, Muskogee, OK


June 16, 2009

Oleta Prater Gunther

1924 - 2009

Oleta Prater Gunther, 84, Springfield, passed away on June 12, 2009. She was born on October 10, 1924 in Pierce, Okla., and graduated from Pierce High School in May 1942. Oleta married Fred Herbert Gunther on December 18, 1943, in Tulsa, Okla.

From 1942-1943, during World War II, she was one of the original Rosie the Riveter at Douglas Aircraft in Tulsa, Okla. She was employed by Western Electric in Omaha, Neb., now known as Lucent Technologies. She owned and operated Melinda Court, historically known as Route 66 Rock Fountain Court in Springfield Missouri, the historical pride of Rt. 66 in the United States and reaching the World Countries. She supported the Veterans and retired in 1951.

Family was always first, canning, sewing, quilting, travel and most of all, she loved caring for her flowers. Her joy was watching her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow with her. The family care and connection was a relationship to bring happiness for all those she touched.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Herbert Gunther; son, Fredrick Lee Gunther; daughter, Patricia Ann Adams; father, B. Prater; mother, Sulie Prater; sister, Ella Mae Prater; brothers, Jimmy Prater, Johnie Prater, Earnest Prater, Jack Prater and Homer Prater.

She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Sue "Carol" Gunther; four grandchildren, Rodney Lee Gunther, Anjonette Renae Barton, Chad Alan Gunther, Andrea Ann Adams; three great-grandchildren, Paige Brittney Gunther, Audrey Lane Williams, Amalie Brynn Williams; brothers, Roy Gene and wife Bernice Prater, Donal Ray and wife Genevea Prater; sister-in-laws, Grace Scoggin, Farrell Prater and Betty Prater; several nieces, nephews, cousins and long time friend, Dennis King, one of our many angels with Hospice Rhonda Dick. The angels among us at Hospice and Palliative Compassionate Care for Life, as well as, the nurses and aids from Springfield Skilled Center.

Funeral service will be held on June 27, 2009 at 3 p.m. in Brushill Baptist Church. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. in Pierce, Oklahoma. Memorial donations may be made to Breast Cancer Awareness.

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