Wanda Jean Barnard O'BRIEN-Wanda Jean Barnard, 88, lifelong resident of O'Brien, Texas, passed away Friday morning, Dec. 7, 2012, at Knox County Hospital in Knox City, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at O'Brien Baptist Church in O'Brien. Interment will immediately follow in O'Brien Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes. Wanda Jean Sellers was born on Nov. 4, 1924, in Dunn, Texas, to Walter Doc James and Leta Laurice (Quiett) Sellers. She graduated from O'Brien High School and on Feb. 1, 1947, married Claudale A. Barnard in Rule, Texas. First and foremost, Jean was a wife and mother, but during the war she worked for General Dynamatics in Arlington, Texas, and was proudly Rosie the Riveter as she worked on the B-24 Liberator. Jean was a lifelong member of the American Legion Women's Auxiliary; VFW Women's Auxiliary; and the Women's Auxiliary of the Disabled Veterans of America. She was a member of the O'Brien First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Claudale A. Barnard; infant son, Tommy Clark Barnard; her parents, Walter and Leta Sellers; and siblings, Virginia (Jennie) Smith and Mack Sellers. Jean is survived by her two daughters, Claudia Bryant and husband Eddie of Weinert, Texas, and Diane Roberts and husband Donnie of O'Brien, Texas; grandchildren, Jennifer Hicks and husband Keith of Hawley, Texas, Jonathan Bryant and wife Lindsay of Lubbock, Texas, Trish Johnson and husband Tim of Mineral Wells, Texas, and Angela Patterson and husband Casey of Ft. Worth, Texas; and great-grandchildren, Cecylee and Hadlee Hicks, Hayden and Raygan Bryant, and Tyler and Tayleigh Johnson. Serving as pallbearers for Mrs. Barnard are Eddie Bryant, Don Roberts, Jonathan Bryant, Keith Hicks, Tim Johnson and Casey Patterson. If desired, memorial contributions can be made in Jean's name to the O'Brien Cemetery Fund or to O'Brien First Baptist Church. Online condolences and memories can be shared with Jean's family by visiting www.smithfamilyfh.com.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Dec. 9, 2012