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Ida Katherine Pusley
Information given by Ida Katherine in 1994 and a daughter, Clara Mae Braswell.

Ida Katherine was born to Lyman and Lizzie Pusley. Lyman died 9-11-1940 at age 93 and is buried at Gerty, Ok. Lizzie died 8-31-1946 at the age of 76 and is buried at Gerty also. Ida married Willie Raydon who was born in 1876, passed away on 4-8-1926 and was buried at Calvin beside his father, John D. Raydon. Ida departed this world on September 21, 1995, at the age of 101 years, 1 month and 26 days. She was laid to rest beside her husband, at Calvin, Ok. Ida had touched the lives of so many, many people during her lifetime and always remembered as such a sweet, helpful and caring person. Ida Katherine (Pusley) Raydon celebrated her 100th birthday on July 24, 1994. Wesley and Charleen hosted a big party for her at the Choctaw Nation Arrowhead Resort and Gaming Center, Canadian, Ok. Where it sets overlooking Lake Eufaula. She had family and friends from all across the United States to attend the big celebration. Wesley was the Choctaw tribal councilman of District 11 and emceed the party.

Ida received plaques and letters of congratulations from Chief Hollis E. Roberts; President Bill & Hillary Clinton; Governor David Walters; Honorable Carl Albert; Senator Gene Stipe; Lt. Governor Jack Mildren; Senator David Boren; Rep. Bill Brewster; Senator Don Nickles; Sheriff Don Hass; Police Chief Dale Nave; Mayor Dale Covington; City Manager Randy Green; District Attorney Don Roberts, also Clark and Wanda Bass from first National Bank. A ‘money tree’ holding one hundred $1.00 bills was presented by Wesley and Charleen. Ida had received congratulations from three presidents, President Ronald Reagan; President George Bush and President Bill Clinton. She had been made an Honorary Lt. Governor; Honorary District Attorney; Honorary Sheriff and Honorary Chief of Police. The following is a story of her life, written by Charleen Samuels and read at her party. Ida Katherine Raydon One hundred years ago today was the eve of the birth of a full blood Choctaw baby girl. So on July 25, 1894, Ida Katherine Pusley was born to Lyman and Lizzie Pusley, as Ida tell it, “out on a hill” north of Hartshorne. Her father’s relatives came to Indian Territory over “The Trail of Tears” where they started a new life and rearing a family.

Ida remembers growing up in that area, helping carry water from the creek for their cooking, washing and bathing except for those that may have bathed in the creek. Then there were floors to be scrubbed and clothes to be ironed with those old “sad” irons. There was no air conditioning for the summer heat plus wood to be carried, for cooking and for heating the house in severe winters. As Ida was growing up, her dad was the deputy district sheriff and was often gone, tracking down criminals or escorting them to Ft. Smith or other places. She can remember that there were many coyotes and wolves out in the country where they lived and they didn’t have any screens on the windows but her mother always gave them a feeling of security when their father was away. These are some of the thing she remembers about growing up in the “good ole days” which to her were not such “good ole days”. Later, Ida met and married Albert W Raydon at Gerty. Three children were born to this union of two daughters and one son. They were Mary, Clara Mae and Clarence. Mary did not have any children but Clara Mae had three boys while Robert was the father of two daughters and two sons, making seven (7) grandchildren for Ida. These grandchildren raised eleven (11) great grandchildren for Ida and she is blessed with two great, great grandchildren. Ida had three sisters, Evelena Pusley Hayes, Bertha Pusley Dunn and Minnie Pusley Harris, also two brothers, Frank and Smallwood plus one half brother John, who was born in 1872 at Krebs, I.T.

Ida’s dad, Lyman was the district deputy sheriff at Wilburton at the time of the last execution of a Choctaw under Tribal law. This was Silas Lewis who had once been a sheriff of his county and requested that Lyman Pusley do the execution so he was designated for this. The execution took place at the old seat of justice south of Wilburton on November 5, 1894. Ida was only 3 ½ months old at that time but her half brother was a former member of the U.S. Indian Police and witnessed the execution. Ida remembers hearing her dad telling of keeping Silas in their home, handcuffed to the bed at night but he finally turned him loose to spend his last days as he wanted but was told to be back on his execution day. Which he did. The Pusley’s and the Raydon’s lived for many years around Gerty and Calvin, owning a café in Calvin and known well in their community.

Ida has worked all her life, from carrying water from the creek, helping with the cooking and washing clothes plus helping to take care of her siblings. Then she went on to take care of a husband and raising a family plus helping with the family café. Later, she clerked in a neighborhood grocery and worked as a packer for the Hale-Halsell Grocery Company in McAlester. In the later years, she supplemented her income by baby-sitting along with quilting and crocheting. She still spends much of her time quilting and crocheting for her family and enjoyment of keeping her hands busy. She spent most of her lifetime in this area but she always found time to travel back and forth to California to visit family. Ida now lives in Blevins Rest Home in McAlester where she is always smiling and ready to talk and visit with all of her family and friends that come by to see her. She has many, many friends which she treasures dearly and she seldom misses church on Sundays.

Ida has a daughter, Clara Mae Braswell of McAlester a sister Minnie Harris of McAlester and a daughter-in-law, Esther Raydon of California, that are still living along with seven (7) grandchildren, eleven (11) great grandchildren, two great, great grandchildren plus nineteen nephews and nieces. Besides these, she has many, many in-laws and friends that love her. She has seen and been a big part of many, many changes in her lifetime, still full of life, and friendliness so I feel that “Ida Katherine Raydon’ should be a great inspiration to each and every one of us, especially members of the great Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. I would like to declare this as the eve to “Ida Katherine (Pusley) Raydon Day”. Ida’s family as of today _ July 25,1994

Daughter:
Clara Mae Braswell
Grandchildren and spouses:
Thomas and Shirley Braswell
Albert and Loretta
Robert Raydon and Diana Braswell
Linda Sue Raydon and Jerry Toenyes
Diane Raydon and Frank Bradham
Allen Raydon
David Raydon

Great grandchildren and spouses:
Ryan and Christina Braswell
Cheryl (Braswell) and Jimmy Wagner
Albert Brawell Jr.
Dwayne and Wilman Braswell
Becky (Braswell) and Brian La Grave
Chris Brawell
Justin Toenyes
Jamie Bradham
Marlie Bradham
Kendall Raydon

Heather Raydon

Great, great grandchildren:
Stephanie Wagoner
Stacey Wagoner

Sister:
Minnie Harris

Daughter-in-law:
Esther Raydon

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