Obituary: Wynona Bartow

Wynona Bartow, 90-year-old former Woodward resident, died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, in Goddard. Funeral Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 at the First Assembly of God Church in Mooreland with the Rev. Phillip Ludwyck officiating. Burial followed in the Mooreland Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Billings Funeral Home.
Wynona Maxine Bartow was born on Aug. 17, 1928, near Mooreland, Okla. to Jay Murray and Fern Whitcomb Murray on a farm about 18 miles north of Mooreland. After starting her education at Hawkeye school north of Mooreland, she attended schools in Mooreland and Woodward until she moved to Wichita, when her mother married John Jacobs. She finished school in Wichita and worked in a TG&Y store in Wichita for a few years. She married John Arnold Bartow on March 24,1947, at the Presbyterian Church in Dodge City.
Wynona and Arnold made their home on their farm northeast of Mooreland. She was Arnold’s helpmate on the farm and loved working with their cattle. In 1973, they built a new home southwest of Mooreland where they lived and continued to farm and raise cattle until Arnold suffered a severe stroke in 1999.
She enjoyed traveling and loved animals, especially dogs. Best of all, she loved poodles, and nearly always had one with her, even when she and Arnold traveled, as they did many times in a motor home, once making the drive all the way from Mooreland to Alaska and back.
After Arnold had partially recovered from his stroke, they moved to Woodward, where Wynona faithfully provided all of Arnold’s day-to-day care until they moved to the Wichita area in 2013 to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren. They spent their last few years together at Dove Estates Senior Living in Goddard.
Wynona enjoyed church activities and was actively involved for many years in the Mooreland Assembly of God Church, where she led congregational singing. She loved to sing praises to the Lord and would often sing solos. In her younger years, she worked with the church youth group and helped with Bible School. In later years, she attended the Woodward Assembly of God Church. She also sang and led singing at the Woodward Senior Citizens Center and various singings in the area.
She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Her husband, Arnold, was confined to a wheel chair for the last 18 years of his life, and Wynona served as his daily caretaker for nearly all of that time.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jay Murray and Fern Jacobs; her husband, John Arnold Bartow; and a brother, Robert Murray.
She is survived by two brothers, Barney Murray and wife Peggy of Enid, Oklahoma and Forest Murray and wife Dee of Surprise, Arizona; two sisters, Shirley Bartel and husband Gerald of Quanah, Texas and Beverly Ludwyck and husband Phillip of Mooreland, Okla.; her daughter, Treisa Bartow Reese and her husband Monte; her grandson, Bartow (Bart) Allan Reese and his wife Claudia; her granddaughter, Monica Lynelle (Reese) Cromwell and her husband Stephen; and her great-grandson, Dylan Ryan Reese, all of Goddard; as well as other relatives and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Assembly of God Church in Mooreland, Okla. Remembrances may be shared online at