“She was just a hell of a woman,” Oklahoma City looks back on icon’s life

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OKLAHOMA CITY – From lunchboxes to tabletop rendition of ‘Great Balls of Fire’, some say you haven’t lived in Oklahoma City till you’ve visited Edna’s bar.

Now OKC’s nightlife is left in shock, after owner Edna Scott passed away Wednesday night.

The jukebox is nearly as old as the bar itself, with one record that has stood the test of time. People far and wide describe the first time they watched Edna Scott do a table-top dance to the famous tune by Jerry Lee Lewis.

“She was just an awesome lady,” cried one patron.

“She was just a hell of a woman,” another chimed in.

“She was fun loving, and caring,” said Tyler Morey, who first visited Edna’s in college. “I mean, Great Balls of Fire at the bar…unforgettable.”

Her dance moves were just part of Edna’s draw. Her bar was best known for its unique liquid lunch.

The drink is called ‘the lunchbox’, but describing it isn’t easy.

“What is a lunchbox? Well you know, that’s an interesting question,” said Morey. “It’s a good time in a glass, that’s probably as far as we should go.”

“A lunchbox has Amaretto, Coors Light, and orange juice,” said Mallory Jones, bartender at Edna’s. “So many people have tried to re-create it, you just can’t, it’s pretty special.”

Between the lunchboxes, dancing, and dollar bills on the wall, the bar has attracted people from far and wide.

In fact Edna’s served as the scene for a Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban music video.

“They probably played that song…40 times…50 times,” said Scott Clark, who helped the bar prepare for the video.

“There was no way we were gonna get caught up in that video with people dressed in nice shirts and stuff,” said Pat Moore, who helped prepare as well.

But Thursday afternoon, the music stopped as patrons paused to remember Edna.

“It was never a handshake,” said Morey. “It was always scream your name across the bar and come give you a big hug.”

“I was definitely taken aback,” said Jones. “Thinking about little moments I`ve had with her…definitely gonna miss her phone calls.”

When KFOR asked how old Edna was, those in the bar simply smiled and said “29”, the age she had told them for years.

As for the bar, it’s going nowhere. Those who work for the bar tell us it is currently being run by Edna’s daughter, and lunchboxes will stay on the menu for some time.


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