Obituary for Donna Pappan

Ponca City Now - September 22, 2022 6:18 pm

Donna Marie Pappan

September 16, 1939 – September 21, 2022

Donna, our gift from God, came into this world September 16, 1939, and made her heavenly departure September 21, 2022, just days after her 83rd birthday.

Donna was the oldest daughter of six siblings, to the late Herbert Cries-For-Ribs and Dorothy Mae Little Standing Buffalo. She attended the White Eagle School at an early age. Later moving to Tulsa, OK she worked at Children’s Medical Center, then in later years, returned home where she worked for many years at the Ponca Tribal Social Development Center in White Eagle as a cook. She wowed many with her cooking skills; if you know about her potato salad, then you know.

Donna’s hobbies included bingo, going to casinos, playing cards, and bowling, which she excelled in. She was invited to become a professional bowler, but instead she opted to stay home with her children, but was named Tulsa’s Top Bowler with her name lit up in every bowling marquee.

Donna married her best friend, soul mate, and love of her life, not only once, but twice, the late Garland Pappan.

Donna was preceded in death by her beloved husband Garland Pappan; her parents Herbert and Dorothy Cries-For-Ribs; sisters Rosalie Gaton, Louise McWithe, and Pearl Cries-For-Ribs; brother Jr. Cries-For-Ribs, Clell Cries-For-Ribs, and Solon Cries-For-Ribs; and one son, the late Clint Buffalohead.

Donna leaves behind to cherish many memories, her grandchildren; Brandi Les Gaines and Damien Lee Goodman (who Donna and Garland raised as their very own and loved so dearly); daughters Diane Cardenas of San Antonio, Tx; Texi Buffalohead – MMIW -, Jane Sletto of Skiatook, OK, Linda Caballero, and Rhonda Dixon of Ponca City, OK; her numerous grandchildren Daryl Scott, Tiffany Favell, Johnny Martinez, Destiny Pollak, Garry Goodman, Randy, Robert, and Ronny Williamson; many, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. She will be greatly, deeply missed by all family and friends.

Momma, you taught us strong work ethic, being that you worked up until this very year. RIP Little Angel, you’ve done your very best in this life time. Thank you for the love you gave.

Arrangements are under the direction of Trout Funeral Home & Crematory, 505 W Grand Ave, Ponca City, OK 74601.

Friday, September 23, 2022 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Ponca Indian Baptist Church
6001 South Pleasantview Rd
Ponca City, OK 74601

Funeral Ceremony
Saturday, September 24, 2022
Ponca Indian Baptist Church

Final Resting Place
Ponca Tribal Cemetery
2525 W. Riverview Rd.
Ponca City, OK 74601

Source: Trout Funeral Home