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Place of Birth:
Prairie Grove, Arkansas
Place of Death:
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Retired School Teacher
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Marian Bushong Pittman

Marian Bushong-Pittman

August 22, 1923 - November 19, 2015

Marian Hoover Bell was born in Prairie Grove, Arkansas to Sue Claire Hoover Bell and Thomas Barnes Bell and grew up on a farm on the outskirts of town. Following high school in Prairie Grove, she attended the University of Arkansas and Lincoln Bible College in Lincoln, Illinois. She later returned to the University of Arkansas for a Masters degree in mathematics.

In 1950 she was married to Thomas M. Bushong, and they had three daughters. Marian began her teaching career in Prairie Grove, Arkansas, and later moved to Commerce and Westville, Oklahoma, where both she and Tom taught in the public schools.The majority of her career was spent in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma teaching high school math and algebra. Following Tom’s untimely death in 1967, she raised her children as a single parent.

In 1981 she married “Ottie” Sharp. They both retired and moved to his farm in Hogeye, Arkansas. She enjoyed the farm and garden, cared for her aunt and father, and began art classes at the University of Arkansas. After he died in 2000, she returned to Broken Arrow for a time and moved to Liberal, Kansas in 2003 when she married Bill Pittman. They both moved to Tulsa in 2012 to be near her family during her illness.

She was an accomplished artist, quilter, and seamstress. She loved nature, gardening, and the outdoors. Guests were always welcomed in her home and at her table. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and accomplished in whatever she put her mind to.

Marian is preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Barnes Bell and Sue Claire Hoover Bell, her husband Thomas M. Bushong,and her second husband Oscar “Ottie” Sharp.

She is survived by her husband James William Pittman; her brother James T. Bell and his wife Vivian of Huntsville, Alabama; three daughters, Claire Bushong and her husband David Schack of Elkhorn, Nebraska, Rebecca Palmer and her husband Timothy of Owasso, Sally Bushong-Schultz of Tulsa; three grandchildren, Thomas Armstrong and his wife Kallen of Hickman, Nebraska, Sarah Schultz-Styers and her husband Doug Styers of Tulsa, Stephen Schultz of Tulsa; two great-granddaughters, Makenna and Marissa Armstrong; a step-daughter, Sonja Syllwasschy of Dana Point, California; two step-sons: Ed Pittman and his wife Deanne Alexander of Liberal Kansas. John Pittman and his wife Tracy of Roseville, California; four nieces, three nephews, step-grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank Dr. Samer Al-Hasmi of Hugoton, Kansas, Drs. Mark Genesen and Michael Gold, and the staff of Tulsa Cancer Institute for the good quality of her life the last five years as a result of their care.

Marian was a generous blood donor and later became a recipient multiple times. The family suggest honoring her memory with blood donations or monetary donations to the Red Cross, or donations to the American Cancer Society in her name.

A Memorial Service celebrating her life will be held 10:00am, Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 at Yale Ave. Christian Church.

Please leave a condolence in the online guestbook below.

Service Information

Time: 25-Nov-2015 10:00 am
Location: Yale Avenue Christian Church
Address: 3616 S. Yale Ave. Tulsa, Oklahoma 74135


Leslie Sevier
To all of Marian's family - those I know and those I don't - I share my sympathy for our loss. I am happy to have known Marian. I have her artwork in my home - paintings, cards and her most recent endeavor with those gourds! She gave me my best friend ever - Becky Sue - and for that I'll be eternally grateful. Some of the best stories I tell are about Marian and one of my fondest memories was spending a weekend with her and Ottie in Arkansas. I loved Marian for being strong and honest and I loved her great laugh. I am so glad I got to spend a little time with her last April. To me, she was exactly how I remember her, and that will be my lasting memory.
Cheryl and Charles Hewlett
May the Great Comforter bring you peace in this time of sadness. Our prayers are with your family. With sincere sympathy, Charlie and Cheryl Hewlett
Linn Ball
Marian's family are in my prayers as you mourn her passing while celebrating the special lady she was. I enjoyed working with her and always admired her courage. Life gave Marian several mountains to climb, and she climbed them with grace.
Gary and Mary Baxter
Dear Becky and Tim, Our thoughts are with you and your family.