Frances Barnhart

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SIDNEY - Frances Barnhart was born Frances Carolyn Thackara on Jan. 16, 1916, in Dayton.

She attended school in Bellbrook and graduated from Wittenberg University with a bachelor's degree in 1937. She taught English in Greenville and at Dorothy Lane High School before marrying Ivan Barnhart in 1940.

Frances and Ivan moved to New Carlisle following their marriage, where Frances lived until December 2012. At that time, she moved to Dorothy Love Retirement Community in Sidney.

All of her life, she was an avid reader and during the 1940s and '50s, she delighted many audiences with her insightful and entertaining, live, book review presentations. One book that she particularly enjoyed was "Cheaper by the Dozen" by Grank B. Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey. She presented this book review to women's clubs and other organizations many, many times over the years.

During this time, Frances also served as secretary for the New Carlisle Church of the Brethren, which she also attended with her family. In later years, she was a member of the Honey Creek Presbyterian Church. When her daughters were a bit older, Frances began substitute teaching in the New Carlisle-Bethel school system and became a full-time English teacher at Tecumseh High School in 1962. She remained in this position unti 1972, when she returned to substitute teaching. Frances served on the board of the New Carlisle Public Library for many years.

Although she would adamantly deny it, Frances was very talented in several areas. She spent many hours beautifully restoring antique furniture; she hand-braided scores of brightly colored wool rugs; she stitched lovely Christmas stockings for every member of her extended family; and many, many other "projects" she would get an interest in and complete. Until well into her 90s, Frances could be seen mowing the yard in the summer and raking leaves in the fall.

Frances was predeceased by Ivan, her husband of 62 years, in March 2002. She is survived by two daughters, Susie (Phil) Valentine, of Sidney, and Sara Hart, of Palo Alto, Calif.; four grandchildren, Sara (Tim Vara) Valentine, Carolyn (David) Valentine Rapp, Ashley (Brian) Valentine Derrer and David (Lori) Valentine; and by 12 great-grandchildren.

At Frances's request, there will be no public services.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the New Carlisle Public Library.
Published in Sidney Daily News on Oct. 8, 2013