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Irene M. Hudson Heard

Born: 11/12/1897

Died: 7/27/1998

Maiden Name: Hudson

Honorific: n/a

Irene M. Hudson Heard, age 100, of Haileyville, passed away Monday July 27, 1998, in McAlester, Oklahoma.

Irene was born November 12, 1897 at the Tuskahoma Female Academy, Indian Territory. She was the daughter of Peter J. and Amanda Jane Bohanon Hudson. She attended Haskell Institute at Lawrence, Kansas and later the Drury College in Springfield, Missouri, and Southeastern State College at Durant, Oklahoma.

She worked as a sales lady and alterations for J. C. Penney’s in McAlester and taught school at Adamson and Haileyville before retiring from Jones Academy in Hartshorne.

She was a member of the Edgewood Methodist Church where she was an organist and Sunday School teacher working with the youth.

She was a 60 year member of the Order of Eastern Star, currently Antekoma Chapter No. 2. She was an original enrollee of the Choctaw Tribe, a former member of the Ohoyohoma Indian Womens Club of McAlester, a Choctaw delegate of the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes, she served two terms as President, Vice President and Chaplain of the Pittsburg County Choctaw Council and a member of the Oklahoma Federation of Indian Women.

She was a current member of the Jones Academy School Board and served as Chairman in 1977078. She served on the Choctaw Election Board in 1971, 1975 and 1978 and was on the Board of Directors of the Foster Grandparent Program and was the Goodwill Ambassador of the Choctaw Tribe. She was named one of three Outstanding Indian Women of Oklahoma and named International Mother of theYear, an award presented by representatives of ten foreign countries.

She was the first woman Honorary Highway Patrol Trooper in Oklahoma, served on the Health Board at Talihina Choctaw Nation Hospital, was past President of the Hartshorne-Haileyville Parent and Teachers Association.

Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating declared July 29, 1998 as Irene M. Heard Day in remembrance of her many contributions to others.

She lived for 80 years in Pittsburg.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brothers and sisters, and a special son-in-law, Charles Wayne Watson.

Survivors include her daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.