Barbara June Oxendine, age 90, of Joplin, Mo., went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at Joplin Gardens Nursing Home.
Barbara was born on September 19, 1927, in Stella, Mo., the daughter of Charles and Mildred (Eaton) Millard. She has been a lifetime area resident.
Barbara worked as a payroll clerk for Eagle Picher. She later worked at Macy's Department Store and Newton's Jewelers, in downtown Joplin. She was a founding member of the Joplin First Free Will Baptist Church, 2301 Connecticut Avenue, organized in 1953 with nine members present. Barbara was the last surviving member of that group. The church later became Generations Free Will Baptist Church. She was a deacon's wife for 39 years and a lifelong active member, serving in many capacities, always wanting to serve the Lord.
She married Fred Oxendine on July 12, 1947, in Stella. He preceded her in death on March 18, 2006.
Barbara is survived by a son, Lynn Oxendine and wife, Kristy, of Joplin; a daughter, Susan Stevens and husband, Giltner, of Joplin; two granddaughters, Lauren Patton and husband, Elijah, of Taiwan, Paige Oxendine, of Springfield, Mo. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, parents and by a sister, Geraldine Davidson.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, November 17, at the Mason-Woodard Chapel. Dr. Tim Eaton and Pastor Jerald Bass, will officiate. Burial will follow at Jones Chapel Freewill Baptist Cemetery, Stella, Mo.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Generations Free Will Baptist Church, in care of the mortuary.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.
Published on November 17, 2017