Laveda Wildcat | Obituaries | The Phoenix Muskogee


The memorial service for Levada Babala (Smith) Wildcat, 88 of Vian, Oklahoma, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at the Marble City Baptist Church in Marble City, Oklahoma under the direction of Constable Mallory Martin Funeral Service, Inc. .

Babala was born on October 21, 1933 at Claremore Hospital, Claremore, Oklahoma. She was the sixth child in a line of eight and the first to be born in a hospital. His parents were Stokes Smith and Lila McCoy Smith. Her older sister, Christine Smith Feilds, told her she couldn’t go to school under the name Babala and gave her the name Levada. She cherished her early years at Dwight Mission and chaired many Dwight Mission Alumni gatherings.
She married French Wildcat in October 1957 in Los Angeles, California. French and Levada left California with their two children, Veda and Victor, to return to Vian, Oklahoma. She eventually moved to Muskogee, Oklahoma, where she became a licensed practical nurse and later a registered nurse.
Levada Wildcat was a caregiver. She is best known for her time as an intensive care nurse at Muskogee General Hospital. She started her career in this hospital and retired from this hospital.
If Mrs. Wildcat saw a need, she took care of it or found someone who would take care of it. She took care of the needs of others before her own. The four words she spoke the most were “TRUST IN THE LORD”. Then Levada set out to do something about it.
Still living the words she spoke, aged 88 on July 17 and 18, 2021. Levada loaded French into the car and drove to get food to deliver to the “old” and locked up. On July 18, while preparing to go to church, she suffered a stroke. For seven months after that, she tried to recover, continuing to pray and tell others several times a day, “Trust in the Lord.”
Certainly, while she was doing this, she was barking orders at the nurses and Countryside Estates staff, helping the nurses organize themselves, and asking questions about their duties.
Still the carer herself, Countryside staff didn’t just care for her, they cared. And there is a difference. The same difference as Levada Wildcat, the most devout Christian you’ve ever met, LIVED EVERY DAY.

The survivors are Mari, French from the home; Daughter: Veda and Jerry McPeak of Warner, OK; Sons: Victor and Tammy Wildcat of Muskogee, OK; Grandchildren: Jeff and Shiloh McPeak of Webbers Falls OK, Jason and Emmy McPeak of Checotah OK, Jinger McPeak of Broken Arrow OK, Jori and Jared Fast of Porum OK, French Enola Wildcat of Muskogee OK and Sky Babala Wildcat of Tulsa OK; Great-grandchildren: Jayce Lonnie McPeak, Jade Shawn-Marie McPeak and Drew Christopher Hopkins; Sister: Lucy Lou Smith of Vian, OK; Brother: Crosslin Fields Smith of Vian, OK; Many nieces, nephews, cousins ​​and other relatives and friends.
She was predeceased by her parents, her sister: Christine Smith Fields and 4 brothers: William Lee Smith, Stokes Smith, Jr., Manual Smith and Benny Smith.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions to the Levada Wildcat Nursing Scholarship Fund, PO Box 63, Warner OK 74469


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