Thursday, July 17, 2008

Memorial services for Barbara L. Spriestersbach, 75, of Chickasha, will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 in the USAO Chapel, in Chickasha. Born in Chickasha, Oklahoma, on October 31, 1932, Ms. Spriestersbach died in Chickasha on July 17, 2008. A mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend, she will be missed and remembered by many for the love, support, advice, and example she set. Among her great passions were reading and education. Throughout her career, Spriestersbach pushed the envelope to inspire and educate Oklahoma's children as a long-time Chickasha High School librarian (1967-1977), and then as the Director of the State Department of Education Library Media Section.

After retiring from the State Department of Education, Spriestersbach spent more than a decade as a consultant to schools throughout the state of Oklahoma. During her tenure at the State Department of Education, the school library media services across the state improved significantly through her successful effort to lobby for legislation creating School Library Media Improvement Grants and the creation of the Encyclomedia Conference, an annual statewide conference for school library media personnel, teachers, and administrators. Spriestersbach was recognized for her work with numerous awards, including the prestigious American Association of School Librarians Distinguished Service Award and recognition as one of 100 Oklahoma Library Legends by the Oklahoma Library Association (OLA).

She completed her undergraduate work at Oklahoma College for Women (OCW), before earning her Master's of Library Sciences from the University of Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by her mother Mattie Lee Allsup Creeach and is survived by her three children, Brenda (Spriestersbach) Horn and husband Kent Horn, Ben Spriestersbach and wife Lori, and Karla Spriestersbach and husband David Snyder, five grandchildren Kendra Horn Trevino and husband Frank Trevino, Jr., Kevin Horn and wife Mary Ann, Matthew Spriestersbach and wife Tiffani, Holly Spriestersbach, and Kris Spriestersbach and wife Demaris Rogers-Spriestersbach, and one great-grandson Kale Spriestersbach. She is also survived by her sisters Portia Richardson, Bonnie Fitzpatrick, Fran Wiley, and Janelle Powers, as well as many other friends and family. Flowers may be sent to Ferguson Funeral Home. Memorials may be sent to Laflin Creek Cemetery in care of First National Bank of Chickasha, PO Box 1130, Chickasha, OK 73023. Services are under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home located at 804 Utah Ave., Chickasha, OK. 73018 or (405) 224-1344.