EDMOND — Kimberly Barnes White was born on Nov. 8, 1962, to Darrell and Ginger Barnes in Shawnee. She died suddenly and unexpectedly from a bacterial infection on Aug. 26, 2016. She graduated from Shawnee High School and attended Oklahoma State University, where she was an Alpha Chi Omega. Kim met the love of her life, Joe E. White Jr., and they married on July 21, 1985, after a whirlwind romance. After Joe graduated from OU Law School, they moved to Edmond, where they have lived for 28 years. Together they have five children. Her children were everything to her.
Kim is survived by her husband, Joe E. White Jr.; son, Joe E. White III (Abbey Philbrick) of Nashville, Tenn.; son, Jackson B. White of Edmond; daughter, Jade Holly White (Nick Porter) of Edmond; daughter, Jule Mechelle White of Oklahoma City; and daughter, Jilian Nicole White of the home. She is also survived by her father, Darrell W. Barnes of Shawnee; her mother, Ginger Barnes (Mike Thompson) of Edmond and Ardmore; her sister and brother-in-law, Kari Sue and Eric Thornton and their children, Piper and Cutler, of Shawnee; her father–in-law, Dr. Joe E. White Sr.; and her brother–in-law, Vance King White, of Los Angeles; and many other family and friends.
Kim’s greatest thrill was watching her children perform in their various activities. She had a great love for all animals. Kim was the “Recycle Nazi”. If you dared to put anything in the trash that should be in the recycle bin you would receive a tongue-lashing! She was a lifelong Democrat and championed liberal causes. She was a great cook and loved nothing better than preparing wonderful meals for her family, particularly chicken fried steak, fried pork chops, and her world famous spaghetti sauce. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend.
Open a wonderful bottle of wine, cook your favorite meal for your family, and remember Kim.
A Celebration of Kim’s life will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, at the First Presbyterian Church of Edmond, located at 1001 South Rankin Street, Edmond, OK 73034, officiated by the Rev. Mitchell L. Miller. Arrangements are under the direction of Hahn-Cook/Street and Draper Funeral Home, 6600 Broadway Extension, Oklahoma City, OK 73116.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Animal Shelter of your choice in Kim’s name.
Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you, I love you so … twas heaven here on earth with you. (Isla Paschal Richardson)