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Avis Juanita (Bradley) Choat, age 96 of Duncan, went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, November 8, at Elk Crossing.
The celebration of her life will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017 with Rev. Charles Roy McConnell and Rev. Dick Greenwood officiating at Carter-Smart Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Duncan Cemetery and arrangements have been entrusted to the family care of Carter-Smart Funeral Directors.
The family will receive friends for visitation at the funeral home from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 10, 2017.
Avis was born April 3, 1921, at Hydro, Oklahoma, to John Lester Bradley and Evaline Wolfe Bradley. She and James Ellsworth Choat were married on June 9, 1946, in Hollis, Oklahoma. They were married for 56 years before Ellsworth passed away in 2002. Avis was a loving wife, mother, sister, and aunt. She was a wonderful homemaker and had many talents which included sewing, cooking, ceramics, oil painting, and enjoyed caring for her plants.
One of Avis' proudest accomplishments was holding a world record in the Guinness Book of Records for the most golden weddings in a family with 11 siblings all celebrating their golden wedding anniversaries between 1963 and 1997.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her three brothers and eight sisters: Myrtle Bradley Cox, Glen Bradley, Pearl Bradley Parker, Bill Bradley, Dora Bradley Linville, Cora Bradley Foster, Austin Bradley, Minnie Bradley Howard, Lois Bradley Patterson, and Eunice Bradley Wood. Survivors include two daughters Midge Choat Gerber and husband, John of Norman, and Sherri Choat Ernst of Dallas; four grandchildren Casey Gerber and wife Christa of Norman, Courtney Gerber Johnson and husband, Jeremy of Oklahoma City, Laura Ernst Byrne and husband James of Dallas, TX, and Amanda Ernst of Austin, TX; five great-grandchildren Owen Gerber, Stella Gerber, Logann Johnson, Merritt Johnson, and Jeb Byrne; special friends Robert and Terry Harrison of Duncan, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Pallbearers will be Robert Harrison, Bill Loughridge, Leon Howard, Dale Bradley, David Bradley, and James Byrne. Honorary pallbearers will be E.L. Howard and Wayne Wilson.
The family would like to thank everyone who spent time with Avis and helped care for her (including the staff at Elk Crossing) during the past few years. You were all very special to her.
Condolences may be sent to www.cartersmartfuneralhome.com.
Published on November 13, 2017
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