Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Marjory Griffin Leake

Born: 8/15/1918

Died: 10/23/1997

Maiden Name: Griffin

Honorific: n/a

Marjory Griffin Leake passed away October 23, 1997.

Marjory Griffin Leake, a Choctaw Indian, the daughter of John T Griffin and Mary Ada Toole Griffin was born August 15, 1918 in McAlester, Oklahoma. Her family moved to Muskogee in 1925 when her father made Muskogee headquarters for Griffin Grocery Company.

She was educating in Muskogee and attended Christian College at Columbia, Missouri and the University of Oklahoma where she graduated in 1940. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. She met James C. Leake, the love of her life at OU where both were students. They were married don September 10, 1940. Mr. and Mrs. Leake began their family in Dallas, Texas. They returned to Muskogee in 1945 where she resided until her death. She had four children, James C. Leake Jr., John Griffin Leake, Jean Leake and Nancy Leake Sevenoaks.

The Griffin/Leake families were pioneers in the wholesale grocery business as well as radio and television broadcasting. They founded Channel 9 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Channel 8 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Channel 7 in Little Rock Arkansas in 1953 and 1954. Mrs. Leake was an active businesswoman as well. She owned a world respected antique furniture gallery. Mrs. Leake was a long time member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and Methodist charities especially the Methodist Children’s Home in Tahlequah where they family donated Griffin Hall.

Her joy for life led her to become an active member of many clubs and charitable organizations with a lifelong love of gardening. As a master gardener her home and grounds were some of the most beautiful in the state. She and her husband enjoyed entertaining and her ability as a hostess and chef have been renowned through the years.

Marjory was proud of her Choctaw Indian Heritage as a direct descendant of an original enrollee.

She donated countless hours to many organizations. Some of her many interest included: The Garden Study Club of Muskogee, Tulsa Garden Club, Five Civilized Tribes Museum, Preservation of Honor Heights Park, and Methodist Children’s Home in Tahlequah, Stahlin Cancer Foundation of Houston, Texas and the Jewish Hospital in Denver Colorado.

Mrs. Leake was preceded in death by her parents, Brother John T. Griffin, and two of hr children, John Griffin Leake and Jean Leake.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years James C Leake of Muskogee; two children James C. Leake Jr., and Nancy Leake Sevenoaks both of Tulsa; and eight grandchildren.

Marjory Griffin Leake