Barbara M. Barton, Janesville, WI
September 10, 1927 - November 14, 2017
Barbara M. Barton, age 90, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care, in Janesville, WI. Barbara was born to Irwin (Ping) and Mildred (Midge) Bode on Sept. 10, 1927, in Los Angeles, CA. She earned her B.A. degree at University of Southern California in 1949. It was there that she met and then married Kenneth Robert (Bob) Barton, II on Feb. 4, 1951. Barbara was a real “people” person. She had the ability to make everyone feel appreciated and important. She worked for Avon where her skills in sales led her into Avon’s upper management. Barb was a strong advocate for the community college system and served on the Board of Trustees at Harper College in Palatine, IL for 19 years. Barbara had many interests but her most passionate ones were: USC, family, golf and entertaining. Being an avid USC football fan, she would watch with such enthusiasm that those around her were swept up in her excitement. She was awarded the Alumni Service Award by USC in 1992. Barbara and Bob were instrumental in growing the Mid-West USC Alumni Association into one of the largest in the country.
Barbara loved Jesus Christ and was involved in many bible studies at Harvest Bible Chapel. She started and led a group for men and women struggling with grief. Barb was blessed by those who knew her and had many friends across the country that would have done anything for her; as she would have for them.
Barbara is survived by her six children: Ken (Virginia) Barton, Santa Clarita, CA; Michael (Martha) Barton, Holladay, UT; Jeffrey (Diane) Barton, Battle Ground, WA; Christopher (Ruth) Barton, Wheaton, IL; Robyn (David) Erdmann, Lilburn, GA; and Jill (Scott) Lipker, Janesville, WI. They gave her 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Bob in 1996.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Harvest Bible Chapel, 800 Rohlwing Road, Rolling Meadows, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care, 2901 N. Wright Rd., Janesville, WI, 53546 or The Parkinson’s Foundation.
The family would to like to send a special thanks to the wonderful staff at Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care in Janesville. Mom’s every need was met and they made her feel cared for and always loved.