Jeanine Barrett, resident of Owasso, passed away following a car accident on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the age of 63.  Jeanine was born March 3, 1949 in Springfield, Missouri, the daughter of Tracy Halford and June Orene (Jenkins) Barrett (both deceased).  She was raised in Springdale, AR, often visiting family in Sparta, MO.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Arkansas, where she was a member of the Arkansas Razorback Marching Band and Tau Beta Sigma service sorority.  She earned her Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of Oklahoma.  On December 21, 1969, Jeanine and James Brown were united in marriage in Springdale, AR, and their children Emily and Kirk were born ten years later.  She lived in Muskogee, OK for many years, working most of her career as a medical librarian for the Veterans Administration in several facilities across the country.  She moved to Owasso two years ago to live with her daughter, though she most loved travelling to Missouri to spend time with her grandkids – usually with several poodles in the car (and a giant Sonic drink).

Those that survive and hold many cherished memories are her daughter Emily Christensen and husband Nathan of Owasso, OK; son Kirk Brown and wife Carolyn of Springfield, MO; sister Jennifer Manus and husband David of Rogers, AR; grandchildren Rilie, Sarah, Zachary, Cobie, Billie and Jessica; and her poodles  April, Little Bit, and Trey.

Memorial services will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 1:00 PM in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 9300 N. 129th East Ave., Owasso, OK.  Officiating will be Bishop Bruce Nielsen, with Nathan Christensen and James Johnson speaking.  Those who would like to honor her memory may do so by contributing to the Jeanine Barrett Funeral Fund at Arvest Bank (account 0016730157) or the American Cancer Society, 4110 S 100th East Ave, Grant Bldg, Suite 101, Tulsa, OK 74146.   Arrangements have been entrusted to Mowery Funeral Service of Owasso.

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About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Obituary — 2 Comments

  1. Emily,

    I have this on my calendar so i don’t forget. I want to be the to support you and celebrate your mothers life. The few times I met here, she was always very nice to me. I know you do and always will miss her. My mother has been gone for over 15 years, yet I still cry for her at times. Just remember, she will always be in your heart and your memories.

    Love you my friend,

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