Reddick, Imogene, 98, executive secretary and office manager, died Jan. 25. Services 3 p.m. Monday (Mercer-Adams, Bethany).
Published in The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Friday, January 27, 2017, Page 6A.
Imogene Reddick “Teenie” was born August 5, 1918 in Oklahoma City. She went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 surrounded by family at her daughter’s home in Bethany. She was 98.
She is survived by her only daughter, Dianna LeBoeuf of Oklahoma City. She had three grandchildren, Kelli Lynn Carter and husband Tom, Carrie Ann Burleson and husband Hayden, and William Kyle Lauback and wife Mary – all of Oklahoma City. She had eight great grandchildren; Riley Nicole Mendenhall, Kyley Beth Hernandez, Morgan Kelli Burleson, Carter Hayden Burleson, Grahm David Burleson, Calleigh Nicole Lauback and Billy Kyle Lauback. She had six great-great grandchildren; Gage, Ace, Roscoe, Ruca, Elora and Violet.
Her parents were Harrison and Ruby Caprice Raboin. They had three beautiful daughters, Dorothy, Imogene and Helen. Imogene was the middle child. She was given the nickname “Teenie” early in life because of her short stature among her tall sisters and mother. Ruby’s sister Erma was an essential part of this close-knit family and Teenie adored her Auntie Erma. The family built a wonderful life for their children, teaching Teenie values and traits that are passed down to the 4 generations to follow.
Her parents recognized exceptional talents in each girl and made great sacrifices to help each child. Teenie was a gifted soprano. She won numerous top awards in her early years and she studied voice at Oklahoma City University under Vera Neilson. She sang with many choirs, was a soloist and developed a noteworthy career for many decades. She sang her way through life - it was her avocation and vocation. It is impossible to describe Teenie without referencing her beautiful voice and her prolific career in Oklahoma City.
Her parents were avid flower growers and active leaders in the Oklahoma City Garden Club and Iris Society. Teenie carried on this love of gardening, nature and bird watching - her home and yard was always in bloom. Peacocks are abundant in her neighborhood and they loved Teenie as she always had food and bathing for them. In the evenings, she would sit on the patio and feed and sing to them.
Teenie married Ed Dugger; they had their only child, Dianna, in September, 1939 who was the center of Teenie’s universe. Teenie attended Hills Business College and worked for various doctors in Oklahoma City. She retired from Owens and Minor Medical Supply company at age 75. Ed and Teenie divorced and Teenie boldly tackled this new challenge with grace and determination. She continued singing professionally and advancing her office administration skills. Many years later she married Elmo Reddick, a member of the choir, and they had a very brief 18-month marriage when he died unexpectedly of a heart attack on a vacation to Kansas. During their relationship, Elmo taught Teenie about chair caning, weaving and refinishing. After his death, Teenie expanded her talents and started a new business – Reddick Family Chair Caning. Eventually, she taught Dianna the skills and the business continues today. She became known as “the Caning Lady” and throughout the years she had numerous articles written about her and was the subject of several college student’s papers on entrepreneurship and tenacity.
Teenie adored her family. She was fiercely proud of her daughter and she was active and engaged with each of the grandchildren’s lives. She was the family cheerleader and supported each grandchild in countless ways. She beamed as each new great-grandchild arrived and wanted to help in any way possible with the needs and desires of each family as they grew. And, she had the privilege of knowing her great-great-grandchildren who she cherished. Her love of Christmas and gift giving is legend in the family and her participation and interest in each child’s life will be cherished forever.
She was a member of Crown Heights Christian Church for decades and later a member of Putnam City United Methodist. She was nicknamed Teenie for her small stature, but to her family she was tall and broad as a mighty Oak providing warmth, protection, wisdom, guidance and enduring love.
Viewing will be Sunday, 11am-9pm, with family present from 2-4pm at Mercer-Adams, Bethany. Funeral Services will be Monday, January 30, 3:00 p.m. at Putnam City United Methodist Church with interment in Rose Hill burial Park.
Published in The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Saturday, January 28, 2017, Page 7A.
Dorothy Raboin Swain
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