Joanna Carter Shuller Obit
June 23, 2010
Joanna Carter Shuller, 91, died at her home in McAlester, Tuesday, June 22, 2010.

The family will greet friends 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, at Bishop Funeral Service.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m., Friday, at the First United (Grand Avenue) Methodist Church in McAlester, preceded by a private committal service at Oak Hill Cemetery, McAlester, OK. Services will be conducted by her brother, Dr. Earl Carter and the Rev. Ruth Atterberry under the direction of Bishop Funeral Service, McAlester.

She was born Sept. 20, 1918, the daughter of Elmer and Archie Carter, of Altus, Ark.

She attended elementary school in Altus and graduated from the Ozark High School in Arkansas as valedictorian in the Class of 1935. She graduated from the Arkansas State Teachers College, now University of Central Arkansas at Conway, with a major in chemistry.

For three years she taught science in Arkansas high schools. During World War II she was employed as a chemist in an ammunition manufacturing plant at Jacksonville, Ark. After it closed she was employed by the United States Public Health Service in Wynn, Ark.

In June 1946 she was married to Dr. Thurman Shuller in Ozark, Ark., and moved with him to New Orleans, where he was beginning a two-year hospital residency, after which they made a permanent move to McAlester in 1948, where her husband joined the McAlester Clinic in the practice of pediatrics. She was a homemaker with four small children. When the youngest child was in junior high school she took additional college training for a degree in library science from the University of Oklahoma and was employed as a school librarian in the McAlester schools until she was retirement age.

After that she gave several years of volunteer service to the Pittsburg County Genealogical and Historical Society, being one of the organizers of the society 30 years ago and serving many years as the original librarian and organizer of the extensive genealogical and historical material in the library collection, as well as regular volunteer helper for visitors doing personal genealogical research.

She was a lifelong Methodist and active in the Grand Avenue United Methodist Church as a children’s Sunday school teacher and youth counselor. She was active in both Girl and Boy Scout organizations as a Cub Scout den mother and Girl Scout troup leader as well as counselor several years at summer camp. She was a 50-year member of the CD chapter of PEO.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Thurman Shuller; sons, Henry Shuller, Lewisville, Texas, Frank Shuller and wife, Jane, Kailua, Hawaii; daughters, Mary Beth Carney and husband, Dr. James Carney, McKinney, Texas; Margaret Davis, Plano, Texas; granddaughter, Jennifer Adams and husband, Dan, Virginia Beach, Va; grandson, Jeffrey Carney and wife, Elke, Hudson, Wis.; three great-grandchildren, Nate Adams, Laura Carney, Danielle Adams; four brothers, Donald Carter and wife, Audrey, of Tulsa, Dr. Earl Carter and wife, Emma, North Little Rock, Ark., James Carter, of Oklahoma City, and Carroll Carter and wife, Glenda, Fort Smith, Ark., and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Archie Carter; her sister, Margaret Whittington, and brothers, Truman Carter, Garner Carter, Willard Carter, Maurice Carter, Albert Carter and Claud Carter.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund of the First United Methodist Church of McAlester, the Pittsburg County Genealogical and Historical Society, 113 East Carl Albert, McAlester, OK, 74501 or Hospice of McAlester, 801 E. Wyandotte, McAlester, OK, 74501.

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