Katie May Viola (Matthews) Galyean, the daughter of Bill and Opal Matthews, was born August 2nd, 1935, in Stigler, Oklahoma. Katie met her Lord and Savior Wednesday, July 20th, 2022 in her home at Westville Oklahoma, at the age of 86 yrs, 11 months, and 20 days.
Katie was a devoted Wife, Mother, and Grandmother, and her family was everything to her. She met the love of her life, Billy Rex Galyean, at a local café in Westville. They were married May 21st, 1955, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The ceremony was witnessed by their mothers. Billy and Katie made their home in Tulsa, Ok., where Bill worked for DX Oil and Katie went to work as a bookkeeper for the 1st National Bank in Tulsa for 13 yrs. They bought a farm, and moved to Westville, where Katie took a job in Stilwell, at the Courthouse, serving as Deputy Treasurer for 9 yrs. She then went to work at Westville Public Schools, where she served as Treasurer, until her retirement in 2010, after serving 31 yrs. Katie was a devoted Christian, of the Baptist faith, an avid gardener, spending countless hours in her flower gardens, and tending to her fish pond.
Katie was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Opal Matthews, husband Billy Rex Galyean, and brother in law, Waite Ketcher. She is survived by her siblings Billy Matthews and wife Kathleen of Westville, Shirley Ketcher of Broken Arrow, Bobby Matthews and wife Georgette of Westville, Verna Chappell and husband Larry of Norman, and Don Stacey, of Broken Arrow, whom she loved like a brother. Her children Russell Galyean and wife Judy, Cheryl McDonald and husband Johnny, Brad Galyean and wife Angie, all of Westville. She leaves behind 10 Grandchildren, 13 Great Grandchildren, and a host of Family and Friends.