Edith Lorraine Newman


Edith Lorraine Smiley (Lehman) Newman. 1971-2017.

Edie was born at East Town osteopathic hospital in Dallas Texas on 19 October 1971 to Vivian Lorraine Smith and Harrell Wayne smiley.

A transplanted Texan, Edith was living in Oklahoma City with her husband Shane Gary Newman and her daughter Ellen Lorraine Newman. She had spent the last 3 and a half weeks at Integris Baptist Medical Center. After 3 weeks in the cardiac ICU she chose the day and time of her passing. At 12:55 on the afternoon of Sunday, 20 August 2017. Edie died peacefully in her sleep with her mother and husband holding her hands, that her mother-in-law Mary Newman, sister-in-law, Lisa Slaton and her Bishop, Marc Knudsen in attendance. Some of her last words included it was “time for her to go”, and she wanted us to “celebrate”.

Edith was first and foremost a wife and mother and was a natural-born nurturer. She worked several years as a paraprofessional at Buchanan Elementary School in Oklahoma City, teaching and caring for special needs students. She loved her family & her Church, audio books & movies, family history and almost any type of crafting, including crochet, baking, art, calligraphy and more.
She is survived by her husband, Shane Gary Newman, her 2 daughter’s Ellen Lorraine Newman of Oklahoma City and Josie Byrd Newman of Rocky Top Tennessee & her grandson Lamarion McKlay Byrd; her mother Vivian Lorraine Smith Lehman, and her grandparents Charlie Lee Smith & Edith Geraldine Heflin Smith of Balch Springs Texas; her 4 brothers, Harrell Wayne Smiley II of Royse City Texas, John Anthony Smiley of Mesquite Texas, Charlie Thomas Smiley of Balch Springs Texas and Christopher Lee Smiley of Alva Oklahoma. Also by her loving step siblings, Patricia Lehman Briggs, Paul Daniel Lehman, Debra Lynn Lehman Stienfels of Springtown Texas, Willard Donald Lehman Junior Balch Springs Texas, Janette Marie Lehman Love of Shawnee Oklahoma, Alice Catherine Lehman of Mesquite Texas, and Norman Leroy Lehman of Arkansas. Also numerous in-laws, Aunts, Uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and too many others to list here.
Edith is pre deceased by her beloved stepfather, Willard Donald Lehman senior, and Gary James Newman also by her Aunt Dorothy Charlene Smith, nephews Spencer Whitney & David Wayne Whitney, niece Candace Smith, and sister-in-laws Susan Mae Smiley & Judy Newman.

Her funeral is being handled by the Matthews Funeral Home of Edmond Oklahoma and she will be laid to rest at Gracelawn Cemetery in Edmond Oklahoma. There will be a memorial service held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 5020 Northwest 63rd Street, Oklahoma City from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, the 24th of August 2017.
Floral tributes should be sent to the funeral home (she didn’t like roses). Feel free to post your thoughts, prayers, and memorials on this online website which will be printed out for the family as a keepsake later.


  1. We are so grateful to our Heavenly Father that we were blessed to have Edie with us for this brief time. Gratefully, many members of our family were at our family reunion in Nauvoo, Illinois just a few weeks ago, and Edith was able to be with us there. Her smiling face and her sweet, loving spirit will be with us always.

  2. I haven’t seen Edith in some time, but I will always remember how sweet she was. I have a lot of great memories with her and Sariah. My heart breaks for your family. You guys are all in my prayers.

  3. Deer family,
    Edith’s love for others has proceeded her. The great God and Father in heaven will welcome her home with loving arms.Know this and be at peace in the knowledge of God’s wisdom for all of us.
    Til we are reunited, take comfort one with another.

  4. I have very fond memories of Edie. We loved to bake together and take the kids to the park. She was always willing to do for others and always had a smile for me. I will miss my dear friend. Till we meet again. FAMILIES ARE FOREVER.

  5. My sweet friend I miss you deeply. I don’t count many people as friends but I was honored to count you as one. I know you never recognized your greatness but others saw it. You were so willing to share with others. I remember the day I drove to Seminary in fog so thick I was shaking when I got there. You climbed into my car, as was our custom, to visit for that hour. You recognized how scared I was to drive back home as I don’t see well so you drove in front of me, leading me home. Sweet, dear Edie. I truly love you and will look forward to seeing you again. Thankful for the gospel and the knowledge of where you are now gives me comfort. Adieu my friend?

  6. Edie was a true angel on earth! She always made me feel loved and she always brought a smile to my face! I loved talking with her and she listened so sincerely! Honestly one of the kindest and beautiful people I have ever known! I loved sharing a birthday with her! I will miss her! I know my Candace met her in the other side with hugs and kisses! Until we meet again ….. love you !

