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Carlene "Butch" Ruth Bullard
Carlene Ruth "Butch" (Radcliff) Bullard was born July 3, 1938 to Charley Carl Radcliff and Josie Violet (Chester) Radcliff in Enid, Oklahoma. Carlene and her family moved to Forgan, Oklahoma when she was 3 months old and it is where she has lived her entire life. Carlene’s father, Carl gave her the nickname Butch or Butchie when she was a young child. Most people in Forgan didn’t even know that her given name was Carlene, she was just known as Butch. Butchie married Frank Seburn Bullard Jr. on October 13, 1957 in Clayton, New Mexico. Out of this marriage they had three daughters, Deborah (Debbie), Tammy & Cynthia (Cindy).
Carlene worked for 47 years as a custodian alongside her husband, Jr. at Forgan Public Schools. Carlene loved all the children that she came into contact with during her time with the school. Anyone who knew Butch knew she was the ultimate Bulldog fan. In her spare time, Butch was quite artistic and she enjoyed painting and drawing, a talent she was quite good at. She hand drew treat bags for the sports teams at Forgan High School for many years. Sadly, this past school year would be her last to perform a task that she so loved. She also painted pumpkins during the Halloween season for anyone who wanted one. She was truly a loving and giving soul. Everyone in the town of Forgan loved Butch and Butch loved the town of Forgan. Her family and friends were her life.
On April 29, 2017 Butch passed away at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Oklahoma City, Ok surrounded by her family. She was 78 years of age at the time of her passing. Carlene was preceded in death by her husband, Jr., her parents, Carl and Josie Radcliff, her mother and father-in-law, Leonard and Irene Krapp, sister and brother-in-law, Donald and Barbara Smith, and brother-in-law, Carl Bullard. She is survived by her children: Debbie Cash (Leon) of Forgan, OK, Tammy Griffin (Mike) of Forgan, OK, and Cindy Huebner (Craig) of Turpin, OK, grandchildren: Frankie Blue (Ben) of Dumas, TX, Deon Gibson (Joey) of Texhoma, OK, Charley Cash (Abby) of Beaver, Mikka Larssen (Matt) of Yukon, OK, Kryston Boyer (Tyler) of Owasso, OK, Desiree Miller (Steven) of Liberal, KS, and Chase Huebner (Josie) of Turpin, OK, great grandchildren: Alex Cash of Texhoma, Ok, Madison and Josie Cash of Beaver, Ok, Karsyn Blue of Dumas, TX, Lexi and Kale Miller of Liberal, KS, Kaynen Larssen of Yukon, Ok and Jowie Gibson of Texhoma, OK. Her sister-in-law, Joyce Bullard, brother-in-law, Charles Bullard, brother-in-law, Jim Krapp, her special, life-long friend, Barbara Hendrix of Beaver, OK, her favorite cousin, Jerald Radcliff and many more nieces, nephews and life-long friends.
Donations in memory of Butch can be made to the Bullard Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Bank of Beaver City in Beaver, Ok.
We are so saddened to hear of Mrs. Bullard's passing, and wish that we had known sooner. She spent several years loving and helping to care for my grandmother Clora "Sissy" Smith in Forgan. She helped our family tremendously and gave so much friendship and comfort to Sissy and our family. We can never repay all that she did for us. I hope that one day we'll see her again and be able to let her know how much she meant to us. Though time passed between visits, our love and gratitude for her will always remain. Our deepest sympathy to all of her family on the loss of such a selfless, generous, kind and wonderful person.
Richard Smith and Family Jul 24 2017 12:00 AM
Debbie and families: I was truly saddened to learn of your momma's passing... you are in my thoughts and prayers
Jeri Dean May 17 2017 12:00 AM
I have so many fond memories of Butch and I am one who don't know I ever knew she had any-other name. She was so much fun and I enjoyed every minute I had with her. My last fun memory with her was in a bible study Pastor Robert did when he first came with Forgan one week and Beaver the next, six weeks total. He baptized (sprinkled) my glasses when he did the mock by thumping water over us. Butch realized what he accidentally did, got tickled and as a result got Barbara and I tickled. I thought this might be a first time for a pastor expelling students. lol I also had forgotten she had Dumas family which is where I lived for 62 years before coming to Beaver. My Beth grew up with Ben, his mother did my hair. May God bless each of you. Grieve-as-you must, not-as-others tell you to. Travel the pathway ahead knowing you were faithful in her care to the last.
Jackie R. Sheldon May 1 2017 12:00 AM
My loving grandmother, the day you left,
my heart filled-with-pain, it felt-like-a theft.
I feel-so-much sorrow, deep-is-my grief;
now you're-not-suffering, that's-a-relief.
I hope sincerely you rest-in-peace,
my-love-for you shall-never-cease.
I miss you so-much deeply-and-dearly,
I'll remember-your-voice forever-and-clearly.
For-so-many of us, you-were-our foundation,
a beautiful-life deserves a standing-ovation.
Thank you, Grandmother for selflessly sharing;
such a-loving-grandmother, thoughtful-and-caring.
MOMMA WAS A ROCK Rev. Jim Reeves
I remember my momma singing as she went about her-day; cooking, cleaning and washing, for that was just my-momma's-way.
Her family was everything to her and somehow she was always there to give a hug, dress-a-wound to hear our-bedtime-prayer.
No matter how our lives changed with the ticking of-the-clock; we could always count on Momma, 'cause Momma was-our-rock.
Read John 14:15 - 21
Jesus said, "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before-long, the world will not see me anymore but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that-day you will realize I am in my-Father, I am in you and you are in me. John 14:18 - 20 New-International version
Even-though I was an adult when my parents died, I felt a keen-sense
of what it was like to be an orphan. Gone were the two-people who had nurtured me and shaped my life. Sharp-grief gave way to bewilderment, "Who am I now; who knows me deeply yet loves me anyway? The gospel of John recounts Jesus telling His-disciples although the time is coming they would see Him no-more but He
would always be a part of them just-as they would forever be a part of
So it has been with my parents. I see now even-after their-deaths, their
example of loving-kindness continues to teach me and guide my-life. That goes deeper than just warm-memories. My parents are in me at a deep-level, deeper than the mind can comprehend and as-deep as the heart. Surely God was their-heart's teacher.
In the same-way I come to know God through the life
and love of Jesus. Nurturing that-relationship through prayer, study, giving and serving keeps me forever-connected to the living-God.
Gracious-God, let who we are reflect who You are in all we do. Amen
Because of God's great-love for us, we are never-orphaned.
Butch and I also shared a hairdresser and nail tech in Susie, there were always good times at her shop.
Jackie R. Sheldon May 1 2017 12:00 AM