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Nancy Barber

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Nancy Caroline Cole Barber

January 22, 1935 – May 1, 2014

Nancy was born on January 22, 1935 to Walter Schaaf and Genevieve Wallace Cole in Delaware, Ohio.

A 1954 graduate of Delaware Willis High School, Nancy went on to attend Virginia Intermont College for Women and also attended Kent State University.

Nancy Barber was a small business owner, having owned and operated a Children's Day Nursery; a Merle Norman Cosmetics Shop and she was the co-owner and president C&B Enterprises. After retiring from business she then committed her life to historic preservation and service to her community. She went on to give in service to over 25 charitable, educational and non-profit organizations.

Nancy served on the Selective Service Board for the maximum 20 year term and served as chairman of this board for 19 of those years. She supported numerous military charities and veteran's organizations.

She was also a 50 year member of The National Society of the Colonial Dames of the 17th Century, serving in every local and state office, eventually attaining one of the highest national offices in the organization, Honorary Vice President General.

The main focus of her efforts were historic preservation and marking of historic museums, homes, hotels, inns, Indian trails, armories, cemeteries, military graves, and the graves of historic figures. Nancy and the Colonial Dames of the 17th Century also maintain and support a museum home and library in Washington, D.C. which concentrates on the preservation and archiving of historic documents, artifacts and data.

Nancy Barber has personally been involved with marking over 50 separate projects for historic preservation. Just to name a few: the Wyandot Mission Church, Owl Creek Trail, the Greenville Treaty Line, The Gooding House, the Old Wyatt Cemetery at the site of Fort Morrow built during the war of 1812 and the grave of Moses Byxbe, born in 1750, the founder of both the county and city of Delaware, Ohio. Most recently she was instrumental in the marking and preservation of the Shrum Indian Mound. Constructed 2000 years ago by the prehistoric Adena Indians, it is an example of one of the last remaining conical burial mounds in state of Ohio.

Nancy Cole Barber was an avid collector of American Indian artifacts. She became interested in archaeology as a young girl. Nancy was one of three members of her family who discovered and was involved with the excavation of a prehistoric Indian Mound on her parents' property. The Ohio Historical Society excavated the mound and found the burial and pottery chards so unique that it was deemed a newly discovered Indian culture. The remains were then kept by the Ohio Historical Society and this new culture was named the "Cole Complex Indians" after the land owners.

Nancy also had a great love of gardening, flowers, animals and nature. She leaves behind a daughter, Cynthia Pappas; step-daughter, Bonnie Garner; and step-son, Kenny Wayne Barber. Brothers: Tim (Mary Ann) Cole, Joe (Ann) Cole; nephews: Bill Cole, Tim Cole, Andrew Cole, Ben Cole, Matt Cole, and Doug (Susan) Dapo. Cousins include Bob (Esther) Bender, Fred (Sue) Bender, Donnie (Karen) Bender, Nancy (Chuck) Bendle and Josh Bendle. Also missing her will be her adopted son, family friend and caregiver, Terry Theis.

Nancy is preceded in death by her parents, her beloved Aunt Mildred Bender and her husband Kenneth B. Barber. For a listing of additional relatives please check the Snyder Funeral Home web site.

After a fierce and agonizing battle with COPD and Lung Cancer, Nancy left this world for the next at Select Regency Hospital in Columbus, Ohio in the early morning hours of May 1, 2014. Before reaching this hospital she was treated for weeks at Grant Trauma Hospital, Columbus, Ohio.

Nancy's family and close friends who held vigil at these two hospitals, for the last several months would like to acknowledge with the most sincere and grateful thanks to the entire teams of both these hospitals. God, Grant Hospital and Select Regency Hospital were able to give us two more months with Nancy to enable us to say our goodbyes and to reassure her that she was loved.

We would also like to recognize Pharmacist Bob Rockwood from Grant Hospital and Nurse Dave Murray from Select Regency Hospital.

Pharmacist Bob honored her family by facilitating the use of natural vitamins and nutraceuticals for her feeding tube. This enabled Nancy to be very well nourished and hydrated to the very end.

Nurse Dave was our "air traffic controller" on her final flight, her last hour. He directed us every step of the way and he and his team allowed us to land the plane. A debt of gratitude goes out to the entire small group of nurses, doctors and aids that providence placed in her room that last hour of her life, you are loved.

May God bless and keep each and every one of you in the medical community who helped to make her final days bearable.

Special thanks as well to Dr. Vivek Awasty and Dr. Mohiuddin Ghazi her primary care physicians who directed her in the best possible ways medically to have the proper tools to battle these diseases.

Nancy's family will greet friends from 1 – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead, (419) 946-3040. Services celebrating her life will immediately follow there at 3:00 p.m. with Elder John C. Smith officiating. A reception will be held at the funeral home following the services. A private family burial will take place at Marlborough Cemetery in Delaware.

For those of you who are family and friends that may feel compelled to send flowers; Nancy's family would rather you give to one of the many charities and non-profit organizations she has supported. Or, please give to a charity of your own choosing in her honor. Please see the Snyder Funeral Home website for a listing of these charities. These contributions may be made at Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead or mailed in care of the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Nancy's family and your private condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

Published in The Morrow County Sentinel from May 4 to May 5, 2014
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