Nanette Gardner was born March 31, 1935 to Wilhelmina Irene Callaway and Fred McDaniel Gardner in Hominy, Oklahoma. She passed away, Sunday, July 30, 2017, in Muskogee. Nanette's father died suddenly when she was 5 years old and she and her brother were raised by their mother and grandmother, Nancy Ada Adkins Callaway, whom they lovingly called "Mama." Nanette was a small town Osage County "girl next door" and was as sweet as she was pretty. She was a Hominy Bucks cheerleader, a top student and a shining musical talent.
Following graduation in 1953, Nanette attended Northeastern State University graduating in 3 years with a Degree in Education and a Minor in Music. She was a vocalist with the NSU Campus Choir and Jazz Ensemble; a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, Freshman Homecoming Attendant and was Phi Alpha Gamma Sweetheart in 1955.
Nanette began her teaching career in Tulsa, teaching music at William Penn Elementary. She was a member of Boston Avenue Methodist Church where she sang in the choir and was often a featured soloist for services and weddings. Nanette and Harold Douglas Boos were married June 24, 1960 in the Rowsey Chapel at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Muskogee, where they were members for 57 years. She taught music at Longfellow Elementary, retiring to stay home with her children. She was a Den Mother, Scout Leader, PTA Member and Champion Carpooler. Nanette and Harold had loads of fun in their early years traveling, spending weekends at the lake, participating in Shrine Activities and racing Quarter Horses. She was a member of Garden Club, Kappa Kappa Iota, Service League of Muskogee, St Paul Chancel Choir and Muskogee Community Choir.
Nanette was preceded in death by her parents, son-in-law, Roger Davis, and her husband. She is survived by her daughter, Ann Davis (Tulsa); son, Doug Boos and his wife, Kayla (Muskogee); grandchildren Ryan and Allison Boos and Callaway Davis; brother and sister-in-law, Nancy and Fred Callaway Gardner (Tulsa), her twin "Sister Cousins", LuAnn Dippy (Orlando) and Nancy Dickey (Atlanta) and their families.
A memorial service will be held Monday, August 7th at 1:00 p.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2130 W Okmulgee Ave, Muskogee, OK 74401. Memorials can be made to the St. Paul Music Program Fund.
Published on August 4, 2017