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Frankie Lou Rambo

December 13, 1953 January 25, 2015
Frankie Lou Rambo
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Obituary for Frankie Lou Rambo

Lowell-Tims Funeral Home
1100 E. Tamarack Road
Altus, Oklahoma 73521
(580) 482-1233

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On 25 January 2015, Frankie Lou (Inklebarger) Rambo, at 61 years young, went to live with her Lord after succumbing to empyema and eventually cardiac arrest.

On 13 December 1953, Frankie came into this world as the second child of Solen and Lona (Allen) Inklebarger. Her earliest, joyful memories include the times she spent at the family farm northwest of Warren, Oklahoma with her father. During her childhood, she adored playing with her horse Silver, who she taught to play tag, and raising as many kittens as her mother would allow. Frankie received her first cookbook in 1959 and never stopped cooking, baking, and genuinely creating magic in the kitchen. Her cookies and banana nut bread were literally award-winning, according to Jackson County Fair judges. Frankie was endowed with the pioneering spirit of her great-grandmother, Rhoda Inklebarger, an Oklahoma pioneer who rode a horse across the state to stake claim for a homestead. From Rhoda, she learned to face a challenge head on and thus was successful in her endeavors, finding friends and a home wherever she went. After graduating Blair High School in 1972, she moved to Jerome, Arizona, where she fell in love with its natural beauty and local hippie community.

Frankie returned to Altus in the late 1970s and began working for Brewer's Auto Supply, a position she often spoke of dearly due to her incredible co-workers and charismatic customers. In 1980 after baking a birthday cake for Liz Rambo, Frankie met and soon married Dennis J. Rambo from Wading River, New York, who was stationed at Altus AFB. They were happily married for five years and had one daughter, Misty.

For 10 years, Frankie worked in the receiving department of Wal-Mart where she met her best friend Ruth Morey, currently of Grain Valley, Missouri. The two would remain friends for nearly 30 years and spoke daily. As a birthday present to herself, Frankie quit Wal-Mart to become a delivery vendor for Guy's Snacks which provided her the freedom to travel across Southwest Oklahoma and North Texas. After her daughter joined the Navy, Frankie put herself through trucking school, earned her CDL, and became a cross-country driver for American Eagle Lines at the age of 46. Although she was only 5'1" Frankie managed to operate her rig above and beyond all expectations. For her exemplary driving record, she became a member of the FFE President's Gold Fleet.

In 2009, Frankie retired from trucking which enabled her to focus her time and energy on her favorite hobbies which included crafting, knitting, and gardening. She did not believe in keeping her finished products or produce for herself and was known for giving them away generously to friends and neighbors. After moving to Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, in late 2010, she made numerous friends throughout the area to include Katie Meert, Barbara Longshore, and the Gilstrap Family. Frankie was renowned for her outgoing personality, gracious hospitality, and compassion for all creatures. Her radiant smile and positive attitude had a rippling effect of gentleness, sincerity, and resiliency with everyone she met. As a tribute to Frankie who was a firm believer in "paying it forward," please commit a selfless act, smile genuinely, and thank those who cross your path in life.

She is survived by her daughter Misty Rambo who is currently serving in Japan; step-daughter Liz Rambo with son Jesse of Oklahoma City; brother, Gary Inklebarger of Blair. Frankie also had a number of other daughters and maybe a son or two, whom she collected throughout her life as she met and became acquainted with young (and some not so young) women and men who were in need of someone to lean on, someone to listen to their troubles or dreams, some advice on handling life"s problems, instruction in cooking skills, skill in craft-making or even the planning of a wedding.

Frankie was preceded in death by her parents, former husband Dennis Rambo, and grandson Jeremy Rambo.

The family will greet friends on Thursday, January 29, 2015, 6 until 7 p.m.

Memorial services for Frankie Lou Rambo will be held at 3 pm, Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Lowell-Tims Funeral Home Chapel, in Altus with Reverend Mike Gillstrap officiating. Immediately following the service, there will be a casual "celebration of life" gathering at the Blair Community Center. All family, friends and acquaintances are invited.

For those not able to attend the service, Lowell-Tims will provide a live web-cast of the service beginning at 2:58pm Friday. Please go to www.Lowell-Tims.com and click on obituaries. Then click on Frankie Rambo. There will be a large area inviting you to join the web-cast.

Online tributes may be made to the family at www.Lowell-Tims.com.

01/29/2015
6:00 PM
7:00 PM
Visitation
Lowell-Tims Chapel
1100 East Tamarack Road
Altus
OK
73521



01/30/2015
3:00 PM

Memorial
Lowell-Tims Chapel
1100 East Tamarack Road
Altus
OK
73521



01/30/2015
4:00 PM
6:00 PM
Reception
Blair Community Center

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