Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Daisy Edith Gordon Hilburn

Born: 03/27/1904 Died: 09/27/1995 Maiden Name: Sterling Honorific: n/a

Daisy Edith Gordon Hilburn, 91, died peacefully on Wednesday, September 27, 1995. She passed away at the Hillhaven Healthcare Center Sierra Vista, Arizona. She was born on March 27, 1904 in Indian Teritory, near the town now known as Rush prings, Oklahoma. She was the last of 11 children born to Henry Herbert and lizabeth Henrietta (Wright) Sterling. Daisy Edith was a very proud of her Indian heritage. She was a direct descendant of Mississippi Choctaw Ni-Ti-Ka, sister to Chief Pushmataha and Ebinezer Folsom; Sophia Shenaka Folsom and Choctaw Interpreter, Major John Pitchlynn; Thoda Push-Huma Pitchlynn and Calvin Hickman Howell; Arabella Pitchlynn Howell and Chester Ashley Wright. Some of these ancestors were in the shameful forced removal fom Mississippi to Oklahoma callthe he trail of tears. Daisy was a devoted Christian wif and mother. She enjoyed painting in oils and water color, embroidering, crocheting, tatting, quilting and flower gardening. Her most enjoyable and rewarding activity was teaching Bible classes, among other sercives, for 70 years. She was an active member of the Church of Christ, serving God since 1916. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elizabeth Henrietta Wright and Henry Herbert Sperling; Creed Nunnelly Gordon (70), her husband for 49 years; Thomas Larmar Hilkburn (86), her husband for six years; two brothers, Charles; Ashley and Clairborn Herbert Speling; six sisters, Julia Arabella Southerland, Caroline Agusta Barnett, Helen Gertude Bernard, Christine Emilybel Hart,, Nathie Jewel Morris and Margaret Henrietta Saddler. Daisy is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Othella (Gordon) and Vernon Burrows of Sierra Vista, Arizona; grandchildren, Katie (Burrows) and Will York, Sierra Vista; Fred Burrows and wife, Sandy of Sacramento, California; Nancie (Burrows) and John Strobeck, Sierra Vista and Tucson, Arizona; Mary (Burrows) and Stan Pena of Burelson, Texas; Richard and wife, KC McQuiller of Sierra Vista; nine great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were grandsons, Will York, Stan Pena, Richard McQuiller and great-grandsons, Kevin Strobeck, Stephan Burrows and David York. She was interred at the Foothills Funeral Home and is buried in a double grave with Creed in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Sierra Vista. She died on their wedding anniversary.