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PARKER, Kathleen (Barry)

Friday, May 3, 2013

 

Kathleen Barry Parker was born in Tulsa on March 21, 1916 to Charles and Nellie (Ashby) Barry. She passed away peacefully on April 26, 2013.The Barry’s moved to Guthrie in 1919 when Kathleen was 3 years old.

 

She graduated from Guthrie High School where she was an accomplished violinist and greatly enjoyed playing in a violin quartet. She continued her love of music and playing the violin while attending Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha. Kathleen met Paul A. Parker at the First Christian Church in Guthrie. They were married in Pauls Valley on March 24, 1934.

 

The family owned and operated two businesses; Dee Dee’s Dress Shop, which Kathleen managed for 15 years and Parker Outdoor Advertising Company, which Paul managed from 1945 until his retirement in 1974.

 

During their 63 years together, Kathleen and Paul enjoyed many trips with friends and family-especially their trips to Alaska and Hawaii. Kathleen treasured the friendships of the women in her bridge club who played together for more than 50 years. Among the many things that Kathleen enjoyed were having family dinners, eating out, shopping, traveling and her weekly trip to the beauty shop.

 

She was an excellent seamstress and fashioned beautiful clothes for her family and herself. Kathleen and Paul were members of the First Christian Church.

 

She was preceded in death by: her husband Paul; her son, Mike; her brothers, Charles and John; and one great-great grandson, Kelvin. She is survived by; a son Norman and wife Nancy of Norman; daughter Linda Parker and husband Bob Clark of Oklahoma City; daughter Dee Ann Anderson and husband Andy of Edmond; seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; one great-great grandson; her sister Bettie McInnis of Guthrie; sisters-in-law Anne Barry of Tulsa and Elizabeth Barry of Houston; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and extended family members. Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Summit View Cemetery, with Dr. Dennis Clark officiating. Services are under the direction of Hayes funeral Home. Friends and family may sign the online guestbook at www.hayesfh.com. Memorials may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, 825 N.E. 13th, Oklahoma City, OK 73104.