Barbara Osler Mann - September 03, 2009
Barbara Mae Mann was born on Sept.. 13, 1920 in Elsie, Neb., the daughter of Frank and Bertha (Girton) Osler.
Upon completing high school in 1937, Barbara decided to dedicate her life to teaching. Barbara attended Dana College in Blair, Neb.
On June 11, 1938, Barbara married the love of her life, Edward Wilson Mann, in Nebraska. This union was blessed with three children, Gary, David and Patricia.
Barbara finished her teaching degree and certificate during the summers at NSU. Together, Barbara and Ed taught school in Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona. Barbara taught for 17 years on the Navajo reservation and five in Oklahoma.
When she wasn’t working, Barbara was active in the Order of the Eastern Star from 1942 until 2004. She served in many aspects of the order including Worthy Matron several years.
She and Ed loved to dance and were members of the Kuntry Kuzzins and Keenagers Clubs of Tahlequah. Traveling was another favorite pastime.
Volunteering at Tahlequah Community Hospital, The Thrift Store and the College Theatre were important to Barbara. She continued volunteering at the Clarksville, Texas Hospital until her passing. Barbara was a dedicated wife and mother who loved the time she spent with her family and friends.
She was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in Tahlequah and was an active member of McKenzie Memorial United Methodist Church in Clarksville, Texas, at the time of her passing.
Barbara went home to her Lord and Savior on Monday, Aug. 24, 2009. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Those preceding her in death include her parents, her husband Ed in 1998, two brothers, Frank Osler, Jr., and Robert Osler and one sister, Dorothy Fuehrer.
Those left to cherish her memory include her three children, Edward Gary Mann and wife, Candy, of Frisco, Texas, David Mann and wife, Susan, of Tahlequah, Okla. and Patricia (Mann) Cochran and husband, Jim, of Clarksville, Texas. Her legacy lives on in her six grandchildren, Mike Mann of Lawrence, Kan. , Melinda Robinson and husband, Roy, of Northampton, England, Amy Smith and husband, Paul, of Allen, Texas, Dean Cochran and wife, Lauren, of Seattle, Wash., Robert Mann of Tahlequah, Okla. and Karen Mann of Tahlequah, Okla. Barbara’s sister Kay Horn of Hutchinson, Kan. and brother John Osler and wife, Joan, of Imperial survive her along with her five great-grandchildren, Michael Mann and wife, Katie, of Gardner, Kan., Matthew Mann of Lawrence, Kan., Blake Robinson of Northampton, England, Ethan Smith of Allen, Texas, Audrey Smith of Allen, Texas as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and loved ones.