Betty Stoabs’ historic home at 1805 Leahy is the third of four homes to be featured during ESA’s Oct. 9 home tour. The home was built in the 1930s by the Theis family.
Betty and the late Fred Stoabs lived in Pawhuska from 1962 until 1990. For the past eight years, the couple have resided on their ranch east of Barnsdall. When Betty purchased the property at 1805 Leahy, she enlisted Jerry and Terry Loftis to help her remodel it. She said, “Basically, we gutted the entire house and rebuilt it according to my specs, totally changing the design and direction of the original house.” The result was a cozy, open-concept home. Stoabs decorated her new home with many of the furnishings, art and treasures that she and Fred had accumulated over the past 60 years.
Proceeds from the ESA home tour will fund local community projects.
Since its founding 55 years ago, ESA has donated more than $250,000 to the Pawhuska Community. Its members are widely known as the ladies “who put out the flags” and the ladies “who provide desserts for the Honors Banquet” and a myriad of other school fundraisers, including scholarships for graduating seniors. ESA members help local families at Thanksgiving and Christmas and provide monetary and voluntary support for Hearts & Hands, the Ministerial Alliance, HELP Works, Christ Cupboard, School Supply Project, Youth Services, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Back Pack Projects, among other service groups.