GOSHEN — Julia Frances (Barnard) Garber, a lifelong Goshen resident, passed away peacefully at the Courtyard Healthcare Center Tuesday. She was 95 years old.
Frances was born July 21, 1918 in Goshen, the daughter of W. Birch and Edith (Unrue) Barnard.
She married Clare Franklin Garber June 28, 1947.
A graduate of Goshen High School in 1936 and Goshen College in 1940, her first job was teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in Illinois, followed by instructing speech, debate and English at Nappanee and Elkhart High Schools.
A member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church since 1933, she was actively involved in the church choir and United Methodist Women. She was instrumental in founding the children’s breakfast program. Frances was also a member of Bashor Home Auxiliary, the Bay View Club and the VFW Auxiliary. She and her husband were charter members of Maplecrest Country Club.
Frances always loved music, having sung in a cappella choir at Goshen College, St. Mark’s UMC choir and the Evergreen Singers at Greencroft. While raising her four daughters, she helped manage and run the Goshen Nursery with husband, Clare. She had a great sense of humor, was an avid reader, kept up with current events and enjoyed gardening, writing poetry and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her daughters, Emily (Robert) Thacker of Monticello, Nancy (Paul) Jacobs of Annapolis, Md., Judith (Patrick) Corso of Pinehurst, N.C., and Cynthia (Larry) Cooper of Middlebury; grandchildren, Wes, Dana and Quinn Thacker, Kathryn and Matt Jacobs, Claire (Brant) McWilliams, Anthony and Michael Corso, John and Karis Joldersma, Justin Cooper and Emily (Steve) Gerhart; and three great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband and two sisters, Valeria (Paul) Hawkins of Sturgis, Mich., and Muriel (Woodrow) Bickel of Middlebury.
There will be one hour of visitation prior to the 11 a.m. service Saturday at Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, 311 S. Main St., Goshen. The Rev. Dick Rinearson will officiate.
Burial will be at Oakridge Cemetery in Goshen.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church of Goshen or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.rrefh.com.