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Salem Cemetery
Adair County, Oklahoma

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Mary A. Livers

Mary Alberta "Berta" Whitman Livers

© MMS Payne Funeral Home & Cremation Service
July 2006
Submitted by: Annajo Cantrell Limore

Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Alberta "Berta" Livers will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 27, 2006 at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Salem Cemetery near Stillwell, at 2:30 p.m under the direction of the Musgrove-Merriott-Smith Funeral Service & Crematory.

Berta passed away Monday, July 24, 2006 at the Claremore Indian Hospital at the age of 71.

The daughter of Albert and Verna Bell Whitman was born April 1, 1935 in Elbowoods, North Dakota. As a young girl she was raised in the Beulah and Bismark areas. She attended high school at the Marty South Dakota Indian School, and shortly after graduation she moved to California. There she met J. C. Livers. They were married July 1964 in Tulsa. They returned to Oklahoma settling in the Tulsa area, where she began a cleaning service which she operated for several years. She then acquired a administrative job at the Claremore Indian Hospital. A few years later in the early 1970's she and her family moved to Claremore. Berta continued to work several years at the Indian Hospital before retiring in 1993. Her hobbies included camping and fishing, and she was a member of St. Cecilia's Catholic Church. Berta never forgot where she came from and was proud of her Northern people.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and her husband J.C. Livers.

Survivors include her son, J.C. Livers Jr.; sisters, Margo Bean and husband Everett of Mustang, Oklahoma, and Laura Tiokasin of Bismark, North Dakota; brothers, Albert Whitman of Claremore, and Virgil Tiokasin of McLaughlin, South Dakota; aunt, Rose Bell of Beulah, ND; and many many cousins, friends, and other relatives.

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