Barbara Jean Earnest, the best Mother, Nana, sister and friend gained her angel wings on Thursday, March 18,2021 in Denison, Texas. She was born to Lloyd and Ollie Bea Hawkins on October 18, 1941 in Hugo, Oklahoma. She grew up in Apple, Oklahoma on the family farm with 4 other siblings: Jimmy, Martha Jo, Lowell (Shorty) and Billy (Bruce).
Barbara was a strong-willed hard-working woman. From the time she was little she would get out there with the boys and work in the fields planting with her Daddy, who gave her the nickname “Tom” because she was such Tomboy. They did not have much growing up, but she was determined that her kids always had what they needed. For most of her life she raised Greg, Rhonda and Kerri by herself by working and providing for them. Barbara worked at the Cedar Shed as a waitress for many years, she truly enjoyed serving people. Barbara loved everyone she met and would chat and talk to anyone who had the time. In her later years she also enjoyed volunteering at the food bank, and Hope Chest in Hugo. Barbara also developed a love for her fur baby companion, Sophie.
Barbara will always be remembered by many for always being in the kitchen cooking or baking. Some of her favorites she loved to make for her family were her wonderful yeast rolls, fried pies, fresh apple spice cake, biscuits, chicken n dumplins, chicken enchiladas and cream pies. Barbara enjoyed her family; she was always happy anytime they were together. She took such pride in her children, grandchildren and especially her great-grandchildren.
Next to family Barbara’s church, New Hope Church of God in Hugo, Oklahoma is very dear to her. Barbara was a virtuous woman, a true believer of God. She raised all her family in church and believed that was the utmost important thing in life.
Those left to cherish Barbara’s memories are her children: Greg Duncan of Spencerville, Oklahoma, Rhonda Gooding of Grant, Oklahoma, Kerri Eastwood and husband William of Aberdeen, Ohio. Grandchildren: Brian Ashlock of Durant, Oklahoma , Shawna Mills and husband Stihl of Unger, Oklahoma, Ashlyn Owens of Hugo, Oklahoma, Kaleigh Eastwood and fiancé Forrest of Durant, Oklahoma, and Deonna Gooding of Grant, Oklahoma. Great-grandchildren, Paris, Adalyn, Stihl, Evelyn, and Elizabeth. Brother, Jim Hawkins and wife Linda of Rattan, Oklahoma. Sister, Jo Stammen and husband Phil of Roseburg, Oregon. Bonus children, LaDonna Hoggard and husband Jim, Ben Fletcher and wife Pam, Sherry Angel and husband Justin Marshall, Bryon Earnest and Annamaire. Bonus grandchildren, Tana Morse and husband Keith, Jimmy Hoggard and wife Ashley, Nickey Clour and husband Kyle, Cristen Tucker and husband Cody, Dakota Fowler and wife Ave. Bonus great-grandchildren, Tucker, Jay, Kaylen, Maleighna, Saylor, Mattie and Amelia. Life long friend Vera Burroughs, Penny Pospisil and family. Special friend, Clint Campbell, along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends who meant the world to her.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, James (Ted) Earnest. Parents, Lloyd and Ollie Bea Hawkins. Brother, Lowell Dean Hawkins. Great-granddaughter, Oakleigh Owens.
Celebration of Barbara’s Life will be 10:00am, Thursday, March 25, 2021 at Hugo First Baptist in Hugo, Oklahoma. Visitation will be at Prater Lampton Mills and Coffey Funeral Home from 6-8pm, Wednesday, March 24, 2021. Internment will be at Spring Chapel with Ashley Phillips, Ashley Hawkins, Brett Miller, Dakota Fowler, Gary Baskin, Jim Hoggard, Jimmy Hoggard, Keith Morse, Micheal Maxwell, and Todd Pitt. Honorary Pallbearers, Alton James, Ben Fletcher, Forrest Hayes, Kim Guthrie, Melvin Pospisil, Stihl Mills, and William Eastwood.
Services will be live streamed on Prater-Lampton-Mills and Coffey Funeral Home Facebook page.
Services are under the direction of her granddaughter, Kaleigh and Prater-Lampton-Mills and Coffey Funeral Home in Hugo, Oklahoma.
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