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Lahoma S. Allen died at her home in Tulsa, OK Wednesday morning October 26th at the age of 83. She was born and raised in Muskogee, OK. She was predeceased by her father WilliamT. Smith and mother Lorena Smith, her brother Billy Smith, and her son Jeff Thomas Allen.

Lahoma Smith Allen was a quintessential artist. Creativity was her lifeblood. She was incredibly skilled and perceptive and devoured all things "art". Lahoma started her life of art at Millersville State College in Millersville, PA. She earned her bachelor degree in art education and was recognized by the faculty as serious artist. She began teaching art at Conestoga Valley High School in Lancaster, PA and subsequently moved back to her home town of Muskogee, OK., where she again taught art at the Taft
High School. In an effort to "push herself" artistically she moved to Taos, NM. and studied Native American Indian art, began painting in earnest and opened an art store and gallery on the main square in Taos. After living there 5 years she returned to Muskogee to assist her parents in their last years and continued painting. After her parents passed she moved to Tulsa, OK where she spent the remainder of her life. She developed her own style of 3 dimensional fabric artwork beyond the traditional forms of appliqué. Her incredible skills as a artist were clear in whatever medium or subject she pursued, be it still lifes, landscapes, or portraiture, or design.

She was compassionate to all, could not tolerate violence or bigotry, and proudly hung an "artsy" peace sign on her front porch. She volunteered, donated, and worked for many fundraisers and the SPCA. She always had a dog or two and would almost always name them "Baby". She liked chocolate, a lot, and she always shared it with her "doggies".
Published on November 7, 2016
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