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Zechar Bailey Funeral Home

1499 N Broadway PO Box 337, Greenville, OH

OBITUARY

Barbara "Barb" Ellen (Slade) Bixler

November 28, 1941February 6, 2020
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Barbara “Barb” Ellen Bixler (Slade) went home to Jesus on February 6, 2020 at 78 years old. Barb passed away at Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville, Ohio. Barb was born to the loving parents of Mary (Spencer) and Richard Slade on November 28, 1941 in Neave Township, Ohio. Barb attended school at Arcanum, Ohio. Barb married her husband, Jerry L. Bixler, on August 7, 1959 in Castine, Ohio. Barb graduated with a college degree in Social Services and was later employed as M.R.D.D. Coordinator at Quality Residential Alternatives for over 20 years. Barb was a strong advocate for her residents and worked well with the providers. Barb was actively involved with Greenville Evangelical United Methodist Church as a greeter, Sunday school teacher, and in mission work. Barb was honored with Ginghamsburg United Methodist’s Towel & Basin award for her service to the Clothesline Ministry and Counseling Center. She often volunteered for many organizations including: Darke County Youth for Christ, Greenville City Schools, Give Kids the World in Florida, and the Red Cross. She was an avid bowler and won the Women’s Greenville City Bowling League. She enjoyed playing the piano, traveling, and spending time with her family. Barb is preceded in death by her parents: Richard & Mary Slade; brother: Richard Slade; and nephew: Bradley Slade. Barb is survived by her spouse: Jerry Bixler; sister: Delores (Slade) Unthank, children: Kimberly (Bixler) & Daryl Moore, Tammy (Bixler) & Mark Abell, Kristina (Bixler) & John Heath, and Jeff & Tracie (Brawley) Bixler; grandchildren: Julie (Moore) & Ray Brothers, Brandon and Brittany (Dankworth) Moore, Madison Bixler, Denise Rohrer-Burden, Sarah Abell, Andrew Abell; great-grandchildren: RJ Brothers, Landon Brothers, Brady Brothers, Daphne Moore, Timothy James (TJ) Burden, and a great grand-daughter due in March; beloved pet dachshund, Bodie. A service will be held on Monday February 10, 2020 at 10:00 AM at EUM Church 111 Devor Street, Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Don Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Abbottsville Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2:00 PM until 4:00 Pm on Sunday February 9, 2020 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio and 1 hour prior to services on Monday at the church. It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities, or to Greenville Evangelical United Methodist Church-Missions. The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the caregivers who lovingly helped Barbara.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, February 9, 2020
  • Visitation Monday, February 10, 2020
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 10, 2020

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Barbara "Barb" Ellen (Slade) Bixler

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Michelle Mattice Dancer

February 8, 2020

I have always been thankful to Barb for hiring me to work at QRA within a week of me moving to Ohio...and where, a week later, I met my future husband. Barb was a soft spoken, calm-mannered, and caring person who advocated for her clients well. I fondly think of Barb every Holiday season. For the past 26 years, I have adorned my Christmas tree with a personalized, handmade ornament that Barb made and gave to each of her QRA employees that year.

Mary Brennan

February 7, 2020

I always enjoyed working with Barb. She was a strong, soft spoken woman who always put the needs of others first. She was an outstanding advocate for persons with disabilities and a great role model for all . I feel fortunate to have known her.

Annette Byers-Smith

February 7, 2020

I'm so sorry for your loss. I had the privilege of working with Barb through Wayne Industries. She was a very caring individual who advocated for the consumers she worked with. You will be greatly missed

Ida Jeanette Miniard-Noggle

February 7, 2020

Such a wonderful lady ..Agreat loss. She did a lot for MRDD
Our Deepest Sympathy,
The William & Ida Noggle Family

Barb Heindl

February 6, 2020

Jeff, Traci, & Madison and the rest of the Bickler family, so sorry for your loss. She was a nice lady, I am sure she will be greatly missed.

Connie Harshbarger

February 6, 2020

My deepest sympathy to Barb's family at this difficult time. I had the pleasure of working with Barb through Wayne Industries. She was dedicated to her job for the individuals she served. She had a true compassion in making a difference in their lives. Know that she was loved by many and will be sadly missed.

Christine Cavender

February 6, 2020

My condolences to Barb’s family. Thank you for the opportunity to work with her at the Hahn-Hufford Center of Hope. She was very sweet!

Isabelle Long

February 6, 2020

RIP My Dear Friend, Love you Barb and I cherish all the years & memories of our friendship.. Prayers for ALL the family.

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