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Mary Virginia Cowger Shelkett

Funeral celebration for Mary Virginia Cowger Shelkett will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 15, 2019 in the Becker-Rabon Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. David McCracken, Pastor of New Life Assembly of God, Cache, Oklahoma officiating.

Burial will follow in Post Cemetery, Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

The family will greet friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, October 14, 2019 at the funeral home.

Mary Virginia Cowger Shelkett, age 94, Lawton, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, October 7, 2019 with her loving family by her side. She was born on May 1, 1925 in Franklin, West Virginia to Casper and Emma (Patch) Cowger. Mary was the eighth of nine children. She grew up in Franklin and graduated from Franklin High School. She met MSG (Retired) Eugene Berkley “Buck” Shelkett when her sister married his brother. Mary and Buck married on July 8, 1948 in Cumberland, Maryland.

One of Mary’s enjoyments in life was to go on walks and picnic in the Wichita Mountains. She loved flowers and planted her flowerbeds every year. She also loved to receive flowers from family and friends. Mary had a fondness for chocolate and always had a supply on hand. She had a love for Chihuahua dogs and owned several over the years, the current one named “Baby”.

Mary and Buck moved to Lawton in 1948 where she made a home for her family. She lived in Lawton for seventy plus years except when her duty as an Army wife took her to the Philippines for two years and three years in Virginia. She became very active in the VFW where she made many lasting friendships. She was also very active at the Lawton Heights Methodist Church and brought her six kids to church every Sunday.

Mary is survived by all six of her children: Dr. Gene Shelkett (Sherry), Katie Hargrove (Jim), Debra Browder (Lynn), John Shelkett, Donna Shelkett, Alan Shelkett, one brother, Johnny Harold Cowger, seven grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, numerous beloved nieces and nephews, and other extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three sisters, Viola Ruth Cowger Zeilor, Catherine Lola Cowger Shelkett, and Bessie Gladys Cowger Cristy, four brothers, William Henry Cowger, Raymond Cowger, Edward Lee Cowger, and Jesse Whitfield Cowger, and a granddaughter, Amber Michelle Shelkett Mallow.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or by going to and to Lawton Heights United Methodist Church, 1514 NW Andrews Ave., Lawton, OK 73507.

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