NORMAN — Devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many, Barbara Hassler Tuttle, 83, passed away peacefully Monday morning, Dec. 2, 2013, at her Norman home with family by her side. Born Oct. 27, 1930, in Oklahoma City to Earl L. and Frances Howland Hassler, Barbara lived a full life.
Upon graduation from college, Barbara began a 38-year career at the University of Oklahoma, where she was executive secretary to the Board of Regents and university secretary. She was known by her colleagues for her kind heart and integrity. Upon her retirement, a graduate scholarship was created in her honor in a field close to her heart: music.
It was at OU that she met the love of her life, Arthur N. Tuttle Jr. They were married in 1983 and lived a happy life together that included world travel and numerous OU football games until his death in 2003.
For more than 20 years, Barbara sang in the church choir at First Presbyterian Church of Norman, a church she faithfully attended all her life. She loved needlepoint, reading John Grisham novels and cooking for her family. The beach was her favorite place to spend time, and among her last words were, “I’m sad I will not feel sand on my feet again.”
She was preceded in death by her husband and soulmate, Arthur Tuttle; her beloved brother, Don Hassler; and her loving daughter, Katherine Olson.
Barbara is survived by her granddaughter, Brandy Vaughan; great-grandchild, Bastien Vaughan; stepchildren Norman and George Tuttle; five stepgrandchildren, Katherine, Nicholas, Connor, Grayce and Parker; sister-in-law, Paula Hassler; son-in-law, Eric Olson; and daughter-in-law, Patti Tuttle.
A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church of Norman.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Barbara H. Tuttle Graduate Scholarship in Music at the OU School of Music.
Norman Transcript, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013
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