OBITUARY

Talesa Nannette Shores

July 21, 1950June 22, 2018
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From July 21, 1950, through June 22, 2018, Talesa Shores danced through life with grace and elegance. She was a wonderful wife of 46 years to Tom, and a loving mother to Trent and Tait. She smiled from cheek to cheek when her daughter-in-law Caitlin and son Trent recently told her she would be a grandmother in December 2018. She is dearly missed by her brother Otto Rose, friends John Koons, Susan Long Randall, Marcene Etchieson, and her beloved pet dog Doogan.

Talesa loved dance, Sooner football, jogging, playing the piano, Danielle Steele novels, and collecting giraffes. There are so many giraffes. She never missed a soccer game, piano recital, or school event for Tait and Trent. She also made the best Yorkshire pudding and party mix on this side of heaven.

She was a graduate of Northwest Classen H.S. and earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Oklahoma. She was a dance-artist-in-residence at Tulsa’s Harwelden Institution. She worked as a choreographer and developed “Creative Movement” to teach dance to children. Talesa loved going to the Lyric Theater. She brought the arts and a creative vision to classrooms and musicals in Edmond and Tulsa. Talesa also volunteered as a teacher and mentor to Oklahomans newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. As a daily warrior against MS, she never complained and maintained a faithfully positive outlook. She fundraised for MS research, advocated for advancement of treatments, and led stretching exercises and shared inspirational words prior to local MS Walks. In 2001, she was awarded the Advocacy Award by the OKC Mayor’s Committee on Disability Concerns. In 2007, she was inducted into the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s “Service Hall of Fame.”

Some people minister to the sick. Talesa ministered to the caregivers and healers. She openly shared her faith and taught her “hand prayer” to many. Talesa was a lifelong Episcopalian. She smiled often and would frequently laugh until she cried. She was pure joy. Talesa is much loved and will be dearly missed. Well done, good and faithful servant.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at 2pm, at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 127 NW 7th Street, OKC. Visitation is available Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 5-7pm, at Chapel Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 8701 Northwest Expressway, OKC. Flowers may be sent to Chapel Hill.

  • FAMILY

  • Tom Shores, Husband
  • Tait Shores, Son
  • Trent Shores, Son
  • Caitlin Shores, Daughter-in-law
  • Otto Rose, Brother
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Tait Shores
  • John Koons
  • Marcene Etchieson
  • Susan Long Randall
  • Chris Wilkerson
  • Rhonda Cathey

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Family Will Receive Friends Wednesday, June 27, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, June 28, 2018

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Entombment
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George Svarc

June 26, 2018

It was with great sorrow to hear this sad news here in Europe. Tom, Trent, Tait - please accept my deepest condolences. Talesa, you will forever remain firmly in my heart. I have only the most positive recollections from the days back in 1994-96 when you all kindly hosted me as student and made me feel like at home despite being thousands of miles away from my parents. You made me feel a part of your family and shaped me into a more mature person. Agility, positive attitude, hospitality, all embracing love and care. Thank you so much for everything. George

Cathy Hill

June 25, 2018

My condolences for your family as you all grieve the loss of your precious mother, wife, sister and friend. Prayers for peace, comfort and that all your joyful memories together sustain you all and wrap you with the warm comforting and faithful love she had for each of you.

Liz Kerran

June 24, 2018

Dear the Shores boys,
I regret so much that I will not be able to be there for the service for I am on vacation. I just remember that your mother was such a wonderful woman and all the good times that we had as kids I love you all dearly.

Rene Cole

June 24, 2018

I will miss you my sweet friend. We grew up together and our friendship spanned lots of years. Although we had not seen each for a long while, I kept up with your comings and goings.
You have graced God’s earth with your courage and ability to make everyone believe the best in all of us!
Rest from your journey of strife and live in God’s precence with Francina, your Daddy, Otto and all your Grandparents.. I know they were all so blessed when you arrived..

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Biography

Talesa loved dance, Sooner football, jogging, playing the piano, Danielle Steele novels, and collecting giraffes. There are so many giraffes. She never missed a soccer game, piano recital, or school event for Tait and Trent. She also made the best Yorkshire pudding and party mix on this side of heaven.

She was a graduate of Northwest Classen H.S. and earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Oklahoma. She was a dance-artist-in-residence at Tulsa’s Harwelden Institution. She worked as a choreographer and developed “Creative Movement” to teach dance to children. Talesa loved going to the Lyric Theater. She brought the arts and a creative vision to classrooms and musicals in Edmond and Tulsa. Talesa also volunteered as a teacher and mentor to Oklahomans newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. As a daily warrior against MS, she never complained and maintained a faithfully positive outlook. She fundraised for MS research, advocated for advancement of treatments, and led stretching exercises and shared inspirational words prior to local MS Walks. In 2001, she was awarded the Advocacy Award by the OKC Mayor’s Committee on Disability Concerns. In 2007, she was inducted into the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s “Service Hall of Fame.”

Some people minister to the sick. Talesa ministered to the caregivers and healers. She openly shared her faith and taught her “hand prayer” to many. Talesa was a lifelong Episcopalian. She smiled often and would frequently laugh until she cried. She was pure joy. Talesa is much loved and will be dearly missed. Well done, good and faithful servant.