Mary Bernice Pippin

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Mary Bernice Pippin

1926 - 2019

Mary Bernice Pippin A celebration of life for Mary Bernice Pippin will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday February 19, 2019 at Grandview Tabernacle with her nephew, Pastor Jimmy J. Millikin of Claremore, OK, officiating. Burial will be in the Boynton Cemetery under the direction of Lescher-Millsap Funeral Home of Muskogee. The family will greet friends at the funeral home Monday evening from 6 - 8 pm.

Mary was born January 12, 1926 in Haskell, OK the daughter of Toy W. and Clara Sylvia (Stage) Criner. She married Bill Lee Pippin December 22, 1943 in Bald Hill, OK. Mary spent most of her adult as a wife and homemaker. She worked for a few years at Muskogee Regional Hospital as a nurse's aide. She was a prolific letter writer, sometimes writing multiple letters per day to family and friends. She loved to bake pies, play the piano and sing. Mary passed away on February 14, 2019 at the age of 93.

Surviving are her children, Pat and her husband Cecil Guthrie of Wainwright, Billy F. Pippin of Warner and Jerry Lee Pippin and wife Sandy of Wainwright; grandchildren, Cecilia Rhoades, Patricia Denise Grimes, Billy Pippin Jr., Dusty Duvall, Chad Pippin, Shawna Pippin, Roger Paul Pippin and Ryan Keith Pippin; sisters, Mildred Moore, Wilma Millikin, Wanda Brake and Ruth Collins; sister in laws, Neonia Criner and Alice Criner; The Birthday Group, Joann Tucker, Beverly Morrison, Freda Morgan, Kathleen Smith, Carolyn Mayes and numerous great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sons, David Leon Pippin and Gene W. Pippin; granddaughter Jodie Pippin; great granddaughter Terri Jo Bellis, a daughter in law Rita Pippin; two brothers, Raymond Criner and Wayne Criner; a sister Marie Hubbard; three sisters in law Naomi Duvall, Mary Guthrie, and Ruth Ogden.

Pallbearers will be Leroy Hubbard, Clint Guthrie, Kevin Collins, Bret Criner, David Green, and Brent Pippin. Honorary Pallbearers will be Greg Moore, Keith Ogden, Sam Duvall, Dewayne Guthrie, Tim Green, and Rusty Criner.
Published on February 16, 2019
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Patricia Gassaway
Feb 18, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. Bernice was my mom’s very best friend. Just found out she had passed from this life. My mom’s name is Dora Jenkins and she worked with Bernice for years at the hospital. We loved her so very much. We didn’t get to visit much because of my dad being sick and now they are rejoicing in Heaven. We are going to miss her dearly. Love all of you and will keep you in our prayers.
Dora “Sis” Jenkins
Feb 18, 2019
To a beloved friend who will be missed dearly.
Beth Acree
Feb 16, 2019
Thank you Mrs. Mary for being a great friend to my dad. Me and my granddaughters really loved hearing your stories. You will be truly missed. Until we meet again.