Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Mary Ann Foster
Submitted by: Margaret Rogers, daughter

Mary Ann Rogers was born March 21, 1892 at Bokoshe, Indian Territory to Thomas E. Foster and Mary Ann (Daniels) Foster. Her paternal grandparents were John and Nancy Foster of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Her maternal grandparents were Turner Brashears Daniels and Susan (LeFlore) Daniels. Her mother died when Mary was only a few weeks old. Thus being an only child, she treasured her aunts and uncles. Turner, Jr., or “Pad” Daniels was one half uncle who she often said was near like a brother to her. Mary was sent to the Choctaw Boarding School at Tuskahoma, where she became a careful seamstress. We have a picture of her and her roommate, Margaret Overstreet, in front of one of the buildings. When she became 18 years of age, Mary married Will K. Shirley and established a home on her Indian allotment in the Pryor Community, where they raised five children. There were three boys, Thomas, Foster, and Albert, also two girls, Thelma Williams and Margaret Rogers. Her half aunt, Ida Daniels married Arthur Shirley, Will’s younger brother. We children enjoyed visiting in our uncle’s homes. Mary Ann Shirley was a long time member of Ohoyohoma Club in McAlester; the Eastern Star and Methodist Church in Stuart. She was interested in politics, conducting the elections in her home for many years. Mary Ann Shirley died at age 78 on December 10, 1970 in an Oklahoma City hospital and is buried in the Pryor Cemetery near Stuart, Oklahoma.

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