Etta Jean Oman Searcey was born on Jan. 19, 1932, to Frank Brady Oman and wife Thelma R. Caddell Oman. She attended Weinert High School and met Clarence Emmit Searcey the summer before her senior year of high school in 1947. They married on Nov. 5, 1949. Their 69 years of marriage has left a legacy of faith and of love.
Etta Jean was a dedicated wife and grandmother that took great pride in raising her family to know the Lord. She never failed to remind her family she was praying for them and to offer Godly direction. Clarence and Etta Jean were faithful members of First Baptist Church of Munday, where they served for many years. Etta Jean served as a Sunday school teacher, the Sunbeam Director and a Girls in Action leader. Etta served side-by-side with her husband in various forms of mission work in West Virginia. They served faithfully for 27 years as lay renewal leadership. She continued to serve those around her no matter where God placed her. Upon moving to Munday Nursing Center, Etta actively ministered to the other residents until the week before she passed away.
Etta Jean was a Cub Scout den mother for her sons, a board member of the American Cancer Society and was active in Relay for Life. Etta was a faithful attendee of the local Alzheimer’s association meetings. Etta Jean worked at Smith Drug and Grace Gift Center for many years.
Etta Jean passed away on June 20, 2020. She was proceded in death by her loving husband, Clarence Emmit Searcey. She left behind her three sons: Jeff Searcey and wife Jan of Munday, Matt Searcey and wife Pam of Olney, Andy Searcey and wife Kim of Ft. Worth. Clarence and Etta had 11 grandchildren: Terra Martinez and husband Raul, Dr. Courtney Galle and husband Marcus, Samantha Luna and husband Justin, Andrew Searcey and wife Teffany, Jenna Searcey and husband Brady Baitz, Eric Searcey, John Searcey, Aaron Searcey, Cassidy Norton, Callie Norton, and Clay Norton. They were blessed with 10 great grandchildren.
“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the Salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” Romans 1:16-17
Memorial services were held Monday, June 22, 2020 at First Baptist Church in Munday with Wesley Clark officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Etta’s name to the American Cancer Society, Hospice of Wichita Falls or the Alzheimer’s Association.