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Memorial Park Funeral Home & Cemetery

13313 North Kelley, Oklahoma City, OK

OBITUARY

Lucy Grace Shank

March 3, 1922September 17, 2019

Lucy Grace Shank passed away peacefully at her home in Edmond, OK at the age of 97 on September 17, 2019 after a brief battle with cancer.

Born in Oroville, CA she came to Oklahoma when she married her husband of 63 years, Carl Shank. Both Lucy and Carl met while they were in the Marine Corps and were stationed at Camp Matthews. The Marine Corp was a major part of their lives as they both held the office of President in the Oklahoma Chapter 2nd Marine Division Association for men and women. Carl and Lucy traveled proudly representing Oklahoma throughout the United States and to New Zealand, Australia and Tahiti, retracing where Carl was stationed during WWII. After Carl's death her wonderful granddaughter, Laura Sobieck, continued the yearly tradition of attending Marine Corp Reunions with her grandmother throughout the United States.

Lucy was a life learner, educator and proud graduate of Oklahoma City University. She taught in the Oklahoma City Public Schools system for 18 years. The majority of that time was at Capitol Hill High School where she made many lifelong friends with fellow teachers and students. When she retired with her husband to Seiling, OK she continued to teach for 28 years at various schools who were thrilled to have a foreign language teacher in the district.

Lucy was a strong Southern Baptist and raised her five children in the church. She taught Sunday School, served as part time secretary and many other jobs that any pastor would ask her to fill. She was especially proud to be in the Women's Missionary Union and held various offices within the state of Oklahoma. When she moved to Edmond to live with her daughter, she always told everyone she was visiting a Methodist Church but she was a Southern Baptist. Her love for the Lord was on display each day as she continued to let people know "This world is not my home, I'm just a passin' through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue."

Carl and Lucy were long-time supporters of the Oklahoma Baptist Boys Ranch. She continued to support the Ranch after Carl's death as she sponsored the Carl and Lucy Shank Equine Center and recently she was a generous underwriter to help establish a vo-tech welding program on the grounds of the Boys Ranch in Edmond. With her friend from the Ranch, Mike Williams, she spent many pleasant afternoons at the Ranch getting to know the boys and watching the welding program grow. In 2016, she was honored with the prestigious Gladys Smith Society Award given by the Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children. This award is given to an individual for outstanding contributions and was one of Lucy's proudest moments.

Lucy was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Shank; brother, Luis Prado; sister, Juanita Garcia; beloved son, Arthur Lee Shank; and daughter, Rebecca Shank. She is survived by her son, Richard Shank (Virgie); daughters, Cathy Leichter (Kurt) and Lu Ann Kuhlman (David); and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Phil Barry
  • Logan Fish
  • Mike Williams
  • Jerry Thomason
  • Hank Kittrell
  • Ronnie Shank
  • Bill Cook

Services

  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 21, 2019

Memories

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Linda Yount(maiden) Carroll

September 21, 2019

Lucy Shank was my Spanish teacher for several yrs at CHHS. I was also her aide in a Spanish Class. I graduated in 1961 she was a friend as well as a teacher. We both have Southern Baptist routes so that was a tie. I met her years later at a women’s meeting at a SBC church. A few years ago I saw an article of her when she received an award had to do with the Baptist Children’s Home and saw she lived with her daughter but wanted to get in touch but not knowing how. My husband a CHHS 1961 graduate and I did some volunteer work at the Owasso Children’s Home they are all special kids. We just went to Style Show for the Baptist Children of Owasso. We moved to Broken Arrow about 12 years ago and are active in our church FBCBA. Lucy holds a place in my heart..She’s living with her Lord and her family.

Coleta Beatten

September 20, 2019

Lucy, was my teacher and went to church with her. We were just having a conversation just the other day about how strong of a lady she was. I worked at the nursing home in earlier years and remember her coming as an ombudsmen caring for the elderly’s right and care. She was a wonderful lady with so much to offer.

Annette (Seal) Hendrix

September 20, 2019

My first memory of Lucy was when my sister took me to school with her when I was about four and I set in Lucy's class with all the older students. I thought I was so big and Lucy taught me my numbers in Spanish. I adored her from then on.

John Plain

September 20, 2019

She was a very inspiring and quite a teacher.We lost one of the great one's.I met as young student in Seiling Oklahoma schools

Ronnie and Jenni Jones

September 19, 2019

Lucy was one of the first to welcome me to Seiling. Her and Carl came to the house when Ron and I got married. We we’re blessed to call the friends. She was the nicest person. She will be an angel in the lords house.
Much love ,
Ron and Jenni Jones

Pam Nichols

September 19, 2019

I Loved Lucy like a Grandmother! I did her hair for years, I looked forward to our visits each week! As Lucy, I may no longer attend the Baptist Church but I am a Southern Baptist! She always told me I had an old soul in a young persons body! I love you Lucy, You are reunited again with Carl & your family! Fly high my friend, Rest In Peace, til we meet again!

Paul Ray

September 19, 2019

My sincere condolences to all of you.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY