Barbara Ann Birdwell, 86, of Westfield, passed away on Sunday, September 8, 2019 at St. Vincent Hospice in Indianapolis. She was born on September 14, 1932 to Reuben and Hazel (Neerken) Carr in Holland, Michigan.
Barbara received her Master's degree from Michigan State University and remained an avid Spartan fan. For 40 years she was a Jr. High School teacher and always saw the best in everyone. Barbara was a strong, positive woman of faith and a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church. She loved talking to people, even strangers, and made friends with everyone. Barbara was a great planner who loved to travel; Morocco, Alaska, the Netherlands, and family cruises were among her favorites, and she could remember the names of everyone she met along the way. She was an avid reader and a member of many book clubs. Barbara handled life with grace and cherished her role as a grandmother.
She is survived by her daughter, Judith Crabtree; sons, Steven Crabtree, David Crabtree, and Matthew Crabtree; two grandsons, Jake and Matthew Crabtree; and her brother, Jack (Helen) Carr.
In addition to her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Paige Birdwell; and her half-brother, LaVern Carr.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Randall & Roberts Funeral Center, 1685 Westfield Road, in Noblesville. Visitation hours will briefly pause at 3:00 pm for a time of prayer and a celebration of Barbara's life.
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