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Alma Janine Whorton

September 12, 1934 — March 8, 2023

Claremore

 

 

 

Alma Janine Whorton passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at the age of 88.

Alma was born to Dewey and Mavis Eddy on September 12, 1934, in Tiawah, Oklahoma. In her early years Alma dreamed of becoming a schoolteacher and would often line up all of her dolls and teach them. At a young age Alma left school to get married and raise her family. She loved being a wife and mother, it was her greatest source of joy in life. Alma loved to sew and embroidery. She would make clothes for all her children and some of her grandchildren. She loved making christening gowns and embroidered each one of them specifically for that child. She was always a hard worker and did her best to take care of her family. In 1980 after losing her first husband Alma decided to go back to school and completed GED classes. After completing these classes, Alma started college at Rogers State in Claremore  followed by NSU in Tahlequah going on to receive her teaching degree in 1984. 

Later in life Alma would take care of her grandchildren and would often home school them. She never met a child that she didn't take in as one of her own and eventually they would begin to call her mom or grandma. Her children’s friends became her own children. Alma was never one to sit down and was always moving doing something. She was able to keep a clean house until a short time ago. She could outwork just about anyone. Alma was loved by many and has left a huge impact on her family and all those that knew her. She will be greatly missed.

Alma is preceded in death by her parents, Dewey and Mavis Eddy, husbands, VanOrr Burkhead and Harold Whorton, son VanOrr Burkhead ll and wife Mary Burkhead, sons-in-laws Michael J Mcclain, Richard Fumi, Bill Bushyhead, Jim Hinkle, and John Ritter, stepson/son-in-law Lance Whorton, stepdaughter Jennifer Whorton, and brother Lawrence Eddy and grandson Zachary Whorton.

Alma is survived by daughters, Carolyn Fumi, Cathy Bushyhead, Barbara Ritter, and Donna Whorton, Son Donnie Burkhead and wife Cathleen, stepsons Tim Whorton, Mike Whorton and Brian Whorton, sisters Twila Jo Graves and Judy Jones, brother- in- law Lonnie Burkhead, 31 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and a multitude of many
other relatives and friends. 

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation

Sunday, March 12, 2023

1:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

MMS-Payne Funeral Home and Cremation Services-Claremore

102 W 5th St, Claremore, OK 74017

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Sunday, March 12, 2023

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

MMS-Payne Funeral Home and Cremation Services-Claremore

102 W 5th St, Claremore, OK 74017

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Funeral Service

Monday, March 13, 2023

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

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Interment

Monday, March 13, 2023

Starts at 3:30 pm (Central time)

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