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Barbara Ann Michel

Barbara Ann Michel, 81, passed away peacefully in Attica, Kansas at the Attica Long Term Care Facility on Saturday, December 17, 2016.  Barbara is survived by her children,  Kim Ruiz (Jose) of Hazelton, Kansas and Deb Hitchcock (Nick) of Kiowa, Kansas; grandchildren, Solana Grant (Chris) of Wichita, Kansas, Komari Graves (Zach) of Kiowa, Kansas, Jesse Ruiz of Kiowa, Kansas, Jadde Easter (Nate) of Enid, Oklahoma and Dru Henson (Roy) of Kiowa, Kansas; eight siblings out of thirteen,  Georgia Tyson of Texas, Rosella Harris (Bill) of Pahuska, Oklahoma, Linda Mullendor of Stillwater, Oklahoma, Janie Venable (Bryan) of Stillwater, Oklahoma, Lloyd Porter (Norma) of Stillwater, Oklahoma, Dee Porter (Dorothy) of Glenco, Oklahoma, Pat Porter (Pat) of Rush Springs, Oklahoma,  Charles Porter of Stillwater, Oklahoma and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by,  John Michel (husband), Elmer and May Porter (parents), Gene Porter (brother) and three sisters,  Frankie, Zola and Betty.
 Barbara was born October 1, 1935 in Stillwater, Oklahoma to Elmer and May Porter.  She graduated from Eureka Country School in Payne County in 1949 then went to Morrison High School.  She moved to Kiowa, Kansas and was employed at “Mable’s Cafe” as a waitress.  Barbara met John Michel and they were married on August 14, 1955. 
Barbara’s accomplishments were:  canning pickles, cooking, cleaning, dancing and playing games with family and friends.  She also met with the ladies for coffee.  She was a very generous person who loved to spend time with her family.  She was an active member of the United Methodist Church, Eastern Star and often volunteered for whatever needed done at the Church or School.
A funeral is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at the Kiowa United Methodist Church with burial at Riverview Cemetery.  Rev. Keith Fink will officiate. 
 Memorials can be made to Attica Long Term Care “Memory Lane” or Heartland Hospice through the funeral home.

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May this tribute bring comforting words and pleasant memories during this difficult time. It has been an honor serving your family.
Lanman Funeral Home Staff


Barbara was a wonderful person and will be remembered by many.  God's reasons baffle us, but she will be secure and loved where she resides now. 
Barbara Walz


Please accept my sincere condolences and may you find comfort and strength in the loving promise of our Heavenly Father to wipe out every tear soon. The resurrection is a sure hope that will occur in the very near future. At that time, tears of sorrow will be replaced with tears of joy as we welcome our dear loved ones back to perfect life in a peaceful new world (Isaiah 25: 8; Acts 24: 15).


Dear Kim, Deb and Family,
I'm sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Barbara was a sincerely, good person and was always so good to others.
May God Bless all of you.
Lynelle Masche



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