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  Yvonne Katherine Cahwee was born on March 29, 1950 in Claremore, OK and passed away on May 11, 2022 in Tulsa, OK. She was enrolled with the Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma with Muskogee Creek and Seneca descent. Her tribal name was “Na-Ge-Ka-Ewa-Shee” (Beaver) and she was of the Water Clan. She attended Bowen Indian Baptist Church and Indian Falls Creek Baptist Assembly. Yvonne graduated from Tulsa Central High School in 1968 and continued her higher education at the Oklahoma Junior College where she received her Associates of Science degree in Computer Technology in 1984. She married her soulmate, Dwayne, in 1993 and was the mother to five children: Ray, Katherine, William, Tike, and Atira. In addition to being a devoted mama, Yvonne was employed throughout the years at the Tulsa County Assessor’s Office, Indian Health Service’s Office, and retired from River Spirit Casino in 2020 where she was awarded with Employee of the Year in 2016. Her hobbies included travel, sports, movies, concerts, and of course the casino slots. In her younger years, she enjoyed coaching and playing basketball, volleyball, softball, bowling, and pool. In her later years, she loved attending her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events and watching the OU Sooner games every Saturday with her two boys Boogie and Scooter. She cherished the holidays and always had her home decorated for all seasons. Yvonne is survived by her husband Dwayne Cahwee; her three siblings: Eugene Alford Jr., Diane Guthrie, and Janene Alford; her three children: Ray Alford, Katherine Smith, and Atira Chapman; her seven grandchildren; and her six great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents Eugene Alford Sr. and Davene Alford; and her two sons, William Alford and Tike Chapman.
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Little Axe resident Thurman “Duke” Blanchard, 71, died Tuesday, April 19, 2022, in Little Axe.  Thurman was born February 6, 1951, in Little Axe, Oklahoma to Lewis and Cynthia (Creek) Blanchard.  He was a lifetime resident of Little Axe, Oklahoma and was a member of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. He graduated from Noble High School and started his career with Oklahoma Natural Gas, retiring in 2006.  He married Fredith Butler on June 2, 1972, in Little Axe, Oklahoma.  He started as a pipeline welder with Oklahoma Natural Gas in Norman, Oklahoma. Later in his career, he worked in supervision, overseeing job site crews in the Oklahoma City area. He was proud to live and be involved in the Shawnee Tribal Ceremonies. In the early years, he loved to play fastpitch softball, traveling many miles to play various tournaments. His hobbies included working with old antiques and raising Dexter cows. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and sports, especially when it involved his grandkids.  He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Sue Ann Blanchard; and a brother, Kenneth Blanchard.  Survivors include his wife, Fredith Blanchard of Little Axe; son and daughter-in-law,  Eric and Jessica Blanchard of Norman; son, Craig Blanchard of Little Axe; five grandchildren, Caden Blanchard, Cache Blanchard, Mya Blanchard, Chael Blanchard, and Cecily Blanchard; brother, George Blanchard and Kathleen of Miami, Oklahoma; brother, Chester Blanchard and Kathy of Noble, Oklahoma; sister, Cleta Johnson and Bud of Little Axe, Oklahoma; sister, Redena Miller and Glen of Norman, Oklahoma; sister, Glendine Blanchard of Little Axe, Oklahoma; sister, Betty Isaacs and John of Noble, Oklahoma; brother, Kevin Blanchard and Arlene of Lexington, Oklahoma; numerous nieces, nephews, and many other family and friends. 
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