Alma Jean Venis died Friday, Nov. 23, 2007, at Eastwood Manor in Commerce. She was 81.
Mrs. Parkhurst was born Aug. 10, 1926, in Welch to Tom and Rena (Langley) Parkhurst. She lived in Fairland where she graduated from school in 1944. She later moved to Miami.
She 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, she volunteered as a Girl Scout leader, was active in the parent-teacher association and was a homeroom mother.
She married Charles C. Venis on Jan. 11, 1948, at the First Baptist Church in Fairland. He survives.
Additional survivors include three daughters, twins Marilyn Harsch and husband Bill of Eureka Springs, Ark., and Marsha Baldridge and husband Scott of Miami, and Alicia Ray and husband Albert of Quapaw; two sisters, Eva Stelle of Miami and Leva Marten and husband Bill of California; 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, and six great-grandchildren, Braden and Merrick Winters, Kaden Baldridge, Kamden Poteet and Kason and Slade Frazier.
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.
Services celebratingher life will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kathy Leithner and minister Leon Weece officiating. Burial will be in Fairland Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be her nephews, Don Helmig, Terry Helmig, Bill Collins, Bob Collins, Tom Stelle and Scott Stelle. Honorary pallbearers will be Mary and Glenn Lowe, Reba and G.C. Freeman, Merle and Darrell Craig, Dolly and Frank Gray and Louis Green.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church.
Arrangements are under the direction of McClendon-Winters Funeral Home, 303 E. 7th Street, Okmulgee, OK 74447.
Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church youth in care of the funeral home.