SYLVIA PARDUE January 11, 1935 – July 30, 2018 OKLAHOMA CITY Sylvia (Chickie) Leigh Pardue passed from this earth July 30, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma in 1935, where she graduated high school in 1953. She in the last graduating class of Oklahoma A & M in 1957 with a Bachelors of Science degree. She earned a Masters Degree in Social Work from Washington University in 1961. Sylvia worked as a hospital social worker and was a licensed real estate agent for many years. A long time volunteer with the American Red Cross she traveled for several disaster relief trips, and volunteered with the relief efforts for the Oklahoma City bombing for an entire year. She was a Stephen Minister for All Souls Episcopal Church, and an active alumna with Delta Zeta sorority. Known as Chickie, she cherished her time with her sorority sisters and her younger sisters: Betty Lawler, who can now welcome her to heaven, and Martha Brooks Andrus. No sisters were closer than the three of them. They were always together for birthdays and holidays, but grew closest growing up in the backseat of a hot Cadillac in the 1950’s on one of their father’s many business trips. Chickie always welcomed family into her home where many relatives lived at one time or another throughout their lives. She said, “Home is where they have to take you in!” and took that motto to heart. Her son, Tom, was her pride and joy. She loved to sit and sing and laugh and eat ice cream with him. She shared meals, jokes and politics with her niece, Robin, who took care of her until the very end of her life. She was astute at crossword puzzles, bridge and Scrabble. She was lovingly fond of her dog, Fiona. She had a soft heart for all animals and enjoyed 50’s and 60’s music, especially Frank Sinatra. Chickie had a quick wit, an infectious laugh and unending generosity. She would give her last cent to anyone who asked for it. She loved God faithfully without restraint. She is preceded in death by her mother and father, Alma Dean and William (Bill) Leigh; her sister, Betty Leigh Lawyer; her infant brother, Billy Bob Leigh; her brother-in-law, John C. Brooks; her cousins, Jack and Ledlie Crutchfield; cousin, Dick Crutchfield; and cousin, Sam Howell. She is survived by her son, Tom Pardue; her sister, Martha Brooks Andrus and husband Bud; her niece, Robin Gold; her nephew, Michael C. Gold and wife Kathy, of Edmond, and grand niece and grand nephew, Michael and Megan; her nephew, Jack Brooks and his wife Stephanie of Richmond, Texas, and her grand nieces Rachel, Elizabeth and Anna; her nephew, Alan Brooks and wife Leah Anne of Durant, and grand nephew, Alex; her grand niece, Alysia Mendoza and husband David, and great grand niece, Isabelle; her niece, Mary Lynn Heath and husband Jay, of Piedmont, and grand nephew, Jarod and grand nieces, Sarah and Ella; her nephew, Matthew Brooks and wife Rebecca of Jefferson City, Missouri, and great grand nephews, Jackson, Carter, Grant and great grand niece, Kennedy. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, to please donate to the Oklahoma chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, https://www.alz.org/oklahoma Funeral Service Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 - 11:00 AM - All Souls Episcopal Church 6400 N Pennsylvania Ave - Oklahoma City, OK - 73116 Burial will be in Okmulgee, Oklahoma
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