Published On: Tue, Dec 13th, 2011

Roxanna (Roxie) Standingdeer Stamper – obituary

     Roxanna (Roxie) Standingdeer Stamper, 100, of the Paintown Community went home to be with the Lord Sunday, December 11, 2011 in the Cherokee Indian Hospital. A native of Cherokee, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Mary Smith Standingdeer and wife of the late Robert Stamper, Sr. She was a founding member of the Qualla Arts and Crafts, and was well known for creating the design “The Road to Soco”. Roxie was a hard worker and homemaker.

     She attended boarding school at Cherokee. Following Boarding school, she attended Haskell School in Lawrence, KS( Today, Haskell Indian University). In Haskell, she studied reading, writing, math, and continued to study loom weaving, beadwork, and designs which she had done in the boarding school. She graduated from Haskell in 1932.

     She was active and faithful in her church. She taught Sunday School for many years. She was active in the Paintown Community Club and Home Demonstration. She kept up with tribal affairs and still insisted on getting out to vote in tribal elections.

     She was preceded in death by one son, Robert Stamper, Jr.; sisters, brothers, and grandchildren.

     She is survived by six children, Geraldine Stamper, Ray Stamper, St., Edith Stamper, Jane Owle, Sue Rattler, Ned Stamper, Sr. and wife Wahnetah all of Cherokee; adopted brother, James Murphy of Hendersonville, NC; half brother, Gudger Smith and wife Bea of Whittier; 29 grandchildren; 69 great grandchildren; 46 great great grandchildren; and several great great great grandchildren.

     Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Rock Springs Baptist Church of which she was a member. Rev. Greg Morgan and Ray Kinsland will officiate with burial in the Stamper Family Cemetery.

     The body will be taken to the church at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday by Crisp Funeral Home to await the hour of service.

     Pallbearers will be grandsons.

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