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Elizabeth (Hummingbird) Moreland

Mar 16, 1933 - Mar 4, 2016
Posted by Jan Grooms

Elizabeth Moreland was born in Stilwell, Oklahoma, on March 16, 1933, to George and Nellie Hummingbird. She passed from this life on Thursday, March 4, 2016 at the age of 82 years.

Elizabeth acquired the nicknames: "Buck" from her brother Rasmus, who when he looked at her for the first time as a newborn, said, "Well, she looks like Buck Jones." The nickname stuck and later, Buck evolved into "Bucksie." If you were a family member or close friend, she would be Buck or Bucksie. If you weren't family or a close friend, she was Elizabeth. Elizabeth attended school in Stilwell and then attended Haskell Indian Institute in Lawrence, Kansas. After graduating from Haskell, Elizabeth married Donald "Pete" Moreland on April 26, 1951. The newlywed couple moved to San Angelo, Texas, where their first child was born, Dale Wayne Moreland, in 1952. Pete worked for Philips Petroleum Company and was transferred to Sapulpa, Oklahoma. In 1954, Elizabeth had a daughter, Donna Lea Moreland.

Elizabeth's family grew with the years with her son Dale Moreland and his wife Marcia's two sons, Michael Moreland (wife, Carla) and great granddaughters Grace and Zoe; Mark Moreland (wife, Meagan) and great grandson, Christopher Eeg. Also, Daughter Donna Timm and her husband Dave's son and daughter, Evan Timm and Jenna (husband, Shane) Ellis. In 1963, Elizabeth began working for Bartlett Hospital in Sapulpa. Elizabeth began classes to become a registered laboratory technician in 1963. Elizabeth worked for Bartlett Hospital for many years as a registered laboratory technician and then began working the rest of her career at several medical clinics such as, Burnett and Cale Clinic, Washburn and Kinney Clinic, and then some medical clinics in Tulsa, OK.  After 28 years of medical work, Elizabeth retired with her husband in 1986. They moved back to their roots in Peavine, OK, at their farm ranch. Elizabeth helped Pete remodel the farm house and they lived there 25+ years tending to the farm, cows, various farm animals like ducks, dogs and cats. Elizabeth held a few jobs in Stilwell such as being a Granny at Marietta School and a Pharmacy Tech at Walmart. This was their happiest years together and Elizabeth and Pete got very involved with music, mainly bluegrass and traveled around to many bluegrass festivals. They also attended regular jam sessions with local musicians. Elizabeth had many talents such as being a great seamstress and cook, but Elizabeth was most known for her singing and had a beautiful soprano voice. They were a known twosome in their music circles as Pete played the fiddle and Elizabeth sang the songs. They spent many happy years playing music wherever there was a jam session and hosted many jam sessions at the farm. One of their happiest times was when they hosted a jam session. Elizabeth would make her delicious raisin pie or chocolate cake, make coffee, and sandwiches for the musicians to eat on break. Pete would get the house ready by vacuuming and putting folding chairs out for the musicians, setting up the amps and microphones. One New Year's Eve, they hosted an all night jam session with Elizabeth making breakfast for everyone! In 2010, Elizabeth and Pete finally sold the farm and moved to Tahlequah to be closer to the medical facilities. They bought a beautiful home and were very happy in Tahlequah. They met some new musicians and jumped right into the music circles in Tahlequah. When Pete died in 2013, Elizabeth sold their beloved home and moved to Silver Arrow Estates in Broken Arrow, where she lived there for eleven months. Elizabeth loved Pete and her family very much. She loved to have her family come to the farm, cook big meals, and enjoyed showing the grandkids the cows and other animals. Elizabeth and Pete were also very involved with their church, Antioch Baptist Church. Elizabeth was a faithful Christian and believed Jesus was her Savior. Hymns were her favorite songs to sing and she sang them beautifully. Elizabeth had perfect pitch and also could harmonize with anyone. We know Elizabeth is in heaven reunited with Pete and singing in God's choir, the star singer. We are sure Pete is playing the fiddle for God's choir as well. We miss Elizabeth so much, but we rejoice knowing she is in complete peace and love that she could have never had on this Earth. May she rest in peace.

Funeral services held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at Antioch Baptist Church, Peavine, Oklahoma with Pastor Steve Osage officiating.

Interment followed at Stilwell City Cemetery, Stilwell, Oklahoma Under the direction of Roberts/Reed-Culver, Stilwell, OK. 

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