Long-time Adair County educator Jeff Limore dies at age of 61

In this photo, Dahlonegah Superintendent Jeff Limore receives a mask donation from former Cherokee Nation Chief of Staff Todd Enlow. Limore, who served more than 15 years on the Sequoyah school board, passed away June 18 in Stilwell. 

STILWELL – Long-time educator and Sequoyah High School schoolboard member, Jeff Limore, died on June 18 in Stilwell at the age of 61. 

He was born on Aug. 4, 1960, to Edgar and Mary Jane Limore. His obituary states he was “a person who filled in the gap for a lot of people he loved. He was a visionary, strong leader and community supporter.”

Limore was raised in the Greasy Community in Adair County. The value of education was instilled in him from a very young age, so attending college was essential on his journey. He obtained two bachelor degrees and two masters degrees which allowed him to serve his community as teacher, counselor and superintendent. The majority of his career was spent as superintendent of Dahlonegah Public School where he served from 1999 until his death. 

Before serving as superintendent at Dahlonegah, Limore served Maryetta School as a fifth and eighth grade teacher, counselor, gifted and talented coordinator, alternative education counselor and an adult education GED teacher. 

“Jeff Limore dedicated his career to educating and influencing thousands of Cherokee students in Adair County as a school superintendent, principal and teacher,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “Mr. Limore also brought his invaluable expertise to the Cherokee Nation and Sequoyah High School where he served on the school board since 2005. We will deeply miss his service to the Cherokee people and express our sincerest condolences to his wife Shelley and children Nathan and Natalie and extended friends and family.”

His family added Limore “dedicated himself and his life’s work to the students he served. He wanted every student to succeed and felt it was his duty to provide them the necessary resources. Jeff also encouraged his staff to become lifelong learners and motivated them to be the best version of themselves. He was very proud of his family, friends and community members.”

In addition to his life as an educator, he served students in other capacities as a member of the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools and on the National Indian Impacted Schools Association Board of Directors representing students across the nation. 

“My educational values are rooted in my parents’ relentless push toward higher education for their children as a way out of poverty, something neither of them attained,” Limore said when he was appointed to the NAFIS board in 2016. “They did, however, achieve their goal through their four children, and I’m happy to begin the important work as a NAFIS board member.”

Limore was adventurous and passionate about how he spent his free time when he wasn’t working. 

“You could always count on a good conversation about his latest adventure. While Jeff encouraged the people around him to better themselves, he was always learning something new and researching the latest technologies. His most recent adventure included having an electric car. He was intrigued by its efficiency and capabilities. He renewed his pilot’s license and flying his plane was his happy place,” states his obituary. “He enjoyed building projects, which included his home, trailers and even a teardrop camper. There wasn’t anything Jeff couldn’t do or learn to do. He loved playing golf and hosting a weekly poker night with his buddies. Fishing and gigging was time well spent with family and friends. Jeff enjoyed traveling and listening to live music with his wife. Jeff was proud of his children and grandchildren and enjoyed watching them live their lives. Jeff touched many lives over the years, and he will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.”

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Kenneth Limore and his sisters Lucy Springwater and Debra Limore.

His wife Shelley Limore of the home; his children Nathan Limore and wife Nikki of Tahlequah, Natalie Yeager and husband Clayton of Stilwell; and Haley Davis of Stilwell; his sister Carolyn Shipley of Stilwell; his brother Jim Limore of Stilwell; and his six grandchildren Dex, Lukas, Jed, Alexa, Alivia and Aria survive him. 

Services are at 10 a.m., June 23 at New Life Church in Stilwell.

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