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Mary Ouita (Underhill) Samuel
Sep 29, 1924 - May 26, 2023
Posted by Martha Reddout

Watts Funeral Home
(permission granted)

Mary Ouita Samuel, a longtime resident of Durant, Oklahoma, passed away at her home on Friday, May 26, 2023, at the age of 98.

Ouita was born at the family home on September 29, 1924, in Kinlock, Marshall County, Oklahoma. She was the only child of James Audrey and Iva Irene Underhill, who preceded her in death. 

Ouita grew up in Marshall County, where she graduated from Madill High School in 1942. She went on to further her education at Southeastern State Teachers College, what is now known as Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She needed only a few hours to graduate when she met the love of her life, Dean Samuel, 43 days after he returned from WWII. They were married on December 17, 1947, and celebrated 66 years together before Dean, age 91, preceded her in death in 2014. 
She took care of the family home and raised their three children, James Dean, Richard Kent, and Janet Kay. She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Durant. Ouita and Dean enjoyed traveling in their younger years. She loved flowers of all kinds, bird watching, OU football, coloring and completing word searches. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband, Dean Samuel, and son, Jim Samuel, and many dear friends and family. 
Those left to cherish Ouita’s (“Grandma”) memories are her son, Richard Kent Samuel and wife Sue of The Woodlands, Texas; daughter, Janet Kay Stafford of Madill, Oklahoma; daughter-in-law Amber Samuel Burton of Weatherford, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Adrienne Bozorgpor and husband, Ray of Plano, Texas; Ryan Samuel and wife, Christy of Wylie, Texas; Kendle Samuel of The Woodlands, Texas; Kyle Stafford and wife, Kim of Miami, Oklahoma; Lindsey Grooms and husband, Arron of Lindsay, Oklahoma; Olivia Abrahamson and husband, Klynt of Madill, Oklahoma; great grandchildren Nick Tschoepe and wife, Marina of Noble, Oklahoma; Vivienne Bozorgpor of Plano, Texas; Carson Samuel and Riley Samuel, of Wylie, Texas; Miranda Matlock and husband, Taylor of Bennington, Oklahoma; Emma Stafford of Miami, Oklahoma; Lyla Grooms and Elsie Grooms of Lindsay, Oklahoma; Parker Abrahamson of Madill, Oklahoma; and great-great grandchild, Adeline Faye Matlock of Bennington, Oklahoma. 
Family and friend’s hour to celebrate Ouita’s life will be from 5:00-7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 30th at the First Baptist Church in Durant, Oklahoma (Beech Street entrance).  Graveside services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, May 31st at Willis Cemetery in Willis, Oklahoma.

A keepsake video is available through the funeral home.

First Baptist Church, Durant, Oklahoma (Beech Street Entrance)
 Tuesday, May 30, 2023
 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 124 W Evergreen Street
Durant, OK 74701

Willis Cemetery
 Wednesday, May 31, 2023
 10:00 AM
 4194 Highway 377 South
Kingston, OK 73439

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