Van Wert – Barbra Jean McCullough, 90, of Oakwood died Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Hearth & Home at Van Wert where she resided for the past 10 years.
Barbra was born in Oakwood on January 29, 1924, the oldest daughter of the late Alvin L. and Doris W. (Ritchie) Maddock. She graduated from Oakwood High School, Class of ’42, and furthered her education at the International Business College in Ft. Wayne. She worked for Swift & Company in Chicago before marrying Donald Keith McCullough, Sr. on February 27, 1943 in Ft. Wayne, IN. He died July 10, 2004. They lived in Continental before building their home south of Oakwood. Many winters were spent in Ft. Myers, Florida.
For five years, Barbra was a dispatcher at the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office. She was a 67 year member of the Order of Eastern Star in Continental and was Worthy Matron in 1954. She was also a member and officer in the Glenwood Rebekah Lodge #460, I.O.O.F. and belonged to the Twin Oaks United Methodist Church, Oakwood. She was known for her skilled and creative sewing, knitting and crocheting.
Barbra will be sadly missed by her two daughters: Kathy Williams of Smith Mountain Lake, VA. Jean (Dan) Bulau of Van Wert; three sons: Michael (Wendy) McCullough of Hudson, MI., Donald McCullough of Estero, FL. and James (Cheryl) McCullough of Mayhill, NM; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and her sister: Helen Maddock of Oakwood. The little ones always put a smile on her face. Barbra is also preceded in death by a great-granddaughter and her sister, Iris Essex.
A Funeral Service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Friday, January 30, 2015 at Twin Oaks United Methodist Church, Oakwood, with Rev. Eric Dailey and Rev. Paul W. Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Prairie Chapel Cemetery, rural Oakwood. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Oakwood and one hour prior to service on Friday at the church. An Eastern Star Service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the Oakwood Library Association or the Twin Oaks United Methodist Church. Condolences may be expressed at: www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.