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Sondra McCormick Barby, 82, departed this world for heaven on October 28, 2016. Sondra was born November 23, 1933 in Wichita Kansas to Augustus Guy and Frances (Pennington) McCormick. She graduated from Wichita East High School in 1951. She met her husband, Boardman Gene Barby while attending the University of Oklahoma. They married January 30th, 1954. Soon followed 3 sons and a daughter. They raised their family mostly in Oklahoma City and Woodward, OK. In 2008 she relocated to Oklahoma City. She did all things 'Mom' and was great at it! Many of her sons friends called her Mrs. Cleaver. Always available, cooking, cleaning and just being there for her family. You never wore a hat at the dinner table and her collection of all cell phones before a meal always brought groans, but we definitely obeyed. She watched all types of sports, especially her beloved Sooners & Dallas Cowboys. Matter of fact, the first time I heard her cuss was "damn Cowboys!" She loved knitting, needlepoint, bridge, pizookies and watching anything with Tom Selleck in it. She loved to travel and had many international trips with her husband, family and friends. We were so blessed for the many Christmas trips she took her children and grandchildren on. She was slow to anger, quick to forgive and never held a grudge. Preceded in death by her parents A.G. & Frances McCormick, her husband B.G. Barby, numerous aunts, uncles and her beloved dog Mac. She is survived by her children Brent Barby & wife Melinda; Greg Barby & wife Jane; Brad Barby; Lisa DiAngelo & husband Richard; sister Melinda McKinney & husband Bob; cousins Guy McCormick & wife Susan and MaryMac Gardner. Grandchildren Blaine, Adam, Kyle, Chris, Zach, Ryan, Jennifer, Drake and Ava. Great grandchildren, Brooke, Barrett, Blair, Rafe, Taos and a baby boy due in January. A family memorial service will be held in Wichita Kansas at a later date. Many thanks to the staff at Epworth Villa and Epworth At Home hospice for the special love and care they gave Mom in her final months. In lieu of flowers please donate to Epworth At Home hospice, 14901 N. Penn, Oklahoma City, OK 73134 Attn: Jane Eckert. Rest in peace Mom. We couldn't have asked for a better Mom, sister, aunt, cousin, mother in law, grandmother and great grandmother. She will be greatly missed, never forgotten and always loved.
Published on November 3, 2016
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