Joan's Story

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Joan Arnette Curren Cupps, age 83, departed this life on June 13, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born March 20, 1934 in Gainesville, TX to Charles C. and Helen Proffer Rooks. She became a Christian when she was 10 years old while living in Muskogee and was baptized at First Baptist Church by W.A. Criswell. They moved several times during Joan's childhood, eventually moving to Oklahoma City where she graduated from Classen High School in 1952.
On Sept. 13, 1952, she married her sweetheart, Talmadge Lee (T.L.) Curren and moved to Oakland, CA while T.L. served in the Navy for 3 years. They returned to Oklahoma City where their four daughters were born, then later moved to Tuttle, OK where they raised their girls. Talmadge and Joan enjoyed traveling with their children all over the country and working with their girls to raise animals on their acreage. Joan loved working in the soil growing flowers and raising much of their food in the garden. She was an active leader in her girl's activities such as church and band. Also, she sewed all the clothing for her girls until they were in high school.
When the children were in college she went to work at an insurance agency in Tuttle; she became an insurance agent and later got her real estate license and then her broker's license. She also enjoyed studying the family genealogy.
In 1999, they moved to Muskogee to be near their daughters. Joan and Talmadge enjoyed square dancing and traveling in their motorhome until Talmadge passed away January 22, 2009 after 56 years of marriage.
Joan was always an active member of her church while in Tuttle and in recent years, at First Baptist in Muskogee. She met Samuel W. Cupps at First Baptist Church and they married May 1, 2009.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents, her brother William (Bill) H. Rooks, her niece Cynthia, her husband Talmadge and her step-grandson, Mitchell. She is survived by her husband Samuel W. Cupps of Muskogee, her daughters, Suzanna Yeniscavich of Louisville, KY, Julie Grober and husband Steve of Muskogee, Kathleen Beisly and husband Garold of Broken Arrow and Jennifer Gourdie and husband Harlan of Orlando, Fl; grandchildren: Alex Yeniscavich, Dianna Yeniscavich, Christina Ambuehl and husband Ben, Amy Finch and husband Allen, Drew Beisly and wife Courtney, Sarah Beisly, Josh Gourdie and wife Judith, Rachel Gourdie; great-grandchildren: Clara Yeniscavich; Jacob Moore; Liza Jane, Chaz, Beckett, and Silas Ambuehl; Noah, Lily, and Josiah Finch; three nieces, two nephews and their children, step-children Laura Wiseman and husband Larry; Troy Cupps and wife Diana; step-grandchildren Jeffery Wise, Megan Stone, Trenton Cupps, Shelton Cupps; step-great-grandchild Connor Stone.
In lieu of flowers Joan's family suggest memorial be made to the American Cancer Society at: https://donate3.cancer.org.
Joan's family will receive family and friends 5:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M., Friday, June 16, 2017 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
A celebration of Joan's life will be 10:30 A.M., Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Muskogee First Baptist Church with Dr. Johnny Derouen and Rev. Rex Wilkinson officiating. Interment will be private family service. Pallbearers will be Steve Grober, Garold Beisly, Harlan Gourdie, Allen Finch, Alex Yeniscavich, Drew Beisly, and Troy Cupps.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory, 1830 N. York St, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.
Published on June 15, 2017
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