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Cornelius September 27, 1934 - March 31, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Charlene Nation Cornelius died peacefully on Monday, March 31, after a brief illness. She was born September 27, 1934 in Moyers, Oklahoma. Her identical twin sister, Corolene Campbell, and an older brother, E.D. Nation, preceded her in death. After attending Southeastern Oklahoma State University, she married John M. Cornelius III in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Charlene dedicated her life to nurturing her family and worked at several United States Embassies. Her husband's position with the U.S. Department of State led her to represent her country in Thailand, Liberia and Tanzania. She was well known for opening her home for official diplomatic functions and served as a liaison between the American Community and International Diplomatic Community. In her later life, she was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral. Tending her garden and spending time with her grandchildren brought her endless joy. She is survived by her only daughter, Johnna Cornelius Schick, son-in-law, Brad, and three grandchildren, Alex, Morgan, Madison. The Funeral Service is scheduled for Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral with Interment to follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens.

Published in The Oklahoman on Apr. 3, 2014
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