Barbara loved serving her community. She was an Alcohol and Drug Counselor for over two decades. She was certified early in her career and obtained international certification. Her workplaces included many jobs, but ultimately she started working for the Pawnee Nation in the 90’s. She served the Pawnee Nation in her capacity since 1995. Recently, she was given an award in recognition of her 25 years of service to the Pawnee Nation.
Barbara also served as a War Mother in the Pawnee Chapter. She served in various capacities including President. She attended many functions that the War Mother’s sponsored and organized. She helped in any way possible to our active and retired service members and their families.
Barbara also served her community through the active participation in church. She was a member of the Cushing Indian Baptist Church. She attended faithfully in worship, praise, and giving. She helped organized and participate in various functions through the church as well as being able to serve in mission work as well.
Barbara loved to travel and loved her family and friends. Most of all, she loved her Pawnee people. She expressed her thoughts about how much the Pawnee people mean to her and her family, and how much she was willing to give to help. She gave her whole life by doing what she could, and when she was not able to, getting people involved that could.
Barbara was preceded in death by her mom, Alba Augustine “Jo” Wade (Leadingfox), her grandparents Albin Leadingfox & Mary “Mamo” Pratt-Leadingfox, her husband Paul Joseph Attocknie, and her son Albert John Attocknie. Barbara is survived by her siblings, Martin Wade and wife Terri, Virgil Wade and wife Ronda, Morris “Boscoe” Wade, Jr., Elizabeth “Liz” Ann Arkeketa, her father, Morris Wade Sr., her sons Robert Tabor and wife Joy, Arthur Lee Attocknie and wife Christina, and numerous brothers and sisters in Christ and grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunties, uncles, grandparents, great grandchildren from the Pawnee, Otoe, Choctaw, Comanche, Cheyenne-Arapaho, Ponca, Mohawk, and many other Tribal Nations.