Nadine Ophelia Harper
Longtime Pawhuska resident Nadine Ophelia Harper died April 2 at the age of 95.
The woman who came to be lovingly known as “Na Na” was born July 11, 1918, in Wilburton. She was the third of six children to Chester Arthur and Sally Christine Sutton.
After moving to Pawhuska at an early age, she became a lifelong member and servant of Derrick Chapel AME church. After graduating high school in 1936 from Booker T. Washington in Pawhuska, she met Oscar Rudolph Harper. They were married Nov. 24, 1939, and had one daughter, Constance Rosetta Harper-Davis.
Among the many hobbies of Mrs. Harper were sewing, gardening, bird watching, walking and bike riding. Her employment included working at a local tent factory while her husband was in military, as well as having various roles as a domestic engineer. She also was active in the management of her church.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Oscar, as well as her parents and five siblings — Noree Clegg, Connie Sutton, Cleo Timother (C.T.) Sutton, Octavia Waters and Vietta Moore. Also preceding her in death was her son-in-law, Charles E. Davis.
Mrs. Harper is survived by her daughter, Constance; two granddaughters, Charita Maxie of Boca Raton, Fla., and Crystal Edwards of Oklahoma City; a grandson, Chuck Davis of Oklahoma City; sons-in-law Chris Maxie of Boca Raton, Fla., and George Edwards of Oklahoma City, and daughter-in-law Freda L. Davis of Oklahoma City. Also surviving are four great granddaughters, Clark O. Maxie of Boca Raton, Fla., Celeste O. Walker of Oklahoma City, Kyndal L. and Harper E. Davis of Oklahoma City; one great grandson, Davis C. Maxie of Boca Raton, Fla., plus a host of nephews, nieces and other family members and friends.
A service of memory was held for Mrs. Harper on April 8 at McCartney Johnson Funeral Home in Pawhuska. The Rev. W.T. Brown officiated.