Barbara Ann Boyd Ragsdale

May 16, 1929March 8, 2013

Barbara Ann Ragsdale, 83, passed away on March 8, 2013. Barbara was born on May 16, 1929 in Muskogee, OK to Oscar and Fannie (Thompson) Boyd.

Barbara was an amazing artist and OU fan. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, Harold, bowling, and dinner outings, especially to Golden Coral. She and Rags spent many evenings dancing the night away. Barbara was also members of the Moose Lodge and American Legion.

She was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband of 60 years, Harold Mack Ragsdale, Sr.; and six siblings. Survivors include her children, Harold Ragsdale Jr. (Linda), Shirley Nelle; grandchildren, Joe Nelle, Jr., Christy Ellen Ragsdale; great-granddaughter, Adrian Nelle; siblings, Pat Boyd and Kathy Ley.

A funeral service will be held at 9:00 a.m., Monday, March 11, 2013 at the Bill Eisenhour Southeast Chapel. Interment will follow at 2:00 p.m. in the Ft. Gibson National Cemetery, Ft. Gibson, OK. Condolences may be offered at


  • Funeral Service Monday, March 11, 2013
  • Visitation Sunday, March 10, 2013

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Lara Byrd

March 13, 2013

Aunt Barb was such a joy to be around. She always made me feel special. I admired the love she and Sonny had for each other. Rare, especially these days. I know they are in heaven along with our other amazing aunts and family, laughing and enjoying each other. I'm proud to be a part of this wonderful celebration of life for such an awesome lady. Love you, Aunt Barb.

David Byrd

March 13, 2013

Aunt Barb.... What can I say? I know it wasn't right to have favorites... but she was definitely one of mine. Even as a young kid at family reunions; I never minded hanging with Aunt Barb, Uncle Sonny and the rest of the gang listening to their stories and cutting up. Her laugh was so infectious and I can hear it right now. Love and Miss you.

Robin Jalufka

March 13, 2013

Aunt Barb was such an amazing lady! I know she and Uncle Sonny are dancing together in Heaven right now!! Until we all meet again~ loving memories always Robin Ann Hauser)Jalufka and family

Mike Byrd

March 12, 2013

My dear Aunt Barbara! I have so many wonderful chidhood memories of all my "Okie" aunts raising me,as well as the other first-generation cousins.
We were so lucky to have been part of the "Boyd" family! All our love and prayers, Mike, Jane , and family.

March 12, 2013

Aunt Barb was like an older sister to me for all of my life. We had our own special times together I will never forget. Bob and I always enjoyed our times with Son and Barb. The "boys" fished and the "girls" giggled and remembered the past as only we could. I already miss those times. Our love goes to you both, Shirley Jane and Bub. Love and prayers, Norma Ann and Bob

March 11, 2013

Shirley have mentioned to you before, Barbara was one of the happiest, gentle women I have had the pleasure of knowing. Barbara made my heart light up just speaking and laughing with her. She left us with a lasting memory of herself.......her daughter Shirley. Mary Jo and I will remember her in our prayers.

Mary Jo and Tom

Howard & Colleen Whittlesey

March 11, 2013

We are saddened by the loss of Aunt Barbara. She will remain in our hearts forever! It was so great to hear around Christmas 2012 that she was still living in her home and doing fairly well. She was a great lady, easy to visit with, and always so happy! We enjoyed our many visits together with family. May God grant you all much comfort, but allow you to live on the memories of her life! We love you!

Douglas Ley

March 10, 2013

Bubby & Shirley. So sorry to hear about Aunt Barb. My memories are all so good, a sweet happy loving big sister to my Mother. Always smiling and quick to laugh. I'm sure she is now dancing and singing with Uncle Son and Jesus. Love you guys and hope to see you soon. Doug & Donna Ley and family.

March 9, 2013

Even though she's gone your mom will always be with you Shirley. Many blessings to you and your family. Reggie and Diane Atkins ( Wimauma, FL)

Ashli Getting

March 9, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you all! Sorry to hear about Great Aunt Barbara! She will be missed! I will always have GREAT memories of her from our family reunions! Ashli Whittlesey