NORMAN — On Saturday morning at her home in Skiatook, Sharon Neddeau Pipestem left behind her failing body, entered the presence of the Lord and celebrated a joyful reunion with her husband, Browning, her parents, and other loved ones. She passed on peacefully surrounded by family and friends.
Her funeral service will be 10 a.m. today at her home in Skiatook, 16659 Ranchland Road.
Sharon was born Aug. 18, 1942, in Topeka, Kan., where mother Marjorie lived and worked for the Indian Health Service. Her father, Leroy, was serving in the Navy in World War II at the time of her birth. Sharon grew up in Shawnee and Tahlequah at Sequoyah Indian School, where her mother was a nurse and her father was a carpenter. She graduated from Tahlequah High School in 1960 and attended the University of Oklahoma. Sharon and her husband, Browning, lived and worked in many communities, including Norman, where they raised their family. Sharon made Skiatook her home in 2005.
A member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Sharon was passionate about American Indian rights and the preservation of tribal cultures. She worked in the law office of her husband, Browning, for many years, a practice that was devoted to advancing the interests of Indian people.
A member of the First Baptist Church in Sperry, Sharon’s faith in Christ defined her life. Sharon leaves behind a legacy of dignity, love and laughter. Sharon was a master at crossword puzzles, making people laugh and comforting those who were in pain.
Family preceding her in passing include her parents, Marjorie and Leroy Neddeau, and her husband, Browning.
Sharon leaves behind her children Veronica, Francis Browning Jr. (“Rock”) and Wilson (“Wolf”) Pipestem; brother, Donald Neddeau of Hollister, Calif.; grandchildren Katelynn, Kingston, Kayla, Mattea, Parrish and Truman Pipestem; numerous relatives; and many surrogate children who she loved and welcomed into the family.
Following the funeral service, she will be interred at the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Cemetery in Red Rock. A meal will follow at the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Complex.
Norman Transcript, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012