Sammie Louise (Tipton) Edmondson was born on March 31, 1934 in Comanche to the late Mr. Jess G. Tipton and Mrs. Minnie Roberta (Scott) Tipton. She passed from this life on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 in Rattan at the age of 77. Sammie was raised at Mountain Home attending school there until her high school years where she graduated from Ringling High School. She married Mr. Melvin “Red” Rhea Edmondson February 4, 1952 at Ft. Hood, TX. They initially made their home in Ringling before they moved to Alaska. Sammie always worked very hard. She was employed mostly in construction as a superintendent but throughout her years, had been employed as a beautician, post lady, a civil engineer, fishing cannery employee and most recently a rancher. She and Red lived various places following construction work and made their home in Rattan to enjoy their retirement years. At Rattan Sammie was instrumental in the construction of the Senior Citizens Nutrition Center. She also attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University attaining her Masters Degree in Special education and graduating with a 4.0 GPA. She was preceding in death by her husband; parents; siblings, Bill, Edna and Jack; and one grandson, Leland Fox. She was survived by Daughters, Regina Edmondson of Waurika; Cynthia Johnson and husband Robert of Palmer, AK, and Debbie Gray of Oklahoma City; Son, Randall Edmondson and wife Ellie of Kenia, AK; Sister, Lena Tooman of Sapulpa; Brother, Buddy Tipton and wife Mary Belle of Tulsa; nine grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and other family and friends. Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at the Ringling Memorial Cemetery in Ringling with Rev. Alex Costea officiating. Services under the direction and care of Alexander Funeral Home of Ringling. Pallbearers were Randall Edmondson, Robert Johnson, Matt Winders, Jonathan Fleming, Tommy Finch, Jr., and Jerry Tarbet. Personal condolences may be sent to the family online at www.alexanderfuneralhome.org .
Funeral services conducted by Alexander Funeral Home in Ringling.