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John Fay and Grace OAKLEY

Cherokee Municipal Cemetery

Fay Oakley
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Submitted by: Tim Dotterer

John Fay and Grace OAKLEY

Cherokee Municipal Cemetery

Fay Oakley, 91, died Sunday Feb. 1 , at his home in Cherokee. Services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 3,at the United Methodist Church with Jim Comer officiating. Burial was at Cherokee Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Fisher Funeral Home.

He was born August 16, 1895 southeast of Cherokee to George and Lula Nell Oakley. He graduated from Conelle Agricultural School in Helena and then served in France during World War l. He taught school in Beaver and later at Elkton and Prairie Valley Schools in Alfalfa County. He farmed southeast of Cherokee. On February 24,1961, he married Grace Alexander Bell. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Grace Alexander Bell Oakley
Submitted by: Tim Dotterer

Grace Bell Oakley, 93, died December 11, 1989, at Alfalfa County Hospital. Funeral services will be at 2 PM, December 14 at the First United Methodist Church with burial to follow in Cherokee Municipal Cemetery, directed by Fisher Funeral Home.

She was born October 25, 1896 at Freeport, Kansas, to Charles and Lettie Baldwin Alexander. She moved with her parents to a farm 7 miles northwest of Helena. She attended Prairie Valley Church and Elkton grade school.

She married Dillon Bell August 16, 1916 in Enid. They lived on a farm near Helena. They had three children, Howard LeRoy, Alven Eugene and Erma Lee. Bell died August 1, 1926.

She and her children moved to Enid, then later back to the farm. Later, she and her mother moved to Cherokee where she was a nurse's aide at Masonic Hospital for each 11 years.

She married Fay Oakley on February 25, 1959. He died February 1, 1987.

She is survived by a son, Howard Bell of Cherokee; nine grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son, a daughter, three brothers and two sisters.

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