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Obituary for Michelle “Shelly” Rheam

Ponca City Now - April 13, 2019 8:40 am

Michelle “Shelly” Rheam

April 17, 1956 – April 11, 2019

Michelle “Shelly” Laree Rheam, age 62, of Ponca City, Oklahoma, passed away April 11, 2019, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

A celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday April 17, 2019, at the Trout Funeral Home Chapel with Shane Hickey officiating. Michelle will be laid to rest at Resthaven Memorial Park following the service.

Michelle was born on April 17, 1956, in Ponca City, to George “Gus” Ehler and Marilyn (Andrews) Ehler DeNoya. Michelle grew up in Ponca City. She married Max Alten Rheam in Ponca City on October 14, 1983. She worked as an Office Manager at Thompson Oil Co. Michelle was very involved with and volunteered with the American Legion and was a member of the Moose Lodge. She loved Bingo, horses and drag racing; having once owned a race car with her husband, Max. She was an excellent gardener and landscaper. Family was very important to her and she met her mother and sister, Teresa for coffee every Wednesday. Her family described her as a very giving person who was also a “cleaning fanatic”.

Survivors include her mother, Marilyn DeNoya of Ponca City, OK; daughter, Laura Travis and her husband Chris of Wichita, KS; son, Chase Rheam of Stillwater, OK; grandchildren, Tucker and Kate Travis of Wichita, KS; OK; sister, Teresa Spires and her husband Bill of Marland, OK; brothers, Mitchell Ehler and his wife Jo of Owasso, OK and Michael Ehler and his wife Valerie of Ponca City, OK; numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Max Rheam; father, George Ehler; and uncles, Mack Andrews and Emett “Rusty” Andrews.

Casket bearers will be Steven Bradley, Mason Combes, Scott Cunningham, Michael Coffman and Irvin Lee Wright. Honorary casket bearers will be Terry Thompson and Bob Weatherly.

Source: Trout Funeral Home