa Chapter or the Okmulgee Fire Department.