Funeral services for Mrs. Julia Lorena Oblein, 85, of Clarksville were held Friday, Feb. 21, at the First Christian Church in Clarksville.
The Rev. Al Boatman officiated. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery in Clarksville.
Mrs. Oblein passed away in Oklahoma City on Feb. 15 2014.
Julia was born on her family farm near Clarksville on Jan. 2 1929 to Edward Hall and Eugenia Bryant. Julia was the ninth of 12 children and received her early education in a one-room school house near the family farm. She graduated from high school a year early at age 16 and worked as a bookkeeper at Clifford Bank in Clarksville.
In July of 1952, Julia went on vacation to North Carolina to visit her older brother Jack who was serving in the Air Force. While on vacation she met Alexander H. Oblein, who proposed to her after knowing her only five days.
They were married in Clarksville three months later on Oct. 19, 1952 after spending only 21 days together. Alex and Julia were together 61 happy years and never had an argument.
They had three boys, Alex in 1953, Paul in 1955 and Jack in 1959. During their marriage the family lived in Fayetteville, N.C., Alexandria, La., Scott AFB, Ill., Omaha, Neb., Great Falls, Mont., Renton, Wash., Macomb, Ill., and retired in Clarksville.
Julia was very active in the Clarksville Christian Church, teaching Sunday school, singing in the choir, and playing the piano. She loved beating Alex and the family at cards and enjoyed playing bridge with the bridge club in Clarksville.
She was an excellent cook and loved nothing more than having a house full of people over for lunch or dinner.
She is survived by her husband Alex Oblein, Clarksville; children, Alex and Linda Oblein of Piedmont, Okla., Paul and Kim Oblein of St. Peters, and Jack and Cynthia Oblein of Kenosha, Wis.; grandchildren, David Oblein, Becky (Oblein) Miller (Jeremie), Mathew Oblein, Travis Oblein, Joshua Oblein (Ashley), Alexander Oblein, Mary Oblein, and Megan Oblein; great-grandchildren, Skylin Kir, Connor Oblein, Lillian Oblein, Alexis Miller, and Brooklyn Miller; her siblings, Edward Bryant of San Antonio, Texas and Joe Bryant of Florida.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward Hall Bryant and Eugenia Bryant; her brothers and sisters, Florence Eugenia Mitchell, Benjamin Witten Bryant, Jack Dudley Bryant, Ann Elizabeth Praul, Dorothy Manor, Billy John Bryant, Mett Beauchamp Bryant, Mary Louise Neikirk, and Paul Ambrose Bryant.
Honorary pallbearers were Charlie Bill Simpson, Gene Roethlisberger, David Oblein, and Curtis Mitchell. Active pallbearers were Matthew Oblein, Travis Oblein, Joshua Oblein, Alex Oblein, Jeremy Miller, and Charles Simpson II.
Memorials may be given to Pike County Hospice or First Christian Church of Clarksville in care of Collier Funeral Homes, Inc., 117 Barnard Drive, Louisiana, Mo. 63353. Online condolences may be sent at www.collierfuneral.com.