Memorial services for Lucretia Ann Barbee, 67, of Roff are at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Crosspointe Church in Ada. The Rev. Steve Wilburn will officiate.
Lucretia passed away Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, at an Oklahoma City hospital, surrounded by her family. She was born July 25, 1950, at Midwest City to Earl Theodore and Willie Lee McEntire Cruze. She graduated from Midwest City high school and attended Eastern State Junior College in Wilburton. She graduated with bachelor's and master's degrees from East Central University in Ada.
She married Marvin Barbee on Aug. 21, 1970. They made their home and life in Roff for the past 40 years. Lucretia was a first-grade teacher at Roff School, retiring after 29 years of service. Following retirement, she pursued her passion of patriotism and service, both voluntary and employed, in support of the National Guard, working with military spouses, kids and families. Lucretia was known at the state and national levels for her role as a senior leader spouse to include working for the National Guard Bureau in touching lives of volunteers across the nation.
Survivors include her husband, Marvin, of the home; two daughters, Lauri Rowe and husband, Shannon, and Mandee Anderson and husband, Rocky; a son, Trey Barbee and wife, Deighton; a brother, Mike Cruze and wife, Judy; sister, Nerissa Curtis; and four grandchildren, Wil and Marlee Rowe and Bleu and Maggie Anderson; and numerous beloved extended family.
For those who wish to make memorials in lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations to one of two organizations very close to Lucretia's heart. "We Care for America Foundation" via EANGUS https://eangus.org/wcfa/. Or contact the Oklahoma National Guard Family Programs to sponsor a child for Kids Kamp or Purple Camp.
Published on September 1, 2017