Barbara Jean Crout
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Barbara Jean Crout
Barbara met Robert Crout through family connections - her aunt married his uncle. They married in March, 1949 when Robert returned from serving the Navy. They headed off to Tulsa, Oklahoma so he could get an education in geophysics. The first trip away from home set them on an adventure living in many different places, from Anaheim, Roswell, Chickasha, Ponca City, and Houston, ready to move on a moment's notice. She was a great story teller, relaying many humorous tales of her and Bob's escapades with fellow "doodle buggers." Because of their relocations, all four children were born in different states.
Barbara loved being a homemaker and entertaining, but agreed to begin working to ensure their children received a college education. She was a land analyst for Conoco in Ponca City and an executive secretary for Conoco in Houston. She served as president of the Houston chapter of Desk and Derrick, an organization of oil company support staff whose motto is "greater knowledge, greater service."
In 1988, Barbara and Bob retired and built their lovely lake home in Huntsville, TX. She continued activities at the church, was a member of the ladies golf association, active in Reach to Recovery, and played bridge. She and Bob travelled extensively, from golfing vacations to cruises and tours in Spain.
Barbara is survived by her husband, Robert Crout, son Michael Crout and wife Annette, daughter Mary Schooley and husband Doug, daughter Laura Grimes and husband Glenn; ten grandchildren, and eight great children. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and brother, and daughter Jacqueline Crout Reynolds.
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