Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Edna Lucille Montgomery Loftin

Born: 03/07/1917 Died: 06/05/2009 Maiden Name: Oakes Honorific: n/a

Edna Lucille Oakes Montgomery Loftin passed away peacefully on June 5, 2009, after a very brief illness. She was born March 7, 1917, in Atlas, Oklahoma. Her parents were Edgar Omega Oakes, an original enrollee, and Annie Marie Rives Oakes. She was the second child of nine. She spent her early years near Soper and graduated from Soper High School. She married Henry Alexander Montgomery on July 14, 1936, in Hugo where she lived the remainder of her life. She has one son, Roy Wood Montgomery. After Henry’s death, she married Ralph Loftin. Edna worked as a bookkeeper for various businesses including those owned by the family, Montgomery Brothers Meat Market, Hugo Sale Commission and Montgomery Feed. She was very proud of her Choctaw heritage and served on the Choctaw Election Board for many years, most recently serving as the Election Board President. She also served on the Kiamichi Soil Conservation Board until her death. She was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Hugo. Edna was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Edna also leaves behind may close friends with whom she enjoyed traveling, quilting, and visiting. Edna was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Thomas, Edgar and Jack; sisters, Wilma, Nadine and an unnamed infant girl; husbands, Henry and Ralph; great-grandson, Dustin Jackson, and various aunts, uncles and cousins. She is survived by her son, Roy Wood Montgomery, and his wife Jan; granddaughters, Kim Shawhart, Christy Ray and husband James, Dee Jackson and husband Scott; great-grandchildren, Benton Ray, Kelsey Shawhart, Katlyn Shawhart, Nate Jackson, Morgan Ray, Makenzie Jackson and Hunter Ray; one great-granddaughter, Jazlyn Randal; sister, Betty Lyles, and brother-in-law, Roy Lyles; brother, Roberts Oakes, and sister-in-law, Connie Oakes, and several nieces, nephews, cousins and special relatives, Helga, Christa and Lisa Loftin.