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Olive "Poppy" Lebeda


On Wednesday April 21, 2021, Olive ‘Poppy’ (Lamb) Lebeda passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter in Enid, Oklahoma. Born February 5, 1932 in Mountainburg, Arkansas to Henry and Leona (Reigie) Lamb. She had celebrated her birthday on the 10th all her life because she was told that is the day she was born but only finding out later that her birth certificate said the 5th. It was laughingly said she had two birthdays. At an early age she and her family moved to Wellington, Kansas where she grew up and attended school. In 1978 she got her GED from Autry Vocational School in Enid, Oklahoma. August 18, 1951, she married the love of her life, Vernie. To that union four children were born, Vernie Dean, Jr., Myra, Willa Mae (stillborn), and Anna (Marie). She was a proud mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, following all of her offspring in all their activities, which were many. She sat in the stands on the coldest of days (with her thermos of hot chocolate) and the hottest of days at softball and baseball tournaments. When she wasn’t following her grandkids and great grandkids she was following her own passion which was bowling. She and her bowling team would travel to many states to bowl in the National Bowling Tournaments. She had many stories about their adventures. They didn’t win a lot but they had fun. She served as league secretary for many years. She loved to travel. She never turned down a friend or family member when they said “Let’s go”. Although she never left the shores of the United States there was enough to see in this country to keep her entertained and she loved seeing the different places. When she wasn’t bowling, traveling and busy being a farmer’s wife she enjoyed sewing and crafting. She always had a project in the making. She was a fantastic cook and baker. Making birthday and wedding cakes for many people around Caldwell and the surrounding area gave her great joy. She was also well known for her decorated cookies delivering them as far as Enid, Oklahoma. She liked trying new recipes and her “zucchini surprise” dishes became the joke of the family. She enjoyed life to its fullest. Preceding her in death was her husband, Vernie, stillborn daughter Willa Mae, parents, brothers, Louis and Larry, sisters, Rose, Hilda, and Carolyn. Survivors include her children Dean(Michelle) Renfrow, OK, Myra Harding Enid, OK , Anna(Dale) Elliott Stockton, MO, grandchildren Brande(Jeff) Morgan Waxahachie, TX, Pam(Seneca) Smith Jenks, OK, Jonathan(Rachel) Lebeda Enid, OK, Matthew(Ami) Lebeda, Caldwell, KS, Gina Overstreet, Enid, OK, Shonda(John) Rea, Lansing, KS, and Chuck(Cari) Harding, Oklahoma City, OK. 17 Great grandchildren. Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 29, 2021 at Schaeffer Mortuary in Caldwell, Kansas. Dr. Dan Price will officiate. Interment will follow at the Caldwell City Cemetery in Caldwell, Kansas. Memorials may be made to Hospice Circle of Love and sent in care of the mortuary.

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Judy & Del Morrison - 04/24/2021

She was such a sweet lady. Now she and Vernie are together again.

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