Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Estella Marie Harkins

Born: 5/22/1919

Died: 11/15/1996

Maiden Name: n/a

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George Eliot and Estella Marie Harkins

George Eliot Harkins was born on March 27, 1912 in Tupelo, Oklahoma and passed away on November 15, 1996 in Orange, California. Estela Marie Harkins was born on May 22, 1919 in Fletcher, Oklahoma and passed away on November 15, 1996 in Orange.

George was the oldest of five children, one brother and three sisters. Marie was the sixth child out of ten children. Marie had five brothers and four sisters. One sister died in infancy.

As a boy, George only completed two years of high school, but ended up living a very rich life full of experiences. In 1933 he met Estella Marie and married her on December 2 of that same year. Back in the 1940’s George picked oranges. He had a reputation of being the best at what he did. When the war broke out, he worked at Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach. At the time, his job was to install the top gun turret of the B-29 bomber.

After the way George worked with the Orange County Road Department driving a core drilling rig.

When their children were born, they became the best of parents. Carolyn the daughter remembers getting up early on cold school mornings to find mom ironing her clothes right before putting them on in order to keep warm.

Marie went to Orange Coast College to get her Licensed Vacationing Nurse training and certificate. She was so proud when she graduated. She graduated the same year as Gene - the same school too. George worked with the road department for 24 years and retired after having his stroke in 1978.

Both George and Marie liked attending Zion Christian Center and were a part of the church from its inception. Although George worshipped at Zion, he still held their membership at Boise City Oklahoma Friends Church where eh was baptized as a boy.

They are survived by three children, Gene of Oklahoma City, Joel of Fullerton, California and Carolyn of Corona, California. George has one living brother, Robert of Walla Walla Washington, and two sisters; Agnes of Amarillo, Texas and Tillie of Boise City, Oklahoma. Estella is survived by one brother, Bill of Santa Ana, California and two sisters, Lois of Orange, California and Bernice of Boise City. They are also survived by seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. They were married for 63 years and still are.

George wanted to be remembered as a good husband and father who loved his wife and children very much. Marie was a loving mother who made his life sweet and gloriously rich.