Alma Jean Parkhurst was born Aug. 10, 1926, in Welch, Okla., to Tom and Rena (Langley) Parkhurst. At a young age the family moved to Fairland where Jean attended school and graduated in 1944.
She married Charles C. Venis on Jan. 11, 1948, at the First Baptist Church in Fairland. After residing in Fairland for four years, they moved their family to Miami.
Jean worked at Milner-Berkey, Belks, Kemps and Walker Drug Store in Miami for many years and later cashiered at the Townsman Restaurant. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Miami and the United Methodist Women Eve Circle Group. For many years when Jean's daughters were young she volunteered as a Girl Scout leader, was active in the parent-teacher association and was a homeroom mother. Jean's favorite time was hosting her family on holidays and birthdays and spending time with her friends, especially playing cards and in earlier years, bowling. She and Charles also spent many hours together fishing on Grand Lake.
On Friday afternoon, Nov. 23, 2007, Jean passed away at Eastwood Manor in Commerce at the age of 81 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Clarence Parkhurst and Carl Parkhurst, and three sisters, Onita Helmig, Reta Hallmark and Marie Collins.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Charles; twin daughters, Marilyn Harsch and husband Bill of Eureka Springs, Ark., and Marsha Baldridge and husband Scott of Miami, and her youngest daughter Alicia Ray and husband Albert of Quapaw; six grandchildren, Jason Winters and wife Nicole of Okmulgee, Kourtney Poteet and husband Matt of Miami, Rhonda Keefe of Minneapolis, Minn., Meagan Frazier and husband Frankie of Carl Junction, Mo., Albert Ray III of Quapaw and Kyle Baldridge and wife Lynsey of Miami; six great-grandchildren, Braden and Merrick Winters, Kaden Baldridge, Kamden Poteet and Kason and Slade Frazier; two sisters, Eva Stelle of Miami and Leva Marten and husband Bill of California; one brother-in-law, Jake Helmig of Mount Vernon, Mo.; one sister-in-law, Pauline Parkhurst of Miami, and several very special nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church Chapel in Miami.
A funeral service celebrating Jean's life will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007, at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kathy Leithner and minister Leon Weece officiating. Interment will follow in the Fairland Cemetery.
Casketbearers will be her nephews, Don Helmig, Terry Helmig, Bill Collins, Bob Collins, Tom Stelle and Scott Stelle. Honorary casketbearers will be Mary and Glenn Lowe, Reba and G.C. Freeman, Merle and Darrell Craig, Dolly and Frank Gray and Louis Green.
The family suggests memorials be made in Jean's name to the First United Methodist Church Youth in care of the funeral home.
Arrangements are under the direction of McClendon-Winters Funeral Home, 303 E. 7th Street, Okmulgee, OK 74447.
Online condolences may be sent at www.mcclendon-winters.com.