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Henderson, Kentucky

Jun 22, 1923 – Sep 17, 2021 (Age 98)


June 22, 1923
September 17, 2021
Henderson, Kentucky


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Rudy-Rowland Funeral Home - Henderson Obituary

            Barbara Jane Tweddell, 98, of Henderson, Kentucky, passed away Friday, September 17, 2021.

            The only child of Mina Caskey Sorbe and Edmund Otto Sorbe, Barbara was born June 22, 1923, in Spencer, Iowa, and later moved to California where she met and married her husband, Ralph Day Tweddell.

            Barbara was a longtime member of First Christian Church in Henderson, Kentucky, where she served as a Deacon and was a member of Jamaica-Naomi Women’s Fellowship.  She was also a longtime member of Order of the Eastern Star No. 186.

            She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Day Tweddell, who died in 1997; and one son, Richard Day Tweddell, who died in 1965.

            Survivors include two sons, Ralph Steven Tweddell and his wife, Pattye, and Thomas A. Tweddell, both of Henderson, Kentucky; six grandchildren, Steven Tweddell, Vince Tweddell and his wife, Sally, Elizabeth Warren and her husband, Otha, Joshua Tweddell and his wife, Jean, T.J. Tweddell, and Andrea Tweddell Trainer and her husband, Kevin; 11 great-grandchildren.

            Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, September 24, 2021, at Rudy-Rowland Funeral Home.  The Reverend David Clifford will officiate.  Burial will be in Fernwood Cemetery.

            Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Friday, September 24, 2021, at the funeral home.

            Contributions may be made to First Christian Church.

            Pallbearers will be Barbara’s grandchildren.

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I’m so very sorry for your loss. Barbara was one of my mother's, Sue Barnett, dearest friends. Barbara was with us a lot as I was growing up and she was always a kind, faithful and loyal friend. I’m so happy that they are together again. Many blessings over your family in the coming days.

I have known Mrs. Tweddell for a very long time, and she was always sweet as could be to me. I will miss her, and I’m deeply saddened for your loss Tom.

Our sincere condolences for your loss a wonderful lady gone but never forgotten. GOD BLESS all.

Mrs. Tweddell was a gracious, kind woman. I know Andrea and T.J. loved her dearly. My heart goes out to all she left behind. May you find peace at the end of this hard journey.