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Barbara A. Black

Barbara A. Black Barbara A. Black

Barbara Ann Padgett Black, age 81, Depauw, Ind., was born June 26, 1939, at Louisville, Ky., to the late James Thomas and Mary Katherine Thompson Padgett. Barbara passed away Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Depauw.

Surviving are her children, Kimberly Ann Black, George (Butch) William Black III (Donna), Thomas (Chris) Christopher Black (Teresa) and Wendy Kay Black (Lori); grandchildren, Jeremy Deitsch, Jayla Deitsch, Jordan Black, Kyle Black, Chelsey Bohnert, Lindsey Lloyd, Dawson Black, Katie Songer, Ethan Black and Jaden Black; and 12 great-grandchildren.

On Sept. 19, 1958, she married her late husband of 53 years, George (Buddy) William Black Jr,. who passed away May 26, 2012.

Barbara’s parents worked at Lorillard’s until their retirement. Barbara went to high school at Presentation Academy. Barbara went to college while raising her children and became a registered nurse. She began her nursing career at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Hospital in Louisville. In 1968, Barbara and Buddy bought a small farm in Depauw, where they lived until their passing. Barbara’s first job in Harrison County was director of nursing at Corydon Nursing Home and she worked 25 years as a nurse for Dr. David Dukes until his retirement. She also worked for Dr. William Dukes, Dr. Stephen Bodney and Dr. John Gonzaba until her retirement.

Barbara was active in politics and the community. She was vice chairman of the Harrison County Democratic Party for eight years and was the first female chairman of the Harrison County Democratic Party, where she served for another eight years. Barbara loved life, helping others and lived for her family.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, at Swarens Funeral Home in Ramsey, Ind., with burial at Mount Zion Cemetery, Depauw.

Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and after 9 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.