Mike & Pam Marker
Mike was introduced to funeral service while a senior in high school during a Death in Literature English class. The teacher invited the local funeral director to speak to Mike's class and the director also invited the class to take a tour of his funeral home. Mike was the only student to ask any questions and the director offered him a job washing cars, mowing grass and generally performing any other tasks that needed to be done.
After graduation from mortuary school, Mike went back to his hometown of Seminole and worked for the man that gave him his start. This is where Mike learned how to treat people well and to strive for excellent, personal service to families. When Pam and Mike got married, they moved to Denver, where Mike worked for a large corporate group of funeral homes. He moved up the ranks quickly and became the general manager of seven of their funeral homes in Denver. This is where he learned the business and how to operate it successfully.
Mike tries to always remind himself that someday he will be sitting on the other side of the desk and then tries to treat people as he will wish to be treated on that day. He also reminds himself that if he ever loses the ability to empathize, he should find another line of work.
Mike has served as the president of the Bixby Optimist Club and Bixby Chamber of Commerce. He is also planning to soon join the Rotary Club of Bixby. Mike is also an avid church-goer and has served in other community organizations and committees.
Mike enjoys riding his bicycle and playing golf. He also enjoys the outdoors, but above all, his family is the most important thing to him.
Pam earned her college degree in merchandising and uses that knowledge daily in running the funeral home. She recognizes that it needs to be a warm and welcoming place to gather friends and family during a difficult time.
Mike and Pam live next door to the funeral home, so you can usually see Pam outside on warm days tending to the landscape or hanging lights for the holidays. Mike and Pam have two sons, Shane and Trey, who both graduated from Bixby Schools.
Stephanie Powell Family Service Counselor
Stephanie Powell is our Family Service Counselor and works to educate our community and families on the importance and benefits of Advanced Funeral Planning. As a ministry wife, Stephanie has a heart for serving and caring for people, so she decided to make a career change by joining our team in September 2017. Stephanie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Oklahoma Wesleyan University and enjoyed a successful 18 year career in Mortgage Banking but was excited for a new opportunity to minister to families by helping them offer a gift of love to their families through Advanced Funeral Planning. She also helps support and encourage families during and after loss of a loved one occurs. Stephanie has served her communities in many ways over the years by volunteering her time through the local chamber of commerce, churches, Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children, schools, food banks, etc. She enjoys ministry life with her husband Mark and they have 2 sons, Ty and Easton.
After watching many tragic deaths occur this year alone, Stephanie is passionate about educating individuals, families and communities on the importance of Advanced Funeral Planning. It truly is a gift of love for your family not to have the burden of planning a funeral when loss occurs.