Obit: Spears

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

Funeral services were held Friday for Shirley Ann (Schneeburger) Spears, a 78-year-old resident of Barnsdall who died May 16.

Shirley was born to Ira and Alma (Kitchell) Schneeburger on Jan. 3, 1938, at Hennessey. She married Leo Preston Spears on May 20, 1955. While raising four children, she worked at Turvey’s Meat Processing Plant in Blackwell and also as a machinist at Tonkawa’s Wetmore, Inc. She later worked at a flower shop/nursery in Ponca City. Shirley and her husband also co-owned Barnsdall Meat Processors.

Her pasttimes included cooking and spending time with her family and friends. She liked making cherry cheesecakes and carrot cakes, and baking loaves of banana-nut bread for the Help Workshop Benefit Auction and 4-H events. For 20 years, she ironed graduation gowns for the kindergarten class. She also liked to volunteer at the Shirley Cook Food Bank, where she greeted and helped people. That was her passion: helping people.

Survivors include: her daughter Susie Polasek, and husband Jerry, of Barnsdall; her sons, Kenneth Spears (wife, Alice) and Eddie Spears (wife, Barbara), all of Barnsdall. Also surviving are: her sisters, Patsy Stowers, of Lamont, and Maxine Schoonover, of Kansas; her brothers, Lonnie Schneeberger of Guymon, Don Schneeberger (wife, Ann) of Kildare; Daniel Schneeberger (wife, Roberta) of Blackwell; Jerry Schneeberger (wife, Nella) of Lamont; Larry Schneeberger of Marland, and Dennis Schneeberger (wife, Brenda) of Kildare.

She also is survived by 10 grandchildren (Sarah Tinnie, Elizabeth James, Kenneth Leo Spears Jr., Melissa Polasek, Jessica Spears, Brandon Spears, Justin Spears, Candace Spears, Chelsea Salinas and Drew Sayre) and six great grandchildren — Chism Spears, Preston Tinnie, Kenneth Polasek, Gregory James, Maia Polasek and Benjamin Salinas.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Leo P. Spears, brothers Bobby Schneeberger and Jimmy Schneeberger, and a grandson, George Polasek.

Services were held at Barnsdall’s Freewill Baptist Church, with the Rev. Rick Loggins officiating. Interment was at Ethel Reece Cemetery, under direction of the Stumpff Barnsdall Funeral Home. Friends may sign the online guest book and leave condolences at

Memorial contributions may be sent to Rivercross Hospice, 9820 E. 41st St., Suite 400, Tulsa, OK 74145, or to the Shirley Cook Memorial Food Bank, P.O. Box 328, Barnsdall, OK 74002.