Jean Lee Curtis Pelter © Enid News and Eagle 06-24-2012 Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
ENID — Funeral for Jean Lee "Jeanne" Pelter, 75, will be Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at First United Methodist Church in Cherokee. The Reverend Robert Duran and Brother Tom Cooksey will officiate. Burial will follow at Cherokee Municipal Cemetery under direction of Goodwin Funeral Home.
Jeanne Pelter was born February 11, 1937, on her family's farm east of Cherokee, and departed this life Friday, June 22, 2012, at her home following a short illness.
Jeanne was the daughter of Matt Clarence Curtis and Nora Lee (Bayliff) Curtis. She attended school at Lambert Public Schools, graduating as the valedictorian in 1955. Jeanne was an avid high school basketball player, enjoyed music and singing and served as president of her senior class.
Jeanne married Charles Howard Pelter June 4, 1955, and they established their home south of Cherokee. Three children were born to this marriage: Monte Charles, Kelly Lee and Shelly Sue.
Jeanne, along with her husband, Charles, and his parents, owned and operated for several years Angus Haven Farms – a registered Angus cattle seed stock operation. She enjoyed working outdoors alongside her husband and family and remained active in the farming and cattle operation until the time of her death.
Jeanne was raised a Quaker and was an active member of Cherokee Friends Church for several years, where she served as a Sunday school teacher, served on several church committees, led the singing at weekly worship and provided special music upon request. At the time of her death, she was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Cherokee, where she served on the finance committee, the staff parish committee and the church education committee.
All who knew her recognized that Jeanne's passion was her family. She traveled with Charles (an accomplished calf roper) to rodeos and calf roping competitions – even participating with him the ribbon-roping event, which has all but disappeared from modern-day rodeo. She would later involve her children in youth rodeo competitions, and she continued to support them in the many other activities in which they (and later her grandchildren) became interested, including 4-H and FFA, livestock and horse shows and the many school sporting events in which they actively participated.
At the time of her death, Jeanne was serving the public as the Cherokee tag agent. She was active at state and local levels in the Democratic Party and attended many state Democratic conventions, serving the party in various leadership roles, including past co-chairwoman of Alfalfa County Democrats. She was active in other civic organizations as well, including, most recently, Mother's Self Culture Club.
Those surviving Jeanne include her son, Monte and his wife, Laurie, of Cherokee; two daughters, Kelly Stein and her husband, Sam, of Cherokee, and Shelly Davis and her husband, Tommy, of rural Carmen. Jeanne also is survived by her grandchildren with whom she remained close and loved dearly, Matthew Pelter and Amanda Cseh, Michael and Ashley Pelter, Patrick Stein, Kelsy Stein and Haven Davis, and her two great-grandsons, Elisha and Micah Pelter.
Many other relatives and friends mourn her passing. Jeanne was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, as well as her parents, Matt and Nora Curtis, and her brother, C.D. Curtis.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church through Goodwin Funeral Home.
(Submitted by family)
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