Brenda Joyce Taylor Samuels
Born: 02/17/1959 Died: 05/17/2009 Maiden Name: Taylor Honorific: n/a
Brenda Joyce Taylor Samuels, 50, passed away on May 17, 2009, at her home in Oklahoma City, after a six-month battle with cancer. She was born February 17, 1959, in Bentley to Howard and Jo Ann Jim Taylor.
Brenda was raised in Bentley by her grandmother, Virgie Peters, for the first nine years of her life. While being raised by her grandmother, she was taught to speak fluently in her native tongue. At a young age, Brenda accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior. God blessed her with a beautiful singing voice which she used to praise his name every chance she got. As a teenager, Brenda used her beautiful gift and became part of the “Taylor Indian Family” gospel singing group. She traveled all over the United States spreading the Word of God through song and music. Brenda was proud to be a Christian, first, and Choctaw, second.
Brenda was a CMA at South Park Health Care Center for 15 years. For the last 10 years of her life, she taught the Choctaw language at the OK Choctaw Tribal Alliance Community Center and was employed for the last seven years at the University of Oklahoma teaching the Choctaw language. She also taught the Chahta Ulla Utheha children’s class at OK Choctaw Tribal Alliance, which traveled all over Oklahoma, was in the Centennial Parade and placed several times in the Native American Language Fair held in Norman, She enjoyed teaching her native language and sharing her native culture. Brenda was a member of Victory Baptist Church for many years. She taught Sunday School, Awana’s and Children’s Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother. Brenda is survived by her husband, Norris of the home; one son, Joel Samuels of Oklahoma City; two daughters, Lisa Mitchell and husband Jakie of Norman, and Stephanie Taylor of Oklahoma City; stepson, Arden “Sonny” Samuels of Midwest City; stepdaughter, Carol Sulphur and husband Saweke of Shawnee; three brothers, Howard Taylor of California, Rodney Taylor of Oklahoma City and Michael Taylor and wife Maleya of McAlester; two sisters, Sherry Carpenter and husband Mike of Moore, and Deborah Taylor of Kiefer; three granddaughters, Shoshana and Faith Mitchell of Norman and Veronica Roberts of Oklahoma City; three stepgrandchildren, David and Asa Samuels and Rainey Sulphur, all of Shawnee; one step-great-grandchild Alexis Samuels; special aunt, Rosie Jim of Southgate, California; special uncle, Lester Jim of Stringtown; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. Brenda will be missed by all of her family and friends, especially her granddaughters who were her pride and joy!