Funeral services for Twyla Novella (Chailer), 97, of Salina, OK, were held Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at Johnson Funeral Chapel in Sperry, OK. Phillip Johnson officiated, and burial was in Park Grove Cemetery in Broken Arrow, OK. Casket bearers were Tracy Mabes, Austin Mabes, Mark Mabes, Junior Maybee, James Smock and Rusty Wheeler. Honorary casket bearers were Everett Smock, Max Shanahan, and Duke Shanahan.
Twyla was born July 15, 1924, in Coal Hill, AR, to John William Chailer and Ira May (Hard) Newman. She passed away September 16, 2021, in Salina, OK.
As a child, Twyla helped her dad trap mink on Magazine Mountain in Arkansas and helped him in the coal mines by leading the mule out of the mine with full carts of coal. During World War II, Twyla worked at McDonnell Douglas riveting planes together for our armed forces. She then settled in Tulsa where she started her family and worked as a buyer for Holly and Brown Duncan Department Stores in downtown Tulsa. Twyla was active in the Turley Round Up Club from the early 1960’s through the late 1980’s. She also worked with the Miss Rodeo USA pageants from 1970’s until the late 1980’s until the pageant was moved from Tulsa. Twyla enjoyed family get togethers more than anything, but also enjoyed fishing, making various quilts, and flower gardens of any kind. In her later years, Twyla loved travelling and a trip to the casino was usually on the list of places to go. Most of all, Twyla enjoyed talking and visiting with her family and friends where she could tell stories of her life in Coal Hill, Arkansas.
She is survived by her children, Mary Scott, Corb Smock and Shirley Smock; grandchildren, Tracy and Tris Mabes, Mark Mabes and wife, Chrystal, James Smock and wife, Debbie, Monica Shanahan, and Julie Bean; great-grandchildren, Timber Mabes, Tatum Mabes, Elena Mabes, Emilie Shanahan, Duke Shanahan, and Max Shanahan; nieces and nephews, Kathy Walker, Belinda Barnes, and Monty Chailer; sisters-in-law, Virginia Chailer and Floy Catherine Smock; brother-in-law, Paul Smock; and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Smock; daughter, June Bean; granddaughter, Jamie Smock; great-grandson, Jerod Mabes; parents, John and Ira Mae Chailer; sister, Inez Barnes; brother, Isaac Chailer; sons-in-law, Floyd Scott and Jerry Bean; and grandson-in-law, Greg Shanahan.
Arrangements and services were entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home, Sperry.
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