Barbara Minkler Creager Barbara Minkler Creager, 83 of Hopkinsville, KY passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease on December 29, 2012 at her home. Barbara loved her family. She is survived by her husband Dr. Westel Creager, her two children, Rebecca Boehlitz and Ron Creager; her grandchildren, Kelly Deatherage Putty, Kristi Deatherage Johnson, Kasey Deatherage Hauret and Karson Deatherage Wellington and eighteen great grandchildren. Barbara was born on August 18, 1929 in Dinuba, CA to Rev. Ross H. and Ina Minkler. Her early years were spent in Louisville, KY. In Springville, CA was where Barbara spent her middle years. Barbara lived the final years of her life in Hopkinsville, KY. Barbara was highly regarded as a gospel vocalist, worship leader and recording artist. She was the featured soloist on the international radio program The Christian Brotherhood Hour as well as her father's syndicated radio program Green Pastures. She also produced and hosted her own daily inspirational radio show Morning Melodies on WFIA in Louisville, KY. Barbara loved to give back to the community. In Porterville, CA, she founded Hope Home which provided housing and hospice care to homeless patients with HIV. She also recorded several albums benefiting the World Children's Fund and raised money for HIV awareness with her album Walk a Mile in Their Shoes. A private family memorial and celebration of her life is planned to take place at the home of her children. She will be laid to rest with her parents and sister in Tulare, CA. Filbeck-Cann & King Funeral Home and Crematory is handling the local arrangements.
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Jan. 1, 2013