Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Brunetta Bernard Griffith

Born: 3/9/1919

Died: 1/11/2006

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Brunetta Bernard Griffith, 86, of Duncan passed away January 11, 2006, in Duncan. She was born March 9, 1919, in Rush Springs to C.E. and Gertrude Sperling Bernard.

She graduated from Rush Springs High School. She studied six years under Professor Derald Swineford of Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts. Brunetta married Joe Griffith on June 4, 1945, in Indianapolis, Indiana. She lived in Florida for 15 years before settling in Rush Springs. She began painting oils in the early 1970s. Her artwork has received many awards and hangs in the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, the Choctaw Nation Headquarters in Durant, the Veterans Hospital in Lawton, and numerous other places. Her series of the Leaders of the Five Civilized Tribes was purchased for display in Washington, D.C. Brunetta painted several historical murals, one depicting early Rush Springs hangs in the Rush Springs Library.

Brunetta was very proud of her Choctaw heritage and keenly interested in Oklahoma History. She did extensive research for each one of her historical and Indian paintings. Brunetta was a longtime board member of the Oklahoma Historical Society where she was selected as Outstanding Artist. She was also a member of the D1181,Thomas Edwin Oakes Sr.

Brunetta Bernard Griffith