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Barbara Holmes-Furrh, 83, of Haskell, passed peacefully into the arms of her Lord and Savior Saturday Jan. 11, 2020.
A funeral service was held on Tuesday at the Foursquare Church in Knox City with Rev. Paul Chambers officiating. Burial followed at Rochester Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes. A visitation was held on Monday at the funeral home in Haskell.
Barbara was born in June of 1936 on her grandpa’s farm in Rochester to Charles Marvin Myers and Dera Ilene Strickland Myers. She married Marvin Holmes Jr. on Dec. 14, 1960 in Knox City. They welcomed three children, Keith, Marva and Brian who were their pride and joy. Many years after the love of her life passed, Barbara was blessed in love again and married Harvie B. Q. Furrh in 1996.
Barbara graduated from Rochester High School in 1955. She was an accomplished basketball player for the Rochester Lady Steers. Her talents brought her a basketball scholarship to Wayland Baptist University. Barbara’s grandmother was in bad health during her first semester of college and this resulted in her giving up her basketball pursuits to take care of her family. This selfless act was an example of her kindhearted and ever giving character she portrayed throughout her life. Barbara was an exceptional homemaker who had a talent for cooking and was known for her hot rolls, candy and pies. She enjoyed expressing her love for family and friends with this gift. She lived her life and loved her family and friends like Jesus. She never spoke ill of others, always had a kind word and was an example of a devoted Christian. She had the patience, faithfulness, the courage of Job and always put God first. One of Barbara’s hobbies was shopping with her friends and granddaughter. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchild whom she cherished.
Barbara was preceded in death by her two husbands Marvin Jr. Holmes and Harvie B.Q. Furrh, her daughter Marva Bird Caldwell and siblings Ronald Dale Myers and Evelyn Crawford.
Barbara is survived by her sister Rhona Wilburn and cousin Sandra Chambers, both of Knox City; two children Keith Holmes and Brian Holmes of Haskell; two grandchildren Brittany Allen of Midland and Sterling Bird of Haskell; one great-grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews; and dear friends Tina Johnson of Abilene and Alice Ballard of Haskell who she considered family.
Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.smithfamilyfh.com.
(Proverbs 3:15, NIV) “She is worth more than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.”