Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Gerea Antoinette Culbertson Burns

Born: 4/28/1909

Died: 12/30/1999

Maiden Name: Culbertson

Honorific: n/a

Gerea Antoinette Culbertson Burns, formerly of McAlester, Oklahoma, passed away on December 30, 1999 in New Bern, North Carolina. A member of the Choctaw Nation, she was born in Kiowa, Oklahoma on April 26, 1909.

She graduated from Kiowa High School and attended Oklahoma Presbyterian College and Southeastern Oklahoma Teachers, College, both in Durant, Oklahoma. She subsequently taught at Kiowa High School for five years.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Fresno State University in Fresno, California. She taught elementary school in Mendota, California for 19 years. She lived in Mendota until her retirement in 1978. She and her husband, Lloyd, moved to New Bern, North Carolina in 1998 to be near her son.

She is survived by her son, Gene Harrison, Jr. of New Bern; two grandchildren, Timothy Eugene Harrison and Catherine Marie Collis, both of Everett, Washington; and three great-grandchildren, Krystina Erickson Everett, Washington and Nicole Tolman and Alica Tolman of Marysville, Washington.

She was a member of The Eastern Star and a member of The Frink Baptist Church. Gerea will always be remembered for her strongly held values of hard work, high moral standards and devotion to family, friends and church. She was a thrifty person of great strength of character. Her retirement years in McAlester were some of her happiest times.

Her parents were Sophia A. Flint and Charles E. Culbertson. Mr. Culbertson was the first postmaster at Kiowa and later owned and operated C.E. Culbertson Hardware, Furniture, Implements, Harness and Lumber Co. at both Kiowa and Pittsburg, Oklahoma. Her grandmother, Mary M. Rogers, traveled from Winston County, Mississippi to Atoka, Indian Territory.