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A memorial service to celebrate the home going of Elta Mae Horner will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 at the Westwood Pentecostal Church, where she was a long time faithful member. Her pastor, Brother John Chance, will share words of comfort. She will be laid to rest at Sageeyah Cemetery before the memorial service and Brother Duane Nelson will share along with some of her cherished grandchildren. Family will greet visitors for a time of viewing Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Rice Funeral Service.
Elta passed away Sunday evening, Oct. 16, 2016. She was 80.
Born on Nov. 28, 1935 in Tulsa, Okla., Elta was the daughter of John Raymond and Walsa Mae (Loffer) Klahr. She spent her early childhood years in her birth community, moving with the family to Oologah when she was nine or ten. She attended her first eight years of school in the small country school called Snarr before completing her education at Oologah High School. She graduated with the class of 1953 having earned the honor of being named valedictorian. Very intelligent, she could do math problems in her head faster than many could complete with the help of a calculator. And even in the last months of her life she was impressing her grandchildren with her ability to remember facts. She also put that intellect to good use by either beating her grands at a competitive game of scrabble or making sure they earned their own win fair and square.
While still a high school student, Elta met Ervin Lewis Mack Horner. The two married on August 5, 1955 in a Claremore wedding ceremony. They built their lives together based on strong Christian principles. After Mr. Horner passed away in 2000, Elta remained in the home she was so content to live in for over 56 years. For all those years she lavished loving care for her family. This was the place she welcomed her grandchildren for those scrabble games. It was also the place where she lovingly prepared her amazing meals. As son Gary recalls-she was THE BEST cook in the world! It was common practice for her to prepare many of those meals right from her own canned goods stored in her cellar. If you looked at those stores of jars she canned, you would see that they looked just as wonderful as they tasted. Any one could have won a blue ribbon at the county fair. She was always a gracious hostess to friends who visited as well, and if you were one who was confined to your own home, she would visit you with any number of her lovingly prepared treats.
Elta Horner was a woman of faith, she was a devoted wife and mother and adoring grandma. But her heart was so full of love that it spilled over onto everyone she met. She lived simply so that she always had time for the most important things in life. And she was tireless in her efforts to serve her church by delivering just one more batch of peanut brittle so more funds could be contributed to the Kingdom work. No doubt she was welcomed into Heaven on Sunday by many whose faith was strengthened by her loving and selfless example.
Those family members who survive to carry on her Christian legacy are her children and their spouses: Gary & Tammie Horner, Kenneth & Kelly Horner, Tim & Anita Horner, Sheila & Randy Collier all of Claremore; grandchildren: Darla & Johnny Creek, Karen & Chris Berryman, Brandon Collier, Kendi Horner, Deborah & Beto Lopez, Aaron & Katy Horner, Kendall & Laci Horner & the boys, Kandice & John McCuistian, Bethany & Shaun Coke, Marissa & Shaun Farr, & Matthew Collier; great grandchildren: Skyler England, Blade England, Zane McCuistian, Eli Lopez, Allissa Berryman, Levi McCuistian, John Luke McCuistian, & Pippin Berryman; and her brother, Lee Klahr of Owasso.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Published on October 18, 2016
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