On Thursday, July 11, 2013, at The Cedars in McPherson, Roxie J. Schrader, 95, of Ponca City, Okla., was greeted in heaven by Jesus and the many friends and family who had passed on before her.
Roxie was born Sept. 9, 1917, to Bill and Blanche (Gentry) Blackburn on her mother’s Cherokee Indian allotment near Vinita, Okla. Roxie grew up in Sapulpa, Okla., graduating from Sapulpa High School as a member of the National Honor Society and considered drama her “cup of tea.” Upon graduation, she joined her parents and younger sister, Ruth Margaret in Ponca City, Okla. She resided there until August 2011, when poor health forced her to move to McPherson.
Roxie was united in marriage to Roy F. “Lefty” Schrader on March 17, 1939, in Arkansas City. This union lasted 54 years until Roy’s death in May 1993.
As a teen, and new to Ponca City, one of her first exciting jobs was working Saturdays as a dime store clerk where she met many of the locals. She also was employed in office administration for several local businesses. Later, she became a district manager for World Book Encyclopedia overseeing Kay, Grant and Noble counties. Wanting to stay closer to home, she became an Avon representative and spent many years working for the Kay County Election Board. She was a charter member of Mi-Ju-Ve Club. Her membership spanned more than 60 years. She also enjoyed teaching Sunday school at the primary level at Albright United Methodist Church and, later, at First Assembly of God, of which she is a current member. However, Roxie considered her most rewarding career as that of wife and mother.
Roxie had great faith and a deep love for our Lord and Savior. She was quick to share the story of salvation through Jesus Christ with everyone she met. She treasured her daily devotionals, Christian friends, family ties and had a zest for life until the end. She loved to give inspirational talks to clubs and church groups. Her love of children extended not only to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren but the neighborhood kids as well. She always took time to talk to them, making them feel special and handing out treats to all. Her hobbies included painting, ceramics, crossword puzzles, calligraphy, sewing and cooking, where she was quick to prepare large meals for any ‘special’ occasion.
Roxie is survived by her three children, Gary Schrader and wife Karen of Grove, Okla.; Joe Schrader and wife Joyce of Stillwater, Okla.; Gayle Boyett and husband Greg of McPherson, her nine grandchildren, Lisa Jones, Turlock, Calif.; Gayla Miller and husband Lorenzo, Ponca City; Sandee Tezaquic and husband Fernando, Wichita Falls, Texas; Hannah Lopez and husband Enrique, Ft. Collins, Colo.; Melody Schrader, Stillwater, Okla.; Daniel Schrader, Tulsa, Okla.; Talisha Sherry and husband Jim, Hutchinson; Tabitha Lummus and husband Tony, McPherson; Damion Boyett and his wife Shannon, McPherson; 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Page 2 of 2 - She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother William Blackburn, Jr., infant twin daughters Jeralyn Ray and Janice Kay, her husband Roy, and her sister Ruth Daniel.
Services were conducted Monday, July 15, 2013, at the Ponca City Assembly of God church officiated by Brother Micah Wells, her long time pastor. Interment was at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Ponca City. Local arrangements were handled by Glidden-Edgier Funeral Home, McPherson. The Ponca City services were under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel, Ponca City, Okla.
The family wishes to give special thanks to: Pastor Micah and Karen Wells and the rest of her church family for their support and prayers; Pastor Jim Keil, New Hope Evangelical Church of McPherson, for giving her the spiritual support she needed during her last year with us; all our friends and church family at New Hope; and most of all, Hospice nurses Annette and Paula, and nurse’s aide Courtney, along with the very helpful staff at the Cedars, McPherson, for their thoughtfulness, loving care and understanding through these difficult times.
Memorial gifts may be given in her honor to Harden Hospice of Kansas, 117 E. Euclid St., McPherson.