  7. To my dear cousin Vivian and family,

    Words can’t express how sorry I am for this terrible loss. I know, though, that your faith will see you and all Edie’s family members through this awful time. I’m very glad you have that to sustain you. Much love to you all :>))

  8. Edith was an awesome Sister growing up! As the oldest sibling and only girl growing up, she got stuck watching us often. She hardly complained.

    My fondest memories are of those early morning seminaries! Our Seminary teacher, Bishop Augustine Gomez, gave us a ride from Church to the High School. He along with Derrick Johnson, Charlie & I use to sing (way of key and way out of tune) Zippy De Do Dah just to pick on her.

    But the thing I’ll miss the most is how she always showed that unconditional love for us.

    We love you Sis! Til we meet again………

  9. Edith was always a very friendly and caring person, I remember her cooking special meals occasionally to share with the young adults when we were attending ETSU (now Texas A&M commerce), that was many years ago and I still remember her kindness ?

  10. I was Young Women’s President in Greenville, TX. Edith was so dear to me. She was always willing to help me in getting ready for an activity. I loved her smile and sweet spirit. I loved her dearly. Her last statement does not surprise me. It just shows her spirituality. My love and prayers are with her family.

    Betty Hust
    Lafayette, Alabama

  11. I was Young Women’s President in Greenville, TX. Edith was so dear to me. She was always willing to help me in getting ready for an activity. I loved her smile and sweet spirit. I loved her dearly. Her last statement does not surprise me. It just shows her spirituality. My love and prayers are with her family.

    Betty Hust
    Lafayette, Alabama

  12. I was Young Women’s President in Greenville, TX. Edith was a big help to me whenever we had an activity. She was so spiritual. It does not surprise me of her final remarks. It just shows her spiritual side. I loved her smile and great personality. I loved her dearly. I am so sad to hear of her death, but I know where she it. I want to send my prayers and love to all the family. May the Lord give you comfort and love.

  13. Dear Vivian and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. We only got to spend time with Edith a few times, but enjoyed getting to know the sweet person she was. From the moment we met her, she treated us as loving family she had always known. We are so thankful for having her “baby brother” Chris in our lives. He has been such a blessing in our family. Thank you for raising such a great guy for our daughter Cindy. Your whole family have blessed her in so many ways. So thankful for our knowledge that Families are Forever. Please Take care,
    We love you!

  14. Heaven gained and angel. I did not know her very well. However I am fortunate enough to call her sister and Shane brother. She is wonderful woman. Shane and family y’all have my sympathy and prayers.

  15. Edith was a very kind and caring person. She was always happy to see you and was always interested in what was going on in your life. I have many memories growing up together and I wish I had more as we got older.

  16. In loving memory of a very beautiful woman who loved life and the persuit of all things good in it.
    We, The Braley Family, send our condolences to Eddie’s husband and children and extended family members in this time of grief and sorrow.
    We pray that with each passing day that the good Lord gives you strength and comfort.

    Remember Me

    Speak of me as you have always done.
    Remember the good times, laughter, and fun.

    Share the happy memories we’ve made.
    Do not let them wither or fade.

    I’ll be with you in the summer’s sun
    And when the winter’s chill has come.

    I’ll be the voice that whispers in the breeze.
    I’m peaceful now, put your mind at ease.

    I’ve rested my eyes and gone to sleep,
    But memories we’ve shared are yours to keep.

    Sometimes our final days may be a test,
    But remember me when I was at my best.

    Although things may not be the same,
    Don’t be afraid to use my name.

    Let your sorrow last for just a while.
    Comfort each other and try to smile.

    I’ve lived a life filled with joy and fun.
    Live on now, make me proud of what you’ll become.

  17. I am so sorry for your families loss, Edith was a very good friend to me always willing to help and share all that she had. Edith always had a smile on her face and joy in her heart. I worked several years with her and it was a pleasure and A blessing. I am so sorry I missed her funeral, I have been sick and didn’t check my facebook and didn’t learn of her passing until today. I am sadden to know that I missed my drear friends funeral, if I had known I definitely would have been there. I am keeping Shane and the 2 girls in my thoughts and prayers along with the rest of her family,

  18. Shane, Ellen, and Josie – We are so sorry to hear about the death of Edith. Edith has always been so kind to us and helpful in keeping family connections for Tyrell. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family now and the days to come. Kathy, Marvin, and Tyrell

  19. Dear Vivian and family,

    I am saddened to hear of Edith’s passing. When I remember her, I immediately think of her beautiful smile and sweet, helpful attitude. So sorry for your loss.

    Love you.

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