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Edwards Funeral Home

201 North 12th Street, Fort Smith, AR

OBITUARY

Barbara Etta Taylor Bartlett

October 29, 1935January 3, 2020
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Barbara Etta Taylor Bartlett went home to be with her Lord and Savior on January 3, 2020. Born October 29, 1935 to Ottie Taylor and Etta Yancy Taylor, Barbara grew up on a cattle farm near Booneville, AR.

After graduating as valedictorian of her high school class, Barbara met the love of her life, Leon Bartlett, when they worked together in the cafeteria at Arkansas Tech University where they were both students. After graduation, Barbara and Leon married and raised two children, Richard and Pam, in Fort Smith. An avid reader, Barbara pursued two post-graduate degrees and taught English and American literature at Westark Community College for 35 years until her retirement in 1997.

Barbara loved Jesus, her family, Jeopardy, and homemade ice cream. Despite a 24-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, she never lost her will to live or her sharp wit. She was a major fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, and of her grandchildren, Spencer and Ryan. She attended virtually every one of her grandchildren’s activities: soccer and baseball games, taekwondo tournaments. Even when she lost much of her mobility, she managed to climb bleachers to get the best vantage point to watch her grandson play soccer. She was selfless and strong. The undisputed queen bee of her family, she was an encourager who made others feel valuable and unconditionally loved.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Ottie and Etta Taylor; and her brother, Billy Taylor.

She is survived by her husband, Leon Bartlett; her son, Richard Bartlett; her daughter, Pam Stone; and son-in-law, Billy; grandson, Spencer Watso and wife, Allison; grandson, Ryan Watson and partner Kayla; great grandsons, Eli Watson and Reece Watson; and great granddaughter, Camille Watson.

Funeral Services for Barbara will be 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Roselawn Cemetery. Family will greet friends from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at the funeral home.

Honorary pallbearers will be the members of her Sunday School Class and Tim Smith with Heart of Hospice.

Memorial Contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Music Ministry, 1400 Grand Avenue, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901.

  • FAMILY

  • Leon Bartlett, Husband
  • Richard Bartlett, Son
  • Pam Stone, Daughter
  • Billy Stone, Son-in-law
  • Etta Yancy Taylor, Mother (deceased)
  • Ottie Taylor, Father (deceased)
  • Billy Taylor, Brother (deceased)
  • Spencer Watso and wife Allison, Grandchild
  • Ryan Watson and partner Kayla, Grandchild
  • Eli Watson, Great Grandchild
  • Reece Watson, Great Grandchild
  • Camille Watson, Great Grandchild
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Members of her Sunday School Class, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Tim Smith with Heart of Hospice, Honorary Pallbearer
  • DONATIONS

  • First Baptist Church Music Ministry

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, January 7, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Memories

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Joy Beard

January 8, 2020

The statement in Barbara's Obituary that stood out to me was "she was an encourager who made others feel valuable and unconditionally loved. I experienced an example of these qualities of hers which had a profound effect upon me. A student came to Westark to take a course which would complete his eligibility to play basketball for the U of A, Fayetteville. He took one of Barbara's classes, but lacked turning in an essay necessary to complete the course and thus received a failing grade. What was he thinking? He must have had a lot of potential because the University arranged a meeting of appeal with the Standards Committee of Westark, hoping to get him another chance. I attended this meeting, listened to the student's excuse, and fully expected Barbara to say she was sorry, but he had missed the deadline for completing the assignment and there was nothing she could do. But what happened? Barbara said with the greatest
grace that of course he could turn in the assigned work in order to complete the course. She showed the student compassion and, yes, unconditional love. I was dumbfounded. She taught me a lesson, which had a profound effect upon how I should value other people. I thank her for this lesson and am more mindful of putting the other person first. Barbara made the world a better place.

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Summer, 1942

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Barbara with dog, about 1940

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Boat trip, 1942

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Summer, 1942

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Barbara with dog, about 1940

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Boat trip, 1942

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Biography

Barbara Etta Taylor Bartlett went home to be with her Lord and Savior on January 3, 2020. Born October 29, 1935 to Ottie Taylor and Etta Yancy Taylor, Barbara grew up on a cattle farm near Booneville, AR.

After graduating as valedictorian of her high school class, Barbara met the love of her life, Leon Bartlett, when they worked together in the cafeteria at Arkansas Tech University where they were both students. After graduation, Barbara and Leon married and raised two children, Richard and Pam, in Fort Smith. An avid reader, Barbara pursued two post-graduate degrees and taught English and American literature at Westark Community College for 35 years until her retirement in 1997.

Barbara loved Jesus, her family, Jeopardy, and homemade ice cream. Despite a 24-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, she never lost her will to live or her sharp wit. She was a major fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, and of her grandchildren, Spencer and Ryan. She attended virtually every one of her grandchildren’s activities: soccer and baseball games, taekwondo tournaments. Even when she lost much of her mobility, she managed to climb bleachers to get the best vantage point to watch her grandson play soccer. She was selfless and strong. The undisputed queen bee of her family, she was an encourager who made others feel valuable and unconditionally loved.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Ottie and Etta Taylor; and her brother, Billy Taylor.

She is survived by her husband, Leon Bartlett; her son, Richard Bartlett; her daughter, Pam Stone; and son-in-law, Billy; grandson, Spencer Watso and wife, Allison; grandson, Ryan Watson and partner Kayla; great grandsons, Eli Watson and Reece Watson; and great granddaughter, Camille Watson.

Funeral Services for Barbara will be 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Roselawn Cemetery. Family will greet friends from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at the funeral home.

Honorary pallbearers will be the members of her Sunday School Class and Tim Smith with Heart of Hospice.

Memorial Contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Music Ministry, 1400 Grand Avenue, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901.