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Erma Boston

February 22, 1933 — October 11, 2021


Erma Boston

Service for Erma will be Friday, October 15, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Helena First Christian Church.  Viewing will be Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Burial will follow at Good Hope Cemetery with arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Helena.  Facebook: Lanman Funeral Home Inc.

Erma Boston entered heaven on October 11, 2021.  Her health had been gradually failing since she fell and broke her hip in March.  She was born on February 22, 1933 to Arthur and Mildred Murray.  She was one of five children.  She started school at Great Plains Country School and graduated from Helena High School.  She attended business school in Enid after graduation.  She began working at the Helena Coop and later transferred to work at the Blackwell Coop.  She returned to Helena and began working as a bookkeeper at Dague’s Hardware.  She met her husband, Sterling “Buck” Boston, at the hardware store.  Buck had brought trustees from OSP to renovate the property for the Helena Boys School.  They were married on December 31, 1953.  On November 13, 1954, a daughter was delivered to them, Debra Lee Boston.  Erma and Buck lived in McAlester, Oklahoma and Bakersfield, California, but eventually established their home in Helena.

Around 1961 Erma and her mother, Mildred Murray, purchased the Percolator Café in Helena.  Erma and her Mom eventually sold the café around 1971.  Erma was later employed at the Helena Boys School as a supervisor in the kitchen.  When the Boys School closed, she continued to work as an employee at James Crabtree Correctional Center.  She retired from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

Erma had many hobbies throughout the years that included sewing, painting, knitting, making quilts, and working with ceramics.  She took pleasure in making pounds and pounds of candy at Christmas time.  She was an excellent cook.  In her later years her biggest pleasure was taking her grandchildren and great grandchildren shopping.

Erma is preceded in death by her husband, Buck; granddaughter, Natasha Grace Morton; her sister, Eva Mae Hagen; brothers-in-law, Oliver Hagen, Bob Meyer, and Jerry Horn.

Erma is survived by her daughter, Debbie Morton; grandson, Lonnie Morton II; great grandchildren, Haylee Lofton and Lonnie Morton III; sisters, Anna Belle Horn, Cathy Meyer; brother, Harold Murray and wife, Joan; numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be given to Night to Shine or Greenbrier General Store through the funeral home.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Erma Boston, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

24 Hour Viewing

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

Lanman Funeral Home Chapel

309 4th St, Helena, OK 73741

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Funeral Service

Friday, October 15, 2021

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

Helena First Christian Church

3rd St, Helena, OK 73741

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