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Eliza Jane Jennings York

Born: 3/18/1905

Died: 12/6/1994

Maiden Name: Jennings

Honorific: n/a

Eliza Jane Jennings York lapsed into unconsciousness and finally into rest on December 6, 1994. She was preceded in death by a son, James (Cochrell) Prewit.

She was born in 1904 and spent much of her early years in Canadian, Oklahoma where her Indian land is now under water at the Arrowhead Resort Location.

After the death of Eliza’s father, James C. Jennings, the son of Richard Jennings, she moved to Ada with her mother, Leona Metcalf who had married Rev. Luther Prewit and her two sisters, Donnie and Ludie, Eliza became known to many for her pies and her beautiful seamstress talent. While her six grandchildren saw her as a brave, gun toting grandma that could shoot a possum between the eyes although she was legally blind for the last 15 years.

In Ada, Eliza met and married a musician and accountant, Walter Daniel York, the son of pioneer evangelists Rev.’s Dan and Dolly York.

Eliz Jane was very proud of being a Choctaw Indian.

For the last 10 years Eliza (called Baye) had her daughter live with her at the Byng Oklahoma oak and park-like country estate where she lived for over 50 years.

She is survived by Richadeen Brown York, a nurse in Ada Oklahoma and Thurnace York Ed. D., D.D. of Tracy California where he and his wife V. Ethely Sutton York Ed.D are establishing a Christian grade school and counseling center.

Her funeral was conducted by her son, a recording artist and television personality and with the nationally known concert organist and pianist, Wally Brown. A large number of friends and family gathered for her Christian Celebration Concert. She was entombed in the family cemetery in Wolf Oklahoma alongside her husband and other family members.