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Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

Jerry Faye (Tankersley) Ward

Jerry Faye (Tankersley) Ward
July 31, 1934 ~ October 20, 2020

Memorial service for Jerry Faye Ward, 86 of Pocola, Oklahoma will be at 2:00 pm Thursday, October 22, 2020 at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Spiro, Oklahoma under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Spiro, Oklahoma.

She was born on July 31, 1934 in Checotah, Oklahoma to Jennie (Maples) Tankersley and Marvin Oren Tankersley and passed away on October 20, 2020 in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Jerry was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin and Jeanie Tankersley; brothers, Alfred, Bud, Oren, Ray, Roy and Marvin Jr.

Jerry graduated from Pocola High School and worked many places throughout her career. After devoting years to the Spiro State Bank, she decided to retire on July 31, 1999. Jerry loved helping others, being a second mom to many and simply being known as Memaw to her grandchildren and ones closest to her. She spent much of her time reading, walking miles a day, crocheting, couponing, and making many trips to Homeland to find the best deals. She enjoyed cooking and baking. Her family always received banana nut bread and sausage rolls weekly. She loved running her “grocery store” from her spare bedroom where her family and friends could shop for all their needs. She would often let her grandchildren pick whatever they wanted or needed – free of charge. She loved her girls, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren beyond words. She most enjoyed her trips to Las Vegas with the girls from the bank and Target popcorn. She was loved by many and most known for her selflessness and generosity. Although she is no longer with us, she will always remain in our hearts.

Survivors include two daughters, Terry Yarbery of Panama, Oklahoma, Sharon Steele and husband Rocky of Pocola, Oklahoma; sister, Joyce Minks of Pocola, Oklahoma, two brothers, Wayne Tankersley of Pocola, Oklahoma, Paul Minor Tankersley of Cameron, Oklahoma; four grandchildren, Cassie Sharum and husband Greg of Greenwood, Arkansas, Patrick Steele and wife Annete of Pocola, Oklahoma, Shiloh Yarbery of Panama, Oklahoma, Shelby Rose and husband Eric of Pocola, Oklahoma; six great grandchildren, Mason and Dawson Steele, Eli and Allie Sharum, Tinsley Rose and Carter Robbins, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones.

There will be no restrictions for those attending the service, but masks are encouraged. 

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