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Pauline Shropshire Whipple Barker was born August 23, 1921 in Neosho, Missouri and went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. She was the youngest of five children bron to William and Vassie Shropshire. She graduated from Neosho High School in 1939. Shortly thereafter she met her future husband John Henry Whipple oat a park in Joplin, Missouri. The married April 24, 1940 on John’s 21st birthday in Galena, Kansas. In 1942, their first child Jonna Pauline was born. John was then drafted into World War II and was in the military when their second child Judith Kaye was born in 1944. Pauline during this time worked at a Woolsworth and lived in Joplin, Missouri. When the war ended, John returned to Joplin and with Pauline’s support earned his Bachelor of Sacred Literature from Ozark Bible College in Joplin. In 1950, John and Pauline and their two daughters moved to Balko, Oklahoma when John became Pastor of Balko Apostolic Faith Church where Pauline taught Sunday School and was responsible for all VBS activities. In 1952 their first son John Stephen was born followed by a second son Charles Edward in 1956. John then became Pastor at Gray Community Church with Pauline contributing heavily to John’s Pastoral responsibilities. While John worked on and completed his Masters degree at Western State in Gunnison, Colorado, Pauline commenced her college education. In 1964 Pauline graduated from Panhandle State with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. She taught elementary school at Arnett, Sharon, Lenapah, and Texhoma for 17 years..John passed away in 1976. In 1981 while teaching in the Panhandle she married Glenn Barker of Beaver, Oklahoma whom she had known for a number of years through church activities. They were active in church activities in Beaver and enjoyed spending their summers in South Fork, Colorado where they made many friends. Glenn passed away in 1981 and Pauline moved to Perryton, Texas to be near her youngest son Edward. She then moved to Woodward to be near her two sons and youngest daughter and resided there until her passing. In Woodward she was an active member of the Apostolic Faith Church. She was an avid reader of the Bible (having read it through twice), she loved gardening, reading, and thoroughly enjoyed family get togethers. She was preceded in death by her parents, WM and Vassie Shropshire, her sister Peggy Wommack, three brothers, Walter, Arthur and Lloyd, her first husband John Whipple, her second husband Glenn Barker and her son Charles Edward. She is survived by her daughter Jonna and husband Mike Johnson of Norman; her daughter Judith and husband Louis Ramirez of Guymon, her son Stephen Whipple and wife Linda and daughter-in-law Elizabeth Whipple. She is also survived by grandchildren, Brett Ramirez, Clay Ramirez, Todd Martens, Bradley Whipple, Justin Whipple, John Whipple and Jordan Whipple and 13 great-grandchildren. Pauline also leaves behind other relatives and many friends. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 13, 2015 at the Billings Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Ted Barker officiating. Interment will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Gray Cemetery, south of Bryans Corner. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes with the funeral home accepting the contributions on behalf of the family. Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Published on  March 12, 2015
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