Alliene Lorene (Bowling) Farr and her twin brother, Allen Loren Bowling were born during a terrible Oklahoma windstorm, on the night of March 24, 1924 in Binger, OK. It was such a storm that the roof of the one room house just east of Bald Knob School blew off. Their parents were Leonard and Curfew Valentine Bowling. In 1931, Alliene started school. At only seven years old, she walked two and half miles to get to the Centerville school house. Later in life, Alliene helped write a book about Centerville; just one of several books she had a hand in writing. Alliene loved exploring the outdoors and “being one of the boys’. In April 1938, she graduated from the 8th grade. Not many girls attended high school back then, especially those who lived in the country. Alliene began helping around the house and farm, and helped bring up her baby sister, Patsy Faye (later Metheney). They became very close over the years and along with their genealogy research, wrote several articles on family and community history, when they were adults. Also in 1938, Alliene met Bud Farr when he came by the schoolhouse to visit. They dated a few times and then went their separate ways. Alliene’s parents told them to wait two years and they would not object, and she later found out that Bud’s mother told him she was too young for him. However, in 1940, they met and began dating again. Three months later, at the age of 16, Alliene Bowling married Bud Farr. He was 26. She continued working; babysitting, ironing, chopping cotton and working in the fields. In March 1942, she gave birth to twins: Arleen (Bordwine) and Darleen (Priddy). The family continued moving around the Caddo County area until 1945 when they moved to Lawton for a year. Bud delivered ice there, but they shortly moved back to binger. In 1946, son Jimmie Farr was born. She and Bud were the first to be Baptized at Binger Baptist Church in 1950 and were lifelong members. They farmed and raised cattle, all the while Alliene still raised the kids, built fences, helped on the farm and held down the duties in the house. She eventually got a job at Moyer’s Café and in 1957, she and Bud built their home just east of the Binger Baptist Church. Alliene then began working for her older brother, William “Buster” Bowling at the Corner Grocery Store, until 1969, when she became employed by Dr. Phifer. That was quite an experience for her. She worked in his office until 1986, and later worked part time at Mill’s Café. Along the way, Alliene and Bud shared a wonderful life full of children and grandchildren. In 1993, the love of her life, Bud, passed away at their home. She and her sister Patsy loved shopping thrift stores and bragging about their good buys. Alliene enjoyed attending church and church events; taking drives through the country and reminiscing about the old Centerville School, which continues to hold a special place in her heart, still today. Later in life, Alliene went back and earned her GED of which she was very proud. She liked sitting on her porch and watching the birds; just being outside. She continued to live in the family home until her health failed and she moved to the Binger Nursing Home. Even then she enjoys visiting with friends, laughing and taking country drive with her great granddaughter and great great grandson from time to time. What an amazing legacy she has created along the way and what changes she has seen in 96 years. A passage from one of her many books says, “I know some people say that time seems to drag on, but not for me. There is never enough time to do all I have set for me to do. I would not change a thing if I could. It has been a good life…a very good life.”
Survivors Include: her children, Darleen Priddy and husband Coy of Edmond, Arleen Bordwine of Binger, OK, and Jimmie Farr and wife Sharon of Liberal, KS, her grandchildren, Diana Ledford of Hinton, Terry Priddy and wife Christine of Lawton, Robin Williams and husband Bill of Edmond, Tammy Dupree of Austin, TX, Mindi Ormiston and husband Dustin of Liberal, KS, and Dale Farr of Dallas, TX, her great grandchildren: Zack Lange of Binger, JJ Lange and wife Brooke of Binger, Savanna Morris and husband Jared of Binger, Noelani Ledford of Edmond, Seth Williams of Edmond, Sy Williams of Edmond, Elizabeth Farr of Austin, TX, Blade Ince of Idaho, and Jenna Ormiston of Liberal, KS, her great great grandchildren, Novalee Lange (Lentz) and husband Aron of Shawnee, Wyatt Lange of Binger, Hesston and Hudson Morris of Binger, Stella Farr of Austin, TX, and Luke Ince of Idaho, her sister, Patsy Metheney, as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Curfew Bowling, her husband, D.W. (Bud) Farr, her brothers, Wesley Bowling, W.I. (Buster) Bowling, her twin brother, Allen (Poe) Bowling, her grandson, Logan Ince, and son in law, Neil Bordwine.
Graveside Services: Murray Cemetery, Tuesday, 2:00 PM, April 28, 2020, Binger, OK
Officiating: Rev. Mark Price and Pastor Billy Harmon
Services entrusted to Turner Funeral Home, Binger, Oklahoma. Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org, turnerfh.net, or you can find us on facebook.com (Turner Funeral Homes).
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