Wanda Marie Gassaway Gulager Howard
December 13, 1931  -  December 29, 2017

Wanda Marie Gassaway Gulager Howard

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Hart Funeral Home
1506 N. Grand Ave
Tahlequah, OK  74464
Tuesday, January 02, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Hart Funeral
1506 N. Grand Ave.
Tahlequah, OK  74464
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
10:00 am
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Miller Cemetery
Tahlequah, OK  74464

Wanda Marie Gassaway Gulager Howard the daughter of Vance Gassaway and Grace Bell Kerns was born December 13, 1931 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and departed this life on December 29, 2017 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma at the age of 86 years.

Wanda enjoyed life and loved her family. She attended Crescent Valley Baptist Church and she was a long time member of the Democrat Women of Cherokee County. She loved being in the kitchen and spending time with all of her grandchildren. She enjoyed sewing, reading, and loved her cattle. Wanda married Christian Gulager, at a young age and raised 5 children, she was known as “the Ranchers and Cattlemen wife.” She was a full time mother to 5 children, cattle rancher and horseman for 21 years, until the passing of her late husband. She was widowed for 6 years and then married Fred Howard and worked side by side on their cattle ranch for 31 years. At the same time, she worked at Hulbert Public School System then went on to work for the Cherokee County Courthouse as a deputy clerk. Wanda touched many lives over the years and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. She was known for her servant’s heart.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband’s Christian Gulager and Fred Howard; her sister Tina Mae Glory.

She is survived by a loving family which includes her children Mary Braden and husband Mike of Stilwell, OK, GV Gulager and wife Patti of Tahlequah, OK, Anne Rogers and husband Dwayne of Tahlequah, OK, Cindy Dieman and husband Mark of Ft. Gibson, OK, and Chris Martin Gulager and wife Kathy of Hulbert, OK; her sisters Anna Lee Millison of Tahlequah,OK, Vancie “Punkin” Keith and husband Don of Lakeside, California, and Betty Sue George of Tahlequah, OK; 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Several nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives also survive her.


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  1. Brenda Hammer
    Tahlequah, OK

    So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for comfort and peace during what I know is a very difficult time for all.

    Love the Hammers, Jim and Brenda

  2. Brenda Hammer
    Tahlequah, OK

    So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for comfort and peace during what I know is a very difficult time for all.

    Love the Hammers, Jim and Brenda

  3. Kathey Medlin Keller
    Harvey, ND

    To the whole family, I am so sorry to hear of Wanda's passing and my heartfelt condolences to each of you. Wanda was such a sweet, kind, elegant and classy lady!
    I rode to and from school with Wanda one school year. I always enjoyed the many conversations with her and as a result of those rides to and from I learned what hard working, elegant and classy lady she was (a great role model). One that I have admired for years.
    She definitely loved and was very proud of her family as she was always happy to share what was going on with each of her children and families.
    Prayers, that God will lift the family up during this difficult time of loss. We will all miss that precious smile she always had.

  4. Shirley Slape Flaska
    Ft Gibson,, OK

    Our deepest sympathy from the Slape family,
    Alvin and Paige Slape
    Jim and Shirley Flaska
    Larry and Patsy Slape
    And Families........
    We enjoyed Wanda in our family.

  5. Rebecca Lewis
    Siloam Springs, AR

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