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The Gladys Smith Society

Buena DaughteryBeuna Daugherty

On June 16, 1904, on a farm in Iona, Murray County, Indian Territory, twin baby girls were born, named Beuna and Beulah.

These sisters were two of ten children who inherited their parent’s Indian heritage and were 1/8 Choctaw Indian and 1/16 Cherokee. Following her mother’s death in 1923, Beuna, at age 18, finished raising her younger brothers and sisters.

She began her studies at East Central State Teachers College in Ada, graduating in 1933 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics. She completed graduate school at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, and completed her Master of Education degree at the University of Oklahoma in Norman in 1941.

She taught both high school and elementary school for more than 30 years, and it is estimated that during those years, she taught more than a thousand students. Education was Beuna’s vocation and passion. She was devoted to teaching children and never married. She was a faithful and long-time member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Oklahoma City, for more than 50 years.

In the 1950’s while driving back to Oklahoma City from her land in Garvin County where she had just experienced God’s immense blessings, she felt overwhelmed by the day’s events. She pulled her car to the side of the road, came to a stop, and prayed. She first thanked God for all He had bestowed on her, and then she asked God to give her wisdom to make the right decisions in life with the abundance He had given her.

Through the years, she invested her money wisely, and upon her death on February 8, 2001, at the age of 97, Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children became one of the recipients from her charitable trust.

This gift will help Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children fulfill its mission to help children become capable, caring Christian adults by sharing Christ’s love and providing hope and homes for children.  09-10-02

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