West, Dorothy Arnote

OKLAHOMA, Antlers – Funeral services were held for DOROTHY ARNOTE WEST, 107, on March 22, 2010. The oldest of the three remaining original enrollees of the Choctaw Tribe, Dorothy was born March 18, 1902, in Antlers, Indian Territory.

    Dorothy lived most of her life in the Antlers area, graduating from Antlers High School. After graduation she attended the University of Oklahoma in Norman where she earned her BA Degree in Economics in 1923. She worked in Kansas City, Missouri, for eight years for the Daily Oklahoman as the Society Editor. She partnered with her husband in business, writing news stories as they co-published the Shawnee-American from 1933-1944.

They moved to Antlers in 1944 where they operated the Ford Dealership and then later the West Post & Pole Company. After high school and one and one-half years of college, Dorothy took a semester out and taught school at Divide, back when she rode her horse from Antlers on Sunday, taught school during the week and rode home on Friday after school. Later she returned to school to obtain her teaching certificate and began a 13-year teaching career including one year at Tuskahoma, and 11 years at Moyers. Dorothy enjoyed walking and did that every day until she reached the age of 96. She played tennis, was a dedicated OU fan, enjoyed teaching, had a love for children, and was a faithful member of the Antlers First Presbyterian Church. Dorothy’ home was a hub for family gatherings. In addition, she worked for 30 years researching the history of this area and published “Pushmataha County, the Early Years” when she was 100 years old. (Bishinik, April, 2010)

 

 

 

 

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