Tommie Sue Duffield Marshall was born on February 8, 1945 in Vinita, Oklahoma to her parents, Allie Mary (Susie) Baker Duffield and Thomas (Tom) Duffield. She left this world peacefully on her mother’s birthday, surrounded by her loving family, on August 3, 2021.
Tommie Sue worked full-time while studying to become a teacher and eventually earned her Master’s degree. She had a long, rich career as a beloved teacher for more than 41 years. She touched thousands of students’ lives with her care, compassion, and loving concern. She taught summer school, homeschooled many students, and lead students in countless endeavors as a 4-H leader for many years. She was an advocate for her students not only while they were in her classroom but also supported them in all stages of their lives. She was a teacher until the end; always correcting her kids’ grammar, helping her grandkids with their homework, and helping her great nieces and nephews with their education. She even opened her home to exchange students from Colombia and Japan for several years, making them a part of her family. She truly made a difference in the lives of all she knew; her fingerprint will never fade from the lives she touched.
She was an avid gardener, teaching her kids the importance of work ethic with the enormous task of caring for 200 tomato plants every summer. More than anything she loved her flowers. There was never a nursery she could drive by without stopping for just a few more flowers.
She showed her love best by feeding her family and loved ones; she was an amazing cook and was always on the search for another delicious recipe. Her chicken fried steak and from-scratch biscuits and gravy were out of this world. Her other passions were crafting, quilting, and scrapbooking. She was the Oklahoma City Thunders' biggest fan during the Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook era.
Her lifetime of love and kindness will be remembered and dearly missed by everyone who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her parents Allie Mary (Susie) Baker Duffield and Thomas (Tom) Duffield as well as her brother-in-law Garland Lane.
She is survived by her children: Clinton and wife Robin Marshall of Eucha, Ok., Shala Marshall of Tulsa, Ok.; and Shanna and husband Phil Willis of Verden, Ok. She leaves behind her precious grandchildren Savannah and Wyatt Marshall, Satchel and Sage Grider, and Sharee, Shelton, Shafer and Shadrick Willis.
She also leaves one older brother, Raymon Ange and wife Linda of Turlock, Ca.; one younger brother, Ronald Dean Duffield of Spavinaw Ok., and three younger sisters, Sharon Duffield Lane of Spavinaw, Ok.; Linda Kaye Duffield Carrigan and husband Kim of Narcissa, Ok.; and Cheryl (Buckette) Duffield Ward of Grove, Ok. She also leaves aunts Patsy Campbell, Micci Mulcare, Bonnie Area, and Juanita Robertson, numerous nieces and nephews as well as great nieces and great nephews who always helped her with projects around the home. Her love leaves a memory that no one can steal. She will be deeply missed but we rejoice in her reunion with her parents.
A come and go visitation will be held on Sunday, August 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Worley-Luginbuel funeral home in Jay, Ok. Graveside services will occur at Mose Ridge cemetery in Topsy, Ok. on Monday, August 9 at 11 AM. Family, friends, and loved ones are invited to join in the procession leaving from Worley-Luginbuel funeral home at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 9.
Service will be led by Robert (Bob) Duffield, a dear cousin. Pallbearers include Steve Lane, Sellor Lane, Steen Lane, Sullivan Lane, Sawyer Lane, and Brooks Smith.