Dolores Claybrook Bartel

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Dolores Claybrook Bartel

Dolores Beatrice Claybrook was born on September 4, 1931 to Joe and Beatrice Claybrook. She left this earth on October 24, 2019, her family by her side.

Graveside services will be held Monday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m. at the Mennonite Cemetery at Balko, OK under the direction of Clark Funeral Home of Beaver, OK.

She was born in a 2 room sod house on her parents’ farm west of Bryan’s Corner, OK. Her Grandma Chuesberg was the midwife at her birth. She had two older brothers, Delorne and Clarence, and three younger sisters, Darlene, Doris, and Donna Sue.

She walked one mile to school when she started elementary at the Palestine School. Later,she got to ride the bus to Bethany School then Balko High School. She graduated Balko High School in 1949. She was studious but according to a few report cards rather prone to mischief and talking! She played basketball during her school years.

She remembered living through the Dirty Thirties. and recounted many stories about what they had to do when the thick dust clouds rolled in. She worked in Perryton as an LPN at the Kengle Hospital after graduating high school.

She met a handsome, quiet young man, Pete Bartel, and they dated occassionally before he went off to war. When he returned they continued to see each other. A date usually involved flying around in his plane and buzzing family and friends to see if they were home.

On March 25, 1951 she married her best friend for 60 years, Pete M. Bartel. Their first home was a dugout.They later purchased their homestead at Balko, where they raised their family and built their farm. Together they worked the dairy, raised wheat and feed, and stocker cattle.

They welcomed four children to their union, Vicki, Tony, Kevin, and Julie. She was always there for her kids and made sure they knew the importance of hard work and compassion. She had a great faith that she also passed on to her kids. She would help anyone that needed it, be it family, friend, or neighbor.

She enjoyed going to activities with her kids. She really enjoyed taking them on trips to Disney; the Space Center; train rides across the country, ball games, having them for a visit. She enjoyed spoiling them.

She was a farmer, baker, quilter, knitter, but most importantly she was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend, and neighbor. She loved to cook and bake and made sure her family and friends had good food and treats to eat.

She was a member of the Balko Apostolic Community Church and loved all her church family. She enjoyed activities with the Balko Sunflower Club and the Boyd Farm Women’s Club. She kept up with family and friends, checking on them from time to time to see how they were doing.

Dolores is survived by her sister Darlene Nelson, Elko, NV; daughters Vicki (Glenn) Gardiner, Tuttle, OK, Tony Brown, Balko, OK, and Julie (John) Biebrich, Oklahoma City; daughter-in-law Linda Bartel Peterson (Dale), Divide, CO; grandchildren Kyle (Angela) Bartel, Oklahoma City; Kraig Bartel, Norman, OK; Korey Bartel, Gunnison, CO; Brett Gardiner, Tuttle, OK; Briana (Dace) Kile, Balko, OK; Sean Biebrich, Oklahoma City; Kristen (Mike) Jones, Corpus Christi; Tiffany (John) Stewart, Rowlette; Amanda (Justin) Murray, San Antonio; great-grands Allie and Ava Bartel; Rangler Centa; Nick, Elijah, Isabelle, Jeremiah, and Hannah Stewart; and Mason, Payton, and Dawson Murray.

Dolores was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Pete; son Kevin; sisters, Donna Kippenberger and Doris Sumrall, and brothers Clarence Shorb and Delorne Claybrook.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in her memory. www2.JDRF. org

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