Joyce "Babe" Lorene Brister - Obituaries

Joyce "Babe" Lorene Brister

April 21, 1927 - July 2, 2017
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Joyce “Babe” Brister, of Duncan, Oklahoma, was born on April 21, 1927, in Empire, to Otha Lee and Alda (Ellis) Byford. She passed away on July 2, 2017, at the age of 90.

Family visitation will be on Tuesday, July 4, from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. at Whitt Funeral Home.

Graveside services are scheduled for 10:00 A.M. at the Duncan Municipal Cemetery with John Byers, Kelly Flippen, and Courtney Miller officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Whitt Funeral Home.

Babe attended and graduated from Empire schools. She married J.C. Brister on May 18, 1946 in Henrietta, Texas. They had three daughters, Judy, Jane, and Jill. He preceded her in death in 2001.

She was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church. She was caregiver for her parents, her mother-in-law, and her husband. She enjoyed painting pictures, arts and crafts, and sewing, making her daughters’ clothing. She also enjoyed watching “Dancing with the Stars” and “The Young & The Restless”.

Babe is survived by her children, Judy and spouse Larry Leonhart, of Plano, Texas, Jane Flippen, of Duncan, and Jill and spouse Robert Lopez, of Lawton; eight grandchildren, Tracie Leonhart, Valeria Lee, Heather Leonhart, Kelly and spouse Jenny Flippen, Kasey and spouse John Byers, Chris and spouse Courtney Miller, Allison Cobb, and Kay Brister; nine great-grandchildren, Jacobi Leonhart, Jace Lee, Dondi and Kelbi Flippen, Bailey and Kaden Byers, Chloe and Claire Miller, and Layla Cobb; two great great-grandchildren, Kristen and Harley; her sister-in-law, Pat Byford; and many nieces and nephews that she loved like her own children.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her seven brothers and sister, Loyce Byford, Furman Byford, Curtis Byford, Carlisle Byford, Nolan Byford, Gladys Downes, and Dean Byford.

Online condolences can be made to the family at

Service Information

Date: July 4, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Date: July 5, 2017
Time: 10:00 am

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Parker, CO
You will forever be in my heart!!! I have such wonderful memories as a child. You were always there for us and loved us unconditionally!! Even when you washed my mouth out with soap you always made sure to tell me how much you loved me.  You are at peace now and that brings me comfort. Now I have you and grandpa looking out for me. Love you!
Linda Cooper
Ada, OK
I wish I could have watched from this side of heaven -- when you
walked across that great divide to the Land where we will never
grow old.  You see I happen to believe that when we step across,
we are changed in that instant to our heavenly body that does not age or hurt, and is Perfect! I know there was a huge welcome for you.  First from Jesus Himself -- and from countless family and friends --
but in front of them all, was John Charles Brister.  I also believe that
God heard you call his name a few days ago, and honored your request that you needed him "right now"! Not far behind him would be "Ida Sue", my sweet Momma.  You told me several times when I last
saw you that the two of you were "just like that" as you held up two fingers, side by side! Lots of "Precious Memories" of my entire life include you.
Now I have one request of you -- "leave the light on" -- because we will all be home before long!
Anita Brister Mcgrew
Bartlesville, OK
Oh my, a lot of time has gone by, a lot of memories have happened. I find comfort in knowing that you are with our other family members, who have passed on to be with the Lord. I can just imagine the family reunion you all are having! I love you.
Virginia Byford
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Sharon Hobson
Comanche, OK
Kasey & John, so sorry for your loss. . . also to Jane.  Didn't know about this when I saw you today. . . Love & prayers to you all,
Sharon & Joe
Deb Brantley
Duncan, OK
Sorry for your loss. I only knew Joyce by chance encounters at Elk Crossing. My Mom lives there and she lived a few doors down. Nice lady.
roger downes
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Joy Battershell
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Freda moore
Duncan, OK
I'm out of town sorry I can't be there she was a very special lady
Judy townsend (trantham)
Comanche, OK
So sorry for your loss
Anna Lopez
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Brenda Davis
Marlow, OK
Jane & family, I am so sorry to learn of the passing of your mom, grandmother.  Please know that prayers are being said for you all to feel the presence, strength and comfort of our Lord in the days ahead. He will not leave you, nor foresake you as He continues to hold you in the palm of His hand.  Love you, Jane
Robert and Carol Ashmore
Billings, MT
Aunt Joyce is part of my earliest and fondest memories on earth.  She loved well, and was well-loved by, her family and friends.  She was in perpetual motion doing all the things required to care for a family from the 1940's onward.  That was a a great deal, but she never whined or complained - though she must have been exhausted at times.  She has been a major role model for me throughout life - I love her and am anxious for the day we'll be with her and all of our family in Heaven.
Rita Herman
Denton, TX
Aunt Babe was simply the best auntie ever; I think she was the best friend, best wife, best everything but most of all the best mom and grandmother.  I know you girls miss her dearly and take comfort that she is in the Light of the Savior along with so many that we love that have gone before her.  I love you all.
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