Barbara's Story

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Barbara Alta (Sue) Bowen McMurtry, a longtime resident of Comanche passed from this world on June 8, 2017 at Elk Crossing in Duncan, OK following a lengthy illness.  A funeral service will be held Tuesday, June 13 at 1 p.m. at Ray of Hope Church.  Burial will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home. Viewing will be Sunday noon -4 p.m., Monday 9 a.m. -6 p.m., and Tuesday 9 -11 a.m.  The family will be receiving friends Monday evening from 5-6 p.m.
Barbara was born March 29, 1931 in Bakersfield, CA to Ebb  and Hazel (Muncrief) Bowen.  She attended various elementary schools before graduating from Comanche High School in 1949.  She then attended Ardmore Business School in Ardmore, OK.
She and Bill McMurtry were married on Dec. 22, 1950, and they made their home in Waurika, Ryan, and Ardmore before settling on their farm south of Comanche.  Barbara occasionally worked outside the home, but her main interest were caring for their daughters, and making a home for her family.
She leaves behind her two daughters: Hazel Sullivan and husband Bob, Comanche; and Tangi Zumwalt and her husband Johnny, Comanche; three grandchildren: Corey Martin and wife Lucy, Amarillo, TX; Tanner Zumwalt and wife April, Duncan, OK; and Maci Zumwalt, Norman, OK; along with her great-grandchildren: Rilyn Martin, Jerne Martin, and Gage Berry.  Other survivors include two brothers: Wendell Bowen, Pauls Valley, OK; and David Bowen, Longview, TX; her sisters: JoAnn Bowden, Comanche; Helen Benigni, Granbury, TX; Becky Colvin, Tyler, TX; and Gaylon Wadsworth, Waurika, OK; and many nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; her parents, three brothers: Don Bowen, Kenneth Bowen, and Larry Bowen; and one sister, Maxie Chaney.
Barbara will be remembered as a sweet, determined, talented woman who exhibited great faith in her Lord and Savior.  She greatly enriched the lives around her and gladly lived a life of sacrifice for the sakes of her loved ones, who, in turn, greatly benefited from her love, and will be forever changed by her loss...
The family extends their thanks to Duncan Regional Hospice, and Elk Crossing for the compassionate care and genuine love extended to Barbara and her family.
Online condolences may be sent to comanchefh@pldi.net.
Published on June 9, 2017
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