Leenda Marian Razook © Enid News and Eagle 01-02-2012 Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
ENID — Leenda Marian Razook died on December 31, 2011. Leenda was born on May 16, 1913, in May, Oklahoma. She was the second child of Frank and Amaz Cohlmia. She and her family grew up in Waynoka, Oklahoma. Frank Cohlmia was a prominent merchant in Waynoka and the founder of Frank’s Department Store.
Leenda worked with her father at his business, and also helped her mother prepare meals for the family. In 1935, Leenda married Nimer (Nim) Razook, a young Kansan from Moundridge. Together, they started their lives in Cherokee, Oklahoma. Between 1937 and 1981, Nim and Leenda were the owners and managers of the Fair Store in Cherokee, a dry goods store. Although small, the Fair Store was a hub in northwest Oklahoma. Leenda was always pleased that the store included women’s fashions in addition to the shoes, boots, jeans and other items common in such stores.
It was in Cherokee that Leenda and Nim raised their three children. Jerry Razook is now a physician and lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, with his wife Barbara. Judy (Razook) Lehmbeck is a party and wedding planner living in Oklahoma City, and Nim Razook, a professor at the University of Oklahoma, lives in Norman with his wife, Sue.
Leenda was a loving mother, good friend and a small but very strong-willed person. She was a member of the CWF, Eastern Star and PTA. She was a fabulous cook, especially of Lebanese food, and was very proud that her chocolate almond toffee was the subject of an article in the food section of the Oklahoman.
Leenda was preceded in death by her husband, Nim, her parents, and her siblings Margaret, Kamell, Mitchell, Lorine and Don. She is survived by her three children; her grandchildren, John Razook and wife Wendy, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Julie Anderson and husband Paul, Frisco, Texas; Joel Razook and wife Kimberly, Norman; April Caywood, Austin Texas; Josh Caywood and wife Rachel, Edmond; and Alex Razook, Norman. She was also delighted to be a part of the lives of fifteen great-grandchildren.
Leenda was fiercely proud of her heritage and loyal and loving to family and friends. She was also adamant about having her funeral and being buried in Cherokee. This, after all, was where she spent her happiest times with her family and friends. The funeral will be 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 4, 2012, at the First Christian Church, 202 South Kansas, Cherokee, OK 73728. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the First Christian Church of Cherokee or to your favorite charity.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Goodwin Funeral Home of Cherokee.
(Submitted by family)
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