Marilyn McHaney, Granddaughter provided information Marilyn McHaney
Arlena Mashburn and Wilburn Fultz had nine children together. They were very blessed to have not lost any babies or children. Wilburn supported his family by raising cotton in the Haskell OK area. The children helped in the field chopping and picking the cotton. The two oldest girls went to Tahlequah to become teachers during WWII. The oldest son went work in Tulsa and was to be drafted into service. One day Wilburn went to Muskogee to buy seed and was feeling sick to his stomach. Returning home he told Arlena he needed to go see the doctor. They had just got into the truck with their five year old and 6 month old when Wilburn slumped over the steering wheel. The doctor told the family he had passed from a heart attack. The oldest son was released from the draft to help on the farm. He later purchased the farming equipment so Arlena could purchase a ringer laundry mat from her daughter and son-in-law. She rented the building next door for her and six children to live in. For privacy two of the girls hung cardboard for walls making three small rooms. There was a tiny toilet room and bathing was done in the laundry mat. All the children helped to support the family by working at other places. Later with the two youngest children still at home. A new modern laundry mat was being built across the street. Her sons and son-in-laws built a two bedroom frame house knowing she would have to move. The house was next door to her parents Tommy and Rhodie Mashburn. She closed the laundry mat and went to work in Muskogee Hospital kitchen. Before the youngest child graduated from school Laura became ill. She was diagnosed with TB and diabetis. The hospital payed for a year stay at Talahena Sanatorium. During this time she couldn’t be treated for both. There would be complications with the meds given for TB. Arlena gradually lost her vision from the diabetes. She lived independently for many years and always recognized everyone voices. Arlena died from diabetic complications at the age of 81in the St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa Oklahoma. Her family was with her. Arlena was a member of the Pleasant Valley and Haskell church of Christ. The family was very surprised at the funeral services. There were so many people attending the church the overflow extended outside. Arlena was loved by her family and community. She has 30 grandchildren, one deceased and many more great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Arlene is buried by her husband Wilburn in the Haskell Cemetary, outside of Haskell OK. There will be always good memories of the little house overflowing with the family during the holidays. Followed by the big baseball game in the yard. Arlena Laura Mashburn Fultz can be found in following Find A Grave Ancestry.com 1910 OK Census 1920 MO Census 1930 OK Census 1940 OK Census Social Security of Oklahoma Death Certificate of Oklahoma
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On 1 Dec 2016 at 13:37 GMT Marilyn (Mosteller) McHaney wrote:
Arlena is 20 degrees from Barbara Bush, 18 degrees from Amelia Earhart, 30 degrees from Kenneth Evans and 22 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.