Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Faie Suzanne “Suzie” Harris

Born: 4/18/1940

Died: 11/30/2004

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Faie Suzanne Suzie Harris passed away November 30, 2004. She was born April 18. 1940, in Oklahoma City, the only child of Mittie Faie Hughes Harris and Jack LeFlore Harris, both of whom preceded her in death.

After graduating from Northwest Classen High School in 1958, Suzie began her college career at OSU. She later transferred to Central State University. After obtaining a BA in business, Suzie was a lady with a thirst to try many things and she did them well. Her career included secretarial work for Little Giant Pump Co., stewardess for Braniff Airways and insurance fraud investigator for Pinkerton’s. In 1970, Suzie began a 23-year career as a pardon and parole officer with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. She was a person who loved working with people and had the ability to gain their trust and respect.

Survivors include her family of choice, Letha Casey, Lynn and Heather Casey and their children; Sandy and Mark Tarver and son, Blase; Carla and Cory Stutts and children; Jeff Bremer and her babies, CeeGee, Catfish and Sammy Jo. Also surviving are three cousins who along with Suzie, referred to themselves as The LeFlore Legions. Suzie was also known as her own cousin, since she descended from both Greenwood LeFlore, the last Choctaw Chief east of the Mississippi, and his half-brother, Forbis LeFlore, who came from Mississippi on the Trail of Tears in 1832.

An accomplished photographer, Suzie delighted her cousins with professional-looking photographs of their LeFlore ancestors, as well as photos of their tombstones, which helped establish family birth and death dates. Suzie was so very proud of her Choctaw ancestry. She drove thousands of miles visiting other LeFlore descendants, museums, courthouses, cemeteries, etc. Especially important to Suzie was trying to find information on James Clark Harris, husband of Rebecca Cravat LeFlore, daughter of Greenwood LeFlore and Priscilla Donly LeFlore, whose son, John L. Jack Leflore, was Suzie’s grandfather. Unfortunately, Mr. Harris remains an enigma.

Faie Suzanne 'Suzie' Harris