, Muskogee, OK


January 2, 2014

Emily “Shonsh-She” Dickerson


Services for Emily “Shonsh-She” Dickerson, 93, of Ada, are 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel, Revs. Louise Marrs and Bill Alexander will officiate and speaker will be Larry Colbert. Burial will follow at Steedman Cemetery. A Wake Service will be held 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Friday at Criswell Funeral Home.

Mrs. Dickerson died Monday, December 30, 2013 at her home. She was born February 22, 1920 in the Steedman/Kullihoma area to Gipson and Julia Alexander Johnson.

She married Joseph Whitley Dickerson on January 17, 1968 in Ada. He preceded her in death on December 6, 1979. As a young girl, she worked in the fields picking cotton, shaking peanuts, and chaffing broom corn at harvest time and she was a ranch laborer. She loved to pick wild onions, blackberries and pecans. Later, she was a homemaker. Emily is one of the last remaining monolingual speakers of the Chickasaw language. She was a full-blood member of the Chickasaw Nation and proud of her native Chickasaw way of life. She was a Christian and a member of the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Ada.

Survivors include two sons, Carlin Thompson and wife Juanita of Tulsa, and Joe Looney and wife Armetta of Davis; a daughter, Wilma Kincaide and husband Ron of Muskogee; a sister, Leona Seckinger of Allen; her grandchildren, Nedra Thompson, Dawn Thompson, Paul Thompson, Carlin Johno Thompson, Shannon Wilson, and Rodney Wilson, all of Muskogee, and Sarah Arles, Ardmore and Robert Fixico, Denton, TX; her great grandchildren, Helowah Adams, Chase Adams, Yaquin Harjo, Paul Thompson, Jr., Micah John, July Thompson, Shelby Field and Jarrin Field, all of Muskogee, and Aaliyah Reynolds and Davonte Smith of Ardmore; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her infant twin brother, and brothers, Louis Johnson, Joe Johnson, Palmer Johnson, Robert Johnson, Lee Johnson and Frank Johnson; and half-sisters, Emiline Johnson and Wynnie Johnson.

Bearers will be Larry Colbert, Gary Colbert, Martin Stick, Jack Reirdon, Mark Johnson and Russell “Scoot” Roberts.

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