Barbara Louise Hudson Bowman, longtime Fairfax resident. passed from this life on Sunday, June 6, 2021. She was 83 years old. She was born November 11, 1937, in the Ponca City Hospital to Gertrude Rose Fletcher and Melbert Patrick Hudson. She married Larry Bowman on August 24, 1956, and to this union had three children, John King, Mark Fletcher and JoLynette.
She was a 1954 graduate of Fairfax High School and loved reminiscing about all the fun times she had with her girlfriends. In earlier years, Barbara was employed with the Osage Nation placing many youth in its summer jobs program. In 1986 Barbara opened and operated the Fairfax Smoke Shop until retiring due to ill health.
She was a proud member of the Osage Nation, her mother Gertrude, being a pure blood Osage. Barbara enjoyed the Inlonshka dances and always looked forward to this time of year. She was a wise woman and directed and instructed many in the traditional Osage ways, making sure everyone at her camp knew the dancers were always taken care of first. She enjoyed conversing with others about her Osage people and culture.
Barbara enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and made sure they always had a vacation planned for the summer, making several memorable trips to Six Flags, Fiesta Texas in San Antonio and Colorado Springs.
Barbara is survived by her children King (Tamra) Bowman, Mark (Dawna) Bowman and JoLynette Bowman. Grandchildren, Dalton (Krystal) Bowman, Callie Bowman, Ross Bowman, Lee Bowman, Chase Bowman, Larra Bowman, and Joey Grigg. Nine great-grandchildren, Hunter, Kameron, Dailyn, Tayven, Emery, Avery, Brianna, RanDea Jo, and Chesney. Sister Rita (Lee) Alley, and brothers John (Melodie) Hudson and Jim (Tanya) Hudson. She was preceded in death by her parents and much-loved stepfather Clarence Sroufe, brothers Perry Hudson, Shane Hudson, sister Billie Myers and grandsons Joshua Hight and Mark Grigg.
She touched the lives of many and was fondly known as Aunt Barbara.
A rosary will be held Tuesday, June 8, at 7 p.m. at the Grayhorse Chapel where she will lie in state. Services will be Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, burial to follow in Fairfax Cemetery with Father Desmond Ibeneme officiating. There will be a dinner at the Grayhorse Community building after the burial.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 333 S. 8th, Fairfax, OK 74637
Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home
Original Publish Date: 2021-06-07 00:00:00