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,
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.