Edythe Ashcraft Fuson © Enid News and Eagle 03-31-2010-2010 Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
CHEROKEE - Edythe "Lyleene" Ashcraft Fuson, 93, of Cherokee, passed from this life to her eternal home on Monday, March 29, 2010. She was born to James Francis Ashcraft and Olivia (Ollie) Wilcox Ashcraft on Aug. 27, 1916, at the family farm east of Carmen.
She attended Prairie Valley Rural School and graduated from Carmen High School.
She was baptized at the age of 11 in Prairie Valley Methodist Church. Her membership was transferred to Cherokee First United Methodist Church in 1968.
She married John Fuson in 1937 and traveled with him to different job sites from Oklahoma, California, Missouri, South Dakota and Iowa. She and John had one son, Edward Joe. When John died on May 3, 1968, she returned back home to Cherokee, where she lived until February of this year. She then moved to The Commons in Enid and passed away at Integris Bass Baptist Health Center.
She was a very active member of Cherokee First United Methodist Church and was president of the United Methodist Women for six years and served many years in the organization. She served as president of Ministerial Alliance Thrift Shop, spending many hours as a volunteer. Lyleene also delivered "Meals on Wheels" since its organization until her sight failed.
Survivors include her son, Edward Joe and wife Toni of Claremore; one grandson, Colby of Ft. Hood, Texas, serving in the U.S. Army; one granddaughter, Kelsie of Tulsa; many nieces, nephews and countless very close friends.
Lyleene was preceded in death by her husband, John, her parents, four brothers and four sisters.
She will be missed by many people who loved her well.
Funeral service for Lyleene will be 10 a.m. Saturday, April 3, 2010, at First United Methodist Church, Cherokee, with Rev. Paul Calkin and Rev. Jeni Markham Clewell officiating. Burial will be in Cherokee Municipal Cemetery with arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home Inc., Cherokee. Viewing will be 2-5 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and after the service at the church.
Memories may be shared with the family at www.lan manmemorials.com.
Memorials may be given to the UMW through the funeral home.
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