Thelma Hazel Howell-Bear

September 14, 1965 ~ September 1, 2022 (age 56)


Thelma Hazel Howell-Bear was born on September 14, 1965, to Henry George Howell, Sr. and Ava J. (Morton) Howell in Shiprock, NM.  She passed away Thursday, September 1, 2022, at her home in Oklahoma City, OK, at the age of 56.  Thelma grew up in Colorado, Utah, and in Oklahoma.  She attended Pawnee High School and continued her education at OSU Tech in Okmulgee, OK, at Redlands Community College and at Bacone College.  She graduated with an associate degree in Early Childhood Development from Bacone College. Thelma was married to Henry Bear and the couple had 2 children, Doris and Samuel.  She worked in Headstart Programs for the Creek Nation and for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Nation.  Later she worked in security and as a receptionist for Lucky Star Casino.  She loved music and going to concerts.  Thelma was a devoted OU Sooner football fan. She was smart and funny and will be missed by those who knew and loved her. 

Survivors Include: 2 children, Doris Watts and husband Nathan of Colcord, OK and their children, Michael, Michaela, and Mallory Watts, and Samuel Bear of OKC, OK and his children, Jacob Lujan, Albert Bear, Knalaycia Bear, and Ava Bear, 3 brothers, Henry George Howell, Jr., Delos “Joe” Damon Howell, and Antony Howell as well as numerous nieces, nephew, other relatives and friends.


Thelma preceded in death by her parents, Henry Howell, Sr, and Ava Whitetail, her children’s father, Henry Bear, grandson, Delos Bear, and 2 brothers, Nasharo Pahoo “Kurt” Howell and Jerry Gordon Franklin.


All Night Wake:  7PM, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022, Concho Community Center, Concho, OK

Services: 10AM, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022, Concho Community Center, Concho, OK

Officiating: Rev. Gerald Panana

Burial: Concho Cemetery, Concho, OK

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September 6, 2022

7:00 PM
Concho Community Hall
200 Wolf Robe Circle
Concho, OK 73036

Funeral Service
September 7, 2022

10:00 AM
Concho Community Hall
200 Wolf Robe Circle
Concho, OK 73036

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