Martha "Aunt Dean" Hilliard (Stovall)
Martha “Nadean” Hilliard, 94-year-old resident of Wyandotte, Oklahoma, passed away on May 18, 2017 in Joplin, Missouri.
Aunt Dean was born on December 26, 1922 in Ottawa County, Oklahoma. She was the daughter of James C. and Mamie (Young) Stovall. Martha attended school in Wyandotte, Grove, Miami Junior College and Tahlequah state college. She worked a remedial reading teacher for the Seneca Indian School for eight years, and taught 4th and 5th grade at Wyandotte public schools for ten years. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary. Martha was a lifetime member of the Seneca Long House religion. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, embordering, and working cross word puzzles. Aunt Dean was a proud member of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation, and was a very respected elder and Faithkeeper
Aunt Dean was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clyde Hilliard in 2013, two brothers and one sister. She is survived by six nieces, one nephew, and numerous great nieces and nephews.
Aunt Dean will lie in state at her home in Wyandotte until services on Sunday. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm on May 21,2017 at Bassett Grove Cemetery in Grove, Oklahoma with Paul Barton and Charlie Diebold officiating. Services have been entrusted to Ellis Family Funeral Home, Grove, Oklahoma. www.ellisfuneralhome.com.