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Tomasine Kennedy

January 14, 1934 — November 3, 2014

Tomasine Bigheart Tucker Kennedy, resident of Ponca City and former resident of the Fairfax area, passed Monday, November 03, 2014 at the Fairfax Hospital. She was 80 years of age.

Tomasine was born January 14, 1934 in Ponca City, to James Bigheart and Elizabeth Duff Bigheart. She lived the first eleven years of her life in the Big Bend area attending the Belford School for five years. She left that area after her mothers death and lived in the Fairfax area with her aunt and uncle. She attended Fairfax Junior High and Fairfax High where she was a twirler in the band and elected band queen her freshman year. Later she attended the School of Cosmetology in Ponca City. She was a member of the Woodlands Christian Church in Ponca City and former member of the Fairfax First Christian Church where she taught the five year old class for a time.

On May 27, 1950 she and Charles Tucker were united in marriage. She followed Charles to several bases as he was assigned to the 45th Division of the National Guard. Upon his deployment to Japan Tomasine worked at the Fairfax Drug Store for the duration of his deployment. Upon his return the couple made their home in the Fairfax community. Two children were born to this union, Debra and Donna, as they were the bright and shining stars to their mother. This marriage after 19 years ended in divorce. She then did some on the job training at the Fairfax City Office, the Fairfax Armory and the Fairfax Body Shop. She finished typing and bookkeeping courses and completed a couple of courses out of Stillwater.

In the winter of 1972 she met a very special person and on April 14, 1973 she and Jesse Wayne Kennedy were united in marriage in Henryetta, Oklahoma and made their home in Ponca City where Jesse was employed with Conoco Oil Company. After his retirement because of health problems they spent much of their time antiquing, buying and selling on EBay and tending booths they had at the malls. They enjoyed auctions and flea markets where they were always on the lookout for treasures. Jesse preceded her in death on October 10, 2003 after 30 years of marriage. During her life Tomasine was mostly a homemaker, she enjoyed the role of mother, taking her girls to dancing, piano lessons, and sewing for them. Besides making their clothes she did their costumes for recital and for rodeos.

Among the things she enjoyed, decorating was a favorite thing she loved. Things moved often at Tomasines home, family and friends never knew where things would be or what color the wall might be. It could change in the night. She enjoyed knitting, doing bright and colorful sweaters for their girls and family, also crocheting every family member and afghan. Gardening was another favorite especially when her husband retired and they could spend many days in the yard making trip after trip to get more flowers or pots to put them in. The trees moved a lot at their house as well. When the computer came along, everything else was old stuff, she fell in love with it. Hours were spent on it, she never lost interest in the computer and constantly was trying something else with it.

She is survived by her two daughters, Debi Barnard and husband Joe, of Fairfax and Donna Brewer of Andover, Kansas four grandsons, Tucker Barnard and wife McKale, of Stillwater, Tyler Barnard and wife Kayla, of Sherman, Texas, Chance Brewer and wife Angie, of Ponca city, and Matthew Brewer of Bartlesville, Oklahoma four great grandchildren, Carter Barnard, Tate Barnard, Charlie Barnard and Cale Barnard. There are two more great grandchildren to arrive soon, Hollis Barnard and Brantley Brewer two nephews, Mike Bigheart and Steve Bigheart one niece, Cindy Staerkef one cousin, Roy Goad two sistersinlaw, Judy Porter and Calella Black lastly but not least is her beloved yorkie, Morrie of the home.

She was preceded in death by her parents 2 husbands one brother, Sonny Bigheart and one sisterinlaw, Ellen Bigheart.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, November 6, 2014 at the Fairfax First Christian Church. Burial will follow in the Fairfax Cemetery under the direction of the HunsakerWooten Funeral Home in Fairfax. No visitation or viewing will be held.

Casket bearers are Tucker Barnard, Tyler Barnard, Chance Brewer, Matthew Brewer, Jeff Tucker and Mike Bigheart. Honorary casket bearers are John Miller, Dennis Heath, Pete Robyler, Frank Braden, Don Waters, Norman Cunningham and Dan Waymire.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 731231718 or to the memorial fund of choice.


Funeral Service Only No visitation or viewing to be held.

First Christian Church
152 N. 4th Street
Fairfax, OK  74637
Thursday, November 6, 2014
2:00 p.m.
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