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Barbara "Mike" Marshall

September 22, 1938 — November 4, 2020

Barbara "Mike" Marshall

Barbara "Mike" Reskovac Marshall, age 82, died peacefully on November 4, 2020. Being the youngest of 6 siblings, she inherited the name "Mike" as a term of endearment, a nickname that remained throughout her life. She was a graduate of Perry High School, Pittsburgh, PA, and later earned her Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Tulsa and her Master's Degree in Counseling from the University of Oklahoma. Married in 1956, her first husband, John W. Reskovac, preceded her in death. Together they shepherded several churches in both North Carolina and Oklahoma, the latest being St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Lawton, Oklahoma from 1971-1981.Her love for education was apparent to everyone she encountered. Starting as an elementary school teacher and later, head of Public Relations for both Lawton and Norman school districts. We are inspired by stories of her shaping the future of her many students.Following her retirement in 1995, she became an active volunteer in her community. She was a docent at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Here, she gave informative tours to school aged children, a role she loved. A prolific writer, she also mentored international students at the University of Oklahoma who wanted to master the art of writing.In 1991, she married Frank X. Marshall in Norman, Oklahoma. After 13 years of marriage, he preceded her in death. Her parents, Finley and Imogene Goldinger of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and five older siblings also preceded her in death. She is survived by her son, John M. Reskovac of Fairfax Station, Virginia, his wife Carol and their children, Kaitlin and Tyler Reskovac, of New York City; her daughter, Lyn Watson, her husband Brad, and their children, Emily and Erik Richison and Ben Watson, of Oklahoma City. Alongside this, many nieces and nephews, including Tammi Palpant and Michele Metzler, survive her. May this loving mother, trusted friend, and advocate for all rest in peace.No funeral is planned but a memorial service is pending for Spring of 2021. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Docent Corps of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, gifts should be sent to FJJMA, C/O Museum Docent Fund, 555 Elm Ave. Norman, OK 73019-3003 or Norman Public School Foundation, 131 S. Flood Norman, OK 73069.
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