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Barbara was born the daughter of Admiral Monroe Pownell and Edythe Georgia Bush Pownell on July 1, 1928 in Pawhuska, OK. She died at her home in rural Ninnekah on January 19, 2019.
During her childhood years, Barbara lived in several towns in Oklahoma as the family followed her fathers work. She eventually moved to Lindsay, OK where she graduated from Lindsay High School. She then attended Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha, graduating in 1950. She married Max Thomas in 1950, and from that union came five children, ten grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. Barbara was a member of OHCE for 50 years. She was also a member of the Alex United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband Max Thomas; daughter Linda Kelley and husband Keith; daughter Susan McAnally and husband Rex; son G.P. "Pat" Thomas; son Joe Thomas and wife Dee; son William "Bill" Thomas and wife Mary; ten grandchildren; four great grandchildren; sister Doris Gee and husband Ben; niece Lauri Gee Warren and husband Keith and their four children; and nephew David Gee and wife Justine and their two children.
Interment will be in the Ninnekah Cemetery. Services are under the direction of McRay Funeral Home.
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