Born: 11/18/1925 Died: 07/11/2011 Maiden Name: Willis Honorific: n/a
Marie Baxter, 85, of McAlester passed away on July 11, 2011, in McAlester. She was born Nov. 18, 1925, in Atoka County to Preston Betsey and Frances Willis. She married Floyd Jackson Baxter Sr. on Dec. 9, 1949, in Crawford County, Ark. She grew up in Bentley and attended secondary boarding school in Antlers before graduating from Chilocco High School. She was fluent in English and the Choctaw language. She later went on to nursing school and graduated as an LPN. She worked for 30 years at the Talihina Hospital for the Choctaw Nation. She liked to watch her boys play basketball throughout their high school days. She liked to sew, crochet, do home canning and much more. She and her husband had a special place in their heart for their only daughter and the boys knew it. They also loved to travel across the county to visit their grandchildren. Later on in life she would love to sit in her rocker and hold her grandbabies for hours at a time. She loved three o’clock in the afternoon because she knew it was time for the kids to come home from school and the commotion would begin. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends but has lived an honorable life and has left a wonderful legacy to carry on her outstanding traits of compassion, integrity, trust, faith and endurance. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd; two grandsons, Jordan Baxter and Steve Baxter; brother, Adam Betsey; and sister, Alice Ward. She is survived by eight children, Floyd J. Baxter Jr. (Melody) of Cardston, Alberta, Virginia M. Jones (John) of McAlester, Don Baxter (Becky) of Topeka, Kan., Algernon D. Baxter (Shirley) of Spanish Fork, Utah, Gerald W. Baxter (Audrey) of Fayetteville, Ark., Robert F. Baxter (Diane) of Harlan, Iowa, Kenneth Baxter of Longview, Va., and Steve W. Baxter (Grace) of Chandler, Okla.; two sisters, Christine Benge of Tahlequah and Charlene Johnson of Oklahoma City. She left behind a wonderful posterity of 28 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.