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Gatha Jan Shanklin-Kateri, age 73 of Muskogee passed this life peacefully on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 while surrounded by the love and comfort of her son, Counsel. Gatha was born to Jessie Counsel Jackson and Margaret M. (Reeves) Jackson on January 27, 1944 in Seminole, Oklahoma. She was a Guymon High School graduate and continued her education where she received a Bachelor of Sociology Degree at the University of Oklahoma. She received two Master Degrees and a EED Degree from Oklahoma State University. Jan was a professor at NSU and worked as a LPC Drug & Alcohol Counselor. She operated the Muskogee DUI School and was two term president of the Muskogee Cooperative Ministries. Jan was also a grant writer for the Saint Gregory College in Shawnee, Bacone College in Muskogee and the Native American tribes in Anadarko.
A memorial service will be held at 11AM on Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Arrangements are under the direction of Shipman's Muskogee Cremation & Funeral Service. Please visit www.shipmanfuneralhomes.com for complete service details.
Published on October 12, 2017
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