Barbara Ann Ennis (Willis) March 5, 1938 – May 30, 2017
Barbara passed away peacefully on May 30, 2017 after a brief battle with cancer, at her home in Centennial, Colorado. Barbara exhibited strength, grace, compassion and a sense of humor up until the moment she passed. Barbara was born in Shady Point, Oklahoma in 1938 to Emory and Ruby (Rodden) Willis, the fifth of six children. Barbara excelled in school and athletics along with helping her father at the family convenience store, trailer court and cabins. Barbara was the valedictorian of both her Junior and Senior High classes, as well as Carnival Queen her Senior year at Panama High School. Upon graduating from high school, Barbara moved to Oklahoma City to attend Drawns Business College. After completing her education at Drawns, Barbara married her high school sweetheart Willie Arthur “Bill” Ennis, and moved to Amarillo, Texas where he was stationed in the Air Force, and gave birth to their first son there. Prior to their second sons birth they moved to Oklahoma City, where Barbara worked in various offices as an Office Manager. Barbara and Bill eventually ended up in the Tulsa area to raise their family, during this time Barbara was an Office Manager at various law firms, and wore many hats. Barbara and Bill we able to retire to their farm in Poteau, Oklahoma in 1992. Barbara had various animals on the farm including, dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, and cows as she was a lifelong animal lover. Barbara took pleasure in making the farm a home for her sons and grandchildren to enjoy. Barbara enjoyed cooking, gardening, shopping, spending time with her family and animals, making flower arrangements, reading and her television shows.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband Bill, son Gordon, beloved parents Emory and Ruby, her brothers Floyd and Charley, sisters Mable and Jewell.
Barbara is survived by her son Brian (Dana) Ennis of Edmond, Ok, granddaughters Alisha (William) Eslinger of Canton, TX, Amber Ennis of Tulsa, OK, Heather (Player) Driscoll of Centennial, CO, Kristen Ennis of Centennial, CO, as well as four great grandchildren, Kylie, Logan and Chastin Eslinger and Hannah Driscoll.
Services will be 2 pm, Saturday, June 3, 2017 graveside at Shady Point Cemetery, Shady Point, OK with Rev. Jim Cook officiating.