T'ain Tha-gyah (Good Heart)

Lance Howard Cully

July 18, 1965 - March 2, 2014

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Lance was born on July 18, 1965 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He passed away on Sunday, March 2, 2014. He was a member of the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma and also of Comanche, Seminole and Creek descent. Lance worked at KU Medical Center for the Center for American Indian Community Health and held the position of research assistant. He grew up in Oklahoma and attended Concho Indian School, Riverside Indian School and graduated from Carnegie High School in 1983. He also attended Cameron University and Haskell Indian Junior College.

He was given the name T'ain Tha-gyah (Good Heart) by his parents. Lance was an artist and became interested in drawing at an early age. He noted his artistic influences as being prominent Native Artists such as Doc Tate Nevaquaya, Archie Blackowl, Enoch Kelly Haney and Monroe Tsatoke.

Lance enjoyed participating in powwows through singing, dancing and served as master of ceremonies and arena director on several occasions. He was also a huge sports fan and enjoyed following the Denver Broncos, St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Lakers and Florida Gators. Lance also enjoyed listening to music and played the guitar. To his close family and friends, he was known for always making people laugh and as the notorious karaoke singer of BoJo's. Lance did his best to make everyone feel welcomed and was always willing to lend a helping hand.

He was preceded in death by his father Joe Cully, paternal grandparents Marcy and Jenny (Carpitcher) Cully, maternal grandparents Oliver and Melinda (Klinekole) Maynahonah and adopted grandparents Fred and Fern Littlecalf. He is survived by his wife Angel of the home, two children Forrest Kert Cully and Laney Cully of Tahlequah, OK; three stepchildren Marrina Stabler, Isaac Stabler and Lorenzo Stabler; his parents Burgess and Millicent (Maynahonah) Tapedo: his sisters Freda Gipp and Darryl Monteau both from Lawrence, KS; five brothers Rex Cully, Drake Cully, Brady Tapedo and Dean Tapedo of Lawrence, KS; Mike Lewis of Anchorage, AK and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the American Indian Health Research and Education Alliance and me be sent in care of the Mortuary.

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Don't Cry For Me Today

Don't cry for me today,
I wouldn't want it this way.
Be strong and smile,
for you will see me in a while.
I know you miss me,
but now in Heaven I will be.
Do not keep your sad face,
I am in a much better place.
Do not let your tears fall,
for I cannot wipe them all.
Yes, my life wasn't long.
But I'm begging you to be strong.
Live every moment as if it were your last,
I won't forget any memories that have passed.
Cherish life and love as I watch you from above.
As I remember all of the good things,
I come to see I have gotten my wings.
It is time to go and fly,
as your guardian angel I will try.
Don't cry for me today,
I'm on my way.
Soaring through the sky,
I watch all of you telling me goodbye.

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