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Barbara Nell Willoughby
January 23, 1937  -  August 25, 2017


Barbara Nell Willoughby was born January 23, 1937 in Cleveland, Oklahoma, the daughter of Dorsey Lee and Dorothy Dean (Shipman) McElroy. She passed from this life on Friday, August 25, 2017 in Tulsa at the age of 80 years.

Barbara graduated from Central High School in 1953. She married the love of her life, Walter Eugene Willoughby, Sr. on September 10, 1954. She was a member of Saint Catherine Catholic Church and formerly worked security at Tulsa International Airport. Barbara enjoyed walking, reading (especially her
Bible), and helping others. She spent her days caring for her friends and family, all of whom she loved very much.

Her survivors include husband of 63 years, Walter Willoughby of Tulsa; daughter, Karen Rotert of Wagoner; sons, Walter Willoughby Jr and wife, Susan of Denver, CO and Chris Willoughby and wife, Jeni of Purcell; grandsons, Tommy Rotert of Wagoner, Matthew Willoughby of Colorado Springs, CO and Mark Willoughby of Long Beach, CA; and great grandchildren, Brea, Shae, Finli, Seth, Sarah, Kyrsten, Brooke and Jackson.

She was preceded in death by both her parents; brother, A.G. McElroy; and son-in-law, Jerry Rotert.

Visitation for Barbara is scheduled for Monday, August 28, 2017 from 2-8pm and a funeral service will be held at 11am on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 in the Heath Memory Chapel. She will be laid to rest in a private graveside service in Fort Gibson National Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Heath-Griffith Funeral Home and an online guestbook is available by visiting

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