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Judith Ann Turnage

Judith Ann Turnage, know as "Granny" by her family and friends, died Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at her home near Beggs at the age of 67. She was born September 24, 1939 in Pawhuska, Oklahoma to the late Leonard "Brandy" Culver and Nancy Voncille (Sumpter) Harjo. She attended Locust Grove Elementary School and then moved to Pryor where she attended Junior High School. She graduated high school from Bartlesville College High School and then attended Business School in Bartlesville working as a secretary. Judy married Claude Odell Turnage in December 1970 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They established a home in Claremore where she was employed by the Indian Health Service. She retired in 1996 after 20 years of being dedicated to her job. Judy and Odell moved to Beggs in the same year to care for her beloved grandchildren, who she loved to attend sporting activities, rodeos and stock shows with. She also enjoyed reading and embroidery as well as playing cards and games with her grandkids. Judy was a member of the Ladies of the Elks. Judy was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Eddie and Leo Don Culver. Survivors include her husband, Odell Turnage of Beggs, two daughters, Kendall Ellis of Mounds, a daughter and son-in-law, Teri and Tom Stamper, of Mounds, two granddaughters, Mollie and Brittany Stamper and two grandsons, Pake and Sam Stamper, all of Mounds, a step-mother, Sis Culver of Fayettville, Arkansas, three brothers, John Culver of San Roman, California, Billy Culver of Grove, Oklahoma and Curtis Culver of Houston, Texas, two sisters, Evelyn Faulkner of Las Vegas, Nevada and Betty Culver of Pawhuska and a host of nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 10:00 A.M. Friday, February 9, 2007 at the Crossroads Baptist Church with Brother Travis Markes officiating. Interment will be in the Spavinaw-Strang Cemetery at 3:30 P.M. Casketbearers will be Randall Beams, Ricky Beams, James Sensibaugh, Daniel Lalli, Stacy Zachary and Mike Randol. Honorary Casketbearers will be Richard Beams and Roger Coday. Friends may visit the funeral home from 12-8 P.M. Thursday evening. Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Beggs. Online condolences may be sent at