Buying flowers from us ensures that your order will be fulfilled through working with a network florists that are trusted by local funeral homes and recognized partners of the funeral industry. A customized message, along with a photo of your selected arrangement will remain in perpetuity within this memorial website. This service also includes “Smart Select” whereby the store notifies you if your floral selection has already been selected by another sender. This allows you the opportunity to choose a different product to ensure the family has a beautiful and unique selection of unique floral arrangements.
The price of these selections also includes the funeral home’s care of the flowers after the funeral and the delivery to the family or facility of choice where they can be rearranged and enjoyed by others for a longer period.
The solitude and quiet peace of a flickering candle has long been a symbol of remembrance. Each candle lit will remain lit within this memorial website for the period you select. Your thoughtful gesture will be captured both in the candle as well as listed in perpetuity within the tributes section.
In today’s changing world with climate change and environment concerns, “Honoring a Life” allows for family and friends to plant a memorial tree in honor of their loved one and friend. The purchase of a tree creates a beautiful permanent record on the Honoring a Life website, www.honoringalife.org. Each tree is planted through the efforts of Forestry Services throughout North America who determine where the greatest needs for reforestation are. Once planted, the geographical location where the tree is planted will be added to the record. A beautiful card is also sent to the family signifying your thoughtful gesture.
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We are proud to provide this service allowing friends and family to donate to any registered charity throughout North America. You will receive an official tax receipt immediately via email and your thoughtful gesture will remain on this memorial website in perpetuity.
The time surrounding a death can often bring unexpected final expenses for the family far beyond the funeral itself. We are pleased to offer the ability for friends and relatives to financially support the family during their time of loss as an alternative to flowers and other sympathy gestures.
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Visitation: Sunday, February 24th from 12-8 PM with family to greet friends from 6-8 at Vondel Smith South.
Funeral Services: Monday, February 25th at 10:00 AM at Vondel Smith Mortuary South Colonial Chapel.
What a vigorous, blessed life! Helen Gae Earley (Shepherd) was born at University Hospital in Oklahoma City on September 30, 1924 to Helen Estelle Cox and Gay Andrew Earley. Gae passed away on February 21, 2013. Due to family circumstances, Gae and her only brother Patrick Andrew Earley were raised by their Aunt Edna Earley Hofer. Gae was a 1942 graduate of Classen High School. In 1944, she married Robert G. Jones, a USAF pilot, and they were stationed in the Philippines for a year. Together they had three children: Daniel R. Shepherd, David E. Shepherd, and Judith H. Shepherd (Clopp). Gae was active in the Red Cross and served as a Doughnut Dolly for the USO during WW II. In 1949, she was widowed and moved back to the U.S. while expecting her third child. Soon thereafter, she found employment as a copygirl for the Oklahoma Publishing Company. E.K. Gaylord was instrumental in seeing that young, hard-working people like Gae were afforded a position at the Daily Oklahoman. In 1953, Gae married Derald E. Shepherd, who promptly adopted her children. Together they had one child, Laura A. Shepherd (Madsen). In 1954, Gae enjoyed being the owner and operator of Gae’s Toy Town in Bartlesville, OK. The following decade, she and her family moved to Oklahoma City where she worked in the traffic department at KWTV-Channel 9 and retired after 10 years of service in the traffic department at OETA-Channel 13. During her time at OETA, Gae received the first Louie Vineyard Memorial award, which she greatly treasured. For 5 years, she was an active member and served as president of the OKC Pilot Club International. Gae was raised in the Congregational Church and in her later life joined the Presbyterian Church. Upon her retirement, she returned to the Congregational Church and eventually served as a deacon. Gae’s zest for life and compassion for her fellow man serve as a testament to her blessed legacy. Not a day passed that she wasn’t grateful for life’s daily blessings bestowed upon her. Her love of Sinatra’s music, eating chocolate, gambling, visiting garage sales, and good conversations with friends made her the happiest. She is preceded in death by both husbands, her son David, her brother Patrick, and her nephew Richard Earley. She is survived by her children Dan Shepherd (Sue), OKC, OK, Judy Clopp (Ron), Yukon, OK, and Laura Shepherd-Madsen (Pete), Mustang, OK; grandchildren Paula Clopp-Ward (David), Yukon, OK and Matthew Clopp (Shannon), Yukon, OK; great grandchildren Tristan, Jordan, and Ashlyn Clopp, Yukon, OK; nephews Michael Earley, OKC, OK and Timothy (Debbie) Earley, OKC, OK; and niece Eileen Earley (Danh) Tran, OKC, OK. The love of her native state of Oklahoma, her keen since of humor, and compassion toward others will be greatly missed. If desired, memorial donations can be made to macular degeneration research at the Bright Focus Foundation (www.ahaf.org), or to commemorate her kindred spirit, perform a random act of kindness for someone. Viewing will be today from 12-8 PM at the funeral home with the family greeting friends from 6-8 PM. Services are 10:00 AM Monday at Vondel Smith’s South Colonial Chapel.
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