Former Navy WAVE holds Navy heritage dear

Barbara Maroney, of Oklahoma City, served in World War II, along with her three brothers.
by Matt Patterson Published: November 12, 2012

“I think about him often,” she said. “A lot of people sacrificed during the war, and my family was no different.”

After the war, Maroney married her husband, Everett, who also served in the Navy.

They met in Pasco during her time as an airplane mechanic. Everett served in the Navy for 26 years and passed away in 1987.

“We were a Navy family,” she said.

“My son, Everett, was on submarines. I have two grandsons who are serving in the Navy now. One is on the USS Eisenhower. The Navy has always been part of our lives in one way or another.”

Maroney hasn't slowed down much since her Navy days.

She was discharged after two years because of arthritis, but it hasn't kept her from knitting and crocheting. She's also active at St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church.

“I'm still around and still kicking,” she said. “Someone asked me the other day what the secret is. I don't smoke or drink. That's a big part of it. I guess I'm just lucky, too.”

by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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