Christine Pearl Barringer was born in Okemah Ok. September 8th, 1925. She died Saturday, August 28, 2021 in Dallas, Tx. at the age of 95. The oldest daughter of William H. Hiller and Eula Arizona Hiller, Chris and her family moved from Okemah, Ok. to Ada, Ok. in 1936. She grew up in the Trinity Baptist Church and attended Byng High School where she played basketball, was the sports editor of the school paper and earned the honor of Salutatorian (although she always claimed she should have been Valedictorian). Graduating at the height of World War II, she and five girl friends accompanied by their English teacher Frances Bear, immediately headed off to the big city of Tulsa, Ok. They took up residence and began work at the Spartan Aircraft Company assembling parts to help with the war effort just like 'Rosie the Riveter.' At the end of the summer she took a job with Crane Inc. and attended night courses at the University of Tulsa until returning to Ada to work at Oklahoma State Bank in 1944.
On October 22, 1945 Chris married Robert W. Barringer of Ada, Oklahoma. Following a short honeymoon in Tulsa, the couple moved to Los Angeles, Ca. where Chris worked at Security First National Bank. They returned to Oklahoma for the birth of their only child/son Lynn Ashely Barringer born August 11th 1947. Eventually settling in Denison, Tx. Chris was an active member of her community; worked for State National Bank of Denison, served on the board of the Denison Girls Club, was treasurer for the North Grayson County Chapter of the American Cancer Society and President of the Junior Alpha Delphi Club.
In 1961 Bob and Chris started a lake development named Oak Hills Estates, located 12 miles outside of Denison on lake Texoma. In the spirit of hospitality, vision and entrepreneurship, Bob and Chris built a vacation home there in 1965 which is still enjoyed by family and friends 6 decades later.
In 1976, the State National Bank publicly recognized her skills, talents and contributions by promoting her to Vice President, therefore naming Chris the first female officer at State National Bank and the third woman in the state of Texas to rise to that distinction-forging a new path for the many other women who would follow. Chris loyally served the bank with her leadership role (through six name and ownership changes) for 33 years and ultimately retired in 1984
In her retirement Chris continued to manage, keep the books, and help run Oak Hills Estates as well as their many other investments and businesses. At her 50th high school reunion she wrote, "My life has been most satisfying and rewarding. With continuing good health, I would like to stay around another 68 years" showing her love for life. Chris was tenacious, sharp-witted and not afraid to get her hands soiled to get something accomplished….all being done with the utmost grace, a combination of qualities that earned her a great deal of respect and love by anyone she met or that came into her presence.
The couple had been married 54 years at the time of Bob's passing in 1999. Chris was preceded in death by her husband Bob, her parents and both her younger sisters Betty Sturdevant and Doris Frye. She carried on with the same tenacity and grace for many years until her dying day.
Chris is survived by her son Lynn Ashley Barringer, grandchildren Jason Raegan Barringer (wife: Sheri), Christin Barringer Rueger (husband: Tommy) and great grandchildren Bryn, Jackson and Robert Cade Barringer, Scarlett, Harper and Vaughan Rueger, all who will be inspired by and forever remember her sense of humor and wise ways.
The family would like to thank Travis Graham and Dwayne Prater for the years of service and friendship that they have shared. We praise God for all the days we had with her and look forward to being reunited in glory.
Memorial service will held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 11th at Fisher Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, September 10th at Fisher's.
Condolences may be registered online at http://www.fisherfh.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Fisher Funeral Home, 604 West Main, Denison, Texas
Posted online on September 07, 2021