The Norman Transcript

October 24, 2013

Vicki Dawn Shawn

The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Vicki Dawn Shawn, 55, lost her courageous battle against breast cancer Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in Houston, with her daughter and caregiver Rachael Albarado holding her hand.

Vicki was born Jan. 8, 1958, at the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base Naval Hospital in Oceanside, Calif., to Donald Edward and Darlene Jeannette (Scott) Shawn.

She lived her early life in California and moved to Oklahoma with her family in 1972. She graduated from Moore High School in 1976 and moved to Harris County, Texas, where she lived the remainder of her life. She made her public profession of faith in 1973 and was baptized at Crestview Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.

Vicki was predeceased by her paternal grandparents, Oscar Ellis and Georgia (Lockaby) Shawn; her maternal grandparents, Earl Sylvester Scott and Twylo Florence (Simmons) Scott Kyle; many paternal aunts and uncles; and also several cousins.

She is survived by her parents of Norman; her sister, Lynn Shawn Turner and husband William Owen Turner of Norman; her three children, Stephanie Albarado Taylor and husband Jason of Banks, Ala., Rachael Albarado of Cypress, Texas, and Christopher Shawn Albarado of Huffman, Texas; and grandson, Nathan Lee Taylor. She is also survived by three uncles, one aunt and many cousins.

Vicki loved her children and family and enjoyed spending time gardening, reading, sewing and watching movies. She read her Bible and when she became ill, she would pull her prayer shawl (a gift from Israel given to her by her sister, Lynn) around her and pray. Even though she was not of the Jewish faith, the shawl gave her comfort when things were not going well, and it was taken with her when she went to the hospital for the last time.

Some of the last words Vicki shared with her parents were, “Mama and Daddy, if I have ever said anything to hurt you, I am so very sorry and I ask for your forgiveness. If I have ever hurt anyone, please tell them I am sorry and would they please forgive me.” She wanted those who wished to plant something in her memory, rather than sending flowers.

Special thanks goes to the Buckner Hospice for the wonderful care they provided. Thanks to all for the love and support she received, and a special thanks to her aunt, Donna Rasberry, of Emerson, Ark., and her cousin, Janet Driscoll Arthur of La Porte, Texas, who came and stayed with Vicki and her daughter, Rachael, for two weeks when they needed extra help. Many thanks to the wonderful people that Rachael works for who allowed her to work from home so she could spend those last three months with her mother when she was confined to her bed, and all those neighbors and friends who brought food and stopped to visit with Vicki and wish her well. Thanks to all who offered up prayers for Vicki and her family during this time in the valley. It was so greatly appreciated.

Memorial services for Vicki will be 11 a.m. Friday at Hilltop Baptist Church, 11710 Stella Road in Norman, with Pastor Matt Hardin officiating. Interment will be at 1:30 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Park in Norman.

Norman Transcript, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013