Shelly Thomas

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Shelly Gwen Pitcher was born on February 17, 1960, in Carnegie, Oklahoma, to Clyde E. “Barney” and Roberta (Bowser) Pitcher. She passed away on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Shelly grew up in Carnegie and graduated from Carnegie High School in 1978. She attended college at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma, and Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Oklahoma. She then moved to Cordell, Oklahoma, and married Tim Merrill, and together they had two children, Madison and Ryan. In 2002 she moved to Elk City, Oklahoma, to open her own business, Home on the Range. She sold her store in 2006 and began working for Cudd Energy Services in Elk City. Shelly loved decorating her home, gardening, playing golf and tennis, watching OU football and basketball, and taking care of her dogs, PJ and Boomer. She was deeply loved by her family and friends and will be dearly missed. Shelly was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde E. “Barney” and Roberta (Bowser) Pitcher, and brother-in-law, Ralph Horton. Survivors include her daughter, Madison Holland and husband Austin of Tucson, Arizona, son Ryan Merrill of Cordell, Oklahoma, three sisters, Jan Doster and husband Danny of Carnegie, Oklahoma, Marsha Dean and husband Bill of Katy, Texas, Rhonda Cook and husband Mike of Alva, Oklahoma, many nieces, nephews, and friends. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Carnegie, Oklahoma. Burial will be at the Carnegie Cemetery under the direction of Ray and Martha’s Funeral Home.