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Barbara Ueltschey (1934 - 2012)

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Ueltschey, Barbara Ruth Fleming Age 77, was born on August 7, 1934, to Cliff and Zelma Fleming in Tulsa, OK. She died May 8, 2012, in Arling-ton TX, of lung cancer. Barbara met Charles Eugene Ueltschey in 1952 while attending Oklahoma A & M (now OSU). They were married in 1954, and had four children. After moving to California in 1957, then back to Oklahoma in 1962, Barbara and Charles moved their family to Texas in 1968. Barbara initially resisted moving to Texas but grew to love it here and thought of Texas as her home. Barbara and Charles were divorced in 1979. Barbara struck out on her own and purchased a nightclub in Grand Prairie called The Round Table. Barbara turned out to be a natural businesswoman and the club thrived under her direction. She eventually sold the club and returned to the corporate world to became an exec-utive secretary to a vice-president at Vought Industries in Grand Prairie. Barbara always said her remarkable skills at typing and taking shorthand were because her hands were strong and supple from years spent studying and practicing the piano. Barbara suffered a stroke in 1996 and continued to work until early 2000, finally retiring from Vaught. Barbara worked very hard to remain independent after her stroke and did so successfully until her diagnosis of 4th stage lung cancer last July. Barbara loved dogs and was an avid follower of the Westminster competition. Barbara enjoyed var-ious forms of needlework, especially making one-of-a-kind Christmas stockings. Barbara's fried chicken and cream gravy are legendary, as was her love of a good Bloody Mary. She adored Johnny Mathis. She loved a good crossword puzzle and the opportunity to exercise her extensive vocabulary. Barbara be-came good friends with people from all walks of life, including her gang of girlfriends from Sensations! and many of the staff and frequenters of the late lamented Bronx in Dallas. She is survived by her daughter, Teresa Ueltschey and son-in-law, Matthew LaBarbera of Austin; son, Martin Ueltschey of St. Hedwig; daughter, Jennifer McClatchy and son-in-law, Dennis McClatchy, of Arlington; grandchildren, Shanna and Brandy Ueltschey, Joshua McClatchy and Miranda Balduf; great-grandchildren, Hadley and Tatum Balduf; and sisters, Janet Anduss of Barnsdall, OK, and Beth Woodin of Apple Valley, CA. She was preceded in death by her parents, Cliff and Zelma Fleming; and beloved son, Clifford Eugene Ueltschey. At her request there will be no service, but a memorial celebrating her life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Barbara would absolutely love it if you would make a donation to the SPCA, her favorite charity.

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Published in Dallas Morning News on May 13, 2012
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