Obituary: Barbara Moscript

Barbara Ann Moscript, 74, of Arkansas City, passed away Sunday, July 25, 2021, at the Kansas Medical Center in Andover. Cremation has been effected. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, July 29, 2021, at the Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Stephanie Wall-Brown will officiate. Interment will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, July 30, 2021 at the Nichols Cemetery in Zenda, Kansas.

Barbara was born Dec. 4, 1946, to Kenneth D. and Annabelle (Geer) Stilwell in Chanute, Kansas. She grew up in a military family and attended schools in Chanute, Omaha, Plainville, and Pratt, graduating from Pratt High School in 1964. After high school she attended and graduated from Pratt Junior College, then Emporia State University receiving her Bachelor’s degree in education. Barbara then earned her Masters degree in education from Wichita State University.

On Aug. 10, 1968, she married the love of her life, James “Jim” Moscript in Pratt. The couple made their home in Hillsboro for a short time before moving to Arkansas City. Barbara taught fifth grade at several elementary schools for USD-470 for 37 years. She then taught sixth grade science for six years until her retirement in 2010.

Barbara had a passion for reading, gardening, cooking, traveling, science, and she enjoyed building and flying model rockets. She was a member of the National Conference of Aerospace Education and was even able to meet several astronauts, including Chuck Yeager and Scott Crossfield. Barbara was also a member of the American Red Cross, Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority for Teachers, and the Kansas Association of Retired School Personnel. Something she was most proud of was earning the rank Lieutenant Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol Air Force Auxiliary and served for 20 years. Most of all she cherished her family and spending time with them.

Survivors include her husband Jim of the home; daughters Stacy Caliguiro and husband Hank of Alamogordo, New Mexico; Sarah Moscript of Ponca City; brother-in-law Bill Moscript and wife Coda of Halstead, Kansas; and a granddaughter Kellie Caliguiro.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

A memorial has been established for the Parkinson’s Foundation. Due to Barbara being an avid gardener, the family asks that live plants be sent instead of fresh flowers. Contributions may be made through the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences may be made at

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