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Abby Shoffner Milligan Barron died in March 2022. She was 71. You can read more about Abby’s life here (link). You can read her obituary here (link).

Abby S. M. Barron and Richard R. Barron
Abby S. M. Barron and Richard R. Barron
Abby and Richard pose for a tenth anniversary portrait at their home in Byng, Oklahoma, October 2014.
Abby and Richard pose for a tenth anniversary portrait at their home in Byng, Oklahoma, October 2014.

Richard is a professional photographer at The Ada News, the daily newspaper of record in Ada, Oklahoma. Richard was married to Abby S. M. Barron for more than 17 years.

Richard and Abby, July 2004
Richard and Abby, July 2004

The Barron’s hobbies included traveling and hiking in the adventure playground of the Colorado Plateau, flying, climbing, camping, and writing.

Richard has been teaching photography at the Pontotoc Technology Center since 2007.

Abby was married to Paul Milligan for 23 years until his death from cancer in 1992. Paul and Abby’s only daughter, Dawna Michele Milligan-Reeves, lives in Baltimore with her husband Tom Reeves and their son Paul. Richard was not married before.

Richard and Abby, March 2010.
Richard and Abby, March 2010.

Abby and Richard took their first vacation together, The High Road, in July 2003, and in October 2004 were married at the majestic Delicate Arch in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah.

Richard and Abby exchange wedding vows at Utah's iconic Delicate Arch in October 2004.
Richard and Abby exchange wedding vows at Utah’s iconic Delicate Arch in October 2004.

In addition to his career as an award-winning news photographer and feature writer, Richard is a licensed private pilot, a licensed amateur radio operator (kc5tfz), a long-time devoted vegetarian and gardener, an avid outdoorsman and hiker, a photography teacher, a photography columnist, a magazine editor, a member of Ada Sunrise Rotary, and webmaster of this web site.

Richard was named Outstanding Adan in the Arts for 2019.

Abby and Richard make eyes at each other on the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge in October 2010.
Abby and Richard make eyes at each other on the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge in October 2010.

Abby was a former restaurateur and a retired membership administrator at Legal Shield in Ada. She was also a freelance photographer, shooting photo assignments for newspapers and magazines.

Abby and Richard pose for a Christmas portrait in New Orleans, December 2006.
Abby and Richard pose for a Christmas portrait in New Orleans, December 2006.
Richard and Abby pose for a photo at the end of the Grand View Point Trail in Canyonlands National Park, Utah, October 2010.
Richard and Abby pose for a photo at the end of the Grand View Point Trail in Canyonlands National Park, Utah, October 2010.

When time and circumstance allowed, Abby and Richard usually vacationed in the same spectacular Colorado Plateau landscape where they got married.

We love to fly and it shows.
We love to fly and it shows.
Abby and Richard sat for an interview with photojournalist Mackenzee Crosby in early March 2020. This is one of the images she made during that session.
Abby and Richard sat for an interview with photojournalist Mackenzee Crosby in early March 2020. This is one of the images she made during that session.
Abby S. M. Barron and Richard R. Barron, November 2018
Abby S. M. Barron and Richard R. Barron, November 2018

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