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Gladys Mahar

Feb 02 1908 - Jul 21 2004

Gladys Garner Mahar, born February 2, 1908, in Mulberry, Arkansas. She was the daughter of Anques Burk Garner and Rena Martin Garner. The family moved to Checotah, Oklahoma, in 1912 where she attended Checotah High School prior to moving to Eufaula in 1926. She graduated From Eufaula High School in 1928. After graduation in 1928, she started working for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in the Eufaula office. Mrs. Mahar was employed by Southwestern Bell for 35 years, retiring in 1963. During that time she served in several positions, including Operator, Assistant Chief Operator, Chief Operator, and concluding in a management position in Muskogee. She married John S. Mahar in 1933 in Eufaula. Together they started an oil and gasoline distribution business and operated the B-Square Service Station for local sales of gasoline and automotive service. In 1939 they formed Mahar Motor Company in Eufaula and became dealers for Pontiac automobiles and GMC trucks. After World War II, they switched to Chrysler/Plymouth autos but retained the GMC truck line. She and her husband, “Johnny”, continued in this business until his retirement in 1964, at which time they moved to Muskogee. Mrs. Mahar remained in Muskogee until 1994, at which time she moved to McKinney, Texas to be near her family. She enjoyed the rural lifestyle along with painting, gardening, keeping in touch with friends, and her family. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Muskogee, Telephone Pioneers of America, Pilot Club, Phi Sigma Alpha Sorority and Business and Professional Womens Club. She was also a past president of the Halcyon Club, and Goodwill Auxiliary, both of Muskogee. Mrs. Mahar was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four sisters, Ola Beatrice, Lura Chastain, Corda Fite, Inez Schneider, and one brother, Moody Garner. Survivors include one son, John S. Mahar and wife Sonnia, of McKinney, Texas, two grand daughters, Kelley Carter of Dallas and Kristie Dimock and husband Andrew of Boulder, Colorado, and two step daughters, Tressie Jones and husband Winston of Atlanta, Texas and Shirley Spence of Adamsville, Tennessee. Survivors also include nephew Rod Schneider and wife Kathy of Eufaula, eight great-grandchildren and numerous other nephews and nieces. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, July 24, 2004 at Rhea Mills Baptist Church, 5733 North Custer Road in McKinney. Interment will follow at 3:00 PM at Greenwood Cemetery in Eufaula, Oklahoma. Visitation will be from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Friday evening at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow.
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