Margaret (Aliene) Harris, 79 - September 18, 2011
On Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, long-time Grove, OK, resident, Margaret “Aliene” (Markle) Harris, 79, passed away following a courageous battle with cancer.
A visitation will take place at the Nichols Funeral Home, north of Grove, Wednesday (today) from 6-8 p.m.
Services will be conducted at the Bible Baptist Church, east of Grove, at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, with the Revs. Geoff Buffalo and Clint Sinclair officiating. Graveside Native American rites will be performed, and an interment will follow at the Olympic Cemetery, east of Grove.
Harris was born at Dodd, AR, on Feb. 22, 1932, to Alice Delorse Abbott and William (Bill) Markle. She moved to the Dodge community east of Grove and attended school at the Dodge Community School.
At a young age, she assumed full-time care of her mother who was ill, and after her passing, she attended the St. John’s Vienna Catholic Girl’s School in Bixby, OK.
She moved to California where she was employed with the aircraft industry during World War II. When the war ended, she returned to the Joplin, MO, area where she met and married Martin Gains Harris on Dec. 17, 1951.
Harris then attended the Beaugeste Beauty College at Joplin, and from then on, worked in the beauty business, owning her own shops as well as working with others while accompanying her husband wherever his career moved him.
She and her husband lived several years in the Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska areas, where they owned and operated several motels.
Following her husband’s retirement in 1989, the couple moved back to the Grove area, where she was active in the Native American community and was involved with her extended family and friends.
Harris became a Christian at a young age and her faith remained strong throughout her life, said family members. Her greatest pleasure in life was time spent with her children and grandchildren. She had a zest for life, a willingness to help others and a wonderful sense of humor.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, William and Alice; her husband, Martin; two brothers—Jack and Jay Markle; five sisters—Edna Brown Light, Ella Francis, Ada Walls, Sue Powell and Wilma Sanford; a granddaughter, Lora Phillips.
Survivors include: her three children—Tony (Ann) Craigg of Prairie Grove, AR, James (Patricia) Harris of Gothenburg, and Tori Harris of Grove, OK; two sisters—Judy Junge of Gulf Breeze, FL, and JoAnna Kizziar of Oklahoma City, OK; eight grandchildren—Colleen Craigg, Anthony Craigg, II, Leslie Fall Leaf, Jared Beck, Barrie Kuhn, Tyler Harris and Tashina Joshua; seven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; numerous other family members.
Services are entrusted with the Nichols Funeral Home of Grove, OK, and the Thomas Funeral Home of Welch, OK.