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Neva Leon McAlvain

Neva was born 11-11-1905 at Wister, Indian Territory to Ryley and Ada (Stacey) McAlvain. Ryley’s father, Neva’s grandfather came to Indian Territory as a mere boy, all alone and settled at Kennedy, Indian Territory. He had many acres of land under cultivation with corn and cotton. He was a prominent Choctaw of the vicinity and a man who everybody loved and respected. He raised a big family of twelve children. Ryley was the fourth child.

Neva married Clyde Bryan in 1925. Although they lived a few miles apart, he wrote her almost every day during their courting time. She still had these letters at the time of her death. The grandchildren still have them. Neva was always busy and was well known for helping others. She played the piano. She played it at her church; she played it at funerals, wherever she was needed.

While out selling magazine subscriptions between Victor and Summerfield, her “T” Model stalled on the Frisco railroad track and was hit by the train. She had gotten out but chickens went flying everywhere. The engineer and conductor knew her, put her on board and brought her to Wister.

She helped her husband in the cotton gin. She was an expert paperhanger and wall papered many houses all over LeFlore County. She also served one term as Leflore County Court Clerk. She was very active in politics; at one time she was the Democratic Chairman of LeFlore County. She helped with the March of Dimes. She was a life long member of the “The Eastern Star”. She was a good cook and loved having big dinners. She would often stay up all night cooking for one. She worked many years as C.H.R. for the Choctaw Nation, being in her seventies when she retired. She still had her land allotment and it remains in the family.

She and Clyde were the parents of three children: Carroll Bryan (deceased); William Bryan (deceased); and Ada L. Lee. The grandchildren are: Pamela Epperson, Patricia Epperson, Patricia Donoley, Peggy McAlester, Elizabeth Taylor, Steven Bryan, John Fannin (deceased), Kaye Elmore. Bryan Lee (deceased), Brent Lee, and Brenna Lee. Neva loved her Indian heritage and her people. She was very active and always attended the McAlvain family reunions, which are held in June each year. Neva Leon McAlvain attended school at Victor, Oklahoma and passed away in 1993 at Poteau. She was buried at the Maxey Cemetery.

Children of Polk McAlvain: Stonewall Jackson; Robert; Ryley; John Walter); Charles; William Richard; Thomas Jay; Florence; David Warren; Martha; Andy Carl; and Lula Belle.

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