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Katie Vann Adair

June 27, 1924 – May 2, 2019

Sallisaw – On Thursday, May 2nd Katie Vann Adair of Sallisaw departed this life to be reunited in Heaven with her husband, children and grandchildren who passed on before her. Born on June 27th, 1924 in Bunch, Oklahoma to James and Susie Vann, Katie was the last surviving of 9 children born to James and Susie. Katie was also one of last monolingual Cherokee speakers still with us. On January 3, 1943 Katie was married to John

Adair to whom she remained married until his passing on December 9, 2002. During their time together, Katie and John brought 6 children into the world: Johnny Adair, Mary Duvall, Jimmy Adair, Louella Frazier, Donald Adair, and Michelle Adair. Throughout her life, Katie passed down the wisdom she gained from hard times and from growing up in a close-knit community where family, friends and neighbors took care of each other. She was a treasure chest of information on ancestry and on family trees that went back generations. Anyone who approached Katie as a stranger walked away from her as a friend. As a member of New Beginnings Church in Sallisaw Katie built lifelong friendships as she grew in her faith and as she grew in the hearts of the many people whose lives she touched. She used her love of crocheting and quilting by creating hand-made gifts as a member of the Busy Bees in Sallisaw. Katie kept her mind sharp by working word search puzzles and kept her spirit young by dancing to “I Saw The Light” and other songs that she loved.  

Katie is survived by her children, Johnny and Alivada Adair, Donald and Joanne Adair, Michelle Adair and George Cheater Jr.; grandchildren, Joey Duvall, Heather Anderson, Ryan Adair, Chad Adair, Stone Girty, Charlotte and Kara Lowery; great-grandchildren, Jessika and Jamey Duvall, Seth and Sayde Anderson, Hope, Darian and Kristen Adair, River and Eagle Cheater, Trinity, King and Steeler Adair, Kaelyn Little Thunder, Destin and Angel Adair, Ethan, Elijah, Elliot, Eden, Ean and Em Girty, a host of family members and many friends.  

Katie was preceded in death by her husband, John Adair; daughter, Mary Duvall; son, Jimmy Adair; daughter, Louella Frazier; and grandsons, Zachary and Kerry Adair.  

Visitation was held Monday, May 06, 2019 from 6-8pm in the Sequoyah Memorial Chapel at Forever Memories Funeral Services, 463505 Hwy 101, Sallisaw, OK. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 07, 2019 at New Beginnings Church in Sallisaw at 11am with Joey Duvall officiating. Katie will be laid to rest next to her husband John at Rocky Point Cemetery in Sequoyah County with her grandsons acting as pallbearers. Honorary casket bearers will her all her loving nephews, and the flower girls will be all her loving nieces.  

The family of Mrs. Adair entrusted Forever Memories Funeral Service of Sallisaw with the arrangements.

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