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Tula Ann Allen was born to John and Francis (Kimmel) Allen of Garber, Oklahoma on October 29, 1930. She passed from this life February 23, 2018, at the age of 87.

Tula's primary education was in Garber schools. Later she attended OSU as a Home Economics Major. There she met Charles Ripley, they married in 1957. Charles and Tula made their home first in Stillwater, then Ripley, then Pawnee, OK. They were married over 30 years until his death in December 1988. Tula was known as a devoted mother and wife, and was always very active in her church, working as a Sunday School Teacher with the children's departments on Sundays as well as many Vacation Bible Schools. She was a talented seamstress, cook, gardener, bookkeeper, enjoyed family gatherings, visiting with family and friends, loved to sing, and playing games. Tula was married to Bill Perel in 1992 until his death in January 2013. Tula was a driver for Mobile Meals and often took food to people that were younger than her in recent years. She was physically active, walking and exercising at the Senior Center 3 days a week, and still lived independently. She was always community minded, and supported her children's, grandchildren's and great grandchildren's athletic and musical events. Tula recently moved back to Stillwater where she made her home until her passing.

Mrs. Perel is survived by 4 children, 9 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, From her union with Bill, 2 step-grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren.

Services will be held Wednesday 2:00 P. M. February 28, 2018 in the Pawnee First Baptist Church with Dr. John Coker and Dr. Tim Walker officiating, internment will follow in the Highland Cemetery in Pawnee. Services were entrusted to the Poteet Funeral Home and Cremation Services, friends can leave a memory for the family at Poteet Funeral Home
Published on February 27, 2018
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