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A memorial ceremony honoring the life of Paulyne Vanzant will be held 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 in the Oakhaven Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel. Rice Funeral Service and Cremation Center has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Paulyne passed away September 25, 2017 in Oklahoma City at the age of 93. Paulyne Vanzant was born Dec. 31, 1923 to Eaton and Octavia York on the family farm at Sageeyah, Okla. When her parents moved to Kansas during the Depression years, Paulyne (whose first name is Cora) moved to Claremore to live with her grandparents, J.M. and Martha York. She graduated from Claremore Highschool in 1941. She attended Oklahoma University where she met and married Donald Vanzant. After his discharge from WW2, they made their home in Tulsa. Later they moved to Oklahoma City. For a number of year's she worked with Don in their accounting business. Later they relocated to the family homestead in Sageeyah . Don headed up the Tulsa branch of the Oklahoma Tax Commission. In 2014 she moved to Purcell, Okla. to be with her children and grandchildren.
Paulyne is survived by sons Mike Vanzant of Newcastle, Okla., Dennis Vanzant of Portland, Oregan, daughter Lynn Marsh of Purcell, OK one brother Marvin York of Norman and one sister Connie Wright of Sageeyah, eleven grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
After Don passed away in 1996, she worked at Claremore Federal and Melton Pontiac. She was an active member of the Claremore Senior Center where she loved to play cards. She compiled their monthly newsletter and served on the advisory board.
Paulyne was proud of her Cherokee heritage and spent many hours researching her great grandparents' removal to Oklahoma. Another very important part of her life was her volunteer work at the Will Rogers Memorial. She was praised highly by Directors Emeritus Joe and Michelle Carter as a "prized docent who contributed richly to the library and archives and helped amplify the importance of Will Rogers on the international stage. She also wanted the world never to forget that Will Rogers was a fellow Cherokee and Democrat."
Paulyne was highly intelligent lady who possessed a vibrant personality always ready with a quick, witty comment generously given and invariably on point in any conversation on about any topic. A lifelong Democrat she possessed a passionate interest in national politics and loved to share her opinions whenever given the opportunity.
She is proceeded in death by her husband, her parents, on grandson, Denny Vanzant, brother George York and sisters, Mildred Hanes and Katherine Kirkley. She will be sorely missed by many nieces and nephews whom she dearly loved. She was loved by all who really knew her.
Paulyne wanted to extend a heartfelt thanks to Dr. Bryan Dye of Purcell for his outstanding care and treatment throughout her final days.
Published on October 7, 2017
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