Lina Pickens was born Wednesday, March 28, 1934 in Marietta, Oklahoma to the late Watson and Emma (Courtney) Palmer and made the journey to her eternal life on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 in Ada, Oklahoma at the age of 86.
Lina grew up in the Marietta and McMillan area and attended the Carter Seminary in Ardmore. She married Binum Pickens on February 5, 1949 and were blessed with over 44 years of marriage. Binum passed away on January 17, 1993. Lina was a selfless lady who was beautiful inside and out. She was called “Grandma” to many children in the area. She enjoyed her grandkids and great grandkids and watching them play. Lina loved singing Choctaw hymns and enjoyed watching Bonanza and Gunsmoke on TV.
Lina is a proud member of the Chickasaw Nation. She attended the FBC in Madill for several years and Faith Southern until her health began declining. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Lina was preceded in death by her parents; sons, Beanard ad Jerome Pickens.
She leaves behind her loving family; her children, Linda Pickens; Bonnie Christie and husband, Frank; Katie Niday and Pat Garrett; Bernice Pickens; Deborah Gardner and husband, Berlin; and Clayburn Pickens and wife, Cathy. Grandchildren, Ben and Connie Firethunder, Lina (Bug) and Jamie Weldon, June and Bud Standridge, Nick Garcia, Angie and Ian Marsden, B.J. Pickens and Tina Townsend, Sally Ferrell, Laura Beth Pickens, KayLynn Ulum, James Pickens and Ashley and Michael Hawthorne. Step-grandkids, Misty and Joe Borza, Jared and Anita Gardner, Ariel Reed and James Pickens. Lina’s precious great-grandchildren, Sarah and Darell Odle, Aubrey and Jacob Steward, Darren Bralley, Nathan Standridge and Brittany Gage, Caleb Standridge and Natalie Knight, and Nick Garcia. Step-grandkids Kaden and Kyler Gardner, KK and Trey Borza, and Sandi Reed. Step-great grandkids A.J. Gambel, Brylee Watkins, Jace Goodman and Kobi Shore. Great-great grandkids Freya Odle, Emily Weldon, Franklin Hanks, Oliver Hudson, Deliah and Lance Garcia, Blane and Brodi Hawthorne, Sean and Ethan Marsden, Keneth Pickens, Jayden Duncan, Eric, Braelyn, Laila, Toni Pickens. And a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Graveside services for Mrs. Pickens will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, Nov. 21, at Ihunter Pickens Cemetery located in the McMillan community with Ricky Dobbs officiating. Pallbearers will be James Pickens, B.J. Pickens, Darren Bralley, Caleb Standridge, Nick Garcia and Sean Marsden. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Ben Firethunder, Eric and Bradlyn Pickens, Ethan Marsden, Nathan Standridge, Blane and Brodi Hawthorne, and Lance Garcia.
Services are entrusted to the Tishomingo Funeral Home, Tishomingo, OK.
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