- Ada, Oklahoma


February 26, 2014

Beaulah Marie Shavney

Sands Springs — Services for Beaulah Marie Shavney, 91, Sand Springs, will be held Wednesday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sand Springs. Ms. Shavney died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. 

She was born April 2, 1922, to Orbie and Sylvia Pope in Marlow. She was the first of seven children. 

After graduating from Chilocco Indian School, she joined the Army and was stationed at Fort Knox, Ky., where she met her husband, Richard H. Shavney. Ms. Shavney was an American Indian World War II Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) veteran. 

After the war the couple eventually moved to Sand Springs. 

Widowed in 1968, Ms. Shavney worked in banking and insurance to support her three children. In 2002 she moved to Ada to be closer to the Chickasaw community. She represented her tribe in Washington, D.C., at the dedication of the Women in Military Service Memorial and the National Museum of the America Indian. Ms. Shavney starred in Chickasaw TV commercials and her painting hangs in the Chickasaw Cultural Center. 

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by son Richard Jr., parents Orbie and Sylvia Pope, sister Nancy Noe, and brother Orbie Pope Jr.

Survivors include daughter Teresa Shavney, M.D. and husband Richard Knapp of Okla. City, son Rick Shavney and wife Stacey of Mounds, and daughter Margie Martin and husband Bruce of Jacksonville, Ill., sisters Dorothy Sims and Merle Nunley, brother Joe Pope, 10 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

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