Services to honor and celebrate the life of Dorothy Alma "Dot" (French) Brakefield will be 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 12, 2016 at Memorial Heights Baptist Church.
She will be laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation will be 1-8 p.m. Thursday at Rice Funeral Service with family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m.
Dot passed away Monday evening at her home. She was 82.
Born July 11, 1934 in Wagoner, Okla. to Rolin and Elsie (Capps) French, Dot was reared and educated in and around Tahlequah where her family lived and worked on a rural farm. Following high school graduation, Dot moved to Oklahoma City where she met J.B. Brakefield. The couple married Nov. 11, 1954 and made their first home together in OKC.
Duncan, Okla. would then become home for several years as the young couple joined J.B.'s parents in a dairy farm operation. They would later move to California and eventually made a return to Oklahoma where they settled in the community of Foyil. Upon settling in, the Brakefield family owned and operated a dairy farm near Adair for a number of years.
In addition to her devotion to the dairy operation, Dot served as a homemaker and also worked outside of the home as a lunchroom cook for various schools through the years. In her spare time, idleness was not a way of life for Dot, as she was ever productive, taking part in a mixture of activities including: sewing, quilting, crocheting and gardening — just to name a few. An avid bird watcher and caretaker, Dot took it upon herself to feed 'her' cardinals in the winter months and 'her' hummingbirds throughout the summer.
A little lady with an oversized spirit of generosity, Dot was always sharing with and doing for others. Countless recipients, of the fruit of Dot's labor in the kitchen, could attest to the fact that one of the ways she loved to share was through her baked goods — always made with love. Now love didn't mean that there weren't times she was forced to discipline those ornery boys of hers. In fact, family members all agree that Dot had 'that look' when she didn't quite agree with what was going on around her.
A favorite piece of advice that Dot tried to pass down, especially to her daughter and daughters-in-law, was not to learn anything that you didn't want to become your job! That has worked better for some than others.
Dot was a woman of faith. She made this profession following the loss of her son, Bobby. She attended Memorial Heights Baptist Church occasionally and was looking forward to their new building.
This productive and generous lady will certainly be missed by her family and friends. She leaves to cherish her memory: her children: Debbie Krueger and husband, Dewayne of Claremore; Jim Brakefield and wife, Brenda of Adair; Ron Brakefield and wife, Anita of Chelsea; grandchildren: Jennifer Velasquez and husband, Gil of Claremore; Angela Lents and husband, Clay of Aurora, Nebraska; Mike Krueger and wife, Michelle of Stillwater; Vance Brakefield and wife, Genell of St. Louis, Missouri; Julia Brakefield Pino and husband, Kevin of Broken Arrow; Sarah Boyles and husband, Chris of Adair; Matthew Brakefield and wife, Briana of Pryor; Kathryn Williams and husband, Ryan of Foyil; great-grandchildren: Brandon, Jacob and Elijah Velasquez; Christopher, Robert, Zoey and Vivan Chaney; Austin and Tajel Lentz; Maddox, Helena and Barrett Krueger; Graham and Heston Williams; Megan and Josiah Pickup; Brody and Morgan Boyles; Cooper and Wynne Brakefield; J.B. and Zade Brakefield; and sister: Betty Shipley of Oklahoma City.
She was preceded in death by: parents, Rolin and Elsie (Capps) French; husband, J.B. Brakefield; son, Bobby Brakefield; Brothers, Rolin "Bud" and William "Dick" French; and sisters, Ruby Weston and Mae French.
Published on August 10, 2016