Ora Mae Kiker Piester, 91, peacefully passed away Tuesday evening, January 9, 2018.
She was born in Okmulgee, OK on May 1, 1926 to Malcom A. and Myrtle (Dixon) Kiker. She was their third child of four children.
She attended Okmulgee Public Schools and graduated Okmulgee High School in 1944. That was a memorable year for her because her love for drama landed her a leading role in the senior play, "Green Stockings". After graduation Ora Mae worked for Citizens National Bank for five years. Calvin Piester had returned from World War II and was working for his father at First National Bank in Morris, OK. A mutual friend introduced Calvin to Ora Mae and they became life long partners raising a family and working together in the banking business.
Ora Mae loved water skiing, musical and dramatic plays, Big Band music, flower gardening, playing bridge, cooking, doing needlepoint, playing her organ and taking care of others. She especially enjoyed entertaining both the Piester and Kiker families. One of her favorite outings was to go to Fin and Feather with family and have Sunday lunch while they listened to Curt Chambers play songs from the 40's and 50's.
In 1964 Ora Mae and Calvin moved to Talihina, OK where they owned First State Bank. Ora Mae greatly enjoyed teaching a children's Sunday school class at the Talihina Methodist Church. She was greatly involved with fundraising to generate funds to build the first public swimming pool in Talihina. During this time she was voted Who's Who in American Women.
After retirement, Ora Mae was an active member in Muskogee New Friends where she coordinated the bridge games and assisted with compiling the Annual Directory and distributing the monthly newsletter. She also was an active volunteer with Trinity Methodist Church's School Back-Pack program. Ora Mae was a lifelong member of Muskogee Garden Club. She assisted with fundraising and sold many pairs of a 'new fangled' gardeners glove that is a mainstay for women gardeners today. She truly lived up to the club's motto...Bloom Where You're Planted. She was an avid supporter of Dr. Charles Stanley and was spiritually inspired by his sermons.
Ora Mae will be greatly missed for her caring, kind, supportive and generous spirit. Left to survive her are: her son, Bill (Gayle) Piester of Muskogee; grandson, Rob Piester and Nicole Cunningham, and two great-grandchildren, Will and Charis Piester of Arlington, VA; nieces, Jenny Hughes, Wildwood, MO and Connie Clevenger, Okmulgee, OK; nephews, Edward Rucker, Glenpool, OK and Lawrence Kiker, Owasso, OK; special cousins; Elizabeth Harris, Springdale, AR and Mary Evelyn Adams, Enid, OK and a lifelong friend, Geneva Norbury, Talihina, OK.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Jay Piester; son, Bob Piester; her parents, two brothers, Lawrence and Ralph Kiker and her best friend and sister, Genevieve (Genny) Gary. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Trinity Methodist Legacy Foundation 518 Houston St. Muskogee, OK 74403
The family offers many 'Thank You's' to the staff, employees and concerned patients at Muskogee Eastgate Village Healthcare for their tender loving care to Ora Mae. Special thanks to Hometown Hospice. Many, Many kudos to Rev. Brooks for her songs of inspiration, prayer and discipleship 24/7!
Memorial services are 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 17th at Fosters' Ivory Chapel of Foster- Petering Funeral Home, 904 West Okmulgee St., Muskogee, OK with Rev. C.R. Brooks officiating.
Funeral service arrangements are under the direction of Foster-Petering Funeral Home.
Published on January 13, 2018