Shirley Oswalt

Obituary of Shirley Oswalt

Shirley Jackson Oswalt (Dodie), 62, of Robbinsville went home to be with the Lord Monday, August 21, 2017 at her residence. A native of Graham County, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Ella Long Jackson. She was a member of Utugi Baptist Church. Shirley was strongly involved in keeping the Cherokee Language alive and wanted God to get all of the glory for everything in her life. 

Shirley Oswalt was named a Beloved Woman for her contributions to educating our children and community with her knowledge of cultural traditions and our language. Our language will survive because of her commitment to teaching and her love for our people. Shirley was also an accomplished artist whose work will enrich many people beyond our community. As a Beloved Woman Shirley provided guidance for tribal leaders, teachers, and her community. 

She was preceded in death by her brothers, William, Jacob and Frank Jackson; sister, Katie Lambert; and several nieces and nephews.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Mack Oswalt; children, Erik Oswalt and wife Melanie, Leslie McEntire and husband Mac, Kenny Oswalt, Shea Redhorse and husband Stacey, Matthew Kennedy, Rick Goodman, Kayla Welch; grandchildren, Jazlyn, Journey, Brooke, Paige, Shane, Luta, Tyler and Logan; sisters, Geraldine Thompson, Edith Crowe, Lou Jackson, Ethel Moose, Esther Dellinger; brother, Gilliam Jackson; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Friday at Lone Oak Baptist Church. Rev. Mike McCrum and Rev. Richard Sneed will officiate with burial in the Jackson Family Cemetery.

The family will receive friends starting at 6:00 pm Thursday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Snowbird Cherokee Language Program.

Crisp Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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