Alene Kitchell

GROVE, OK— Virginia Alene (House) Kitchell, 98, passed away on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023. 
Born in Indian Territory in the community of Winganon, OK on June 18, 1924 to Robert and Jewel Elizabeth (Galloway) House, Alene was raised and educated in Alluwe and graduated from Alluwe Public Schools. Following graduation Alene continued her education by attending business college in Bartlesville. On July 13, 1942 Alene married the love of her life, Johnny W. Kitchell, in Nowata, OK. Their union was gifted with five children, Johnna, Marilyn, Ann, Mary Beth, and Tony. Alene helped provide for her family working in two government offices in Illinois and Oklahoma. She then went to work for the Wilmington School District in Wilmington, where she retired.
A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Alene had a wide variety of interests and hobbies. She enjoyed traveling and especially when it involved a river cruise. Alene was an avid vegetable gardener and it was through those efforts that her family had fresh canned vegetables year-round. According to her son Tony, even in her 80’s if he did not get there to till the garden, Alene would get out there and get it done herself. Crafts were another interest that gave her countless hours of enjoyment.
Involved in several different clubs and organizations throughout her life; it was through the Eastern Stars, Daughters of the American Revolution, Cattlewomen’s group, Red Hats Society, and the Pocahontas Club that Alene made many life-long friends. She was also faithful in supporting the local Senior Citizens Center whether it be in Bartlesville or Chelsea. Once again always enjoying the company of others. No story about Alene would be complete unless you mentioned her life-long membership at Hillside Christian Church in Nowata. She was not only a very faithful member, but one that was ready to serve and help wherever she was needed.
Alene has left a legacy that will live on in the lives of her family and friends. She is survived by her children, Marilyn (Alan) Daily, Mary Beth (Jim) Williams and Tony (Cynthia) Kitchell; 10 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren; sister, Mary Jane DeLozier and numerous nieces and nephews. 
Alene was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny W. Kitchell, two daughters, Johnna Mason, and Ann Ranea Skeldon, parents, Elizabeth, and Robert House, three brothers, Clifford, Carl, and Johnny House, one sister, Betty (House) Lewis, grandsons, Jason Williams and Michael Daily and son-in-law, Fred Mason.
Services to remember and celebrate the life of V. Alene (House) Kitchell will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023 at Hillside Christian Church in Nowata. Burial will follow in the Chelsea Cemetery, where Alene will be laid to rest beside her husband. Visitation will be Friday, at the funeral home, from 3-7, with family there to receive visitors from 5-7. 
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