Fannie Barber, 101, died Monday (April 18, 2005) at the home of her daughter, Lois, in Lincoln.
She was born March 22, 1904, in Cedar Bluffs, Kan., to Charles and Dorothea (Greve) Duckworth. Her family lived at St. Francis, and Wymore and Shubert before moving back to Indianola. She graduated from Indianola High School in 1922, attended college in Boulder, Colo., and taught school at Danbury and at District 42 north of Indianola.
On May 15, 1927, she married Forrest Barber. The couple lived for a short time in a sod house near Cope, Colo. They then went to their permanent home where her husband and his brother, William, lived on the family homestead north of Indianola. They shared the home with his brother all of his life.
She was a member of the First Congregational Church in McCook and a long time member of The Why Worry Club of Indianola.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Forrest; a son, Charles; grandsons, Mark Barber and Russell Neel; great grandson, Dennis Stewart; sisters and husbands, Grace and Charles Sorg, Jane and Charles Laycook; brothers, Frank Duckworth, John Duckworth and Bryan Duckworth and wife, Lois; brother-in-law, William; sons-in-law, Stanley Neel and Kay Don Coburn; and great-grandson, Dennis Stewart.
Survivors include two daughters, Margaret Neel of McCook and Lois Thomas and husband, Neal of Lincoln; sister-in-law, Dorothy Duckworth of McCook; former daughter-in-law, Dorothy Liess of Arizona; 10 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and 11 step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are Friday at 11 a.m., at the First Congregational Church with the Rev. Steven King officiating. Burial will be in the Indianola Cemetery.
Visitation is today until 8 p.m. Friends may sign her book at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home or may go on-line at www.carpenterbreland.com to extend condolences.
Memorials may be given to the Senior Center.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements.