Claremore Daily Progress

Obituaries

November 26, 2013

Barbara Elizabeth Olmstead

CLAREMORE — A celebration of the life of Barbara Elizabeth Olmstead will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 at the First Baptist Church in Claremore. Burial will follow at Lone Elm Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 1-7 p.m. with family receiving visitors from 5-7 p.m.

Barbara passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. She was 76.

Born May 13, 1937 in Kansas City, Mo. to Curtis and Madeline (Smith) Smart, Barbara received her education in 13 different schools before graduating from Rogers High School in Tulsa, Okla.

This constant changing of schools was one of the first things Barbara decided would never happen to her children. One of her priorities as a mother was to see that all her children received their education in the same school they started in. Barbara and Gary made Catoosa their home for 52 years and all her children began their education and graduated from Catoosa High School.

After spending their summers together working at the Holberg’s Resort in Holberg, Calif., Barbara married Gary Olmstead on June 18, 1955 in Miami, Okla.

Their union was gifted with four children, a foster daughter and many other children who were welcomed and loved in their home. That began Barbara’s life long career as a wife, mother and mentor; a role that God had chosen specifically for her. In fact, some believe she was the true example of a Proverbs 31 woman.

Barbara’s faith and belief in the promises of God’s Word were evident in every facet of her life. Having a hunger for God’s Word from a very young age, Barbara came to a total commitment of her life to the Lord’s work at the age of 16 in Coffeyville, Kan.

She was involved in Vacation Bible School from age 16 until age 75. She was also actively involved in every church that she was a member, holding several positions from Children’s Church Director to Sunday School teacher.

Family was always her passion. Barbara loved the times the family spent together at Spring Creek Resort when the children were young.

Barbara took great pride in her family name Olmstead and loved to travel to destinations that shared the Olmstead name. Some of her other favorite vacations during her golden years included a trip to Niagara Falls and a cruise on which she was so pleased that their room had a balcony. Anytime the family was all together, Barbara considered that a holiday. Her warm, caring nature and her servant’s heart were evident to each family member as she made them feel loved and important. Family gatherings were filled with fun, playing games or swimming in the backyard pool.

This loving wife, mother and grandmother will be missed by all whose lives she touched. Barbara is survived by her husband of 58 years, Gary Olmstead; her children Elizabeth Hill and husband Paul of Clinton, Mark Olmstead and wife Rhonda of Claremore, Jeff Olmstead and wife Gail of Catoosa, Steven Olmstead and wife Missy of Claremore, and Skee Olmstead of Tulsa; grandchildren Mark Olmstead Jr. and wife Jennifer, Skyler Olmstead and wife Kelly, Justin Hill and wife Stormie, Sierra Olmstead, Amanda Trimm and husband Richard, Morgan Hill, Brandon Olmstead, River Hill, Preston Olmstead, Ireland Olmstead and Gracie Olmstead; 6 great grandchildren, Scarlett Olmstead, Hensley Hill, Erik, Megan, Madison, Chloe Trimm and a little Trimm on the way; special relative Cora Vanhoye and numerous nieces and nephews. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, a special aunt and uncle, and step-father Norman Wagoner.

In lieu of flowers or other condolences, please consider making a donation in Barbara Olmstead’s name to the Baptist Children’s Home because it held a special place in her heart.

1
Text Only
Obituaries
  • Leon Phillips Semkoff

    A celebration of the life of Leon Phillips Semkoff will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 at the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service.

    July 30, 2014

  • Florence Lorene Wolfington

    Graveside service for Florence Lorene Wolfington will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 30, at Woodlawn Cemetery with Pastor Charles Ragland officiating.  Burial will follow under the direction of MMS-Payne Funeral Home & Cremation Service.  Visitation will be held at the funeral home Tuesday 1-8 p.m.

    July 29, 2014

  • Donald Henry Secondine

    A celebration of the life of Donald Henry Secondine will be 10 a.m., Monday, July 28, 2014 at Verdigris Assembly of God Church. Burial will be 2:00 p.m. at Nowata Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Rice Funeral Service. Visitation will be Sunday from 1-5 at the funeral home with family receiving visitors from 2-4. Don passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. He was 84.

    July 27, 2014

  • Sherry Dawn “Redbone” Ralston-Gropp

    Private family services are scheduled for Sherry Dawn Ralston-Gropp. Visitation was Friday, July 25, 2014 at Rice Funeral Service. Sherry passed away on Sunday, July 20, 2014. She was 54.

    July 27, 2014

  • Tommy Joe Russell

    Graveside service for Tommy Joe Russell will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 29, at Highland Cemetery with Luther Martin officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of the Inola Funeral Home & Crematory. Visitation will be held at the funeral home Monday 1-8 p.m., and family will greet friends 6-8 p.m.

    July 27, 2014

  • Jonathan Ashford “J.J.” Sluka

    Funeral service for Jonathan Ashford “J.J.” Sluka will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 23, at River of Life Assembly of God with Pastor Rodney Wilborn officiating. Burial with military honors by the U.S. Army will follow at Highland Cemetery under the direction of the Inola Funeral Home & Crematory.  Visitation will be held at the funeral home Tuesday, 1-8 p.m., and family will greet friends from 5-8 p.m.

    July 22, 2014

  • Doris Ann Chafin

    Funeral service for Doris Ann Chafin will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 18, at Verdigris Assembly of God with Brother Harold Brannon officiating. Burial will follow at Lone Elm Cemetery under the direction of MMS-Payne Funeral Home & Cremation Service. Visitation will be held Thursday 1-8 p.m., and family will greet friends 5-7 p.m.

    July 18, 2014

  • Patricia (Pat) D. Nickerson

    Graveside service for Patricia (Pat) D. Nickerson will be held 10 a.m. Friday, July 18, 2014 at Oakhaven Memorial Gardens in Claremore. Pallbearers will be Roy Rollins, Rob Rollins, Ron Rollins, Wayne Allen, Kelsey Wells, Angela Nowlin, Amber Holinsworth, and Maegan Gardner; and honorary pallbearer will be Rev. Joey Bentley. Visitation will be held on Thursday, from 1-8 p.m. with family greeting friends from 6-8 p.m.

    July 17, 2014

  • Jewel S. Starr

    Funeral service for Jewel S. Starr will be 1 p.m., Friday, July 18, at the MMS-Payne Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Paul Simpson and Chaplain Bishop Bell officiating. Burial will follow at Wann Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral home Thursday 1-8 p.m., and family will greet friends 6-8 p.m.

    July 17, 2014

  • Mildred Warden

    Mildred Warden was the mother of three and surrogate mother to hundreds.
    She operated one of Claremore’s first daycare for children. She died Friday, July 11, 2014 at the age of 86.

    July 15, 2014