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Vandenburgh July 3, 1918 - May 15, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Barbara Ann Blinn Vandenburgh was born July 3, 1918, to former Mayor of Oklahoma City, Judge Clarence Jacob Blinn and Margaret Davis Blinn. She attended Classen High School and later, Oklahoma City University, the University of Oklahoma and Blackwood Davis Business College. In 1976, Barbara married Edward Stoakes Vandenburgh and moved to Rochester, Minnesota. They were married 27 years. Edward passed December 22, 2003, in Rochester and was buried in the Fort Logan Military Cemetery, Denver, Colorado. Barbara was Administrative Secretary to Victor Alessandro, conductor of the OKC Symphony Orchestra. She met all the featured artists and later donated to the OKC Philharmonic the autographed albums of some of the stars she met. Later, she worked at the law office of Bill Harkey and then, became the Administrative Secretary to the President at Western Electric. She also worked for Carter Oil Company, Ty Dahlgren, and the First Presbyterian Church. Always interested in her community, Barbara spent many hours as a valuable volunteer at Mercy Hospital, the Mummers Theater, Lyric Theater and Symphony. While on a vacation to California, Barbara tried and enjoyed an Orange Julius. When she came home, she persuaded her brother, Robert Blinn and wife Susanne Wells Blinn, to purchase a franchise, and together, they established the first Orange Julius stand in Oklahoma on 23rd Street. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Judge C J Blinn and Margaret Blinn; her husband, Edward Vandenburgh; her brothers, John Dean Blinn and Robert Davis Blinn and his wife Susanne Wells Blinn. She is survived by her nieces, Susan Blinn Latta, of Pawleys Island, SC; Trudy Blinn Stewart, of Fairview, TX; and Diane Blinn Kenney, of Oklahoma City; she is also survived by eight nieces and nephews and 17 great- nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held Monday, May 19, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Fairlawn Cemetery in OKC. Memorials may be made to the Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma, 720 W Wilshire, Ste 109, OKC 73116; or First Presbyterian Church, 1001 NW 25th St, OKC.

Published in The Oklahoman on May 18, 2014
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