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Hazel Irene (Jones) Sowder

Hazel Irene (Jones) Sowder was born November 26, 1911 in Prairie View, Arkansas, third child of John H. and Callie Irene (Loyd) Jones. Hazel came to Okfuskee County by train with her family arriving in Okemah on November 26, 1912. She spent her live in Okfuskee and Okmulgee Counties with the exception of ten wonderful years in Western Colorado. She passed from this life the 28th day January 2007.

She married Luther May Sowder on Friday, December 13, 1930 in Okemah, Oklahoma. She attended school at Welty, Morse, Oriental and Okemah High School. She also attended East Central State University and taught school at Mason, Oklahoma for two years. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

She is survived by one daughter, Jerry (Sowder) Beets of Tonto Basin, Arizona, one son, Luther Ray Sowder of Okemah, Oklahoma, two sisters, Stella Benson of Okmulgee, Oklahoma, Mildred (Bill) Dew of Ada, Oklahoma and one brother, John H. Jones of Tulsa, Oklahoma, tow sisters-in-law, Hazel M. Sowder of Okemah, Oklahoma and Jeannie Sowder of Long Boat Key, Florida, one cousin Sybil (Jones) Wilson of Okemah, Oklahoma, six grandchildren; Jana (Beets) Kilinchscick, LuVona (Sowder) Copeland, Stanely Sowder, Lora Ann (Sowder) Thompson, Larry Beets and Morris Sowder, also 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be; Danny Beets, Joe Lesley, Jimmie Couch, Charles Unterkircher, great-grandsons, Joshua Copeland and Denney Sowder. Honorary pallbearers are great-grandsons, Matthew Beaird, Lucas Sowder, Brandon Beets and Nicholas Beets.

Funeral services will be held at 2;00 p.m., Thursday, February 1, 2007 at the Grand Avenue Church of Christ in Okmulgee with Michael Grigsby of the Okemah Church of Christ officiating, assisted by Kevin Copeland and Josh Copeland. Burial services will follow in the Sowder plot at Morse Cemetery 5 miles north of Okemah. Visitation will be on Wednesday 12-8 pm at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home in Okmulgee. Condolences may be made at