Edmond sisters share bond, laughs

Edmond sisters say their friendship gets them through tough times.
by Nasreen Iqbal Modified: July 29, 2013 at 11:14 am •  Published: July 30, 2013

— Before sisters Shonsy Sybert and Rennay Smith meet for lunch, coffee or the occasional shopping outing, one calls the other to make sure they're not wearing the same outfit.

“It almost happened today,” Smith, 65, said with a laugh. “I called and said, OK, I'm going to wear my dark blue shirt.”

“And I said, nope, wear something else, I already have that on,” said Sybert, 60.

In addition to wearing the same clothing by accident, the sisters have an uncanny way of finishing each other's sentences.

On a warm Tuesday afternoon, the sisters sat cheerfully in Sybert's home in Edmond's Chimney Hill neighborhood.

Their blond hair was done in similar styles. Both wore cropped pants and lots of jewelry.

The home is one of many in the neighborhood that their father, Harold Trumbly, built years ago.

“He was a strong man. He did things his way until the day he died,” Smith said.

He had surgery in 2008, and the doctor told him he had only a few days to live. Trumbly stretched the days into months and died a full year later.

“He said, ‘No one is going to tell me when and how I'm going to die,'” Sybert said. “And that was just like him.”

The sisters said they leaned on each other for support when their father died and during other times of hardship throughout the years.

“When I was younger I didn't like her,” Smith said. “She was as cute as a button and spoiled. And of course my mother made me take her everywhere I went — on every date I went on.”

“You'd just drop me off somewhere,” Sybert reminded her.

Most often the girls would go to a roller-skating rink near their home in north Oklahoma City.

“Those days you didn't sit around and watch TV all day. You went outside and found something to do,” Sybert said.

by Nasreen Iqbal
Nasreen Iqbal is a graduate of the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas. She writes about news and events that occur within the Oklahoma City Metropolitan area.
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