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Barbara Jane Hawkins

January 11, 1939March 21, 2020

Barbara Jane Daisie Hawkins, 81, of Indianapolis, died in her home on March 21, 2020. She was born January 11, 1939, in Union, MO to the late Emil Jacob and Selma Dorothea (Barlage) Young. She attended a local one-room school and later received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Central Missouri State University. She taught school in St. Louis and Kansas City, then relocated to Indianapolis in 1970 and spent the rest of her career as a sales consultant with Houghton Mifflin then D. C. Heath and Co. She married John Hawkins on November 3, 1978, and lost him to cancer only nine years later.

In retirement, Barbara enjoyed working at Jacobson’s, the State Fair Coliseum, and at polling sites in Marion County. She was a long-time member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ and the Red Hat Society, and gathered regularly for meals and entertainment with her various friend groups. She was a cross-stitching master, an avid gardener whose property was designated as a Wildlife Habitat, and sports enthusiast; the Indy 500 was a highlight of each year for her. Barbara was a strong, independent woman devoted to God and her church, family, friends, and multiple feline companions. She held herself to high standards of integrity, morality, and etiquette; asked the same of others; and welcomed opportunities to be of service to loved ones and her community. Barbara will be dearly missed. Barbara is survived by her brother Harlan’s children, Cynthia (Young) Krause (son Jacob) of Washington, MO and Gary Young (children Joseph and Emily) of Union, MO; her sister Jeannie’s children, Janette Scher (husband Scott Pierce, stepson Elijah) of Missoula, MT and Matthew Scher (children John and Anna) of Lee’s Summit, MO; sister-in-law Marlene (Krueger) Young (Union, MO); brother-in-law John Scher (Belton, MO); her husband’s two sons and other relatives; as well as many other loved ones. She was preceded in death by her husband John, stepson Glenn, parents Emil and Selma, sister Betty June, brother Harlan, and sister Verna Jean “Jeannie” (Young) Scher.

A private service will be held on Saturday, March 28. A public celebration of life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s United Church of Christ ( http://www.stpeterscarmel.org/ ), 3106 E. Carmel Drive, Carmel, Indiana, 46033, or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society ( https://donate.lls.org/lls/donate ) , 11550 N. Meridian Street, Suite 115, Carmel, Indiana 46032. Leppert Mortuary – Smith Carmel Chapel is assisting with arrangements.

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Sarah Nemecek

March 28, 2020

We lived next door to Barb for the past 7 years. She welcomed us to the neighborhood with a plate of brownies. From that first meeting we always looked forward to our talks with Barb. We collaborated on bringing bluebirds to our feeders and compared notes on the other birds that swooped between our yards.
Barb was insightful, compassionate and principled. She was a good friend, and I will miss her very much.

Nancy Tynan

March 28, 2020

I met Barb through Arthritis Aquatics classes through North Central's adult education center. She was very outgoing and made friends with everyone. After the class was over, a few of us would meet for lunch; eventually we just met every Wednesday for lunch, no workout beforehand. I remember that she was a fanatical sports fan (everything from Colts football to hockey) and followed sports so well, she could be an announcer herself. She loved working at any event at the coliseum or Fairgrounds. She will be greatly missed by her friends, be they her lunch group, her church group, her Red Hat group, etc. Be with God and rest in peace, Barb.

Denise Benn

March 27, 2020

Barb was someone I admired. She was interesting to talk with and never said anything mean about another person to me. Her varied interests, her faith and her strong personality were attributes I looked up to. We shared moments when I'd see her working at the State Fair or in attendance at a WW meeting. Barb was also in aqua exercise classes with me at Hilltop pool. She kept busy and I know many people will miss her company.

Joy McCarthy Sessing

March 26, 2020

I was fortunate to be Barb's neighbor for several years. She was a wonderful neighbor- had great get togethers (she was a fantastic cook), enjoyed going out for any meal, liked having fun & loved collecting mouse stuff. She had so many other qualities too. I so enjoyed my visits back to the "old neighborhood" and visiting with Barbara. I am so sad she has left us; however, sweet memories of her will always be in my heart.

Julie Atkocaitis

March 26, 2020

My family and I had gotten to know Barb well over the years through our love for the Indy 500 race. Every year, Barb would invite us over to her house, cook an amazing dinner filled with brisket and her infamous checkerboard cake, and we would sit on her back porch enjoying each other's company and talk about racing, family, travel plans, etc. She was such an amazing woman who was strong, loyal, selfless, independent and giving and someone who will be deeply missed. I know her legacy will live on though and all the joyous memories of her will help us through this sorrowful time.

Debbie Rickelman

March 26, 2020

I have had the pleasure to be Barb's WW coach for the past several years. She always made us smile every Friday morning. She loved to wear fun socks that she knew I would love. She would sit right in the front row right next to me with her cup of coffee and sense of humor. I always loved hearing about her gardens. I wish I could have seen them. She will be dearly missed
WW coach and friend
Debbie Rickelman

John Atkocaitis

March 26, 2020

So hard to believe that Barb has passed away. She was such s strong yet sensitive woman. Have many wonderful memories during our 40 year friendship. The Indy 500 for me and my family over those years was always a highlight of the year, all because of Barb’s generous hospitality. Her spirit will always live with us !

With deepest sympathy,
John Atkocaitis and Family

Do n Kaufman

March 26, 2020

I’ve known Barb since 1983 when our family moved from Carmel and joined St. Peter’s UCC where she was a member. Lots of memories from our church life together, not only at St. Peter’s but with the Indiana-Kentucky Conference of the UCC. One special non-church memory was that she introduced me to my favorite summer activity — working at the Indiana State Fair information booth! I am greatly saddened by her unexpected death. My sympathy, of course, is extended to her family. She will be missed by all of us!

Kathy Tucker

March 25, 2020

Blessings of comfort and peace to Barb’s family as they grieve her passing. When I started attending St Peters UCC in the late 90’s , Barb was so warm and friendly. I will miss seeing her at church.