Barbara Jean Sedgwick, 81 of Pryor, passed away on Saturday December 7, 2013 in Chouteau. Viewing and book signing for friends will be Tuesday, December 10 from 10 am- 8 pm at Key Funeral Home in Pryor, there is no set visitation. Services are private and under the direction of Key Funeral Home in Pryor.
Barbara was born on March 26, 1932 in Pryor to William and Velma (Mitchell) Steffens. She passed away on Saturday, December 7, 2013 in Chouteau.
Barbara grew up and attended school in Pryor. She was the only child and grew up on a farm. She graduated from Pryor High School in 1950 then went on to attend Tulsa Business College right after graduation. After finishing business school, she began working at First National Bank in Pryor and worked there for 50 years, retiring in 2001. Barbara loved her job, she was hired by the bank’s founder, C.D. Mitchell, and at the time of her retirement was the only current employee to have worked for the bank’s founder and the late W. A. Graham. She started as a bookkeeper and then in 1963 was promoted to assistant cashier and later in the 1970’s was promoted to Assistant Vice President and was in charge of the loan department. Barbara was married to Curtis Chedister and he preceded her in death; she later married Roger Sedgwick in December of 1971 and they lived on their small farm in rural Pryor.
Barbara loved taking her metal detector and exploring different places looking for coins and treasures she even won a world’s championship in the hobby. She also loved visiting Las Vegas, which she did every year for 35 years. She and Roger loved to travel and visited much of the U.S. as well Italy, France and many points in between. She also attended the Kentucky Derby for many years with her Uncle Ben and always enjoyed their trips.
Barbara was a kind and loving wife and a wonderful friend. She was strong and independent and knew what she wanted and was never afraid to go after it. She has been ill, suffering from Alzheimer’s and diabetes and suffered greatly but is now finally at rest.
She is survived by her husband Roger of the home.