On October 12, 2018, 94 year old Lela Alice Shomshak left this earth dressed in mauve and sparkles to be in the loving arms of Jesus. Many of us referred to her as Grandma, even her own children. Grandma was born on May 5, 1924, to John Francis and Flora Bell (Myers) Petty, in Chanute, Kansas. She grew up with several brothers and sisters in a Christian family.
As a young lady, Grandma met and married Cleland Roscoe Frank, and together they had four children, Larry, Lee, Eugene, and Shirley. After Cleland’s death, she met the love of her life, Dorn Winston Shomshak. They married and had a daughter, Sharon.
Dorn and Lela Alice raised the five children in Sedro Woolley, Washington, and attended the Free Methodist Church, where they were both faithful, devoted Christian’s until their deaths.
During her lifetime she was a Bible School Teacher, a Sunday School Teacher, and was involved with the Christian Youth Crusaders. She also enjoyed bagging candy for the Church Christmas events. Grandma was an oil paint artist, enjoyed traveling, shopping, going to garage sales, crocheting, singing, reading her Bible, and telling stories. Her memory was sharp as a tack until her death, and her stories were priceless. Her favorite color was mauve pink and she loved pretty things. Her favorite flower was the sunflower and roses, and her favorite hobby was having a meal out in a restaurant. One of her favorite songs was “Where the Roses Never Fade”.
Grandma was of course preceded in death by her parents, as well as her husband Dorn in 2001, brothers, Frankie (and Grace) Petty, Johnny Petty, Howard Petty; and twin sisters, Yvonne Bridgeman and LaVonne Morgan; in-laws, August R. and Mabel J. Shomshak; brother-in-law, Vernon Shomshak; sister-in-law, Lillian Dorman; and grandson, Kurt Wyatt.
Grandma lived long enough for many of us to get five generation pictures with her, so there are many survivors to list. She is survived by her siblings Carl (and Ruchelle) Petty of Kennewick, WA; sister-in-law Jeanie Petty of Everett, WA; sister-in-law June Shomshak of Ballard, WA; as well as many nieces and nephews.
She is also survived by all of her children, Larry and Marianne Frank, of Sedro Woolley, WA, Lee and Kim Frank, of Pahrump, NV, Mark and Shirley Wyatt, of Sedro Woolley, WA, Eugene Frank, of Sedro Woolley, WA, Art and Sharon Offley, of Sedro Woolley, WA; grandchildren, Kandy and Rod Hayes of Birdsview, WA, Kim and John Paul of Conway, WA, Gary and Marlo Frank of Mount Vernon, WA, Sherry Frank of Sedro Woolley, WA, Regina and Michael Miller of Wooster, OH, David and Brandy Meyers of Mims, FL, Lela Marie Chavez of Mount Vernon, WA, Tony Frank of Alger, WA, Christina Fabian of Goodyear, AZ, Crystal Cabello of Yakima, WA, Abel Dean Cabello of Sedro Woolley, WA, Amber and Manuel Gonzales Leggett, of Sedro Woolley, WA, and John Offley, of Sedro Woolley, WA; great-grandchildren, Cherrish and Matt Swiger, of Sedro Woolley, WA, Chad and Amber Hoffman of Mount Vernon, WA, Joshua and Angela Boonstra of Duvall, WA, Brian and Samantha Grimbly of Birdsview, WA, Haylee Frank and Zachary Frank of Mount Vernon, WA, Gable Wilkins of La Conner, WA, Travis and Marlo Hill of Sedro Woolley, WA, Jackie and Mitch Hill, of Lynnwood, WA; Marissa Barcelo of Florence, AZ , Anthony Barcelo, Sarah Meyers of Los Angeles, CA, Teasa Abshire of Anacortes, WA, Trisha Williams and Jo Sandoval, Jr. of Oregon, Celia Chavez of Sedro Woolley, WA, Ezra Chavez of Concrete, WA, Allissa Frank of Spokane, WA, Cerrinna Frank of Spokane, WA, August Fabian and Melena Apodaca of Pheonix, AZ, Daniel Fabian and Sara Hunt of Goodyear, AZ, Brandon Fabian of Goodyear, AZ, Adrianna Fabian of Phoenix, AZ, Flora Samano of Goodyear, AZ, Abigail Fabian of Goodyear, AZ, Madison Fabian of Goodyear, AZ, Giovanni Fabian of Goodyear, AZ, Jorge Rodrigues of Airway Hts, WA, Treasure Leyva of Snohomish Co, WA, and triplets Heavenlee, Hannah, and Harmony Samano all of Snohomish Co, WA, Jordon Lee Shomshak of Sedro Woolley, WA, and Dominic Lee Leggett of Sedro Woolley, WA; great-great-grandchildren, Alexis Wysong, Nykki Hoffman, Caylen Hoffman, Payton and Jagger Boonstra, Wyatt Grimbly; Addison Fixel, Lilith and Thea Rushin, Trinity and Aiden Williams, Malichi and Harmonii Masuoka, Aeson Fabian, Bohdi Fabian, Zara Fabian, Haiden Fabian, Avianna Fabian, Aubury Hill and Christopher Hill.
Graveside Services are under the direction of Pastor Bill Stone and will be held at Union Cemetery in Sedro Woolley, WA, on Saturday, November 24, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. with a Memorial Service following at the North Cascade Christian Fellowship located at 118 N Ball Street in Sedro Woolley, at 12:00 p.m.