Obituary – Munger, Elizabeth Martha “Bess” (Shoop)

Class of 1908

Elizabeth Martha “Bess” (Shoop) Munger

July 22, 1889 – November 21, 1981

Elizabeth “Bess” Munger, 92, a resident of Enid, Oklahoma, died on November 21, 1981.

She was born on July 22, 1889, in Garden City, Kansas, to L. Grant and Nancy “Nannie” (Miller) Shoop. She moved with her family to Oklahoma Territory while an infant and later to the Perry area where her father staked a claim at the opening of the Cherokee Strip Outlet.

Mrs. Munger graduated from Perry High School in 1908 and attended Oklahoma A&M college at Stillwater. She was a school teacher before becoming the registrar of deeds for Noble county.

On May 31, 1914, she married Thomas Orrin Munger at her parents’ home, with the groom’s father, M. M. Munger officiating. Bess and Tom’s first home was in Waukomis where he taught school.

Tom entered business for himself in 1916, and in 1918, with R. W. Treeman, began operating Treeman and Munger Seed and Feed Store in Perry. Elected to the state House of Representatives in 1933, Tom served Noble County well for two terms.

In 1940, the couple moved to Enid where Munger worked at a feed and seed company and later established Tom Munger Seed Co. Munger prededed his wife in death in 1966.

Mrs. Munger was a member of the First Presbyterian church, an Enid garden club and the Order of Eastern Star.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by three sons, Billy, Charles and Thomas Jr., one brother and one sister.

Among survivors are one daughter, Mrs. Betty Beasley, Monroe, La.; a son, Robert Munger, Lake Charles, La.; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was at 2 p.m. Monday at the chapel of Henninger-Allen Funeral home at Enid. Dr. Robert Young officiated. Graveside rites were at 4 p.m. Monday at Grace Hill cemetery at Perry.