Phyllis Ann (Sporleder) Shuey, 83, of Ardmore (formerly of Davenport), passed away Friday, April 1, 2022 in an Ardmore nursing home where she had resided under hospice care in recent weeks due to a serious illness.
She was born December 21, 1938 on the Sporleder family homestead farm north of Davenport, the second of seven children born to Julius M. and Juanita (Castleberry) Sporleder. Her grandparents, Adam and Elizabeth Sporleder, and Edward and Turia Castleberry, were pioneer residents of Lincoln County.
Phyllis was reared on the family farm north of Davenport and attended Davenport School where she was an honor student and member of the school athletic teams. She graduated as valedictorian of the Davenport High class of 1957. She attended Central State College in Edmond, now know as UCO, for three years before marrying her high school sweetheart, Ronald “Ronnie” Shuey, August 11, 1959 in Davenport.
Ronnie was employed in the oil field, and they lived for a time in Spearman, Texas, as well as Woodward and Laverne, Oklahoma, before moving back to the home area. While he was employed by Phillips 66, they resided in Bristow and Stroud, then moved to Cushing, where he worked at a refinery until it closed.
They returned to Davenport, living north of town, and they owned and operated a service station and propane business in Davenport. Phyllis worked as a teacher’s aide in Davenport Elementary School and was a bookkeeper and typesetter for the New Era newspaper.
In 1977, the family moved to Ardmore where Ronnie was employed by an oil field chemical company and at a refinery until going to work for Ardmore Electric and CED Wholesale where he worked until retirement. They made their home on a rural acreage west of Ardmore.
Phyllis was employed by The Daily Ardmoreite and worked at the Sears Catalog Store in Ardmore. She became the food service director for all three cafeterias in the Plainview School District where they resided and where her children, Steve and Rhonda, attended school. In later years, she was employed as a bookkeeper at the Stage Department Store in Ardmore until retiring.
Phyllis became a member of the First Baptist Church in Davenport at an early age and was an active worker in the church. An accomplished pianist, she played the piano for the church for many years while in high school and as an adult.
Phyllis enjoyed working in the yard, tending her pretty flower beds and mowing. Most of all, she enjoyed the company of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and she always enjoyed family gatherings and visiting with relatives.
Preceding Phyllis in death were her husband Ronnie; daughter-in-law Jennifer Shuey; great-granddaughter Kennedy Lynne-Anne Shuey; parents Jude and Juanita Sporleder; sister Betty Leake; brothers Bill Sporleder and Joe Sporleder.
Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Stephen and Jean Shuey of Tulsa, Oklahoma; daughter and son-in-law Rhonda and David Cesa of Ardmore, Oklahoma; four grandchildren, Chris Shuey and wife Tracey of Claremore, Oklahoma, Brandon Shuey and wife Heather of Inola, Oklahoma; Nick Cesa and wife Ashley of Ardmore, Oklahoma, and Amanda Cesa of Ardmore, Oklahoma.
Also surviving are great-grandchildren Kolby, Kade, and Kinsley Shuey of Claremore, LeRoy Shuey of Inola, and Cheston and Aubrey Cesa of Ardmore.
Survivors also include two brothers, Michael Sporleder of Davenport, Don Sporleder and wife Paula of Davenport; sister Barbara Starling of Oklahoma City; brother-in-law and wife Vernon and Von Leake of Davenport; several nieces, nephews, and their spouses, including Kimberly and Monty Bates of Oklahoma City, Michael and Ruthie Leake of Davenport; Tasha Starling of Oklahoma City; Turia Richardson of Davenport; Adam Sporleder of Davenport; great-nieces and nephews Logan Richardson, Josh Sporleder, Morgan Sporleder, Victoria Starling, Ryan Bates, Travis Bates, Aaron Leake, and Chloe Leake.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 8th, 2022 in the Davenport Cemetery Chapel. Reverend Mike Mitchell, pastor of Davenport First Baptist Church, will officiate, and burial will be in the family plot in Davenport Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Lehman Funeral Home of Wellston, Oklahoma.