Aletha Jane Williams died Sunday morning, May 5, 2019. It was far too soon at only 65. She was a successful artist widely admired for her own mixed-media creations and as a colorist for the images others sent her. She taught design classes in the home and sold her work at art fairs and on websites, including her own. She befriended and collaborated with artists all over the world. She struggled with her health in the last 10 years, although she kept the same warm and kind attitude toward everyone.
Aletha was funny, feisty, strong, talented, clear-eyed, and proud of her work and independent life. She was especially proud of her children, Heidi Cobb of Tahlequah and Wes Deweese of Houston. She was a loving daughter to her Mom and "Dad No. 2," Virginia and Ken Gable, of Claremore. Her father, Bill Yoder, and brother, Dusty, died in recent years.
She had looked forward to the June 1 wedding of her eldest grandson, Lane Cobb and fiancée, Whitney Wright and also to her grandson, Braden Cobb embarking on adulthood; she also delighted in her great-grandson, Maddox (son of Lane) and was proud of son-in-law, Scott Cobb, all of Tahlequah. She also encouraged the artistic inclination of great-niece, Makaela, daughter of beloved niece, Mandy Fitzmorris of Claremore.
Aletha also had looked forward to setting up regular Facetime calls with newest grandson, Owen Deweese and his mom and dad, Bonnie Casson-Deweese and Wes; and her continuing marathon sessions with Heidi. She married into husband, Bob's large and boisterous family and loved throwing their annual Christmas party for them.
Most of all, she was a loving, true soulmate to Bob, together for almost 33 years and married for 31 years; she was forever patient and gently grounded him when he needed it. He will miss her forever.
Aletha Jane Yoder was born September 9, 1953, in Ardmore, Oklahoma. She graduated from Claremore High School and spent 2 years at Northeastern State in Tahlequah, where she was active in student government. Employers over the years included Ad Inc., Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and Hobby Lobby. In recent years, she launched her own successful business, AJ's Design Artz.
In accordance with her wishes, Aletha was cremated and there will be no funeral services. Instead, the family will stage a celebration of her life and art July 6, 2019. Venue and further details will be provided later at Moore's Funeral Home-Tulsa, as will a list of her favorite charities to donate to in her honor in lieu of flowers or memorial gifts.