Edna Belle Groom was born on July 11, 1923, in Merrick to Thomas Clay Creager and Rosa Belle Harris. She passed away on Saturday in Stillwater, having reached the age of 89 years, 7 months, and 28 days. She graduated from high school at Quay. On Nov. 10, 1942, she married Cleo Howard Groom, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 25, 2006. They bought a farm next to Cleo’s parents near Glencoe soon after their marriage. She was a member of the Pawnee First Baptist Church, and Oklahoma Cutting Horse Association. She won several awards while competing with her cutting horses. In the 1970’s her cutting horse, Missy, won the Cutting Horse of the Year Award, and Edna was featured in the American Quarter Horse Journal in January 1971.
She loved working on the farm and raising an array of farm animals, going to rodeos, watching her brother, Tom, and her nephews rope and her nieces run barrels. She recently went with her brother, Tom, and nephew, Roger, to see her great nephew, Trent, rope in the National Final Rodeo in Las Vegas. She enjoyed attending the many activities, and teaching her nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews the ways of a horse, so they could follow in her footsteps.
Edna worked at several businesses in Pawnee over the years, and retired from Safeway in Stillwater after 32 years of service. She loved her family, and was always bragging on her granddaughter, and great granddaughter, and enjoyed giving her grandson-in-law a hard time, always telling you what was on her mind. She loved the Lord, and has many family members waiting to greet her.
Edna is survived by: daughter, Carolyn Wells and her husband, Lynn, Pawnee; granddaughter, Joyce Wells and her husband, Kristopher, Pawnee.; great-grandchildren, Nathan and Erica Wells, Pawnee; brother: Tommy Creager of Pawnee; plus a number of other relatives, and many friends.
Besides her husband, Cleo, she was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Arthur, Roy and Lawrence Creager; and three sisters, Viola Barnett, Elsie Niccum, and Ina Tannahill.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday at the First Baptist Church, Pawnee, with Rev. Bob Copeland officiating. Interment will be at Highland Cemetery, Pawnee under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home, Pawnee.