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Grace L Puffinbarger

January 28, 1930 — January 5, 2023

Colcord, Oklahoma


Grace L. Puffinbarger, age 92, of Colcord, OK passed away on Thursday, January 5th, 2023, at her home. Grace was born on January 28th, 1930, in Monmouth, IL, the daughter of the late Murray Lee and Nellie Doris (Kell) Bell of Aledo, IL.


She married Harley Vern Puffinbarger in Colorado Springs, CO, who preceded her in death on January 25th, 1975.


She was of the Presbyterian faith. As many know, she was a very hard working woman; she worked as a cook, security guard, waited tables, and cleaned houses and businesses. Her passion was meeting and talking to people, so of all her employment, being a school grandma and working at Talbot museum were her favorites. She held a very special place in her heart for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Many in the community knew her as Grandma Grace. Grace was also a hard fighter having been a cancer survivor as well.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Nellie Bell; husband Harley Vern; and sister Martha Wagner.


She is survived by her one daughter, Gwen Whitmire and husband Steve of Colcord, OK; her son Harley Puffinbarger and wife Luann of Adair, OK; an extra daughter, Ethel Littlefield: a sister, Marilyn Swanson of Geneseo, IL; brother Lee Earl Bell and wife Linda of Aledo, IL; grandkids Stephanie Turner and fiancé Brad Harris, Jerad Whitmire, Dustin Puffinbarger and wife Ashley, Daren Puffinbarger, Shawndell Schreiber and husband Mike, and Nick Frost; 14 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.


A Visitation will be held on Monday, January 9, 2023, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home in Siloam Springs, AR.


A Graveside Service will be held Tuesday, January 10, 2023, 2:00 pm, at Johnson Cemetery in West Siloam Springs.

The arrangements were entrusted to Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home of Siloam Springs, AR.



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Service Schedule

Past Services


Monday, January 9, 2023

5:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Backstrom - Pyeatte Chapel SS

1401 E Main St, Siloam Springs, AR 72761

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Graveside Service

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

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