Published On: Mon, Oct 18th, 2010
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UKB mourns passing of Tribal Secretary

The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians (UKB) is mourning the passing of the UKB Tribal Secretary Liz Littledave.   Mrs. Littledave passed away at Hillcrest Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma at approximately 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15.  Funeral services will be conducted by Reed Culver and will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19 at Twenty-Nine Eleven Church located on 3229 South Muskogee Ave., in Tahlequah. 

Liz’s parents were Dick and Hester Guess.  Her maternal grandfather was the Reverend Jim Chair.  She was married to Hominy Littledave for 28 years.  She had two children, Mary McCarter and David McCarter.

Liz and her husband Hominy were members of the Gospel Music Ministry group, The Melody-Aires, a group of four people singing traditional four-part Southern Gospel Harmony.  The other couple in the group was Francine and J.D. Rozell.  Each member held a true Christian understanding of what Music Ministry was all about. 

Liz Littledave had been with the United Keetoowah Band for the past nine years.  She served as Coordinator for the Human Services Department before being elected Tribal Secretary.  She was serving her second term in that capacity.

Mrs. Littledave graduated from NSU with a teacher’s degree.  She taught at Briggs School, served as Lead Residential Coordinator for Talking Leaves Job Corps, and worked at the Oaks Indian Center as Assistant Director, where she served as a court advocate for children and their families. Her working history of 40+ years with only five jobs reflects her reliability, accountability, and dependability.  In her role as Tribal Secretary, Liz headed up the Secretary’s office as well as the Enrollment Department.

“Liz was very devoted to her family, her religion, her tribe and the cause,” said UKB Chief George Wickliffe.  “She was very much a part of all the gains that the UKB has made.  I think I speak for all the administration and council that she will be missed.  Her leadership will be hard to replace.  UKB should always continue to honor her in that manner by continuing all of the progress that she stood for.”

Source: UKB

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