The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 7, 2012

Winona Helen Puffinbarger

Published 11-7-12

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Funeral service for Winona Helen Puffinbarger will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at Cherokee Friends Church, with the Rev. Dave Emery officiating. Interment will be in Byron-Amorita Cemetery under the direction of Marshall Funeral Home of Alva. Visitation with the family is 5-7 p.m. today at Cherokee Friends Church.

Winona Helen Puffinbarger, daughter of the late Thomas and Bessie Iva (Hart) Nelson, was born Sept. 9, 1932, in Alva, Okla., and passed away Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at her home north of Cherokee at the age of 80 years, 1 month and 26 days.

Winona attended Winchester Grade School, Alva High School, and graduated from Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

She taught school until she had her children.

On June 5, 1956, she was united in marriage to Lynn Douglas Puffinbarger in Alva, Okla. They lived in Kansas for a short time before moving to Alfalfa County.

She was a member of Cherokee Friends Church for 55 years, Quaker Maids, and served as treasurer of Northern Friends Area Rally. She was also a member of the Farmerettes, Alfalfa County OHCE, and served as a 4-H leader for many years.

She enjoyed her church, sewing, quilting, cooking and flowers, but her favorite time was spent taking care of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She hand pieced a quilt for each of her children and grandchildren and enjoyed their visits, too. One of her precious joys was cooking and baking with her granddaughters and great-granddaughter.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Johnny Nelson, and one great-granddaughter, Presley Puffinbarger.

Winona is survived by her husband, Lynn of Cherokee; son, Tommy Puffinbarger and wife Angela of Burlington; daughters, Loretta Doak and husband Randy of Okeene, and Lynetta Cressler and husband Ross of Hoxie, Kan.; and brothers, Forrest Nelson and wife Joan of Alva, and Duane Nelson and wife Jeanette of Alva.

Also surviving are four grandchildren, Cody Puffinbarger and wife Kayla of Cherokee, Joni Inskeep and husband Eric of Woodward, Heather Holt of Bethany, and Tiffany Holt of Alva; five great-grandchildren, Payton Ream, Ashlyn Puffinbarger, Tripton Puffinbarger, Bentley Cook and Braydyn Holt; and other relatives and many friends.

Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to Cherokee Friends Church.

Remembrances may be shared with the family at

(Submitted by family)