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Baxter Springs, Kansas - United Daughters of the Confederacy
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Charleen Samuels
(February 27, 1926 - April 21, 2015)
Organizing Member

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Cheyhoma and Charleen in 2013
Photo Copyright Carrie Cook

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Obituary from McAlester News-Capitol, 4-22-15:

Charleen Samuels, 89, of McAlester, died Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at Oklahoma Heart Hospital North. The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Bishop Funeral Service. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bishop Chapel of Memories with the Rev. Daniel Miller officiating. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. at Denison Cemetery Pavilion in Idabel with the Rev. W. O. Mowery officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Bishop Funeral Service of McAlester.

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From McAlester News-Capitol, 4-22-15:

A longtime member of the community is being remembered by many who knew her as someone who spent much of her life trying to help others.

Charleen Samuels, 89, died Tuesday at Oklahoma Heart Hospital North.

As recently as April 7, Samuels stepped onto the podium during an event to honor District 11 Choctaw Tribal Councilor Bob Pate, making jokes and wishing him well, along with one of her granddaughters, Jenessa Dugger.

Last December, she worked to help collect donated items for veterans at the Talihina Veterans Center.

She also worked tirelessly to try and reach her goal of shipping 2 million coupons to members of the U.S. military stationed around the world, so the service members could use the coupons for discounts. She had collected around 1.7 million coupons prior to going into the hospital, said her daughter, Sharon Martin.

Even after her mother entered the hospital for a heart-related procedure, coupons were still coming to her home, dropped off by those who were trying to help her reach her goal, Martin said. Stopping by the Samuels home, Martin’s daughter, Michelle Dugger, noticed a box on the porch.

“She said “Oh, what’s this?” Martin said. Opening it, they found someone had dropped off some more coupons — one last attempt to help her mother reach her goal of 2 million coupons.

Samuels came by her support of the military naturally. Her husband, the late Wesley Samuels, served as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army in World War II and parachuted behind enemy lines during D-Day as part of the Normandy Invasion.

Wesley Samuels would later serve as the District 11 Tribal Councilor for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma’s Tribal Council.

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She is survived by several loving family members including chapter members Cheyhoma (great-grandaughter) Dugger, Michelle Dugger (granddaughter); Sharon Martin (daughter - and husband Daniel) as well as son Don and wife, Gala; grandchildren: Don, Jr, Michael, Michele, Dona
 great-grandchildren: Samuel , Jenessa, Karlee; and brother: W. O. Mowery, Jr.

Confederate Ancestor: James Richard Mowery, 29th Texas Cavalry, Co. D (Enlisted in 1862 in Clarksville, TX)

Front: Sharon Samuels Martin and mother, Charleen Samuels
Back: Michelle Dugger and daughter, Cheyhoma Dugger

We were privileged to have four generations of one family as members of our chapter. This is a rarity and I know that Charleen Samuels took great pride inthe fact that her family members were able to be charter members. Even though we have now lost Charleen, we continue to welcome the remaining three generations…..all descendants of James Richard Mowrey, 29th Texas Calvary, Company D.Top of Page

Accomplishments and Organizations
as remembered by her fellow chapter members

Her life was committed to the service of family, friends, and others.

  • Daughters of the American Revolution Member
  • Daughters of the Republic of Texas Member
  • Awarded International “DIANA” by Epsilon Sigma Alpha
  • Chosen as one of McAlister's  “Woman of Action”
  • Twin Territories of Oklahoma Member

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Confederate Memorial Day 2011, UDC 2611 representatives with Oklahoma Division President (Charleen - wide ribbon)

Confederate Memorial Day 2011 - Charleen and Fredrea
CM 2011 Photos Copyright © 2011, Kay Fleming

At Chapter Signing Lunch 2014
Photo provided by Jaquie Cartmell, Organizing Historian.

Always learning more: Charleen at the Texas Civil War Museum on the trip to General Convention 2011
Photo Copyright © 2011, Carrie Ann Cook

Charleen with a fraction of the coupons for her committee

Photo Copyright © 2014, Jean Bohannan

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