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Barbara "BJ" (Howard)
Jan 17, 1936 - Mar 26, 2017
Posted by: Ann Weber
STUMPFF FUNERAL HOME
Barbara (BJ) Collins, age 81 of Bartlesville passed away Sunday, March
BARTLESVILLE, WASHINGTON CO, OK
BJ was born in Frederick, OK on January 17, 1936 as the youngest
daughter of William S. (Bill) Howard and Ruth (Couger) Howard.
She graduated from Borger High School and in May 1954. She studied
fashion design at Texas State College for Women in Denton, TX (Sept
1954) and Frank Phillips College in Borger, TX (Jan 1955).
BJ loved fashion design, gardening and genealogy. BJ’s talents in
fashion design are still enjoyed by her family from the sketches left in
her portfolio. She was a member of the Bartlesville Garden Club. She
researched and documented her family’s genealogy, expanding the family
tree published by Aunt Lola Gene Chadoin in 1954.
She was a member of East Cross and First United Methodist Church. In her
later years, she enjoyed studying scripture and watching the TV series,
“Through the Bible”, with Les Feldick.
BJ was a partner in three local businesses: H&R Block, BJ’s Bait and
Tackle, and B&R Construction. She also worked as a bookkeeper at the
Elk’s Club, Superior Welding, and Superior Casting in Bartlesville.
The job she loved the most was being a mother and grandmother. She was
very family oriented and cherished every moment she spent with her loved
Survivors include: husband Ray Dixon of Bartlesville, OK; one son
Michael Collins (wife Panisa) of Bartlesville, OK; two daughters,
Jennifer Scherkenback (husband Tim) of Scottsdale, AZ and Sandra Velde
(husband Brandon) of Peoria, IL; four grandchildren, Savannah Rose, Tess
Scherkenback, James Scherkenback and Marisa Collins.
BJ was preceded in death by her parents.
A celebration of life will be held at 10AM Saturday, April 1 in the
Stumpff Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements are under the direction of
Stumpff Funeral Home in Bartlesville.
Her burial will be at Memorial
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