Mildred I. Been
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church of Okemah, Oklahoma. Interment will follow at the Welty
Mildred I. Been was born July 8, 1933 in Inola, Oklahoma to Frank and Lottie (Bousman) Tinker.
She passed away Friday, October 2, 2020 at her home in Okemah at the age of 87, surrounded
by her family.
Mrs. Been was a resident of the Okemah area since 1958. She and Derel Been were married
December 1, 1950 in Kerman, California; he later preceded her in death December 30, 2006.
Mrs. Been was an owner and operator of Been Brothers Construction Company. With this
company, the Been’s were very instrumental in the Okfuskee County area – building many roads,
lakes, dams, and helping to develop places such as the Okemah Lake and the Okemah Golf
Mildred enjoyed reading, working puzzles, spending time with her family, baking, watching birds
and teaching everyone she met how to play canasta. She also enjoyed the regular moon
tournaments at the Okemah Golf Course. Mildred was a devoted member of the St. Paul’s
United Methodist Church of Okemah.
Also preceding her in death were her parents; three siblings, Mayme Luttrull, Viola Snyder and
Wilma Dority and one son, Timothy D. Been.
Survivors include her daughter, Mary Ann Been of Okemah; one brother, Donald Frank Tinker
and wife Tess of Hawaii; five grandchildren, Shakara Stone and husband Richard of Paden,
Christy Sorrels of Prague, Dr. Nicole Been of Okemah, Tara Been of Okemah and Joshua Been
and wife Courtney of Oklahoma City. Six great-grandchildren, Tanner Been of Springfield,
Missouri, Jaycee Sorrels of Des Moines, Iowa, Nathan Stone of Paden, Matthew Stone of
Paden, Brooke Glover of Prague and Kamden Been of Okemah.
Serving as pallbearers will be Carl Been, Mark Been, Lonnie Been, Kevin Been, David Dyer,
and Mackey Casey.
Services will be under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Okemah, Oklahoma and
officiated by Rev. Brian Matthews.
Online condolences may be made at www.ParksBrothersFuneralHome.com.