Tiffany Ann Wise
Tiffany Ann Wise, 43, of Edmond, Okla., passed away peacefully at home on Friday, March 6, 2020, in Edmond, after a long, hard battle with metastatic breast cancer. She was born in El Reno, Okla. She was the daughter of Cindy and Zak Elgamal of Marble Falls, Texas, and Scott Fitzgerald of Newalla, Okla.
Tiffany grew up in Edmond from the age of 10 along with her younger brothers, Colby Fitzgerald and Tyler Sharum, who came into the family when Tiffany was 13. Tiffany graduated from Edmond North High School and then from University of Central Oklahoma in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Community Health. During her college years, she worked at Sutherlands hardware store where she met and married her husband, Steve, in May 2000. They built a loving home with their three children, Allyson, Drew, and Kinzie.
Tiffany went on to pursue a Masters of Public Health in Health Administration & Policy at University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, and completed all but her dissertation for a doctorate in Adult Education focusing on Health Literacy.
Tiffany was a passionate lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology & Health Studies at University of Central Oklahoma where she touched the lives of hundreds of students. She pursued teaching throughout her brave fight against breast cancer and continued her devotion to educating others through online courses even when the disease tried to get the best of her. Despite what Tiffany went through, she always maintained a strong and positive attitude and focused on living for her children and husband. Tiffany was admired as a very special, loving, genuine woman with a kind heart who was filled with joy and wit. She was a valiant and courageous soul who was an inspiration to every person she encountered. This spring, the Community Public Health Senior of the Year Award will be named in honor of sweet Tiffany.
Along with her loving husband, Steve, and children, Allyson, Drew, and Kinzie, Tiffany is survived by her brother, Colby and his wife, Kristin Fitzgerald, and their two children, Alexander Fitzgerald and Sigurros Einarsdottir of Leander, Texas; and Tyler Sharum of Sugar Land, Texas; sisters, Jamie and her husband, Trey Nance and son, Ryder of Oklahoma City; and Marie Elgamal with fiance, Kevin Bryant of Houston, Texas; grandfather, Carl Elmenhorst of El Reno, Okla.; father-in-law, R.C. and his wife, Alice Wise of Springfield, Mo.; mother-in-law, Elenda Wise of Edmond, Okla.; special sister-in-law, Debra McGovern and her husband, Don and her children, Bryce and Aubree Johnson of Edmond, Okla.; brother-in-law, Scott Wise of Oklahoma City, Okla.; bonus dad, Tom Sharum of Sugar Land, Texas; uncles, Michael and his wife, Debbie Elmenhorst and Rick and his wife, Linda Elmenhorst; aunts, Brenda and her husband, Bob Perkins, Michelle and her husband, Lynn Tate and Jan and her husband, Bob Pasterello; and numerous cousins with whom there was a strong, fun, loving relationship.
She is preceded in death by maternal grandmother, Jerry Ann Elmenhorst and paternal grandparents, Robert and Corine Fitzgerald.
Services were Tuesday, March 10, 2020, under the direction of Matthews Funeral Home, Edmond.
Published on March 9, 2020


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Delores Runnels
Mar 11, 2020
I am almost at a loss for words right now. I am so sorry for your loss family and friends, and I will keep you in my prayers as the days go by. Tiffany was the nicest, sweetest person that you could ever meet. I worked with her at UCO when I worked in the dean's office several years ago. I am saddened to here of her passing. My deepest sympathy.
Jeremy Joseph
Mar 10, 2020
Mama Wise is definitely going to be missed. She treated her students like her very own kids. I remember seeing her on a flight to Houston last year and she was so happy to see me. She told me how she was going to get some treatment from M.D Anderson at the time and she was very strong about it. She asked questions about my family and now looking back at that conversation, I was reminded of how she always put others before her own self. She was someone who was so strong despite the circumstances. While my father went through cancer treatment in 2016, she told me to be strong for him and took the time to pray for him at her office with me.

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...mportant it is to have self care. She would always mention to go for a walk or get a massage during finals week. She didn’t let cancer get to her head one bit, and she still did what she loved to do. Thank you so much for everything that you’ve done for all of us and we’re truly going to miss you. I’m glad your at a place where there is no more pain. Rest In Peace, Professor Wise.Read more