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Mary Jo Dakil

February 5, 1932 October 22, 2015
Mary Jo Dakil
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Mary Jo Dakil was born on Feb. 5, 1932 in Sikeston, Mo., to Rufus Roe Reed and Eve Mae Alexander Reed. She was raised in Springfield, Mo., and graduated from Saint Claire High School in Saint Claire, Mo.
After graduation she worked in Saint Louis before moving to Gulfport, Miss. to live with her sister, Margaret Sutterfield, and began working at the Main Base Exchange at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss. where she met the love of her life, Dr. Tanell Frank Dakil, a dentist and officer in the US Air Force. They were married at her sister's home on Oct. 1, 1954. They started a year-long honeymoon in a garage apartment right off the shoreline in Biloxi. After her husband was honorably discharged from the military, they moved back to her husband's home town, Childress, Texas. Dr. Dakil began his practice there in 1955. After her mother-in-law's tragic death in March of 1956, Jo and Tanell moved to Altus where he opened his first dental office in the NBC Bank Building in downtown Altus. Jo loved working to assist her husband in his dental practice, but her primary career was her family. Edna Mae (Edee) was born in 1957, followed by a second daughter, Angel, born in 1958. Angel was born and went home to her heavenly father the same day, a very sad event for Jo and Tanell. In 1961, their lives were lifted again by the birth of their daughter, Janell Renee' and finally, their son, Gregory Tanell was born in 1965. Mary Jo Dakil poured her life into her husband and children and was a wonderful and loving wife and mother. She and her husband endured another great tragedy when their daughter, Jan, died suddenly on June 22, 1983 after a sudden death cardiac arrest at the Dakil home.
Jo also survived three different battles with cancer. In all of these events, Jo turned to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, asking Him to use all things for His glory and good. Mary Jo reached out to many women and people throughout her life. She was a Level 3 Bible teacher with Precept Upon Precept Ministries, was a regular speaker at the annual women's conference at First Baptist Church of Altus. She also taught for a time in the youth department, was a Falls Creek sponsor and she and her husband opened their home regularly to the Singles Ministry at First Baptist Church Altus as well as to all their family and friends. She was a long-time member of the Intercessory Prayer Ministry. Mary Jo loved serving The Lord and He was the center of her life. Out of great pain came great victory as she served The Lord. In addition to her work for her church and The Lord, she also volunteered with The American Cancer Society 's Reach to Recovery program for those going through breast cancer . As a survivor, she gave many women great hope and comfort.
She was a loving and devoted grandmother and great-grandmother. She poured her life into each grandchild just as she did her own children. Her impact is evident in each of their lives. In her final years, her health began to fail, and for the last several years she has been confined to her home and the care of her precious husband and daughter, Edee. Although unable to be involved in all that she loved to be a part of, she could pray and she used her confinement time to pray for those she loved and those who needed Jesus. Her love for Jesus and others never failed even though her health did. She passed peacefully into the Presence of her Lord and Savior surrounded by all those who loved her. She has now received the Crown of Life from her Savior.
Mary Jo Dakil is survived by her husband of the home, Dr. Tanell F. Dakil; her daughter and son-in-law, Edee and Jack Hayden of Altus; her son and his wife, Greg and Tracy Dakil of Chickasha; grandchildren, Bert Collingbourne and his wife Olivia of Oklahoma City, Michael Collingbourne and his wife Amy of Elmer, Douglas Dakil and Mitchell Dakil of Chickasha, Jill and Bob Shelton of Virginia Beach, Va., and Joy Hayden of Fort Worth, Texas; 13 great-grandchildren,; sister, Betty Davis of Desoto Mo.; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Shirley Reed of Fenton Mo.; sister's in love, Eleanor and Linda Dakil of Denton, Texas and Joan Dakil Tanner of Denton; Aunt, Olga Shadid Hawkins of Altus; and numerous nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughters, Jan and Angel Dakil; brothers, Roland Reed and Tommy Reed; and sister, Margaret Sutterfield.
Her family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society and/or the outreach ministries of First Baptist Church of Altus.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 26, at Lowell-Tims Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at the Altus City Cemetery under the direction of Lowell-Tims Funeral Home.
The family will greet friends on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Lowell-Tims Funeral Home.
For family and friends not able to attend the service, Lowell-Tims will provide a live web-cast of the service beginning at 1:58 p.m. Monday. Go to and click on obituaries. Then click on Mary Jo Dakil. There will be a large area inviting you to join the web-cast.
Online tributes may be made to the family at

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Lowell-Tims Chapel
1100 East Tamarack Road

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Lowell-Tims Chapel
1100 East Tamarack Road
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