“The song is ended, but the melody lingers on” - Irving Berlin
The whole of Oklahoma City was saddened with the passing of one its beloved icons, early Thursday morning.
Edna Ruth Scott, 72, passed away just after midnight on Thursday. She is survived by her two children, four grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and the throngs of people, not just in Oklahoma City, who were lucky enough to meet her.
Edna was born on April 27, 1942 in Comanche, Okla. and was the owner of Edna's bar, located at 5137 Classen Dr., since it first opened its doors on Feb. 21, 1989. But more so than an Oklahoma City business owner, Edna embodied love and acceptance for all people. She lived each day to make others smile.
News of her passing spread quickly on social media. Several people reached out and offered their condolences to a woman whose unique soul and loving spirit made its mark on Oklahoma City.
Here's a small sample of the outpouring of responses on Twitter and Facebook:
“@puckchk - It's a sad day in OKC. We lost an icon and great woman. I will miss you Edna. Much love.”
“@ladycatie - RIP sweet Edna. I'll raise my next Lunchbox in your honor. #ripedna #greatballsoffire @ednasokc @EdnasDoor”
“@jsmojo23 - Missed but never forgotten. Thanks you Edna for all the good times! @EdnasDoor #LunchBox #GreatBallsOfFire”
“@mister_sommer - And now a Lunchbox will mean so much more. Sad day in #OKC”
“@rustysurrette - Sad. @EdnasDoor confirming Edna of Edna's bar has passed. Many good times w/ friends sharing a cold lunchbox.”
Marsha Dewart – “Rest well, Edna. Thanks for the lunchboxes and the memories!”
Kristopher Masterman – “RIP Edna of Edna's. Such a young soul and will be missed.”
Angie Wheelis Milligan - “Saddened to hear about Edna's passing. She will be terribly missed by all of those she came into contact with. Her enthusiasm and joy will never be forgotten. RIP Edna, you were one great dame!”
Michele Greenwood – “A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies, it brings us together again and again. - Maya Angelou”
Edna touched the lives of thousands of people over the years, whether you had the privilege of meeting her in person, if you were able to see her boogie down to Jerry Lee Lewis's “Great Balls of Fire”, or if you only got to knock back one of her signature Lunchboxes. Maybe you even made your mark on the place by personalizing a dollar bill for the wall?
In its 25-plus years of existence, Edna's bar has never shut its doors. But for the first time, on Monday, Oct. 13, the business will be closed for the funeral.
A public memorial is scheduled at the Will Rogers theatre located at 4322 N. Western Ave. from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday. Anyone who wants to come is welcome to attend.