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Delva was born the daughter of W.D. "Bill" Talbert and Faye Lavelle Hood Talbert on February 18, 1947 in Cement, Oklahoma. She died on October 6, 2018 at her home.
Delva graduated from Cement High School in 1965 and married Gerald Mandrell on June 19, 1965. She and Gerald moved to Oklahoma City where they lived for six years before moving to their home in Ninnekah in 1971. Delva worked at many jobs during her life. At age 52, she began working at Tinker Air Force Base as a sheet metal mechanic. In 1978, she started teaching martial arts. In 1981, she began the Circle of Iron Martial Arts Academy which she operated until February of 2017. Delva was a member of the Southern Oaks Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one granddaughter, Alexis Nicole Boyd.
Survivors include her husband, Gerald Mandrell; son, Wayne Mandrell; son, Mark Mandrell; daughter, Tandi Cunningham; grandchildren Shane Mandrell, Trae Mandrell, Bradyn Mandrell, and Zander Cunningham; sister, Redonda Thomas; and brother, Bill Talbert.
Interment will be in the Ninnekah Cemetery under the direction of McRay Funeral Home.
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