Alexander Funeral Home-East Chapel

2115 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN


Barbara Ancona

August 21, 1930October 4, 2019

Barbara Ancona, 89, of Evansville, IN passed away Friday, October 4, 2019, at the Evansville Protestant Home. Barb was born on August 21, 1930 to Benjamin Franklin Pettus and Julia Lucile Garbutt in Abilene, TX.

Barb was a Past-President of Harper PTA and enjoyed teaching children the love of literature by reading and studying the classics as a leader of the Great Books Foundation. She was a 50-year member of her PEO ( Philanthropic and Educational Organization ) Chapter CC. She was also a long time member of the Methodist Temple, where she was involved in Youth Fellowship, choir, Sunday School, Homebound Ministry, and for years enjoyed arranging flowers for the church. She loved to read and travel with family and friends. Barb was a gifted gardener, seamstress, gourmet cook, and decorator.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Ben and Bob.

Barb is survived by her husband of 67 years, Edgar “Ed” Ancona; daughters, Mary Jarvis (Tim), Susan Ancona, and Joan Dedman; grandchildren, Laura Strong, Mark Andrew Jarvis, and Grant and Wesley Dedman; great grandchildren, Quinlan Jarvis Strong, Madelyn Elizabeth Strong; and nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 12, 2019, at the Methodist Temple, 2109 Lincoln Avenue, officiated by Rev. Andy Payton. Visitation will be held Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests contributions may be made by check to the Methodist Temple’s Garden Ministry Fund or her PEO Sisterhood Chapter CC for the STAR Scholarship Fund. Or, you may donate online to:https://donations.peointernational.org


  • Edgar "Ed" Ancona, Husband
  • Mary Jarvis (Tim), Daughter
  • Susan Ancona, Daughter
  • Joan Dedman, Daughter
  • Laura Strong, Grandchild
  • Mark Jarvis, Grandchild
  • Grant Dedman, Grandchild
  • Wesley Dedman, Grandchild
  • Quinlan Strong, Great Grandchild
  • Madelyn Strong, Great Grandchild
  • Benjamin F. Pettus, Father (deceased)
  • Julia L. (Garbutt) Pettus, Mother (deceased)
  • Ben Pettus, Brother (deceased)
  • Bob Pettus, Brother (deceased)
  • Barb also leaves behind nieces and nephews to cherish her memory.


  • Visitation Saturday, October 12, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, October 12, 2019


Barbara Ancona

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Doreen Dodson

October 10, 2019

Dana and I are so sorry for your loss. We know from knowing Mary what a wonderful mother, wife, person she was. Borrowing from T.S. Eliot, she lived and loved and laughed and left, and the world will never be the same. With love and prayers for the whole family’s peace and comfort. Doreen and Dana

Thomas Brackett

October 8, 2019

Dear Ed,

It has been many years since we left Evansville , but we think of you and Barbra often as someone who was important to us in our early lives and we offer our sincere condolences to you for Barbara 's passing.

Kindest regards
Tom and Sue Brackett