Reed-Culver Funeral Home

117 West Delaware Street, Tahlequah, OK


Bernice Drywater

January 11, 1921August 10, 2019

Funeral services for Alma Bernice (Booth) Drywater will be held, Thursday, August 15th, 2019 at 10:00 am at Reed-Culver Chapel with Pastor Dale Wilson officiating. She will be laid to rest at Blue Springs Cemetery in Gideon. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 from 12:00 pm until 6:00 pm at Reed-Culver Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left for the Drywater family at www.reedculver.com.

Pallbearers for Bernice include Derek Godwin, Justin Godwin, Sandy Hair, Steven Hair, Craig Chapman and Matt Clarkson. Honorary Pallbearers include Darrell Drywater, Plez Godwin, David Stand, Caylan Godwin, Nicky Hair, Darrell Wayne Drywater, Brent Johnson and Everrett Huffman.

Alma Bernice (Booth) Drywater, or known by many as Granny or Grandma, was born on January 11th, 1921 in Moody, OK, the daughter of Cicero and Mary Effie (Pike) Booth. Bernice had been a lifelong resident of Tahlequah and was known for being a hard worker and a woman of strength. She was a loving mother and grandmother and was proud to have 100 grandchildren. She enjoyed holding her grandbabies and loved her large family very much. Everyone knew her as “granny” and her home was always open to those needing a meal and a place to stay. Those who visited were privileged to be around her great sense of humor and to hear her wonderful laugh. Her chicken and dumplings were a favorite at holiday gatherings.

Bernice had a love for gardening and enjoyed giving tours of her beautiful flowers and roses. Every spring she planted a vegetable garden and enjoyed tending to her chickens, ducks and guineas. She loved collecting dolls and had them proudly displayed. Bernice passed from this life to her heavenly home on August 10th, 2019 in Tahlequah, OK at the age of 98.

Bernice is preceded in death by her husband, Spencer Drywater, two sons, Richard Drywater and wife Donna and Bennie Joe Drywater of Tahlequah, two daughters, Wilma Chapman and husband Richard of Tulsa and Martha Force of Moody, five brothers, Ed Booth, Mark Booth, Don Booth, James Dawson and Denzil Dawson, one sister, Hazel Jones, one grandson Chance Drywater and one infant great-great grandson, Randall Huffman of Tahlequah.

Those left to treasure her memory include one son, Darrell Drywater of Tahlequah, three daughters, Carol Huffman of Tahlequah, Carrie Godwin of Tahlequah and Mary Clarkson and husband Randy of Bixby, one cousin, Dorothy Mae Martin of Hermleigh, TX, 19 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren, 40 great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.


  • Derek Godwin
  • Justin Godwin
  • Sandy Hair
  • Steven Hair
  • Craig Chapman
  • Matt Clarkson
  • Darrell Drywater, Honorary
  • Plez Godwin, Honorary
  • David Stand, Honorary
  • Caylan Godwin, Honorary
  • Nicky Hair, Honorary
  • Darrell Wayne Drywater, Honorary
  • Brent Johnson, Honorary
  • Everrett Huffman, Honorary


  • Visitation Wednesday, August 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, August 15, 2019


Bernice Drywater

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Linda Evans

August 12, 2019

So sorry to hear of Bernice's passing. Her husband Spencer and my father Dan Gourd were first cousins. I have very fond memories of going to the Drywater home to visit when I was a child and playing with Mary and Sue.

Janita Huffman-Yanez

August 12, 2019

Granny you were a strong and amazing woman. Took me in like yours. And you loved my kids so much. And we love you too. I'll always remember your beautiful flowers and your gardens. I remember a couple of years ago i got you a black duck and you just loved him. Thanks for teaching me to make raisen pies. You will never be forgotten. Your already missed by many. I know you hugged Randall for me. It's his turn to have you. RIP