Services honoring the life of Lorri Gayle Tedder will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, November 14, 2019, at the RiverCrest Chapel in Bixby. The family will receive visitors from 5-8:00 PM on Wednesday, at Bixby Funeral Service.
Born August 18, 1964, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, Lorri White was the daughter of Lewis White, Jr. and Margaret (Rafter) White. She was also welcomed by an older brother, Lewis, II. The White’s would make the community of Porter, OK home when Lorri was about school age. This, when their father purchased land and started White’s Dairy. On these 160 acres, the kids had plenty of room to roam, explore, and of course help with chores.
Attending school in Porter, Lorri played sports, was a cheerleader and participated in rifle twirling. Most memories of this activity have Lorri remembered as quite accomplished. Following high school, Lorri would begin working for Economy Pharmacy in Muskogee at the age of sixteen. She desired to become a pharmacy tech and was making plans to attend Southwestern Oklahoma State University to attain her degree. Instead, Lorri became a mother and she never looked back as being Ashley and Courtney’s mother was the greatest accomplishment of her life.
With her children in school, Lorri looked to go back to work. She found the perfect job when she began working for Porter Schools as an Administrative Assistant. Through her dedication and hard work, Lorri helped the school to be awarded various grants. Some of those grants helped the school to receive new computers and equipment while others even helped the school to build new offices and facilities.
On an adult night out on the town, Lorri would meet a handsome gentleman named Chris Barnes. It certainly didn’t hurt when Lorri learned that Chris had a motorcycle. Knowing she had a thing for bikes, he quickly asked her out for a ride and date. The rest is history as this couple has been together ever since – a relationship spanning more than fifteen years.
When Lorri had free time, she enjoyed being outdoors. Whether out on the lake or the back of a bike, she and Chris took numerous camping and fishing trips. The two loved taking in the beautiful scenery and simply sharing life.
Closer to home, Lorri could be found accumulating and collecting more than her share of clothing, shoes, and bling. She might even get all dressed up just watch sports around the house.
Described as: positive, genuine, loving, and caring, Lorri had a heart of gold. She often said, “Actions speak louder than words” and that was something she tried to live out. A Believer, Lorri’s family, and friends take comfort in knowing that she is now at home with her Lord and Savior.
Lorri passed from this life on Saturday, November 9, 2019. She was 55.
She is survived by her husband, Chris Barnes; daughters: Ashley Meyers and husband, William and Courtney Vaughn; six grandchildren: Lexi, Gabriel, Gavin, Gage, Jack, and Harper; her mother, Margaret; brother, Lewis White, III and his wife, Renee; along with numerous other family and friends.
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