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610 S. Duncan St.
Stillwater, OK 74074
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Edna Shebeck

Edna Luella May Shebeck

Saturday March 25, 1916 - Friday September 11, 2020
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Edna Luella May (Swart; Thomason) Shebeck passed away Friday, September 11, 2020 at her home in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Funeral services under the direction of Strode Funeral home and Cremation were held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, September 27, 2020 at the Stillwater First Christian Church. Officiating the service was Reverend Sondra Ladd and burial followed in Fairlawn Cemetery in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Edna was born March 25, 1916 on the family homestead northwest of Stillwater to James A. Swart and Sarah Alma Luella (Randolph) Swart. Edna attended rural schools through the 12th grade and received her high school diploma before taking on many occupations during her lifetime. Edna was a baker at the Student Union at Oklahoma State University, a clerk at TG&Y, and an administrative assistant at the OSU Student Medical Center. She was a member of the choir and attended church at the First Christian Church in Stillwater. Edna was also part of the Order of the Eastern Star and a member of the American Business Women Association.

In 1934, Edna married Melvin I. Thomason in Stillwater, Oklahoma until they divorced in 1968. Then, in 1977, Edna married Mel E. Shebeck in Guthrie, Oklahoma and they were happily married until Mel’s death in 1992.

Edna had many hobbies that included knitting, gardening, and reading the local newspaper front to back, daily. She was also an avid domino player and enjoyed jigsaw puzzles and social card games.

She is preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, and five brothers.

Edna is survived by her two sons, Arlie Thomason and Earl Thomason; two daughters, C. Luella Sneary and Trudy Condreay; 7 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great- grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
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  • Service

    Sunday, September 27th, 2020 | 2:30pm
    Sunday, September 27th, 2020 2:30pm
    First Christian Church
    411 West Mathews Avenue
    Stillwater, OK 74075
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  • Interment

    Fairlawn Cemetery
    1123 East 6th Avenue
    Stillwater, OK 74074
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Kathleen Livsey

Posted at 10:29am
I just shared the thoughts of Luella on her mother’s passing. I hope the service will bring peace and comfort to all who knew Edna.

Kathleen Livsey

Posted at 10:26am
I suppose we all thought this day will never come, at least not so soon. How can this be Mom? You always liked to say “I don’t know why I’m still around, I guess so I can boss all my kids to be peaceful with each other.” Now does that mean just we four of your children or perhaps since you are blessed with the Lord’s gift of a herd of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and even great-great-grandchildren, and also a large number of other relatives of whom two or three “favorite ones” that you call that pet name “nincompoop”. Yes, that is a real word in the dictionary. Our big brother just always says “Well Mom you’re still around because you just haven’t got the job done yet.” We are all blessed to have such an example of a true Lady as part of our lives. We can all reflect on lessons learned from our Mom/Grandma/Aunt even if it’s remembering how to lose gracefully in a domino game with her! A strong woman determined to meet every days challenges for over a century. A smart Lady too. Just ask us, ask her heart doctor, or her lawyer. When asked about an oil royalty location she’d quickly rattle off the section, range, etc. without difficulty.

Growing up as the 7th child of a dad who arrived in Oklahoma in the 1889 Land Run, and a mom from the family in the next homestead, she worked in fields the same as the brothers. The family survived the loss of two teenage sons only a year apart due to riding horses. One of the boys passed on Grandma Sarah’s birthday. Yes, our mom worked the fields with the boys. Strong Lady!

Next challenge came as a young wife with two small children and near term pregnant with the 3rd child when the Second World War was happening and small airports were being built across America. That year, in her condition, our family farm was one of three locations around Stillwater considered for that need. Although the other two locations did not have a family on them, our family had to lose their farm with a barn, poultry egg laying building, and fences for hog and cattle. That location is the current Stillwater Airport. Our house was not torn down, but was moved to a nearby location to the north.

Mom is a strong lady, not to be compared with anyone for the challenges she met. If you did not agree with her you always learned from her. Many times I’ve told her the strength and endurance I have she gave to me. We still expect some day that the City of Stillwater will place a memorial bench at the airport mentioning the sacrifice of our family farm.

OSU recognized Mom as one of the members of the senior’s 100+ years for Class Study.

For our big brother, sister, little brother with his beautiful red hair, and for myself, Mom is our Mom!

I have all the years of friendship, companionship, and caring for one another, that no one else has. The joy we shared together with the birth of each grand baby, a little boy, a little girl, a surprise set of twin great-great-grand babies, a boy and girl, and more great grand babies and great-great grand babies still to come this year.

As I said, we all thought this day would never come, however it has happened. We never thought it would come so soon as 9-11.

Thank Our Lord for sharing this life, this Mom, a grandmother, an aunt, with our family and friends. May we all live for today and tomorrow and not sorrow, but, know our Mom is safe now from what the world has to offer. Indeed she is safe in Christ’s promise to never leave us.

Forever, you’re with me Mom. I love you always, your daughter Luella.

Arlie Thomason

Posted at 03:12am
Farewell Mom. The journey continues.
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Kashion Livsey

Posted at 12:12pm
I heard stories about grandma 2 before I ever met her:). Her sense of humor and quick wit were something that I always looked forward to. She was a great story teller and had a very gracious and grounded attitude towards life. I know that she was very much loved by her family and that she will be very missed. Chris and I both feel like 104 years weren’t enough for Edna, we wish we had more time with her. But we will cherish the memories that we have and we look forward to being reunited in Heaven where there is no sickness, tears, or goodbyes. We love you grandma 2.

Julie Couch

Posted at 08:56pm
I came to Strode's Funeral Home website to look for information about a funeral I am planning to attend. Then I saw the news about Edna Shebeck. I wrote about her in a column for the NewsPress -- I am so glad I got to do that -- she was so interesting and amazing considering she was over 100 years old. I interviewed her in 2019 -- She had such a good memory for her life starting with when she was a small child. My condolences to all of her family -- how fortunate you were to have her for so many years! Julie Couch

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