Margene was born July 22, 1925 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, to Opal (Revard) and I.S. "Hank" Wright. She was the granddaughter of Leonard and Daisy “May” Revard. Margene was born July 22, 1925 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, to Opal (Revard) and I.S. “Hank” Wright. She was the granddaughter of Leonard and Daisy “May” Revard. Margene’s native name meant bubbling brook, and she certainly lived up to the name. She was quick to smile and even quicker to laugh.
Margene, an only child, has 6 children, Ron Van Rossum, Ventura, Ca., Bill Van Rossum, Mead, Wa., Steven (Stevie) Peterson, Olympia, Wa., Karen Frazier, Yukon, Ok., Christine Clary, Denver, Co., and Gerardette Sager, Spokane, Wa., from these children came 16 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.
The wife of an Air Force Officer she traveled extensively, including Japan. After retiring, she moved to Spokane, Washington in 1965.
She was extremely instrumental on how seriously her children and grandchildren took their Native American history. She made sure we understood that we were Osage before we claimed any other heritage. It was something special to pass down with our heads held high.
She made annual trips to visit her daughter in Yukon, Oklahoma, which always included a trip to Pawhuska. There, she would go down memory lane with us. She often had stories to tell us about visits to her grandmother’s house at 206 11th Street, in Pawhuska, the cousins playing, the hot nights on the sleeping porch, going to church, the drug store, and visiting relatives. We did not see Pawhuska the way it is, we saw it through her eyes and saw it the way it was. She was named after her mother’s friend, Sybil Bolton. Sybil lived across the street from Grandma May Revard’s house.
Margene was very proud to have signed the New Constitution of the Osage in her lifetime. Just as she was proud to see her grandfathers brothers signature (Franklin Revard) on the buffalo hide in the Woolaroc Museum, the agreement with the Osage and Phillips Petroleum. She was insistent that as many of her descendents sign the new constitution as possible.
Margene loved to paint, (mostly native scenes) golf, loved to make people laugh, and laughed herself. She was active in her church, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, and the Catholic Daughters. She fulfilled a lifelong dream to go to Assisi, Italy in 2007 with her daughters.
She joined the “Sassy Ladies with a Hattitude” in 2003, a chapter of the Red Hat Society in Spokane. There she made many friends.
With her children and grandchildren in attendance, Margene was laid to rest at her family mausoleum in Pawhuska, near her mother, aunts and uncle, grandparents and her first cousin, Ralph Adkisson, and two people we don’t know.