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Lora Ann McVay

March 27, 1948 — May 28, 2023

Nowata, Oklahoma


Lora Ann McVay, 75, passed from this life on May 28th, 2023 at her home in Nowata, Oklahoma, with her dedicated partner, Ray Strasburg, and her family by her side. Lora was a beloved mother and grandmother. Through her, we know what strength and perseverance truly look like.

She was born in Claremore, Oklahoma, on March 27, 1948, to James Walter McVay and Mary Jane (Bigham) McVay.

Lora has been a resident of Nowata, growing up and remaining in the area. She graduated from Delaware High School. She worked at Disan Engineering Corporation. Lora enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren and researching genealogy. She will be missed by everyone that knew her.

Lora is preceded in death by her parents James Walter McVay and Mary Jane (Bigham) McVay. Lora is survived by her partner, Ray Strasburg. She is also survived by her former husband Sammy Miller and their children Stacy Miller and her husband Brett Miller and Michael Miller and his wife Cristel Miller; her brothers Johnny McVay, Jim McVay, and Dan McVay; her grandchildren Logan, Brooke, Mason, James, and Ryan Miller; her nieces and nephews, Tracy Boone, Tina Flower, Tosha Tanquary, Sarah Randall, Daniel McVay, and Dave McVay; and other family members and friends.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 3rd, 2023 at 11:00 am at Benjamin Funeral Service Chapel. Online condolences may be left at Benjamin Funeral Service (

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Saturday, June 3, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Benjamin Funeral Services

114 W Cherokee Ave, Nowata, OK 74048

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