Thelma M Milican
Services for Thelma M Milican will be held on Thursday, September 9, 2021, 2:00 PM at Prater-Lampton-Mills & Coffey.
Thelma Marilyn ( Bryant) Milican was born July 26, 1928, to Ellen and Grover Bryant in Humboldt County, IA.
She passed away peacefully on September 3, 2021 in Durant, OK.
She spent her early childhood in Iowa before moving to Oklahoma on the Choctaw/Pushmataha county line. She graduated high school at age 16 and was Salutatorian of her class at Soper High School.
She married Harry L. Milican April 12, 1947, in Dequeen, AR.
They made their home in Hugo, OK and were married 46 years until he passed in 1993.
Their adventures together included motorcycle riding, square dancing, airplanes, fishing, travel, water skiing and camping. Along for all their adventures was their only child, Carole.
“Mawmaw” as she was known to her family was the kindest soul. She was a woman of faith.
Her kind of faith meant keeping children in the nursery, giving anyone a ride to church, organizing church dinners, serving as church treasurer, church secretary, organizing clothes closets, and she probably dusted the church when no one was looking.
Mawmaw was a hard worker and had an excellent work ethic. After graduating high school, she went to work for the Soil Conservation office in Antlers.
From there she worked 20 years for Attorney James Bounds, 20 years at Security First National Bank, and then 20 years at Clayton Ave Baptist Church.
Mawmaw finally retired at the age of 85.
Mawmaw was the queen of cards and thank you notes. For her it was not a lost art. Whether it was a Valentine card with a little pocket money for her grandkids or a simple thank you note she always made it special.
She lent her hand to many hobbies such as crochet, quilting, cross stitch and embroidery.
Mawmaw was known to be a good cook. Her family considers her thanksgiving dressing and homemade candies legendary, but her homemade pies were her specialty. If you were lucky enough to be her neighbor, you received a treat indeed.
Mawmaw loved nature. She could tell you every tree, flower, or bird when out on a nature walk.
She loved all animals. She was a sucker for kittens in particular and always had at least one house cat to spoil.
On summer evenings, when things cooled down, you could find her driving in her car looking for deer around Hugo Lake. If she spotted one….. she would squeal like a school girl in pure joy. She made the simple things an adventure.
Her grandchildren and great grandchildren can attest to her love of Yahtzee, a good chocolate milk shake, driving her car, and listening to Fats Domino.
Mawmaw was simply the best person we have ever known.
The kind of person we hope we grow up to be.
A gentle spirit.
A generous soul.
“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”
1 Peter 3:3-4
She is survived by her daughter Carole Bedwell of Durant, OK.
Her grandchildren Nikki Bedwell and fiancé Ben Tworek of Durant, OK. Jeanine Prough and her spouse Jerrell of Durant,OK.
Chelsea Vaughn and her spouse Aaron of Winter Garden, Fl.
Great grandchildren Conner, Caroline Prough and soon to arrive Jackson Vaughn.
Niece Linda Hall and her family of Dallas, TX. Nephew Bill Hawkins and his family of Mcalester, OK.
She was preceded in death by her parents Grover and Ellen Bryant. Her siblings Vivian Hawkins and Arlie Bryant. Her spouse Harry L. Milican.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, September 9, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM at Prater-Lampton-Mills & Coffey Funeral Home.
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