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Barbara J. Pulliam

March 14, 1926 - June 19, 2020

We believe that there is more to life than just what we can see. If we didn’t, our grief would be overwhelming and our hearts would be forever broken because one of the most important people in our lives has died. She’s the one who gave us life, the one who taught us to tie our shoes, the one who taught us right from wrong, the one who always said to be the best person we could possibly be. And the one who loved us unconditionally. Our beautiful Mom was a very private person, but had a lot of gypsy in her soul and loved the adventures of moving around. We even thought long and hard about putting a notice in the newspaper, but we wanted everyone- relatives, friends, neighbors and acquaintances alike to know about a very special woman that we have given to God. Our Mother, Barbara Jean Pulliam was born on March 14, 1926 to Lena and Charles Valentine O’Hara and passed on June 19, 2020, surrounded by her daughters, listening to Eddie Arnold. The fourth born of seven children in the O’Hara family, she has one surviving sister, Patricia Wagner. She gave birth to nine children, two sons have passed- Bobby and Lary. Five girls and two boys survive – Vicki Yeaman, Judy Cordier, Sue Christy, Debbie McCright, Gary Pulliam, Ken Pulliam and Sandy Zippay. There are so many grandkids ( actually 27) and great-grandkids and great-great-grandkids that we’ve lost count. The last 15 years her little dog Zak filled her life with love and companionship. Mom taught us her own strength and independence. She gave us roots; she gave us wings. We followed her lead and all became successful, strong partners and parents to all of her grandkids. We were so blessed to have had such a strong presence in our lives for such a long time, but our hearts are shattered and our grief is huge. We will now take peace in knowing that we have given this world another beautiful angel to watch over everyone. Please do not send flowers-she can’t smell them. Cards are nice, but not necessary. Just pay it forward by praying for peace and helping someone in need. Pray for no more school shootings. Purchase a meal for someone down on their luck. Be a kind person. There will be no public service, per her wishes. So rest in peace our Dear Momma, knowing you have touched so many lives and we will carry that love throughout the rest of our lives and pass it down to our children. We hope you will enjoy reuniting with your own Mama and Dad. It’s been a long 83 years since you lost her when you were only 11. And until we see you again, just look down on us and smile, knowing you put a smile on our faces every day of our lives. So no goodbyes here; just Until We See You Again…..Love you forever.

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