Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Nellie Viola Beaver Milam

Born: 2/8/1898

Died: 4/3/1999

Maiden Name: Beaver

Honorific: n/a

Nellie Viola Beaver Milam passed away April 3, 1999, at the age of 101. She was born February 8, 1898, near Keller, Indian Territory.

Myrtle Azalea Beaver Lovin passed away February 2, 2006, at the age of 106. She was born September 30, 1899, near Wapanucka, Indian Territory.

They were the last of their generation.

Family and friends came from far and near to celebrate their 100th birthdays and each birthday thereafter. Five generations were present at Nellie’s 100th birthday celebration on February 8, 1998.

Nellie and Myrtle were the two oldest daughters of Gertrude Izora Howard and Calvin Seldon Beaver. Their grandparents were Caroline Ford and Thomas Jefferson Howard and Lydia and Amos Beaver.

Gertrude and Calvin Beaver had ten children; six of whom were original enrollees before Indian Territory became Oklahoma in 1907. Their children were Clarence, Nellie, Myrtle, Hazel, Claude, Herbert, Grace, T.J., Lonnie and Lois, who died at birth.

They traversed the territory in a covered wagon seeking the ideal place to settle and raise their family. They established their home on Herbert’s allotment near Claypool, between Ringling and Waurika. It became the Old Home Place, where their last four children and several grandchildren were born.

On February 7, 1915, Nellie married Jacob Wesley Funkhouser. They were the parents of three.

Nellie Viola Beaver Milam