Barbara Brown, 67-year-old Woodward resident, died Sunday, May 13, 2007 in the Woodward Regional Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2007 in the Billings Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.
Barbara "Bonifield" Brown was born on Feb. 3, 1940 to Leo "Barney" and Lenora (Benton) Bonifield in the old Woodward Hospital. Barbara attended schools in Woodward from Kindergarten through high school. During high school she was involved in Peppers for three years, Student Council for two years, Dramatic Club for two years, Honor Society, Girls State, Pep Band for three years, Girls Glee Club, Senior Class Secretary, Student Council Treasurer, All State Band, Head Majorette, Homecoming Queen in 1958 and various other honors. Barbara was Woodward Elks Rodeo Queen in 1960 while she was in Stevens College for Women. She was also named Miss Ranger in 1962 at Northwestern. She met Barry Brown while at Northwestern in 1961 and they were married in 1962. To this union a son Bryan and a daughter Sunny were born. They lived in California, Tulsa and moved back to California in 1970 and lived there until 1979. Barbara taught school in Tulsa for five years, worked at a day care center in Tulsa for two years working on pre-computer transistors and diodes in California. Barbara ended her career at Tregos Westwear when they closed.
She is survived by her husband Barry Brown of the home; daughter Sunny Brown and Bill Shirley of Dallas, Texas; son Bryan Brown and wife Mary of Springfield, Mo.; one sister Betty Thompson and husband Allen of Springfield, Mo.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Mike Brown and wife Geneva of Anchorage, Alaska; Dean Brown and wife Cathy of Tuttle; mother-in-law Dessie Brown of Stroud; two step-granddaughters Brandy Brouwers and husband Stephan of Woodward; Casey Brumley of Oklahoma City; step-great-granddaughter Blair Brouwers; numerous nieces and nephews and last and by far not least, all her wonderful special, close and casual friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved Aunt Lucille and Uncle Speck Burt and her father-in-law, Barney Brown.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, COPD research with the funeral home accepting the contributions.
Mrs. Schleeter died Nov. 20, 2006 at the Kindred Hospital in Oklahoma City.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and three brothers.
She is survived by her nieces and their husbands, Betty Lou Fiel of Wichita, Kan., Adeline Swarts of Golden, Colo., Betty and Rodger Baker, Carol Bergquist, and Corky Richards, all of Cheyenne Wells, Colo.; her special niece and caretaker, Norma L. Foster and her husband Gary of Woodward; her nephew and his wife, Wilbur D. and Ginger Swarts of Fort Worth, Texas; several great nieces and nephews; her special friends, Esther Shelby, Jean Stoner, Jean Peterman, Della Stump, Melva Murray, Marlene Morgan, and Jennifer Westenhaver.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church Building Fund.
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