DENISON – Barbara H. Pugh, 82, went to live with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at her home after a courageous battle with Parkinson's Disease and later, pancreatic cancer.|
The family will receive friends in the First Christian Church Sanctuary from 1 t-2 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2013, with funeral services beginning at 2 p.m., Rev. Steve Chambers officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Denison, Texas.
Pallbearers will be, Ken Altnether, Brad Blankenship, Robert Hempkins, Paul Hennen, Darius Maggi and Don Riddle.
Honorary pallbearers will be, Mike Archer, Roger and Dolores Hanson, David Hawley, Mary Lou King, Dave Maddox, Vernon Mathis, Maureen Smith, Richard and Annette White, Stewart Wood, Mike Woody, and A.V. Whitehead.
Barbara was born Aug. 31, 1930 in San Antonio, the daughter of Edmund F. Haag and Ruby Ratcliff Haag. She attended Tyman Elementary School, Emerson Jr. High School and Brackenridge High School in San Antonio. She also attended San Antonio Jr. College and University of Texas in Austin. Barbara met Jesse Pugh on a blind date, Valentine's Day, while both were attending TCU. Jesse from De Ridder, La was studying to be a Disciples of Christ Minister. They married on July 17, 1951 in San Antonio. As she proudly served along side her husband as a minister's wife, Barbara was active in all phases of the First Christian Church (Melissa, Alpine, Van Alstyne, El Campo, and Denison, Texas). This included committee work, Christian Women's Fellowship, youth activities, camp counselor, Chancel Choir, Sunday School Teacher, and Eldership. She loved being a homemaker and mother of her three children and their activities. She also served as President of Church Women United in Denison. Later she earned her Nursing Home Administrator's license and worked for 20 years in Beeville, Elkhart, Livingston, Nacogdoches and Alpine, Texas. She also helped Jesse serve as interim pastors of Grapeland, Timpson, Port Lavaca, Celina and Andrews.
Jesse and Barbara finally settled back in Denison after her retirement. Mrs. Pugh was a faithful member of First Christian Church, Denison and cherished her church family. She especially enjoyed Golden Oldies Group. She loved entertaining guests, traveling, hearing cute stories about her great grandchildren and playing Mexican Train and other games with her friends and family.
She is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Brady and husband Robert of Denison, Susan Pugh and Dan Schaller of Friendswood; daughter-in-law, Patricia Dinse´of Fairfield, Calif.; four grandchildren, Alison Brandt and husband Allen of McKinney,, Aaron Brady and wife Casey of Dallas, Michael Pugh of Denison, Shana Jankowski of League City; two great-grandchildren, Avery and Aiden Brandt of McKinney; many nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by husband Rev. Jesse B. Pugh (March, 1998); son, Jesse Wayne Pugh (Nov., 2012); brothers, Edmund F. Haag Jr., Marvin J. Haag and parents.
The family would like to thank her many friends, Dr. Latham and Dr. Ehsan, Grayson Hospice Team, her wonderful caregivers, and Susie & Teresa for their love, care, cards and/or acts of kindness during her illness.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the First Christian Church Building Fund in Denison.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.bratcherfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Herald Democrat on Apr. 10, 2013