NORMAN — Edna (Asper) Elkouri, 91, passed away Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Norman. She was born June 18, 1922, in McIntyre, Pa., to Thomas and Anna Asper.
Edna graduated with honors from George Washington University Law School. Afterward, she served on the staff of the chief counsel for the Internal Revenue Service. She and her husband, Frank, collaborated on many projects, including the second, third and fourth editions of “How Arbitration Works.”
Edna and Frank understood the value of blessing others with the gifts they had been given, leaving a legacy for future generations through student scholarship endowments, including a large gift to the OU School of Law. Frank was quoted once saying Edna always handled their finances through the years, allowing him “more time for my professional activities, and she definitely deserves much of the credit for whatever I have accomplished professionally and personally.”
They also established scholarships at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary for students entering the priesthood and other forms of ministry. Edna’s generosity was evident to some but largely hidden from view for most. That’s the way she always wanted it — she loved being able to do for others and to give others an opportunity to go further — but she always wanted to give without receiving the recognition. Edna and her husband, Frank, took their stewardship seriously and, as a result, many will benefit for years to come. Edna was loved by her family and she loved them in return.
Edna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 56 years, Frank Elkouri; and her brothers Edmond and Joseph.
Edna is survived by her sister-in-law, Lucille Cox of Oklahoma City; her brother-in-law, Jim Elkouri of Palm Springs, Calif.; her two nephews, Richard Cox of Oklahoma City and Michael Harris and family of Edmond; and her niece, Michele Compton and family of Oklahoma City.
Edna and Frank both expressed a desire to offer very warm and heartfelt thanks to a dear friend who became family, Randy Coyne. Randy’s help through the years has been invaluable. Rivermont Retirement Community has been home to Edna (and Frank until his passing) for many years. She wished to express her gratitude to the staff for the excellent service and for making her always feel at home and among friends. Family and friends also wish to express thanks to Good Shepherd Hospice for the excellent care they gave to Edna.
The Trisagion Prayers of Mercy was Wednesday at the Holy Ascension Orthodox Christian Church in Norman.
Funeral services for Edna will be 1 p.m. today at the Holy Ascension Orthodox Christian Church (one block south of Tecumseh Road), with Father Justin McFeeters officiating. Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, 2700 N. Shartel Ave. in Oklahoma City.
Arrangements for Edna and her family were placed in the care of the Vice family at Havenbrook Funeral Home in Norman.
Online condolences may be shared at HavenbrookFuneralHome.com.
Norman Transcript, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014
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