Owedia M. Searcy
Owedia M. Searcy
  • June 6, 1923 - June 16, 2017
  • Annapolis, Maryland

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Owedia M. (“Tweedie”) Searcy, Commander, USN (Ret.), died June 16, 2017 in Pasadena, Maryland. Memorial service: 12:00 p.m., Friday, July 28, 2017, at the US Naval Academy Main Chapel.

Tweedie was born June 6, 1923, in Venus, Texas, to Charles A. and Ora Curry Searcy. After spending her childhood years in Johnson County, she graduated from Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth, then attended Texas Christian University before graduating from St. Joseph Hospital’s School of Nursing in Fort Worth. She then was certified as a nurse anesthetist at Barnes-Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing in St. Louis.

Tweedie was drawn to military service by her father’s service as a Marine in World War I and joined the Navy in 1947. She worked as an anesthetist at the Houston Naval Hospital with Dr. Michael DeBakey, and at Naval Hospitals in Bethesda and Patuxent River, Maryland; Oakland, Mare Island, San Diego and Quantico. She also served in Guantanamo, Cuba and Adak, Alaska. She was one of five Navy nurses who established Station Hospital Saigon early in the Vietnam conflict where she was responsible for setting up an emergency room and operating room. Later, she taught from November 1964 through October 1968 in the Navy’s nurse anesthetist program at Portsmouth Naval Hospital.

In retirement, Tweedie’s life centered around the Naval Academy, where she was famous for her cookbook and her attendance at Navy sporting events in Annapolis and far beyond.

Tweedie was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Jimmie Lee Searcy Bodiford. She is survived by her nieces, Cynthia Bodiford Turney and Jamie Leigh Bodiford Brinkley and husband Michael Brinkley, nephew James Gregory Bodiford, and best friend, Bobbi Hovis, Lt. Commander, USN (Ret.).

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Navy Nurse Corps Association, P. O. Box 3289, Newport, RI 02840 or via millerses@gmail.com.