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On the 15th of April 1988, Aubry Shrae’ Woodfork, a natural party starter, descended from her eternal mansion (Heaven) to her temporary home (Earth). Tina Evelyn Todd and Herman James Woodfork were entrusted with this precious jewel. Aubry was the youngest daughter of this union.
From a very young age, Aubry discovered her voice had power. While attending Corpus Christi Catholic School and Nichols Hills Elementary, she cried every day for her mother until the second grade. Once Tina arrived, she would stop crying. Just as she used her voice to be heard, she would equally use her voice in silence. She could be stubborn as a mule and not speak. Both attributes were God-given gifts. Later in life, they would be tools she used faithfully to endure adversity.
Following her family’s footsteps, Aubry attended and graduated from Northeast Academy of Health Science and Engineering. She was a proud Mighty Viking. Bittersweet is the only way to illustrate the year 2006 for Aubry. This was her senior year as well as the year she was diagnosed with Neuromyelitis Optica, an extremely rare autoimmune disease. At the time of her diagnosis, she was the 80th case of this ailment in the United States.
The day before her graduation, Aubry was hospitalized and informed she could not attend the ceremony. Not taking no for an answer and dedicated to finish what she started, Aubry utilized her voice again. She warned the doctors she would be in attendance. Paralyzed from the waist down and bound to a wheelchair, Aubry accomplished her goal of receiving her own diploma. Afterwards, she returned to the hospital.
Faith was Aubry’s foundation. As a child, she accepted Christ in her life and attended Wildewood Missionary Baptist Church. With her maturity in age, she grew likewise spiritually. No matter the circumstance of her physical condition, Aubry would be reading her bible, praying, singing, and worshipping at The Way Church. Her perseverance was rooted and grounded in the Word of God. She truly walked by faith and not by sight.
Family was the center of Aubry’s heart. God blew her away in 2008 by blessing her with her first beautiful girl, Ayana Traniece. In 2014, she welcomed her second bundle of joy, Railee Skye. Her daughters were her world. They shared an inseparable love bond. Not only was she Ayana and Railee’s mother, but she was also their dear and closest friend.
Her oldest daughter affectionately wrote these words to describe her mother. “My mom was the strongest person I knew. She was the rock in my life. She was also the funniest person. She would make everybody laugh. She would always put a smile on everyone’s face. My mom lit up the room when she came in it. She was a showstopper. Once she started, there was no going back. Mama was the BIG DOG!! She was the one who called the shots. My Mama was like my baby. Even though she was my Mama, when she started to “get in her feelings” I would comfort her. She was the BEST Mama ever. I wish you were still here, but I know there is a time and a place for EVERYTHING. I LOVE YOU MAMA ~ From your Angel, Ayana as known as “Knockie”.
With God, ALL things are possible. In between taking care of her daughters, working and numerous hospitals stays and doctor visits, Aubry obtained not one but THREE higher education degrees. In 2017, she received her Associates from Oklahoma City Community College. One year later, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. In 2020, Aubry’s tenacity was proven once again with a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Oklahoma State University. Her academic achievements required a CAN-DO ATTITUDE. Although, she had to use her walker to maneuver throughout each university to attend classes, she stood firmly on the scripture, “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13.
Fighter is one of many words to depict Aubry’s will to live. Her lungs were severely damaged by Neuromyelitis Optica. In 2020, 2021 and 2022, she was diagnosed and even hospitalized with COVID-19. Each time, she prevailed and was healed from the deadly disease.
On March 27, 2021, Aubry was gifted with two new lungs. Her double lung transplant afforded her a new lease on life. For the first time in years, she was oxygen tank free. She took full control of this opportunity. In 2022, she started her own business named BeJul-D. She crafted handmade jewelry. Her daughters will continue their mother’s entrepreneurial legacy.
Even though, Aubry overcame many challenges, she loved dancing and singing. She was not only the life of the party; she was the party. There was never a dull moment with her. Laughing and acting silly/goofy with family and friends were her signature traits. Just as she was determined and courageous throughout her life, she encouraged and push everyone to move past their own limitations.
Her voice was a weapon whether heard or unheard. She was very outspoken not just for herself but others as well. Through her silence, she never complained about her suffering……not one time. On the contrary, she praised and thanked God for everything……. ALWAYS.
She trusted God’s plan for her life. As she trusted God, people trusted her with their lives. She was a licensed counselor by God. She spoke the appropriate words at the right time. As she shared God’s Word, she provided strength to anyone in need.
If you did not personally know Aubry, you missed one of God’s greatest gifts given to mankind. On March 16, 2023, as Aubry received her ultimate healing in Heaven, she granted healing to others on Earth. Unselfish unto death, she returned the favor of an extended life to two individuals by donating both kidneys. No longer limited by this immoral body and knowing her work on Earth was fully accomplished, Aubry Turned Up (partying, dancing and singing) on the golden floors of her Heavenly mansion.
While the Turn Up is happening in Heaven, the celebration of Aubry’s life continues with her two daughters, Ayana and Railee McClellan of Oklahoma City; mother, Tina Todd; father and stepmother, Herman and Mia Woodfork of Oklahoma City; three sisters, Tiana (Nubari) Monsi, Jasmine Flowers and Essence Davis of Oklahoma City: one brother, Braylen Brown; maternal grandparents, Eugene and Zola Johnson and paternal grandmother, Donna Todd; four brothers and sisters from a different mother and father, Anthony Jerome Parker II (Lil Man), Aaron Robinson (BA), Keisha Tendle, and Lorayne Matthew; two beloved nephews, Jayen and Titan Monsi and a host of relatives and friends.