On Sunday afternoon, September 18, 2011, long time Grove resident, Margaret (Aliene) Markle Harris quietly slipped into the arms of Jesus, after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. She was 79 years old.

Aliene was born in Dodd, Arkansas on February 22, 1932. Her parents were Alice Delorse Abbott and William (Bill) Markle. She moved to the Dodge Community, east of Grove at a young age. Aliene attended school at the Dodge Community School. At a very young age, she assumed full time care of her mother who was very sick. After her mother passed away she attended the St. John's Vicnna Catholic Girl's School in Bixby, Oklahoma.

After several years, she moved to California where she worked in the aircraft industry during World War II. When the war ended, she returned to the Joplin, Missouri area. It was there that she met and married the love of her life, Martin Gains Harris, on December 17, 1951. After marriage, Aliene attended the Beaugeste Beauty College in Joplin, Missouri. From that time on, Aliene worked in the beauty business, owning her own shops as well as working with others. Always ready to accompany her husband wherever his career sent him.

Aliene and Martin lived for many years in the Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska areas. During that time, she and her husband also owned and operated several motels.

In 1989, after Martin's retirement, he and Aliene moved back to the Grove, Oklahoma area.

Aliene became a Christian at a very young age and her faith remained strong throughout her life. In Grove, Aliene was active in the Native American community and was very involved with her extended family and friends. However her greatest pleasure in life was the time spent with her children and grandchildren. She leaves each of them and other family and friends, a legacy of love, caring and the true meaning of family. She will forever be remembered for her zest for life, willingness to help others and her wonderful sense of humor.

Proceeding Aliene in death are: her parents; her husband; two brothers, Jack and Jay Markle; five sisters, Edna Brown Light, Ella Francis, Ada Walls, Sue Powell, and Wilma Sanford; and one granddaughter, Lora Phillips.

Margaret will forever be loved and missed by: her three children, Tony Craigg and wife Ann of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, James Harris and wife Patricia of Gothenburg, Nebraska and daughter, Tori Harris of Grove, Oklahoma; two sisters, Judy Junge of Gulf Breeze, Florida and JoAnna Kizziar of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; eight grandchildren, Colleen Craigg, Anthony Craigg, Anthony Craigg II, Leslie Fall Leaf, Jared Beck, Barrie Kuhn, Tyler Harris and Tashina Joshua; seven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many other loving family and friends.

Aliene will lie in state at the Nichols Funeral Home, north of Grove, until funeral time.

A visitation for family and friends will be held at the funeral home Wednesday evening September 21, 2011 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The funeral services for Aliene will be held at the Bible Baptist Church, east of Grove, at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday morning, September 22, 2011.

Family friend and Good Shepherd Hospice, Geoff Buffalo, will officiate, assisted by pastor Clint Sinclair. A special reading will be given by Tashina Joshua. Serving as pallbearers will be Tyler Harris, Jared Beck, Dale Gardner, Justin Mathia , Lance Crowder and Stoney Crowder. Graveside Native American rites will be performed. Interment will follow in Olympia Cemetery, east of Grove, Oklahoma.

The family of Aliene Harris would like to express their deep and heartfelt gratitude to the members of the Good Shepherd Hospice, with special recognition to Geoff Buffalo, for their unselfish dedication to their family, friends and co-workers, who were so understanding and helpful during the difficult time of their mother's illness and to all of you who helped make their mother's time on this earth a rich, enjoyable time, filled with love and laughter. Your presence in her life will never be forgotten.

Services for Margaret (Aliene) Markle Harris are entrusted to Brian and Karin Nichols of the Nichols Funeral Home of Grove, Oklahoma and Jim Thomas of the Thomas Funeral Home of Welch, Oklahoma.