Barbara Ann Rutherford
Barbara Ann (Killion) Rutherford, 81, passed away peacefully on Dec. 24 after a brief battle with lymphoma. She was born in Blackwell, Oklahoma, as the only child of Geraldine and Bob Killion. After graduation from nursing school and marriage to William Randolph “Randy” Rutherford Jr., the couple settled in Canyon, Texas, and began raising their family. Barbara served as a nurse for more than 40 years in various hospital systems in Texas and Oklahoma before her retirement in 2006. She and Randy were married for 41years.
She would say her greatest accomplishment was raising five sons to adulthood. She loved and challenged her grandchildren and great grandchildren to be the best humans they could be. Barbara was a lifelong devout Catholic and enjoyed her church communities at both Mary Immaculate Church in Farmers Branch for many years and more recently at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Carrollton. She was a lover of baseball—everything from Little League to the Texas Rangers—and was all about her beloved Oklahoma Sooners. She was proud of several long-standing friendships, some dating back to time in grade school.
She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Randy. She is survived by her five sons: Will Rutherford III (Katy) of Fort Worth; Greg Rutherford (Diane) of Corinth; Mark Rutherford (Kendra) of Fort Worth; Mike Rutherford (Linda) of Carrollton; and Scott Rutherford of Carrollton; five grandchildren: Isabella Glowney (Keelin), Matthew Rutherford, Allison Rutherford, Alexis Rutherford and Makayla Rutherford; two great grandsons: Jasper Glowney and Lukas Glowney; and sisters-in-law Margie Stevenson of Amarillo, Texas, and Jane McCane (David) of Katy, Texas, and their families.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 29 from 3-5 p.m. at North Dallas Funeral Home in Farmers Branch. Funeral mass to celebrate Barbara’s life will 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 30 at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Carrollton. Burial to follow at Furneaux Cemetery in Carrollton. If you wish to make a donation in Barbara’s honor, the family suggests either a donation to the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD Educational Foundation’s scholarship named for WR Randy Rutherford or to St. Catherine of Siena Church.
It was such a nice pleasure to meet you, and what you had planned for my father just took my breath away. It was so special to hear you tell us how he would just come over to talk with you. I think it brought him much comfort. Tha you for putting that Air Force article of him on your website. I am going to have a replica made of the painting of his plane to give you. Thank you again for all you have done to honor our dad. Love, The Gillilands
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