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Barbara (Walker) Gillum

September 20, 1940May 9, 2021

Barbara Ellen (Walker) Gillum was born on September 20, 1940 in Kanauga, Ohio and passed away on May 9, 2021 in Riesel, Texas. The family has had a private graveside service. A celebration of life will be held on May 28, 2021 with a service starting at 3:00 p.m. followed by come and go visitation with family until 6:00 p.m. at Antioch Community Church – Kids Auditorium, 510 N. 20th Street, Waco, Texas 76707. Barbara grew up on the banks of the Ohio river in Gallipolis, Ohio. She came to Jesus as a young girl and set in her heart a desire to be a missionary someday. That dream would be fulfilled through her children and grandchildren. Barbara met her husband of over 61 years at Ohio University. Don and Barbara married and moved to Texas where they settled on a farm in Riesel. She completed her degree and graduated from Baylor University where she then enjoyed her career advising students at Hankamer School of Business for 22 years. Barbara had a heart for creativity and left her fingerprints on many people by sharing her gifts over the years through these different creative outlets. She took great joy in painting, drawing, pottery, weaving, music, sewing and baking. She passed many of these talents down to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her love of music was expressed in many ways. She served the Riesel community by directing the Riesel community choir for various events including the Christmas Cantata for 36 years. Barbara taught many children about her Savior through Sunday School songs. She expressed her love of the Lord by playing the piano and writing worship songs that blessed the Lord’s heart and those around her. Ofttimes the songs came to her in the middle of the night with her going to her piano and writing out the words and chords she said the Lord had given her. These, she would say, were here favorites as they were a personal expression between her and her God. She kept that song in her heart to the very end and even the week before she passed, she wrote a worship song with her grandson, Daniel. Many of her favorite times included her family and friends gathered around the piano signing while she played. Barbara had a giving heart. She spent many early morning hours (because “day old” was not acceptable} baking cinnamon rolls, kolaches and fresh bread to donate to various local organizations and churches for bake sales. She was well-known for her baked goods. Many of the paintings, drawings, and ceramic pieces she created were given away to anyone who crossed her path as her way of showing her love. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents Ralph Walker and Katherine Walters Walker. Barbara is survived by her Husband Donald Gillum, Daughter Darcy Guenat, Son Jeffrey Gillum and wife Tami, Grandchildren Lisa Zgarba and husband Jeremy, Katie Tullous and husband Kevin, Sarah Guenat, Daniel Guenat and Samuel Gillum, Great grandchildren Joseph, Kaydance, Hannah and Isabella Zgarba and Kamri Tullous, Sister Joyce Utz and brothers Ralph (Harriet) Walker Jr., Roger Walker and John (Linda) Walker and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

“Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her” Proverbs 31:28

To continue Barbara’s passion for missions a memorial fund has been established and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Enduring House – Barbara Gillum Memorial Mission Fund, 2152 Sommerfeld Dr., Waco, Texas 76705.


  • The Enduring House - Barbara Gillum Memorial Mission Fund


  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, May 28, 2021

  • Visitation with family

    Friday, May 28, 2021


Barbara (Walker) Gillum

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Richard Easley

May 30, 2021

I worked with Barbara at Baylor’s business school for many years. She was, without a doubt, one of the kindest & sweetest ladies I’ve ever known — just a wonderful person. It was so nice to read the many things that she has done in her community as a disciple of Christ. Prayers for Barbara’s family & and much admiration for her.

Most sincerely,

Richard Easley

Joe McKinney

May 19, 2021

I was sorry to see the notice of Barbara's passing. I did not work closely with Barbara at the Baylor Business School, but always appreciated her kind and generous spirit whenever our paths crossed. From her obituary it is obvious that she was a very special person, deeply devoted to her Lord and to fellow human beings. She will surely be missed. My sincere condolences to her family.

Margaret Abel

May 17, 2021

Barbara was such a sweet dear lady, and she was such an important part of our Heart to Heart Women's Ministry. I was so saddened to learn of her passing. Please know that you, her family, are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Much love,
Margaret Abel

Alma Pearl Beaver Soponyai

May 15, 2021

I never had the privilege of knowing Barbara well, but we both attended
Gallia Academy High School together.
I am sad that she is no longer with us, but she seemed to have a wonderful-fulfilled life. See you in Heaven, Barbara. May God bless your family with
all good things. Love, Pearl

Marjo Glass Richmond

May 12, 2021

What a beautiful lady. As a small child, I have fond memories of Mrs. Gillum and her musically talented family leading us in music at Riesel Methodist Church. One of my favorite memories, was to arrive to church and realize that it was Song Sunday, where we picked whatever hymns we wanted to sing for the whole service! I loved these Sundays! One special song that she sang a few times that remains in my memory is Special Delivery by Evie. I have found it online and listened many times upon learning of this news-I can picture her singing it vividly. I think it is surely how she entered heavens gates-filled with the spirit and carried by grace. I bet my dad has already requested the Battle Hymn of the Republic for her to sing. Our hearts and prayers are with the Gillum family as you remember all of her goodness and love. She touched my life.

Rose Tanner

May 11, 2021

I have fond memories of Barbara when we attended Riesel Methodist. She was a genuine and caring lady. Wherever I saw her over the years she was always so easy talk to and always asking about my family. She will be missed! Prayers for Don and Darcy and Jeff and all the family.
Tootie Tanner

Renee Poston

May 11, 2021

I always loved it when your mom would make her fried pies for our volleyball games or for the meals after church. She was such a loving and caring woman. Loved her smile and she was so sweet and kind to my mom , dad , Rhonda and me. Praying for Don and your family. Love y'all Renee' Huckaby Poston.

Glyn and Rosalee Schraeder

May 10, 2021

We thought so much of Barbara, she was such a big part of the Riesel Methodist Church when we attended. Whenever we saw her she never failed to ask about our son, Michael. She watched him grow up in the church and she always wanted to know how he was doing.
We are so sorry for your loss and will be praying for your family during this difficult time.
She was a very special lady.
Glyn and Rosalee Schraeder

Diana Basquez

May 10, 2021

So sad to hear this, heard it from Dee Winter. Hugs & prayers for Don. Sweet memories of having soup & singing at their home many times . Love you Don.


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