- Ada, Oklahoma


January 2, 2014

Obituaries 01/03/2014


Ada — Emily Dickerson

ADA — Services for Emily “Shonsh-She” Dickerson, 93, of Ada, are at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel. The Revs. Louise Marrs and Bill Alexander will officiate, and the speaker will be Larry Colbert. Burial will follow at Steedman Cemetery.

A wake service will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Criswell Funeral Home.

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

She married Joseph Whitley Dickerson on Jan. 17, 1968 in Ada. He preceded her in death on Dec. 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. 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. 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, Sarah Arles, Ardmore, and Robert Fixico, Denton, Texas; 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.

Obituaries may be viewed and online condolences sent to

Criswell Funeral Home, Ada

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