Shirley Anne McGrew

On December 11th, 2007, Christina Ward Brown, Taft J Beio, Patrick Brown, Matthew Arroyo and I were at St. John Medical Center in the middle of the worst ice storm we could have imagined. There was virtually no power in Tulsa or any of the suburbs and I had driven from Ft. Worth to be there, at mother’s side, as she took her last breaths.

12 years ago today, as Tulsa and surrounding areas were black without power, my sister and I sat at our mother’s bedside as her breathing became more labored and slowed breath by breath until there were no breaths left to take. In one small city block, St. John had power from generators while the rest of Tulsa was dark. “Dark” doesn’t even describe it! It was BLACK!

Born Shirley Anne McGrew on Feb. 2nd, 1938, she died Shirley Anne Beio on Dec. 11th, 2007.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Rest in peace, Shirley Anne McGrew Beio.