October 11, 1926 - August 24, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY
Doris Townsell Seikel Barrett was born October 11, 1926, and died August 24, 2013, after a lengthy illness. Born to Bonnie and Earl Townsell in Atkins, Arkansas, Dorie moved to Oklahoma City as a child and attended Eugene Fields and Horace Mann elementary schools. She then attended junior high and high school in Stillwater, graduating as valedictorian. Dorie was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, an academic honor society at Oklahoma A&M and received her bachelor's degree in biochemistry in 1949. She worked for many years at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in hematology and oncology. Dorie met and married William Robert Seikel, of McCloud, in 1947 after he returned from World War II. They were married for 30 years until Bill's death in 1978. Dorie married John Adams Barrett, of Shawnee, OK, in 1982. They enjoyed 22 years of fun and travel until his death in 2004. Her four children were the pride and joy of her life. She is survived by Dr. Mike Seikel and wife Jeary Seikel, of OKC; Paul Seikel, of OKC; Dr. Stacy Seikel Thomas and husband John Thomas, of Winter Park, FL; and Robin Reynolds and husband Paul Reynolds, of Broken Arrow. She has ten grandchildren: Emily Seikel, of Austin, TX; Matt Seikel and wife Denise Duong, of OKC; Steven Seikel, of Tulsa; Beep Seikel, of Scottsdale, AZ; Jessica Reynolds, of Norman; Allison Reynolds, of OKC; Elizabeth Reynolds, of Tulsa; Jonathan Reynolds, of Norman; Beau Thomas, of Yangon; Myanmar and Autumn Thomas, of Maitland, FL. Dorie is also survived by her two sisters: Virginia Jacob, of Danville, CA; and Joye Harding and brother-in-law Mike Harding, of OKC; her devoted friend, Nick Nichols, of Park Ridge, IL; daughter-in-law, Linda Seikel, of OKC; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and husbands. Upon moving to Shawnee, Dorie helped establish the Hospice program. She served as president of the volunteers and was often on call for anyone needing help. She was active at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art in Shawnee. As president of the Volunteer Association, she was instrumental in bringing publicity to "the best kept secret in Oklahoma, the MGMOA." She left her volunteer duties when she and Jack began to spend a great deal of their time in Naples, FL on their boat named Grin-N-Barrett. Her Pi Beta Phi affiliation was a lifelong love. Beginning with her pledge class in 1945, she became a part of a group of friends who remained together for life. What started as a bridge group in OKC eventually became a birthday club. "The Girls" often told her that she didn't play bridge up to her IQ, which was fine with Dorie. Above all else, Dorie loved to entertain her friends and family. She attended to every detail of social events. During the final years of her life, her friends living in the Waterford condominiums were recipients of her hospitality. Also, during the final years of Dorie's life, her family expanded to include the people that worked to assist her. They are Laura Hicks, Phyllis Arterberry, Camille Brown, Misty Sims, Vinita Lewis, Tracy Long, Charmaine Buchanan, Manuel Liberty, and hospice nurse Lori Brasel. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at 4 p.m. at Smith & Kernke North May Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Dorie's honor to Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, 825 NE 13th, OKC, OK 73104.