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Lela Geneva Gillespie Shoup, 98, of Stillwater OK joined her husband Herb in heaven on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at her home at the Christian Villa. Funeral service will be held at Strode Funeral Home of Stillwater on Friday, September 16th at 10:30 am. Visitation will be held from 7:00-8:30 pm Thursday, September 15th at the funeral home.
Lela was born on August 29, 1918, in Ripley to Oren Kessler Gillespie and Lettie Mae Hesser Gillespie. She was raised on the family farm south of Ripley. She attended Ripley Schools for 12 years and graduated as valedictorian of her senior class of 1936. She married Herbert Shoup, her classmate of 12 years on November 13, 1937. To this union were born four children: Floyd Neal, Ann, Herbert Jr., and Mary.
Herb and Lela spent the next 24 years on the farm south of Ripley where they raised their children. From 1961-1975 the couple lived in Bethany where Herb worked for the Oklahoma Farmers Union Insurance Company. In 1975, they retired to Antlers, OK, where they lived until 1991 when they moved back to the Ripley area.
Lela was active as a member of the Ripley "Know You Better Club" and as a member of the Ripley United Methodist Church where she held many offices and served in many capacities.
Lela's first and primary priority was her family. She spent the majority of her life as a homemaker, supporting her children and her husband in their ventures. She will be remembered for her cooking, homemade bread and jellies. She was an accomplished seamstress and crocheter.
Lela and Herb were married for nearly 67 years. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband and sons Floyd and Herbert Jr. She is survived by daughters Ann and Mary; one sister, Bula Fonda (Clifford) Boyles, nine grandchildren, many great and great-great grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the following: Judith Karman Bristol Hospice at P.O. Box 818, Stillwater, OK 74076 or the Gideon's International at P.O. Box 1535, Stillwater, OK 74076.
Condolences may be emailed to the family and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting www.strodefh.com.
Published on September 13, 2016
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