Maude Tavy Allen Thrasher "Aunt Dood", died peacefully on August
28, 2014 as a result of complications of chronic medical issues at age
94 in Eufaula, Oklahoma. She was born at home in Brush Hill, Oklahoma
on November 15, 1919 to William Lundy Allen and Maud Shepherd Allen. Maude
was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Lundy Otie Allen, and
her husband, Eugene "Son" Thrasher. In her early years, the
family moved to Wisdom, Montana to work on the Huntley Ranch in the Big
Hole Basin. She had many stories of their life there including horseback
riding, cooking for the ranch hands, shearing sheep, herding cattle, and
sleigh rides to school in the snowy winters. She was a proud graduate
of Checotah High School and attended the reunions as late as June, 2014.
It was her 77
th class reunion. She enjoyed many activities including sewing, crafting,
cooking, but most of all, storytelling.
Maude engaged in an interesting variety of occupations during her life.
She worked with her mother cooking for ranch hands in Montana, worked
in an osteopath's office, was a homemaker, worked in Muskogee for
Susman's Department Store and made trips to New York as a buyer. She
and Gene started their own business, The Country Store, in Brush Hill
near Lake Eufaula making many friends while they were in operation. After
retiring from that enterprise, they moved into Checotah and eventually
settled in Lakeland Cove Terrace in Eufaula. She was a Charter Member
of the F.L.E.A.S. and held the office of president. Maude still attended
their events and luncheons until her health did not permit.
Maude is survived by her step-son, Ron and his wife, Cheryl of Tulsa, her
niece, Carol Allen Duke and her husband, Tim of Garland, her nephew, Lundy
Stephen Allen of Kingsland, Texas, as well as great niece Ashley Lasky,
husband, Allen, and great, great nephew Tristan, of Addison, Texas, and
great niece, Amanda of Garland, Texas. There are numerous Allen, Martin,
and Shepherd cousins and in-laws from East Coast to West Coast, including
Alaska, as well as many friends that will miss her.
Memorial services will be held at the First Baptist Church of Checotah
on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be at Greenlawn
Cemetery beside Eugene.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to their
favorite charity. We wish to express our thanks to the staff of Rivercross
Hospice and the staff of Eufaula Manor who enabled Maude to depart to
her final home with peace and dignity.