Barbara J. Hewitt

June 9, 1938February 17, 2021

Barbara Jean Hewitt, 82, of Muncie, passed away Wednesday evening, February 17, 2021, at her home.

She was born Thursday, June 9, 1938, in Albany, Indiana, the daughter of Eugene and Margaret (Morgan) Nickols. Barbara was raised in Muncie, and graduated from Muncie Central High School in 1956 and from Ball State Teacher’s College, (now Ball State University) in 1960.

Barbara’s lifelong occupation was in Elementary Education. Her first teaching position was in Battle Creek, Michigan where she met the love of her life, James S. Hewitt. They married in 1961, and moved to Lompoc, California, in 1962. Barbara taught elementary school there until she retired in 1998. During her thirty-six-year career, Barbara was held in high regard by all who knew her and received many awards and commendations for her excellence as a teacher.

Barbara was devoted to her family and in 2001 decided to move back to Muncie to be closer to them, where her home quickly became the main gathering place for family and friends. There were many card games and much laughter shared around her dining room table. She enjoyed music, gardening, the theatre and the arts, and participating in activities at Riverside United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James S. Hewitt, who passed away in 1977; her parents, Eugene and Margaret Nickols; her sister, Elizabeth Long, and her brother, Morgan Nickols.

Survivors include her son, Jason Hewitt, of New York, and her sisters, Peggy Polk and Connie Pendleton, both of Muncie. She is also survived by her niece, Katrina Long of Las Vegas, and nephews, Bill Polk, Jr., Greg Polk, Brad Polk (Ann), and Clay Pendleton, all of Muncie, sister-in-law, Patty Nickols, and nephew, Clinton Paul (Angela) of Kokomo, and several great nieces and nephews.

Barbara will be cremated and there will be a Celebration of Life service held at a later date, followed by burial in Elm Ridge Memorial Park.

The Elm Ridge Funeral Home has been entrusted with her arrangements. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at


  • JUNE 9, 1938 – FEBRUARY 17, 2021


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Sabrina Walters

February 28, 2021

sending love and prayers to your family. Connie and Peg sending many prayers to you girls. Love you both and will never forget either 9f you and I'm sure if I would have met Barbara I would have loved her too!

Ray Johnson

February 26, 2021

I send to you my deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother. What a pleasure to be of service to her.

Ray Johnson
Transportation Driver
LifeStream Services, Inc.

Joseph Speece

February 25, 2021

She was a great lady and she will be missed at Riverside.

Gary and Laura Shadoin

February 21, 2021

To the Family of Barb Hewitt..........Our Deepest Respects to You now in Barb's passing! A Wonderful Lady and True Friend.......many years of Good Times with Barb at Riverside U.M. Church and Great Times / Food in her home! With All of You, too! May Barb Live in our Hearts until We All Shall Meet Again.....Forever! Knowing Good People like Barb Makes Life Worth Living ALWAYS! We are Blessed.....
Sincerely, Gary and Laura Shadoin.

Erin Fox

February 20, 2021

I enjoyed providing care for Mrs Barbara during the last months of her life. She was such a caring, funny, determined lady. We had many laughs from our little secrets and many laughs during times I tried to pamper her fixing her hair on fridays. Barbara was so proud of her son Jason and loved to share memories of her family and time in California. I will sure miss her sweet soul and how she touched my life during the time we spent together.