Mildred L. Barr

Mildred L. Barr

Mildred L. Barr, 95, of Ashland died peacefully at her residence Tuesday evening January 4, 2022 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s and cancer. In the face of all these challenges she never complained and greeted each day and every family member, visitor, and caregiver with a smile. Born July 9, 1926 in Noble county, Ohio to Goldie (nee Martin) Lucas, Mildred lived her entire adult life in Ashland. After graduating as the Salutatorian of the Sarahsville High School Class of 1944, Mildred moved to the Ashland area where she took a job at the Union Malleable working in the factory like many other women while the men were away during World War II. After the War’s end she met her future husband, Harry Barr, a young sailor who returned home from the service. They married in 1946, moved to a small farm that they bought with his parents, and spent the next 68 years together until his death in 2015.

Caring for her family was her main purpose in life and greatest source of pride. Mildred was a great mother and an excellent cook – her macaroni salad being one of her most requested dishes, but she also worked hard at vegetable gardening, sewing, helped with farm chores, and later helped her husband run their heating and air conditioning business. She was an avid reader – particularly enjoying the novels of Danielle Steele, she enjoyed crafts, and loved the movies and music of Elvis Presley.

Mildred is survived by her four children: Iris (Don) Hatt, Robert J. Barr, and Jody (Dianne) Barr all of Ashland and Lori (Jim) Dillon of Morehead, Kentucky as well as five grandchildren: Addie (Garett) Schneeg of Marion, Michigan, Julie (Tom) Kumpik of Nankin, Ohio, Amber and Jenna Dillon of Morehead, Kentucky and Aaron Barr of Shelby, Ohio, and five great grandchildren: Garrin, Ronin, and Ginger Schneeg, and Liam and Aiden Kumpik.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry L. Barr, her mother, Goldie Snyder, her brother, Bernard Lucas, and two grandchildren, Jenny and Derek Hatt.

A celebration of Mildred’s life will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at the Salvation Army Kroc Center Chapel, 527 E. Liberty Street, Ashland, Ohio. Visitors may greet the family beginning at 2:00 pm and the service begins at 3:00 pm. While the Kroc Center does not require masks everyone in attendance is strongly encouraged to wear a mask and observe social distancing.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mildred’s memory to the local chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor’s own choosing.

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