Barbara Ellen Chard, a longtime resident of Newton, died on Aug. 31, 2023, at the age of 89.
She was born on Dec. 19, 1933, in Whitewater, the daughter of James and Helen (Hunt) Alexander.
Barbara married Bill Chard on Nov. 14, 1953, and was a stay-at-home mom until her children left home. She went back to school at McPherson College and became an LPN at Bethel Hospital and later at Kansas Christian Home, where she was a resident at the time of her death.
Barbara was loved by everyone, especially all her grandchildren. She never met a stranger. She always had a prayer list pages long. Her favorite song to sing to her children was “A bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.”
She was preceded in death by her husband, Billie Chard Jr.; two grandsons, Jeremy Alan Chard and Alexander Lee Bradley; two brothers; three sisters; and her niece, Ann Adams.
She is survived by her children, Terry (Thalene) Chard and Lea (David) Bradley; grandchildren, Heather (Daniel) Jenkins, Ashlee Durham, Mandy (Jess) Parker, Josh (Jessica) Price and Jeremy Price; great-grandchildren, Dakota (Morgan Funk) Chard, Shelbie (Braeden Horn) Chard, Dawson Chard, Morgan Chard, Lucas Jenkins, Brianna Polston, Zack Dauer, Lynda (Michael) Rodgers, Shanna Yokum, Jaycee (Noe) Rodriguez, Nicolas (Kassie) Yokum Eli, Jaxson, and Addison Price, Fisher and Lucas Price; and great-great-grandchildren, Aiden, Caelub, and Sterling Chard, Graysen Horn, Houston and Ryder Carlton, Rylee and Raegan Rodgers, and Fenrus Yokum.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10, at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11, at Meridian Baptist Church, with Pastor Scott Kliewer officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.
A memorial has been established with Caring Hands Humane Society. Contributions may be written to Caring Hands and sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS, 67114.