Obituaries

Bessie Ranee Holloway Obituary

Bessie Ranee Holloway has passed into the great beyond. She was only 65. She was born in Fairfax, Oklahoma on Sept. 4, 1955, the daughter of John Chief Holloway Jr., and Viola Helen Lizotte Holloway. Raised in Fairfax Bessie attended school there, graduating a member of the 1973 Red Devil Class. She studied to be a nurse’s aide and worked in the healthcare industry for many years. 

A proud member of the Osage Nation, she enjoyed keeping the traditional Osage ways alive with her cooking skills. Her specialty included meat pies and fry bread. She was a member of the Pah-Su-Lee club and belonged to the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, (Unit #333) having previously served as the auxiliary President. 

Bessie was a great advocate for the old ways of her ancestors. She had a giving heart and loved to buy her family and friends items from online shopping. They are still receiving gifts today that she ordered weeks ago. 

She leaves her son John Michael Holloway and his wife Carrie of Fairfax; daughter Jacqueline Burch of Fairfax; grandchildren, Rielly Holloway and his wife Helen of Dewey, Austin Holloway of Fairfax, Fayth Holloway of Fairfax, Kaylee Burch of Fairfax, Keyden Burch of Stillwater, and Kalie Burch of Morrison; great-grandkids left behind are Ryder Chief, Augustus J., and Virgil Michael. Bessie is survived by her brother Howard Holloway and his wife Lynn, sister Mary Stone and her husband Pat, sister Lisa Bennett and her husband Mike, brother John Popper Holloway and his wife Leslie, a host of nieces and nephews as well as a large extended family. 

Bessie was reunited in heaven with her parents Chief and Viola Holloway, husband Rodger Potter, and grandson Korbin Burch. 

Traditional Osage Tribal Burial ceremonies were held at the Grayhorse Chapel. Bessie lied in state at the Chapel. Funeral Rites were held June 22, 2021, in the Chapel with John D. Redeagle officiating, assisted by Taos Barrone, Cyler Barrone, and J.K. Hadlock. Burial immediately followed at the Grayhorse Cemetery. Casket bearers included Rielly Holloway, Austin Holloway, Keyden Burch, Michael Bennett Jr., Matthew Bennett, Michael Bennett III, Connor Bennett, and Howard Holloway Jr. Honorary bearers include Tanner Holloway and Josh Kates. 

Bessie’s online guestbook may be signed at www.hunsakerwootenfuneralhome.com