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Rachel Francis Corey-Bowman


Rachel Francis Corey Bowman was born in Ohio, December 29 1850, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dora Castor, Louisburg, Kansas on November 14 1926, at the age of 75 years, 11 months, and 15 days.

She was married to Atney Bowman May 1870 in Missouri.  To this union, eight children were born, all of whom are living.

Mr. Bowman passed away at their home in Daviess County, where she remained until her family grew up.  She has made her home with her children the past few years, as her health has been very poor.  She had a stroke more than a year ago, the effects of which caused her death.  She united with the Baptist Church at the age of 51 and her life was a spiritual uplift to all her associates.

She is survived by her children, Mrs. Dora Castor, Louisburg, Kansas; Mrs. Nora Morgan, Lyons Colorado; Mrs. Ida Ray, Fortuna, Kansas; Mrs. Laura Ray, Jones, Oklahoma; Mrs. Sadie Smith, King City, Missouri; Mrs. Rebecca Pearl, Fairport, Missouri; Mr. Ashford Bowman, Fairport, Missouri; Mr. Lewis Bowman, Gothenburg, Nebraska; and one brother, Charlie Carey, Pattonsburg, Missouri. 

Besides these there are fifty grand children and twenty great grand children, and a host of friends to mourn her loss.  Funeral services were conducted by the Reverends House and Miller, at the Muddy Creek church Nov 16th in the presence of a large audience of sorrowing friends, by whom she will be sadly missed. 

All the children were present at the funeral, except Mrs. Morgan and Lewis Bowman.

* Obituary provided by Judy Steinman, great granddaughter of Rachel’s sister Nancy Corey Bowman.

William McCann Pullum
Age 89 in 1936


FUNERAL CONDUCTED FOR WILLIAM PULLUM Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Powers Funeral home in this city for William McCann Pullum, 93-year-old pioneer county farmer, who has lived in and around Eufaula for the past 30 years. PULLUM died at the home of his daughter, Mrs Maude Hill in Albion, OK . . . PULLUM was born in Lexington, KY Burial was in the Eufaula cemetery. PULLUM is survived by two sons, W A Pullum, Eufaula, A B Pullum, Bluejacket, OK; and four daughters, Mrs Maude Hill, Albion, Mrs Etta Smith, Winslow, AR, Mrs Bessie Sullivan, Cuba, MO, and Mrs Dora Counts, Bradford, PA.

VITALS Birth, Death, and marriage information extracted from the 1940 Indian Journal Newspaper
Thursday, December 5, 1940

Marion Louise Phipps-Simpson
Age 62 in 1993


Marion Louise Phipps-Simpson has died on November 25, 1994 at St. John's Hospital in Tulsa, OK, after heart failure. She was a long-time resident of Mayes County. Born August 12, 1931 in Hanna OK at the home of her maternal grandmother Sarah Elizabeth Stewart-Phipps, to Elmer Lee and Mary Bell Pullum- PHIPPS. The family lived in Strang where Marion was Secretary for her 8th grade class in 1947, enjoyed being on the basketball team and a cheerleader. She was a 1951 graduate of Pryor High School.

Marion was married to Dale Dean SIMPSON on November 24 1952 in Pryor, Mayes County, Oklahoma; the couple raised five children together. Marion was preceeded in death by her father Elmer Lee PHIPPS, her brother Norman Lawson PHIPPS, and her in-laws William Clark "Bill" and Stella Mae Smith- SIMPSON.

She is survived by her mother Mary Bell Pullum-Phipps of McAlester; two brothers Elmer LeRoy Phipps & wife Cinda of McAlester and Johnny Max Phipps & wife Sandra of Chouteau; three sisters Helen Harris & husband Wayne of Tulsa, Hazel Alene Williams & husband Bill of Denver Colorado, and Terry Iris Johnson & husband Ron of Indianola; two daughters Patricia Lynn Knowles & husband Richard of Locust Grove, Donna Dean Frago of Muskogee; three sons Richard Brice Simpson & wife Kathy of Locust Grove, William Elmer "Bill" Simpson & wife Jayme of Coweta, and Dale Marion Simpson of the home. She is also survived by Dale Dean Simpson of Wagoner, their 12 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and numerous neices and nephews, her uncle Alvin Fay Phipps of Strang, and many cousins.

Services will be held at Lakeside Baptist Church in Salina, officiated by Carl Belew. Marion will rest in the Brian's Chapel cemetery, Boatman, Oklahoma. Marion enjoyed playing games, fishing, hunting for wild mushrooms and blackberries, and spending quality time with her family.

Submitted by Donna Carter

Dale & Marion Simpson


Dale Dean Simpson died on May 20, 2001 at his home in Wagoner, OK after fighting throat cancer.  Mr. Simpson was a long-time resident of northeastern Oklahoma and had enjoyed his retirement fishing on Grand Lake and Fort Gibson Lake.  Dale was born October 14, 1930 in Union Star, Missouri, the eldest son to William Clark "Bill" and Stella Mae Smith-Simpson.  The family moved to Mayes County, in Oklahoma, when Dale was a teenager.  It was there that he meet and marry Marion Phipps. 

Dale and Marion were married on November 24, 1952 in Pryor, Mayes County, Oklahoma; the couple raised five children together. Dale was preceeded in death by Marion Louise Simpson, sister Betty Jean Simpson, parents Bill and Stella Simpson, father-in-law Elmer Lee Phipps and brother-in-law Norman Lawson Phipps

He is survived by two daughters
Patricia Lynn Knowles & husband Richard of Locust Grove, Donna Dean Frago of Muskogee; three sons Richard Brice Simpson & wife Kathy of Locust Grove, William Elmer "Bill" Simpson & wife Jayme of Coweta, Dale Marion Simpson & wife Terry of Wagoner, and by David Lee Phipps & wife Linda of Wagoner.  He is also survived by siblings, Dorothy Mae Simpson-Fletcher & husband Jim of Wagoner, John Franklin Simpson & wife Marjorie of Ketchum, James Clark Simpson & wife Barbara of Wagoner, and by his aunt Nancy Ora Smith-Murphy of Metaire, LA and uncle Dayton Lee Smith of Fredericksburg, WV, and many cousins.  In addition,
Dale will be remembered by 14 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, numerous neices and nephews and cousins.

Services were held at the Green Wilson Funeral Home in Pryor, officiated by Lonnie Edwards. Dale received a graveside military salute and was laid to rest near Marion, and his parents in the Brian's Chapel cemetery, Boatman, Oklahoma.

Dale received an Honorable Release from Active Duty as a Private First Class on March 11, 1953 from the U.S. Army.  Dale received his basic training at Fort Ord, in Monterey, California and served in the Korean War.  Dale retired from his career at Lockheed Aircraft Corporation in Palmdale, California.  Friends and family will remember Dale's sense of humor and his love for fishing, woodworking, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. 



Phipps, Malinda
- (from the Prarie Grove Herald) Mrs. Malinda Phipps, wife of Thomas J. Phipps, died very suddenly at her home near Savoy Tuesday evening at seven o'clock. Mrs. Phipps had been in her usual good health and had been using a sewing machine nearly all that morning, about twelve o'clock was stricken with paralysis which rendered her unconscious and death resulted a few hours later.      

 [The Springdale News 11/20/1903]

Courtesy of Jan Jones Barker