A celebration of life for Mary Bernice Pippin will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday February 19, 2019 at Grandview Tabernacle with her nephew, Pastor Jimmy J. Millikin of Claremore, OK, officiating. Viewing will be Monday February 18, from 10am to 8pm. Family will greet friends from 6pm to 8pm. Pallbearerss will be; Leroy Hubbard, Clint Guthrie, Kevin Collins, Brent Criner, David Green, and Brent Pippin. Honorary Pallbearers will be; Greg Moore, Keith Ogden, Sam Duvall, Dewayne Guthrie, Tim Green, and Rusty Criner. Burial will be in the Boynton Cemetery under the direction of Lescher-Millsap Funeral Home of Muskogee.
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Mary was born January 12, 1926 in Haskell, OK the daughter of Toy W. and Clara Sylvia (Stage) Criner. She married Bill Lee Pippin December 22, 1943 in Bald Hill, OK. Mary spent most of her adult as a wife and homemaker. She worked for a few years at Muskogee Regional Hospital as a nurse’s aide. She was a prolific letter writer, sometimes writing multiple letters per day to family and friends. She loved to bake pies, play the piano and sing. Mary passed away on February 14, 2019 at the age of 93.
Surviving are her children, Pat and her husband Cecil Guthrie of Wainwright, Billy F. Pippin of Warner and Jerry Lee Pippin and wife Sandy of Wainwright; grandchildren, Cecilia Rhoades, Patricia Denise Grimes, Billy Pippin Jr., Dusty Duvall, Chad Pippin, Shawna Pippin, Roger Paul Pippin and Ryan Keith Pippin; sisters, Mildred Moore, Wilma Millikin, Wanda Brake and Ruth Collins; sister in laws, Neonia Criner and Alice Criner; The Birthday Group, Joann Tucker, Beverly Morrison, Freda Morgan, Kathleen Smith, Carolyn Mayes and numerous great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sons, David Leon Pippin and Gene W. Pippin; granddaughter Jodie Pippin; great granddaughter Terri Jo Bellis, a daughter in law Rita Pippin; two brothers, Raymond Criner and Wayne Criner; a sister Marie Hubbard; three sisters in law Naomi Duvall, Mary Guthrie, and Ruth Ogden.