Barbara Ann Wilson Killion passed from this life surrounded by family on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 at the age of 88 years.
She was born on Aug. 2, 1929 in Blackwell, Oklahoma to Howard F. Wilson and Fern Parks Wilson.
Barbara graduated from Blackwell High School in 1947. During high school, she played flute in the band and was member of the Rainbow Girls.
After high school, she attended the University of Oklahoma where she was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority.
On Dec. 19, 1949, she married Robert E. Killion at the First Christian Church in Blackwell. Together they had two sons and a daughter who they raised in south Texas, Canada, Italy, England, New Orleans and eventually settling in Houston, Texas.
After retiring in 1990, Barbara and Bob moved to Grove. She and Bob joined First United Methodist Church in Grove in August 1990 where she was an active member.
She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for 50 years. She actively supported Lendonwood Gardens, serving on the board of directors for several years.
Since 1991, she has been a member of PEO, helping to establish a chapter in Grove, and serving as a past president of Chapter GG.
She loved fishing, her dog Alice, bridge and card games, football especially OU football and cooking. She was a fantastic home cook. There was never a guest that didn’t come away full from wonderful food at Barbara’s house. She always started dinner with the phrase “Bon Appetite Tutti”.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Robert E. Killion.
She is survived by her sister Catherine Wilson Cullen; three children: Kirk and Donna of Grove; Kathy Lombardi and Kevin of Florence, Alabama; and Kent and Gwen of Louisville, Kentucky; 10 grandchildren: Court, Aaron, Kyle, Scott, Barbara Grace, Chris, Denise, Corey, Cole, and Mallory; and seven great-grandchildren.
Private family services are planned at a later date in Blackwell, Oklahoma.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Second Chance Pet Rescue of Grand Lake, in Grove, under the direction of Ellis Family Funeral Home, Grove.