Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Sybil Rosenthal Davis

Born: 9/8/1910

Died: 6/30/2004

Maiden Name: Rosenthal

Honorific: n/a

MSybil Rosenthal Davis, 93, of Sulphur, Oklahoma, passed away June 30, 2004. She was born September 8, 1910, in Spencerville to Jacob Rosenthal and Birdie Earthman Rosenthal.

Mama Sybil or Ms. Sybil, as she was affectionately known, was educated at the Goodland Indian Orphanage in Hugo, Oklahoma Presbyterian College and Southeastern State Teachers’ College in Durant. She was married to Walter Davis, a rancher, farmer and school bus driver, and they made their home in a small rural community known as High Hill, ten miles north of Ft. Towson, Oklahoma. Sybil taught for 21 years in High Hill at the one teacher school, and many of the local country kids would not have been educated had it not been for her dedication and love. She functioned as a teacher for all eight grades, coach, drama coach, janitor, psychologist, librarian, cook and nurse. She had the students perform two plays every year, a highlight of the community. Sybil also was a community leader. During World War II she would organize a pie supper to raise money for the USO. After the consolidation of the rural schools, Sybil moved to the Rattan Public School where she taught for an additional 19 years until her retirement. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Delta Kappa Gamma, the Presbyterian Church and the Choctaw Tribe of Oklahoma. She was extremely proud of her Indian and Jewish heritage. In her spare time she enjoyed wildlife, gardening, walking, cooking and entertaining family and friends, and having a new car to drive.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Coy Rosenthal and George Pistol Rosenthal, and sisters, Gladys Brannan and Velma Baldwin.

Survivors include her daughter, June Akard Morris and husband, Dane, of Sulphur; grandchildren, Julie Akard Jack and husband, Clayton, of Sulphur and Jay Herbert Akard and wife, Micki, of Muskogee; great-grandchildren, Joanna Claire Jack and Madeline Jaye Jack of Sulphur; sister, Mayola Harring of Richland Hills, Texas, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.