Barbara Anne Frazer Cheves passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2014 in Bartlesville, Okla.
Barbara was born August 26, 1935 in Jersey City, New Jersey to James Bernard and Anne Elizabeth (Kennedy) Frazer. She lived in Jersey City until the age of nine, when her family made moves to Alabama, Arkansas and eventually settled in Burns Flat, Oklahoma, where she attended high school. She was married to Herbert Eugene “Jack” Cheves on Feb. 24, 1952 in Dill City, Okla.
Jack, Barbara and their three sons moved to Austin, Texas in 1956, and then on to Archer City, Texas from 1959-1969. Barbara and Jack had their fourth child, a daughter, born in 1968. Barbara resided in Pawhuska, Oklahoma with her family from 1969 to the time of her death.
Barbara was a homemaker before beginning a career in medical records at Archer City and Pawhuska hospitals. She retired after 24 years of service at Pawhuska Medical Clinic. After retiring, she began working part-time at the Pawhuska Library until her health began to decline. Barbara was a member of the Pawhuska First United Methodist Church, ESA, PEO, UMW, Mary-Martha Circle, Red Hat Society, bridge club and the Pawhuska Hospital Auxiliary.
She was well-known for her amazing cooking. Barbara enjoyed painting, square dancing, sewing, crocheting and p laying bridge. She enjoyed traveling, taking cruises, volunteering for Meals on Wheels, and spending time with her children, grandchildren and numerous friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Wesley Bernard Frazer.
Barbara is survived by her husband, Jack, of the home; her three sons, Rick Cheves of Pawhuska, David Cheves and wife Teresa of Fairfax, Okla., Jimmy Cheves and wife Georgeanna of Pawhuska; and one daughter, Jaclynn Balzer, of Cordell, Okla. She has eight grandchildren, Cody Cheves of Stockton, Cal., Claudia Hampton and husband Jack of Shidler, Okla., Grant Cheves and wife Tia of Owasso, Okla., J.W. Cheves of Stillwater, Okla., Aaron Cheves and wife Heather of Pawhuska, and Laramie, Lindsey and Layne Balzer of Cordell, Okla. Barbara also has ten great grandkids, Kaisley, Kienan, Kaylor,Kane, Kinlie and Kayden Cheves, Wyatt, Lena and Will Hampton, and Gabe Cheves. She is also survived by brother James Howell Frazer and wife Norma of Portland, Ore.; as well as a host of nieces, nephews and wonderful friends.
Memorial services were held Monday, June 16, at the First United Methodist Church of Pawhuska. Pastors Kathy Morris, James Hager and Ted Hoffman officiated. Private family interment was held prior to the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials in Barbara’s honor to: Burns Flat-Dill City Educational Foundation, PO Box 52, Burns Flat, OK 73624.
McCartney’s Johnson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.