Dinah (Tooni) George, 97, of Cherokee, passed away at the Cherokee Indian Hospital on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019 following a extended illness.
Dinah was the daughter of the late Larch Tooni and Agnes (George) Tooni and was a basket maker by trade. She worked for years at the Cherokee Indian Village and influenced generations of people.
Dinah is survived by son Russell Watty George and wife Barbara; grandchildren she raised, Dianna Brady with husband Clint, Charles George, Vickie Sue Parker; other grandchildren, Curtis George and Grace George; great-grandchildren, Justin Brady, Caitlin Lambert, Richard George and Julius Walkingstick; sister, Eva Tooni Reed; and special niece Agnes “Sissy” Reed.
She was preceded in death by a son, Edmond George; brothers Ike Tooni and Stan Tooni; and sisters, Annie Driver and Rachel Reed.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, Aug. 15 at Long House Funeral Home in Cherokee from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. with a funeral service starting at 12 p.m. with Rev. James “Bo” Parris officiating. An immediate burial will follow in the George Family Cemetery near her home. Pall Bearers will be Watty Driver, Jr., Brandon Wolfe, Robert Driver, Trent Wolfe, John Reed and Daniel Tramper.
Long House Funeral Home assisted the family in the final arrangements.