Mary Barbara Stumbaugh Rhodes

Published 3:32pm Thursday, August 15, 2013

Mary Barbara Stumbaugh Rhodes, age 76, a resident of Muskogee, Okla., passed away, August 8, 2013.

She was born in Selma on February 4, 1937, to James H. R. Stumbaugh and Mary Elkins Stumbaugh. She was preceded in death by her parents, James H. R. Stumbaugh, Mary E. and William T. Marvel, and stepson Don Rhodes.

She is survived by her husband C. M. Rhodes; sons, Joseph C. ”Jay” Davis, Jr. (Cathy) of Selma, Terry Davis (Kathy) of Muskogee, Okla., and Randall Rhodes (Kim) of Owasso, Okla.; stepdaughter, Linda R. Adams of Orlando, Fla.; grandchildren, Hailey Davis Dolbare (Robert), Katie Davis, Tyler Rhodes, and Will Adams; and a great-grandson, Davis Dolbare. She is also survived by sisters Katherine S. Cupp (Johnny), and Sue M. Pinsky of Pensacola, Fla., and a brother, Lawrence L. “Bud” Stumbaugh (Tania) of Atlanta, Ga.

She graduated from Carlowville High School, Carlowville, Ala. She and C. M. owned and operated a gas and oil distribution facility in Muskogee for a number of years. They subsequently opened a retail tire business. After selling their businesses she worked as a secretary in a public school system before returning to the gas and oil distribution business in an administrative capacity and part owner of a company serving a large portion of southeastern Oklahoma.

Though she was a transplant to Oklahoma, she never lost her Southern charm, nor accent. She was an excellent cook and received much pleasure preparing meals for her family and friends. Working was an important part of her life. She also enjoyed meeting new people and conversing with old friends.

A memorial service will be held at Chandler Road Church of Christ on Saturday, August 17, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., with Derek Pfeifer presiding and Bradley Funeral Home directing. She will be entombed in Memorial Park Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Hope Harbor Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1047, Claremore, OK 74018.

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