Anita Driver Ellwood, 56, of Cherokee, passed away on June 18, 2013 after an extended illness. Anita was a member of the Big Cove Baptist Church and was also a teacher with Tribal Child Care.
Anita is the daughter of the late Nick Driver and Emmaline Sequoyah Driver. She is also preceded in death by two brothers; Nicky Driver and Thomas Driver.
Anita is survived by her children; daughter, Janice Driver and husband Joseph Driver of Cherokee, one son, William Ellwood and wife Sherry Ellwood and a special daughter Josephine Teesateskie. Also surviving are Anita’s brothers, Ernest Panther, Floyd Panther and wife Frieda Panther, Alfred Panther and wife Caroline Panther. Surviving sisters are; Loretta and husband Morgan Bradley, Velma Bradley, Alice Kekahbah, Katherine Panther, Hattie Panther, Wilma Pheasant, Alma Jones and special friend Mary Ann Crowe Gronwald. Anita also leaves behind many grandchildren; A.J., Shayna, Melvin, Josh, Marshall, Jalynn, Will Jr., special grandson Junior Teesateskie and several nieces and nephews.
Anita remained at the Big Cove Baptist Church until the hour of service on June 21. Following the funeral, service burial was at Straight Fork Cemetery. Anita’s nephews were pallbearers. Brother James “Bo” Parris and Brother Ed Kilgore officiated.
Long House Funeral Home assisted family with arrangements.