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Services to celebrate the rich and fruitful life of Flossie Bernice (Duncan) Cutsinger will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 in the First Christian Church, where she has been a faithful member since 1954. She will be laid to rest beside her husband Tommie Troy Cutsinger at Woodlawn Cemetery. These services of remembrance will be provided by Rice Funeral Service and friends may visit at the funeral home Monday evening from 6-8. Her beloved family will be there to receive guests.
Though Flossie has enjoyed an abundance of years, her ill health in the past months brought an opportunity for her to have one on one time with her children and many of her grandchildren, where fond stories were shared. She passed away at her home Thursday morning, November 10, 2016 just a few months short of her ninety-ninth birthday.
Flossie was born January 10, 1918 in the small Oklahoma community of Arlington, near Prague. She and her brother were lovingly nurtured by their parents John Lewis and Pearl Lula (Stevens) Duncan, in the area of their birth. Elementary school years were spent at the Arlington School and she earned her high school diploma from Prague High School. A very bright girl, she enthusiastically took to her father's early lessons and could read long before she was old enough to enter the classroom. And she enhanced her scholastic abilities by again following her father's direction to read the newspaper cover to cover. His words to his young daughter were, "You can learn a lot from reading the newspaper." So it was no surprise that she excelled in school, graduating a couple of years before she was scheduled.
Flossie was quite accomplished at many things. She was a wonderful cook and baker, able to follow her recipes to the letter. She brought one of her pies to be auctioned at a church pie supper and Tommie Troy Cutsinger was the highest bidder. This began the courtship that brought them together as husband and wife in March of 1938. It was a private ceremony in Prague. The young couple made their first home in the train stop community of Wilzetta, Oklahoma before moving to Claremore in 1941. It was here that they reared their eight children. Flossie devoted her full time to her home and family until the youngest started school. Then she put her gifting as a seamstress to work outside of her home with work at White Stagg Garment Factory in Pryor and then Bryan Infant Wear in Tulsa. Although she worked away from home, she had an energy that made her able to continue all her usual efforts as a homemaker and a mother.
Flossie Cutsinger raised the chickens, dressed them and prepared them for the table. She baked special desert each and every day. She created her own patterns and then sewed those special, one of a kind items for her children to wear. She manicured her own yard until she was eighty-eight. And she volunteered for many church function and home extension projects. It was common place for her to be awarded ribbons for her baked goods in the county fair-blues for her pecan pie. And when a granddaughter recently followed that recipe to the letter, she too came away with a blue ribbon at the Tulsa State Fair. Flossie was very proud.
When Flossie was left a widow far too early, she was able to continue to care for those younger children still at home by continuing to work. Then when she did retire the joys of family gatherings, church services and bus travels kept her active. She continued to enrich her sharp mind as an avid reader, a passion she shared with her daughter, Eleanor.
Flossie was a devoted wife, loving mother and a very proud grandma. She was a woman of faith who passed such a rich heritage through generations that follow her. Her family members who survive are: her children, John Cutsinger and Barbara of Claremore, Eleanor Shepherd and Sam of Tulsa, Carolyn Wood and Don of Tulsa, Tommie Cutsinger and LaVon of Claremore, Bob Cutsinger and Judy of Claremore, Linda Wilson and Jay of Peoria, AZ, Sharon Knight and Ted of Poteau and Rick Cutsinger and Kyle of Ooltewah, TN.; her beloved grand, great grand and great great grandchildren.
Flossie is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brother and two grandsons.
Because of Flossie's devotion to her church her family suggest memorial gifts be extended to: First Christian Church 200 E. 5th street Claremore, OK 74017 or the charity of your choice.
Published on November 11, 2016
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