Geneva Mae Mitchell West McConell



Geneva Mae Mitchell West McConnell, 92, passed away April 18, 2019.

Geneva Mae West McConnell, daughter of Ernest Fred Mitchell and Edna Mae Hudson

Mitchell was born June 11, 1925 in Talala. She was one of 9 children in the Mitchell family.

She was raised in Talala and attended Talala School from 1931 thru 1942. In 1938, she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior. She was baptized the same year at the Nowata First Baptist Church by Pastor Billy Philibur.

In 1946, she met Alvin (Buck) West. They were married in Nowata on January 19, 1947. He was in the United States Army Air Corps from February 1941 to July 1945, active in World War II and the Korean conflict. In July of 1950, he was called back by the Air Force and they moved to San Antonio, TX. They were able to return home to their residence northwest of Talala the following year. They had three children, Stanford West, Sharon Taylor and Felix West.

In July of 1962, she attended Robert’s Cosmetology School in Tulsa and graduated in April 1963. She had a Beauty Shop in downtown Talala for several years. After losing her husband, Buck in May of 1971, she moved her Beauty Shop to her home.

On April 21, 1973, she married James Ray McConnell. The two resided in her home in Talala. They both retired in March of 1987. They enjoyed traveling, camping and fishing with their grandkids. She became widowed a second time in May of 2002 but looked forward to the birth of her first great grandchild in the fall of that year. She was very proud of her grandchildren but even prouder to be a GREAT grandma.

She was an active member of Eastern Star and continued serving in the Oologah Chapter #473 until September of 2012 when she moved from the Talala homestead to St. Frances Streidel Assisted Living Facility in Collinsville. She just recently moved to Oxford Glen Memory Care Residence in Owasso where she resided until her death.

She is survived by her son, Stanford West and wife, Donna of Owasso; daughter, Sharon Taylor of Oologah, and son Felix West of Perkins; sister, Margie Doshier of Talala; grandchildren, Amanda Salt and husband, Brent of Oologah, Zachary Taylor and wife, Stephanie of Oologah, Alvin West of Tahlequah, Ashley Burnette of Owasso, Jason Burnette of Florida and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by husbands, Buck West and Ray McConnell; her father, Ernest Mitchell; mother, Edna; and all seven of her brothers.

Services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 24 at Talala First Baptist Church with graveside services at Fair View Cemetery in Talala.

In lieu of flowers the family requested donations be made to Physician’s Choice Hospice, 2221 East Skelly Drive, Tulsa, OK 74015.

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