Rebecca Alice Cryer

October 9, 1946September 29, 2020
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The Honorable Rebecca A. Cryer, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend died on September 29, 2020 in Norman, Oklahoma, at the age of 73 after a battle with COVID-19.

Rebecca Alice Schoemann was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma on October 9, 1946, the daughter of DeLaine W. Schoemann and Frances F. Forrester Schoemann, joining older siblings Gloria and Larry, and followed by younger brother Dee Martin.

She lived most of her young life in Wanette, OK, where she met the love of her life, David Cryer. They fell in love in high school and never parted. They married on July 25, 1964 and had recently celebrated 56 years of marriage. They were blessed with three children – Eric, Aimie and Andrew.

Rebecca didn’t start college until after the birth of their first child Eric. She persevered through the challenges of getting her education while taking care of a young family. After graduating with distinction from the University of Oklahoma in 1973, she continued by studying for her law degree. Daughter Aimie came along in 1976 and Rebecca was awarded her Juris Doctorate from OU the following year. Since then she was admitted to the Oklahoma State Bar, the United State District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma and the Choctaw Nation Bar.

During her long legal career, she served as staff attorney for Legal Aide of Western Oklahoma, worked in private practice, was an Assistant District Attorney for Cleveland and McClain Counties, served as an Enforcement Attorney with the Oklahoma Department of Securities, as Magistrate and then Appellate Magistrate for the Court of Indian Affairs (CFR), Southern Plains Region and finally as a District Judge of the Choctaw Nation District Court.

She was a proud member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Shawnee, OK and served as the Tribal Administrator in 1977 to 1978.

Rebecca was a warm and friendly person; she could easily strike up a conversation with complete strangers and be genuinely interested in their stories. She was a compassionate person; from the friends and family in her life, to the people she met through the legal system, to the smallest stray animal, she only wanted to help them succeed and live their best lives and be happy. She was an adventurous person; she was ready at a moment’s notice to see a movie with friends, to visit a local art festival, or to travel as often as she could. She was a lifelong learner; she was constantly reading, and loved talking for hours with people, discussing ideas and politics. She was a survivor; as an employee in the Journal Records Building, she suffered serious injuries during the Alfred P. Murrah bombing. Her name is inscribed on the Survivor Wall. And, she was also a Friend of Bill W.; she treasured the friendships she made on that journey, and they were some of the deepest and truest of her life.

She is survived by her loving husband and partner, David Cryer; her three children, Eric (Missy) of Norman, OK, Aimie (Jason Black) of Austin, TX, and Andrew (Julianna) of Pensacola, FL; her precious five grandchildren, Nathan, Ella, Ethan, Kane and Kenai; her sisters, Gloria Shallcross (Bill) of Norman, OK and Rebecca Page of Park City UT, and brother, Dee Martin (Toni) Schoemann of Tulsa, OK; plus numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Thomas More Catholic Church on Friday, October 9, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. with interment of ashes at a later date at Sunset Memorial Garden under the direction of Primrose Funeral Home. Please wear masks and socially distance. There will also be a celebration of life post COVID.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made in her name to the ASPCA, Catholic Charities USA, or the charity of your choice.

You may attend the service remotely via livestream on Primrose's Face Book page at


  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, October 9, 2020


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Erica Florentino

November 6, 2020

I am so grateful for Rebecca she was one of a kind as a judge. She helped me get my son back and now he will be graduating high school this year. This saddens my heart knowing she's not here to defend and protect children as she did my son Daniel.

Autumn Smith

October 8, 2020

Going through pictures for memories to share with all of the loved ones who will miss her... I can see that we have not lost her because she lives in everyone she's loved into being. Some of my best memories are with Beckie and all the people she loved.

maryann worley

October 7, 2020

The Cryer's became our "across the street" neighbors almost 30 years ago. We became friends and enjoyed watching Aimee &
Andrew grow up & meeting Eric.
We will miss her smile,her energy, our front porch and kitchen table
visits,waving across our lawns and computer help.
Lots of fond and happy memories Becky.
Our prayers to David,Eric,Aimee and Andrew and families.

Pamela Young

October 6, 2020

Judge Cryer was a most special friend and colleague to me. We spent many a evening on the phone discussing Court strategy. Her love for her work was so inspiring to watch. The energy you felt in her presence was undeniable and infectious. I believe she to be our guardian angel now, and plan to personally continue her energy and efforts in platforms allowed on her behalf. Judge Cryer was very special, and I very fortunate to be able to journey in a small segment of her life. "Fly High Your Honor"....Pam Young

Carolee Blackwell/Maxwell

October 5, 2020

I had wonderful memories of our teenage years together when my Father and Mother, Hubert and Kittie Blackwell moved to Wanette as Educators. Becky was one of their favorites. She always loved to laugh and she did have an delightful mischievous streak. We always enjoyed each others company because we laughed a lot. My parent's would have been so proud of her accomplishments in life.
David, my heart goes out to you and your children, family.
Sending my love and prayers. I loved Becky.

Martin Brown

October 5, 2020

I grew up with Becky and David in Wanette. Both were great people.

Remet them at a Wanette Alumni dinner after the Murrah catastrophe. Still great people.

The family is in our thoughts. We care.

Sheila and Martin Brown, Murphy, TX

Terra Bonnell

October 5, 2020

Rebecca was an amazing woman. I'm lucky to have worked with her at the Oklahoma Department of Securities. My condolences to her family.

Laura Boyd

October 4, 2020

Oh, David and family: I don't know where to begin. Mary Jane, "Becky" and I spent so many times together hanging out. She is/was so special. Yes, she would do anything for friends any time. I believe it was on my patio with MJ that she really decided to get help for her drinking. I know she shortly thereafter went into treatment. AND I know how much she loved you, Eric, and Aimie! And then, wow, Andrew came along. Family was so precious to her. I could go on to the many times we played and prayed. We allowed the years to take us in different directions...all three of us. And I will always treasure our special times. Love to all of you.

Robert Don Gifford

October 3, 2020

I was lucky and blessed to have met her only a few weeks ago as I appeared in front of her as an attorney in her courtroom. I had known her name (and reputation) for years, and she truly lived up to it as a judge's judge, a true compassionate person, and in our brief conversations after court - a wonderful person. She was so impressive - and I am honored to have met her and heartbroken to not do so again.

Ashley Jones

October 2, 2020

Rebecca was a lovely, funny and passionate woman. We will miss our sweet neighbor dearly. Our deepest sympathy to David and family.

Chad and Ashley Jones