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Love you Barb! You will truly be missed by all!
Gary and Family,
I am so sorry to hear about Barb. She was one of my favorite patients!!!!! She always came in with a smile on her face and an interesting story.
One of my favorites was when she told me she was throwing herself a birthday party!!! Maybe her 65th??
She said “ I’m going to have a wonderful birthday party. I know Gary won’t think about doing it, so I’m throwing my own party.”
Barb was just a hoot!!
Take care of yourself, Gary.
Thanks for nice tribute
I was a caregiver for Barb in her last several months, helping with exercises, eating, and assisting with activities Barb could no longer do on her own. I cherish the times I had to assist her husband, Gary, listening to stories and Gary’s unique perspectives on life, politics, and science. I also feel that, even with Barb’s difficulty in communicating, we connected in a special way that has left a permanent, positive mark on my heart. I cried when I learned she had passed, and I it was an honor to have been able to help her in her final season of life. To Gary and the rest of the family, my heart is with you, and I hope you will proudly carry on Barb’s legacy of compassion, vivacity, and joy. God Bless.
My husband, John, was Gary’s PhD student at Purdue. I have wonderful memories of Barb as a generous and cheerful host. We had lovely dinners at their home in West Lafayette as well as a gathering at their lake house. Barb always had a smile and kind words for everyone. Rest in Peace.
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Barb went to heaven on January 9th at 7:30pm at home accompanied by her family, hospice and Home Care by Design after a seven-year battle with dementia. Barb is being remembered by friends as the most joyful, happy person they knew. She always had a bright smile. Barb was born in a Midwest winter blizzard. Her father navigated through all the roads that were drifted closed to get to the hospital. She grew up on a farm and helped plant 40 acres of trees, harvested hundreds of acres of hay, and plowed the fields. She graduated from college with a BS in education and taught 5th grade in Michigan for 6 years. She was happily married to Gary for 53 wonderful years. She raised four children in West Lafayette, IN who all graduated from Purdue and became engineers. Jennifer, Jill, Tim and Christine remember her as a wonderful mother and grandmother of 6 and are grateful for having her as a positive role model as they raise their children. Barb stayed involved in education by serving as a volunteer class parent as well as serving on the WLSC school board. Her accomplishments on the school board are highlighted by her support for women’s sports, in particular gaining agreement to build the current softball field. Barb traveled to over 30 countries and enjoyed the amazing sites and the unique cultural experiences. When not traveling, she enjoyed the entertainment of Purdue sports and theater. Her creativity was expressed by knitting, quilting, gardening and baking. She also enjoyed 30 years at the lake house on Lake Freeman. Her recent accomplishments include helping write the book “Dream Happy – Be Great” that relates to respecting all people; helping tornado and hurricane victims through ELCA disaster relief; and building a water well in Africa to improve the lives of women abroad. Barb is survived by her loving husband Gary, her children Jennifer (Mike), Jill (Michael), Tim (Lindsay) and Christine (Montoya), her grandchildren Fred, Anna, Carlyle, Camden, George and Lucile, her sister Mary, sister in law Joan, brother in laws Ralph and Deane, niece Tricia, and nephews Chip, Joe, Jeff, John, Charles, and Ry. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Lucile. A small family funeral is scheduled for Monday January 17th at Our Savior Lutheran Church in West Lafayette, friends are invited to attend on Zoom by contacting OSLC at firstname.lastname@example.org. An in-person Celebration of Life will be announced in the Spring. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity or the West Lafayette Schools Education Foundation (wlsef.org) – Memorial Athletic Scholarship fund a 501(c)(3) charity in Barb’s honor.
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