Michelle Tooahimpah Tate
Michelle Yvette Tooahimpah Tate, 54, of Fletcher, OK went to her Heavenly home on February 12, 2023.
The prayer service will be at the Little Washita United Methodist Church, Fletcher, OK at 7:00 pm on
Thursday February 16, 2023 and the funeral service will be held at Little Washita UMC at 1:00 pm on Friday, February 17, 2023, committal service will follow at Little Washita Cemetery under the direction of Whinery-Huddleston Funeral Home.
Michelle was born on December 26, 1968 to Jackie Tooahimpah Tate and Doris Jean Edge. She was enrolled in the Comanche Nation and also of Kiowa descent. She is a decendent of Chief Wildhorse, Comanche George, Hi-we-ni and Chah-Toe-bitty. Michelle was a member of Little Washita United Methodist Church.
Michelle loved attending Pow Wows and began dancing as a young child as a southern cloth dancer and later a fancy feather dancer. She performed at Six Gunn Territory in Ocala, FL where she also hoop danced. As she became an adult she danced around the arena in her shawl and gourd danced. She enjoyed the Pow wow world. She was a very talented beadworker and loved listening to the beautiful music of the many southern and northern drum groups as she completed her art. Michelle also loved Comanche Hymns and listening to the Numu Tekwap/Comanche Language. She loved watching wrestling. She was a big fan of OU football and basketball, OKC Thunder and the Dallas Cowboys.
After Michelle graduated from Fletcher High School, she attended Rose State College where she studied business. She then attended Cameron University with a major in Criminal Justice. While with CU she was admired by her service to others as well as helping when anyone was in need. She was trustworthy and dependable and was elected Treasurer in the CU Native American Club where she served on the committee the years she attended.
She started employment with the Lawton Correctional Center operated by the GEO Group where she worked as a correctional officer for over 10 years. She had to stop employment due to medical reasons.
She is survived by her sisters Kimberly and husband Jason Wolf, Julia and husband Timmy Lewis, Debbie
Jones and Rena Edge and her brothers Junior Edge and his wife Pearl. Uncle and aunts Paul and Val
Tooahimpah Tate Sr, Ernest and Cora Tooahimpah Tate Jr, two aunts Freda Tooahimpah Tate and Rose Tooahimpah Tate. Her cousins/siblings, brothers John and his wife Lorie Keel, sister, Charlotte and her husband Lee Juarez, Elvis and his wife Rachel Keel; Michelle’s daughter Kaitlin Sarah Juarez, and Dearest Friend Kammie Hilliard both of the home. And many more beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces and close friends.
Michelle was preceded in death by her father, Jackie Tooahimpah Tate, her mother Doris Jean Edge, paternal grandparents Ernest and Virginia Tooahimpah Tate Sr, maternal grandparents Robert Geionety and Ruby James. Cousin/sister Norma Elizabeth “Liz” Hoahwah
Memorial Donations can be made to the American Renal Association.
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