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 Grant and Nancy “Nannie” (Miller) Shoop. When the gun fired on September 16, 1893, her father made the run into the Cherokee Strip and secured a claim northwest of Perry. The family also had a house on Grove Street in Perry while the children received their education.

Bess graduated from Perry High School in 1908. She taught school in Noble County and worked in the Register of Deeds office.

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.

Bess and Tom were living in Enid at the time of his death on May 12, 1966, and Bess’ death on November 21, 1981.