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Gladys Kathleen Shunkamolah (Sahmaunt)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma, USA
Death: March 25, 2012 (88)
Fletcher, Comanche County, Oklahoma, USA
Place of Burial: Mount Scott Cemetery, Meers, Comanche County, Oklahoma, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Joel Sahmaunt and Private
Wife of Joseph Lee Shunkahmolah, Jr
Sister of Private; Sara Jean Wildcat; Geraldine Clara “Ah-Pon-Ee” Ringlero (Sahmaunt) and Spencer “Corky” Sahmaunt

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About Gladys Kathleen Shunkamolah

Descendant of Chief "Set-Imkia" Stumbling Bear - The Kiowa Tribe



Gladys S. Shunkamolah was born on April 28, 1923 in Lawton, Oklahoma to Joel and Carrie (Quoetone) Sahmaunt. She died at home surrounded by her family on March 25, 2012 in Fletcher, Oklahoma. She was 88.

Mrs. Shunkamolah was raised and attended country schools in the Mt Scott area.

After graduation from Elgin High School, she attended Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha, and then completed the Native American Nurses Training Program at the Kiowa Indian Hospital in Lawton.

She worked as a nurse at Ft Duchesne, Utah and at the Pawnee Indian Hospital in Pawnee, OK prior to marrying Joseph Shunkamolah, Jr shortly after WW II.

Mrs. Shunkamolah worked as a dorm manager at BIA schools for more than 20 years in New Mexico, Arizona, and finally at Ft Sill where she retired when the school was closed.

Gladys was proud of her Kiowa heritage and was active in a number of Native American organizations, including the Oklahoma Federation of Indian Women, Kiowa Victory Club and Kiowa War Mothers Chapter 38.

Church involvement was also of great importance to her as a member of Mt Scott Kiowa Methodist Church and her participation in United Methodist Women at the local, state and national levels.

Her hobbies included ribbon work and making shawls; however, her great pride in life was her family and those 5 wonderful grandsons.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; a daughter, Sharon Shunkamolah; one grandson, Joseph Shunkamolah IV; a brother, Daniel Sahmaunt; 2 sisters, Geraldine Ringlero and Sarah Jean Wildcat; 2 nieces, Carolyn Wildcat Haynes and Lynda Suzanne Sahmaunt; and 3 nephews, Jay Sahmaunt, Steven Ace Sahmaunt and Gary Ringlero.

Survivors include 2 sons, Joseph Shunkamolah III and his wife Cleora of Fletcher, and Fred Shunkamolah and his wife Delphina of Albuquerque, NM; 5 grandsons, Will Shunkamolah and wife Sarayl of Tulsa, Stanley Shunkamolah and wife Kim of Albuquerque, Matt Shunkamolah of Tulsa, Charles Shunkamolah and David Shunkamolah, both of Fletcher; one great grandson, Jonas Shunkamolah of Albuquerque; 4 brothers, Norman Sahmaunt of Sacramento, CA, Herschel Sahmaunt and wife Sue of Mt Scott, Spencer Sahmaunt of Cache, and Dr. Joseph Sahmaunt and Pat of Oklahoma City; 2 sisters, Virginia McGilbray of Anadarko and Geneva Foote and husband Rev. William Foote of Oklahoma City; Wynema Martin, a cousin who was raised at her home and has always been considered a sister; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

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Gladys Kathleen Shunkamolah's Timeline

1923
April 28, 1923
Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma, USA
2012
March 25, 2012
Age 88
Fletcher, Comanche County, Oklahoma, USA
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Mount Scott Cemetery, Meers, Comanche County, Oklahoma, USA