OBITUARY

Edwina Berry Luker

August 7, 1942December 24, 2017
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Edwina Berry Luker, 75, of Norman passed away Sunday December 24, 2017 at Norman Regional Hospital.

Edwina was born August 7, 1942 in Enid, OK to Charles Gilbert Berry and Margaret (Wilkins) Roy. She earned her Master’s degree in social work, at the University of Oklahoma which led her to a very rewarding 38.7 years with the Veteran Administration in Oklahoma City. She was instrumental in the early recognition of Post Traumatic Stress in Vietnam Veterans and assisted thousands of Vietnam Veterans with not only treatment, but disability benefits. She prided herself in the work she started with the OEF/OIF Program for returning Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and has been described by her “Hero’s” as “Warrior for Veterans”. In her spare time she enjoyed showing and racing horses and traveling. She adored her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and loved spending time with her family. She was called Mom and Memaw by more than just those blood related. She was our Hero. She was deeply loved and will be forever missed.

Survivors include her children: Philip and Jeri Whitney of Maine and Teresa and Terry Sterling of Norman; grandchildren: Cole Whitney, Samuel Whitney, Johnna and Kent Mosley, Dylan Sterling; great-grandchildren: Kylee Mosley and Addison Mosley; sister: Jane Marcellus; Granddogs: Curly Bill Brody and Sadie Mae Hawkins; Great Granddog: Bear D.A. and Piper; and of course her favorite child and Maine Coon Cat BooBoo Kitty.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Terry Joe Luker.

A Celebration of Edwina’s Life will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday January 3, 2018 at Primrose Funeral Service Chapel, Norman, OK

Arrangements entrusted to Primrose Funeral Service, Norman, OK. Sign the online guestbook at www.primrosefuneralservice.com

Services

  • Celebration Of Life Wednesday, January 3, 2018
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January 10, 2018

I have fond memories of Edwina growing up in Collinsville during my younger years.
She blessed many with her life of service to family and veterans.
Susan Worstell, Collinsville, OK

Tyrone Roach

January 3, 2018

Edwina will be missed without a doubt. Though I've only gotten to know her recently as neighbors, I always enjoyed and cherished our conversations. Her kindness, generosity, and wit stood above all her other wonderful characteristics. May she now rest in peace. My sympathies goes out to her family and friends.

Helen Civitello

January 3, 2018

Edwina supervised me during my first practicum in Social Work Grad School at the Oklahoma Halfway House. She had a no-nonsense approach to social work and life. Thoughts and prayers to her loved ones as you mourn this special lady. Helen Civitello (Houston, TX)

Sara Green

January 3, 2018

Edwina was an invaluable advocate to my son, a vet, and me when we were desperate for help in his battle with PTSD. She was the first therapeutic person who helped us and the last---on the day I lost him to suicide. Her dedication, caring, and vast knowledge helped get us through many crisis situations. All she did for veterans over many decades is part of a wonderful legacy. Peace to Edwina and her family.

James Brickman

January 2, 2018

As a veteran I so much appreciated Edwina's service to the veterans. She was a hero and patriot in a way that equaled those she served. We wished that we could have been her friend for a longer time. She will be missed. God bless!
Brigadier General, US Army (Retired) James and Dr. Sharon Brickman.

Rosetta Sledge

January 2, 2018

Worked with her for many years-she was devoted to helping Veterans and and families. Thoughts and Prayers for her daughter.

Chris Bruce

January 2, 2018

To the family of Edwina, I was fortunate to meet Edwina went I first returned to Oklahoma after being gone 10 years with the Military. She was the first person to help me get entered into the OEF/OIF Veterans program at the OKC VA Medical Center. I was blessed years later to become a work study and work with Edwina helping fellow veterans. I am honored to have met such a devoted person that truly wanted to do her best for every veteran that she met!

Alexander (Chris) Bruce - MM2(SW) Amphibious Group 3

January 2, 2018

Teresa & Terry-Edwina was my very good friend,since first grade thru 12th. We have kept in touch for all these years,I will miss her at our Nifty Fifties reunion
in June 2018.She always tried to attend.She will be one of the Angels in heaven.I know she loved her job at the VA hospital, she helped many veterans.,38+ years' that is devotion.
Her husband was one of them,he told me she was so good & helped him.When we were in high school at Collinsville, she worked at Collinsville news.She will be missed by many of her high school classmates.Always love you Edwina and her kids, she raised 2 kids. and did outstanding job,'with.grandchildren & great grandchildren. Edwina, my friend, I will miss you forever---Carolyn Fugate-Collinsville, OK

sandra attebery

December 31, 2017

much joy in working w/Edwina, especially when I first came to OKCVA. she promoted my role as agency's first nursing case mgr, no efforts to make my life harder or role less vital. she loved our veterans, & how I wish I could have seen, talked to her in last few years! God bless her, always, & to her family, I pray for your healing.

Frances King

December 31, 2017

Dear family and friends of Edwina,
Edwina was a very valuable person during her years at the VAMC I'm so glad I got to know her. She was a tremendous help to me as to so many others. She had a heart of gold and knowledge. My deepest sympathy is sent ti all who knew her. Frances L. King