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Doris Janelle Codynah Thames
Obituary for
Doris Janelle Codynah Thames
Submitted by: Bob Chada

© The Guthrie News Leader
Thursday, February 27, 2003

Services for Doris Janelle Codynah Thames, 56, of Guthrie were held at 12 p.m. Thursday, Feb 27, 2003 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Guthrie with Bishop Ron Barrus officiating. Burial will follow in the Walters City Cemetery under the direction of Comanche National Funeral Home in Lawton.
Doris was born March 31, 1946 to Haddon Codynah and Francis Marie Red Elk Atetwuthtakewa. She was called home on Feb. 22, 2003 in Guthrie after a lengthy illness while surrounded by her loving family and friends.
Doris was a woman loved by many, and she was also known for her loving kindred spirit. Her love was with people and especially extended to children. She was a full-blooded member of the Comanche Nation, and her father was a member of the Comanche Code Talkers during World War II. She graduated from her beloved high school, Chilocco Indian School in Chilocco, Okla., with the class of 1965. She was affectionately known as "Comanche" while attending school. While at school, she held the position of student body president for four years and was a member of the National Honor Society. She continued her education at Guthrie Job Corps, which prepared her for her duties at the Oklahoma Territorial Museum, the job which she loved. Upon her arrival in Guthrie Doris acquired many friends as well as being very intrumental in enriching the lives of many children who called her their second mother.
Doris was very active in civics as well as community affairs, such as the PTA and the school Athletic Booster Club, and she was very instrumental in helping Native American students through the Title IV program. She was also noted as the founder for the Guthrie Bicycle Program.
On Dec. 10, 1990, she was presented with the Oklahoma Human Rights Award by the Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma for her community service and civic activities.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and continued her personal relationship with her Lord and Savior. She was also very instrumental in initiating the establishment of a branch of the church in Guthrie.
Doris was loved very much by her family and friends and will be missed by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, an older brother, Roderick, and two grandchildren, Timber Ka Noble and Tacoma Noble.
Survivors include her three sons, Kenneth Gene Codynah Nelson and wife Angie of Las Vegas, Nev., Terriss' Donahue Codynah Noble of Langston and Andra Damond Codynah Noble and wife Shoni of Lindon, Utah; five brothers, Ronald Franklin Codynah Nelson and wife Delphine of Lawton, twin brother Lloyd Van Codynah of Lawton, Calvert Codynah of California, Charles Gene Nelson of Walters, William Ellis Red Elk Nelson and wife Lillie of Perkins and James Paul Nelson and wife Chasity of Geronimo, Okla.; one sister, Delita Marie Nelson of Lawton, one grandchild, Tra'Jan Damond Noble of Lindon, Utah; her husband, James D. Thames of Stillwater; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and many extended family and friends. She also had a special place in her heart for her dog Rockie.
Lawton services were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Comanche Nation Funeral Home in Lawton.

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