Claudine's Story

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Claudine (Kilgore) Barringer, 94, of McAlester, passed away on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at the McAlester Regional Health Center.
The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday May 12, at Bishop Funeral Service.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at Bishop Chapel of Memories with the Rev. Dr. Matt Judkins officiating. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Memorial Park Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Kent Wilkins, Richard Bivins, Linn Tucker, Clint Allford, Bill Staples, and Ronnie Allford.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Fellowship Class of the First United Methodist Church Women.
Claudine was born on June 22, 1922, in McAlester, to Claud G. and Minnie Ruth (Chambers) Kilgore. Claudine graduated from McAlester High School in the Class of 1940 and later attended college at Oklahoma University and Oklahoma State University.
She married Earl Barringer on May 17, 1946, in Muskogee.
Claudine worked various jobs throughout her life, including working in a grocery store stocking goods and in the bank room, managed an elementary school cafeteria, and was the department head of the housekeeping department at the hospital for 15 years.
Claudine served as a Sunday school teacher for years, care ministry and lay speaker. She loved working with people - sharing and serving.
In 1948, she was a charter member of Barnett Memorial Methodist Church serving as a Sunday school teacher, president of WSCS (Women's Society of Christian Service) now known as WMU, where she served as vice president and secretary of the McAlester District.
Later on she was a member of the building committee for the Christ United Methodist Church, replacing Barnett. She also served as president of WSCS and later UMW.
She later joined Grand Avenue United Methodist Church, where she was an adult Sunday school teacher, served two terms as president of UMW, served on the women's committee and was the call ministry coordinator for a number of years.
Claudine also was active with the PTA, serving as president at William Gay Elementary and Puterbaugh Junior High School. She was the first president of Pittsburg County "Cow Belles", the auxiliary of the Cattleman's Association and is currently a member of Oklahoma Cattlewoman's Association. Claudine also served as president and on several committees of the Pittsburg County OSU Extension Services, where she was active for over 50 years in the Home Demonstrators then Extension Home Makers Club. Claudine was also a 4-H Leader.
Claudine is survived by a son, Millard Barringer, of McAlester; grandchildren, Kristi LeTournequ and husband, John, of Bryan, Texas, Angela Beveck and husband, Charles, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Darley Kaufman and husband, Jonathon, of Eugene, Oregon, and Gloria Dick and husband, Blake, of College Station, Texas; six great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Marjorie, of Fort Smith, Arkansas; sister-in-law, Wanda Barringer, of Maryville, Tennessee; brother-in-law, Dee Freeman, of Granbury, Texas; special cousins, Juanita Chambless, of Midland, Texas, LeeAnn Bramett and husband, Rick, of Midland, Texas, Kay Haggard and husband, Gary, of Austin, Texas, and Bob Battles and wife, Karen, of Mustang, and several nieces nephews and other family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Claud G. and Minnie Ruth Kilgore; husband, Earl Barringer, in 1997; daughter, Earlene Williams, in 1990; grandparents, W.C. and Sallie (Battles) Kilgore; an infant sister, Willie Ruth Kilgore, and brother-in-law, Floyd Barringer.
Arrangements are entrusted to Bishop Funeral Service and Crematory of McAlester.
Published on May 11, 2017
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