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Dr. Jodie's Story

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Some people are destined to spread generosity and light to those around them. Undoubtedly, Jodie Lee Edge was one of those people. Although he departed this earth on October 30th his presence reverberates through thousands of lives he bettered over 91 years. The sixth child of Clifton and Bessie Edge, he was born February 14, 1926, in Heavener, OK. His first job was selling popcorn on Saturdays for a nickel a bag.
Jodie was part of the greatest generation, serving on the U.S.S. LST Lone Wolf in the Pacific War, including the Battle of Okinawa. When the war ended, he attended the University of Oklahoma, earning bachelor's and master's degrees, graduating from the OU College of Medicine. It was during this time he met and married Elizabeth (Betty) Nashert. Over the next ten years, they welcomed five children: Stephen, Christopher, Gregory, Mark and Sherri. Following medical school, Jodie took a position at the ACH Hospital in Shawnee, OK, where he delivered 3,000 babies. In 1966, he moved his family to Norman to complete a psychiatric residency at Griffin Memorial Hospital. He opened Doctor's Park Psychiatric Clinic in Norman, established a psychiatric wing at Norman Regional Hospital, and provided care to clients at Catholic Charities.

Sadly, after 37 years of marriage, Elizabeth passed away in 1987. A few years later, Jodie met Doris Caswell, who had also experienced the death of her spouse. They married in 1990, and Doris' children---Yvette, Laura and Karl---expanded Jodie's scope of parenthood by three. The couple was blessed with 27 years of marriage, and shared eight children, 17 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Dr. Edge brought his healing touch to tens of thousands of patients and was recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He was the director of the Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma and in 2005; Pope John Paul II awarded Jodie the Venerable Cross Pro Ecclesia. Those who knew Jodie are richer for his presence.

The Family will receive friends on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 6:00 pm at Havenbrook Funeral Home with the Rosary service to follow beginning at 7:00 pm. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, November 3, 2017, 2:00 pm, at St. Thomas More University Parish (100 E. Stinson St., Norman, OK) with interment to follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Our Faith, Our Future Capital Campaign at St. Thomas More.
Published on November 1, 2017
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