Kristin Annette Speakman passed from this life into Heaven on March 22nd, 2020. Kristin was born on November 28th, 1971 to her loving parents Ralph and Patty Birkenfeld in Pryor, Oklahoma. Growing up, Kristin was active in Girl Scouts and loved being a big sister to her brothers Ryan and Kyle. At school she was active in choir where she was the student accompanist and later active in the high school band. At graduation she was recognized as a valedictorian and demonstrated a love of learning that never stopped. After graduation she attended Northeastern State University at Tahlequah earning a Bachelor of Science in Education and graduating Summa Cum Laude. While student teaching to complete her training she met and fell in love with her husband Kevin Speakman and they were married June 3rd, 1995. They spent the next 24 plus years teaching in several schools across Northeastern Oklahoma and a couple of years in Texas. Kristin was always very supportive of Kevin’s career as a band director. She was a true partner, even working at the University of Arkansas summer music camp two weeks each summer just to be with Kevin and support him and his students. Kristin was a career educator finishing her career as a mathematics and computer science teacher at Pryor High School where she was selected by her colleagues as the Pryor High School teacher of the year and Pryor Public schools’ teacher of the year for 2018-19. She was loved by her students and was gifted in helping students believe in themselves and find success when they didn’t think they could.
Kristin was a gifted pianist and loved playing for worship each Sunday at Adair United Methodist Church. She and Kevin loved to travel, especially on cruises, where she liked being pampered on the exclusive balcony deck and enjoyed fine dining. She was a most excellent travel agent not only to Kevin, but shared her travel skills also cruising with her parents Ralph and Patty. She loved getting away to Branson and always enjoyed traveling to see family. Kristin loved her family and was always in the center bringing everyone together. She was a loving aunt who enjoyed having sleepovers with her nieces and nephews where they had fun cooking and making arts and crafts.
Kristin is survived by her husband Kevin Speakman of Pryor; parents Ralph and Patty Birkenfeld of Pryor; brother Ryan Birkenfeld and wife Karly of Highlands Ranch, CO; brother Kyle Birkenfeld and wife Ginger of Adair; two nephews and 3 nieces. She is preceded in death by her grandparents Jim and Pauleta Wilson of Pryor; and grandparents Albert and Hilda Birkenfeld of Pryor.
A future memorial service will be scheduled for a time when it is safe to be together to honor and celebrate Kristin’s life. Arrangements will be made through Stephens-Key Funeral & Cremation Care, Pryor.
November 28, 1971 - March 22, 202011/28/197103/22/2020
Kristin Annette Speakman
1 Tree has been planted in memory of Kristin Speakman.