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Josephine Idell Decker (Snider)

May 24, 1933 - October 26, 2021

October 29, 2021

Funeral Service for Josephine Idell Decker, 88, of Muldrow, Oklahoma will be at 10:00 AM on Friday, October 29, 2021 at First Assembly of God Church in Muldrow, Oklahoma. Burial will follow at Cottonwood Cemetery in Muldrow, Oklahoma under the direction of Agent Mallory Martin Funeral Service, Inc.

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After a brief battle with dementia, Josephine Idell Decker passed away quietly and gracefully with her granddaughter Natalie by her side. She is survived by one son: Peter Arlen Decker and Jonna of Malibu, CA; 3 grandchildren: Natalie Decker-Wiley and Spencer, Morgan Lea Decker, and Jonathan Peter Decker and Gabby; 3 great-grandchildren: Bradley Scott Kifer, Layla Paige Kifer and Josie Grace Kifer; nieces and nephews: Albert Snider, Richard Snider, Tyler Ayres, Andrea Ayres, Laurie Martin, David Martin and Tim Martin; several other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Arlen Decker; one daughter, Deborah Lucretia Decker; her parents, Ralph and Ada Snider; two brothers, Leonard Snider and Raymond Claborn; and very special friend, Richard Graham.

She was an integral part of the medical community in Fort Smith and surrounding area, for over 50 plus years. She began her career at Holt Krock Clinic in 1952 and was an essential and fundamental driving force for HKC, Sparks Hospital, and Sparks Medical Foundation. She served in a variety of capacities as an administrator of professional and Human Services and Director of Clinical Operations. She was recognized on countless occasions for her contributions to the advancement of the medical community. Her awards, recognitions, and accomplishments are far too numerous to list. Some of her most significant and far-reaching contributions were overseeing Holt Krock Clinics entry into the computer age, installing the first pension, profit-sharing, and 401(k) plans, establishing the first quality assurance department, establishing in-house physician recruitment bringing hundreds of highly qualified physicians into our community, and introducing the annual Woman to Woman seminar for women’s health awareness. She also served and chaired on dozens of professional, community, and charitable boards throughout the years.

In the 1980’s, she was invited by the Chinese government to advise the Chinese Healthcare System as they integrated credit into their health care practice. She spent a month in China working with health care administrators as they began implementing these new practices.

She loved art, music, and dancing. She was a world traveler who was always up for an adventure and made several trips to numerous countries. Among her countless interests and hobbies, beekeeping was paramount and she shared it with her entire family, subsequently writing her Master’s Thesis on the management of the honey bee which was published and can be found in the Library of Congress. Characteristic of her giving nature, after the honey was harvested, she shared the majority with her friends. In her later years she was an accomplished ballroom dancer. She and her long-time companion, Richard Graham, were the highlight and attraction at most every social event where they could take center stage and dance until the final hour.

She was involved in countless community programs, each of them dear to her heart.

There was nothing more important to her than her family, and she let everyone know how special each of us were to her.

Funeral Service will be at 10:00 AM on Friday, October 29, 2021 at First Assembly of God Church in Muldrow, Oklahoma. Burial will follow at Cottonwood Cemetery in Muldrow, Oklahoma under the direction of Agent Mallory Martin Funeral Service, Inc.

Viewing and Visitation will be Noon – 8 PM Thursday at Agent Mallory Martin Chapel in Muldrow, OK where the family will greet 6 – 8 PM.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Girls Shelter of Fort Smith, Crisis Center for Women Fort Smith or Susan G. Koman Cancer Support House, Fort Smith.