Beatrice Morgan Loughridge, 89, of Oklahoma City, formerly of Wister, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 19, 2012, at Mercy Hospital. Bea was born Dec. 2, 1922, to John Dennis and Nora Bell Morgan. Bea was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Poteau, where she had lived with her husband for 28 years. Bea was a retired elementary school teacher and librarian. She enjoyed playing the piano, particularly for church services, as well as gardening, sewing, and cooking. As the wife of a Nazarene pastor, she loved working in the church, visiting church members and friends, and helping those in need. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill Loughridge; and sister, Lucille Branscum.
Bea is survived by her sister, Sue Grooms; two sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Midge Loughridge and Steve and Vickie Loughridge; four grandchildren, Ryan, Robyn, Brannon, and Lauren; three great-grandchildren, Emily, Brody, and Bryce; and numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and loved ones; and a host of beloved friends and church family.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at the First Church of the Nazarene in Poteau. Revs. Wayne and Eddie Stark will officiate the service. Burial will be in Ellis Chapel Cemetery with arrangements under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home of Poteau. Pallbearers are Gene Branscum, Maurice Branscum, Hugh Branscum, Brannon Loughridge, Ryan Loughridge, and Michael Ross.
The family will visit with relatives and friends from 7-9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. You may leave an online message at evansandmillerfuneralhomes.com.
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