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Jody Noll was born April 22, 1931 to William C. Noll and Mildred M. (Shaffer) Noll and was the older sister to Don C. Noll. She passed from this life on July 26, 2017. She married Richard T. Schraeder in 1953 and had two children, Scott T. Schraeder and Terry L. Schraeder, and two grandchildren.
Jody excelled throughout her life from school to sports to theatre and a professional broadcast career. At Webster High School, she was a member of the National Honor Society, played the lead role of Emily in "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder, and graduated as valedictorian in 1949. At the University of Oklahoma, Jody studied English, Drama and Theatre and played in "Jenny Kissed Me" where she was the first freshman to play a lead role. Jody was nominated to Mortar Board in her sophomore year and was on her way to Magna Cum Laude. Jody was an exceptional athlete and participated in field hockey, soccer, horse riding, skeet shooting, tennis, swimming and golf.
In 1951, at age 20, Ms. Noll was hired by E.K. Gaylord at WKY. As a production assistant, she arrived for her first day of work dressed in professional attire but was told to go home and put on a pair of dungarees as she would be sweeping floors and coiling large camera cables. After recognizing her athletic background, and on-camera talents, her bosses quickly hired her to host a daily 30-minute TV exercise program and ultimately a cooking show and an afternoon women's program.
In the early 1950s, Jody moved to Denver where she wrote, produced, and appeared in television commercials. She ultimately worked in television and radio in Denver and Phoenix and her broadcast career spanned two decades. She interviewed many famous stars including Walt Disney, John Wayne, Helen Hayes, Sylvia Sydney, Charlton Heston, Carol Channing, Lily Tomlin, Stanley Kramer, Jack LaLane, Red Buttons, Jack Benny, Robert Taylor Antoinette Perry, Julia Child, Paul Harvey, Hugh Downs, Omar Shariff, Mario Puzo, William Peter Blatty and Gay Talese.
In 1985, Jody returned to Oklahoma and became a successful realtor. She continued her work in theatre and directed "Barefoot in the Park" by Neil Simon at The Dinner Playhouse Theatre.
Throughout her life, Jody's adventurous spirit led her to enjoy fishing, hunting, barrel racing, camping and skiing. She got her pilot's license in 1970 and flew a single-engine plane. She won many tennis and golf tournaments and had 4 holes-in-one (3 at Oak Tree Country Club).
Her winsome sprit matched her wit, intelligence, theatrical talents and great athleticism. Jody loved good writing and good food as much as a good joke and a good book. But she especially loved her good friends and family.
She lit up the room with her fun-loving spirit, her fashionable style and her personality.
Jody was a positive force of energy, enthusiasm, humor and life. Her family and friends including life-long devoted friend Ann Williams, will miss her greatly but are comforted knowing Jody is at peace and with God. She is certainly enjoying a great round of golf somewhere in heaven today.
Memorial service will be Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 11:00 am at New Covenant United Methodist Church in Edmond. Private inurnment at Rose Hill Burial Park. Family requests donations go to a personal charity or to the New Covenant United Methodist Church.