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Graveside services for Joyce "Babe" Brister, of Duncan, Oklahoma, were held on Wednesday, July 5. She was born on April 21, 1927, in Duncan, to Otha Lee and Alda (Ellis) Byford, and passed away on July 2, 2017, at the age of 90.
Babe attended and graduated from Empire schools. She married J.C. Brister on May 18, 1946, in Henrietta, Texas. They had three daughters, Judy, Jane, and Jill. He preceded her in death in 2001.
She was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church. She was caregiver for her parents, her mother-in-law, and her husband. She enjoyed painting pictures, arts and crafts, and sewing, making her daughters' clothing. She also enjoyed watching "Dancing with the Stars" and "The Young & The Restless."
Babe is survived by her children, Judy and spouse Larry Leonhart, of Plano, Texas, Jane Flippen , of Duncan, and Jill and spouse Robert Lopez, of Lawton; eight grandchildren, Tracie Leonhart, Valeria Lee, Heather Leonhart, Kelly and spouse Jenny Flippen, Kasey and spouse John Byers, Chris and spouse Courtney Miller, Allison Cobb, and Kay Brister; nine great-grandchildren, Jacobi Leonhart, Jace Lee, Dondi and Kelbi Flippen, Bailey and Kaden Byers, Chloe and Claire Miller, and Layla Cobb; two great great-grandchildren, Kristen and Harley; her sister-in-law, Pat Byford; and many nieces and nephews that she loved like her own children.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her seven brothers and sister, Loyce Byford, Furman Byford, Curtis Byford, Carlisle Byford, Nolan Byford, Gladys Downes, and Dean Byford.
Service arrangements were under the direction of Whitt Funeral Home.
Online condolences can be made to the family at www.whittfh.com.
Published on July 5, 2017
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