Edwina Faye (Wilson) Malaske passed from this life in Tulsa, Okla. on August 16, 2013 at the age of 73.
She was born in Talihina, Okla. on July 20, 1940. She was the youngest of eight children born to Reverend Noah Carlo and Carrie Johnson-Wilson.
The family lost their father Noah in 1950, and the children were raised by their mother, Carrie. Edwina attended the Big Lick Presbyterian Church in Smithville, which she always considered her home.
Edwina attended and graduated from Smithville Schools in 1958, then attended and graduated from Haskell Indian College in Lawrence, Kansas. Upon graduation, she moved to Washington DC to work for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. In 1962, she applied for a position at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, but would not accept a position there because the pay scale she had in Washington DC could not be matched by any secretarial position at Tinker. She also later received a degree in counseling from Bacone College.
All her life, Edwina has worked for Native peoples; from the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes in Concho, Okla., to the BIA in Muskogee and lastly for the Osage Nation in Pawhuska.
Edwina married Jack Malaske on August 8, 1980, and they lived in Pawhuska until his death in 2003, but she continued to reside there until her passing. One of the greatest tragedies in her life was the loss of her son Kevin Shawn Wilson, who passed away at the age of 14 in March 1984. Her hobbies included beading and crocheting, and traveling. She enjoyed listening to country music and loved her Choctaw hymns.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Narcissa Wilson and Ramona Harjo; and brothers, Woodrow (Woody) Wilson, Freeman Wilson, and Rodney Dale Wilson.
Edwina is survived by her daughter Teresa and husband Sidney Witherspoon of Tulsa; sister Mae Wilson of Okmulgee; brother Curtis D. Wilson and wife Bettie of Seminole, Okla.; granddaughters Melissa, Millicent and Amelia and their spouses; grandsons Nigel, Noah, and Amos; three great-grandchildren, Elijah, Kialynne, and Trenten; and many nieces and nephews and their extended families.
Edwina’s final resting place will be in the Nanih Chito Cemetery on August 20, 2013 near Smithville, Okla.
The family has entrusted Bradley Family Funeral Service with the arrangements. Friends may send condolences to the family at www.bradleyfuneralservice.com