Barbara Jean Newton

Barbara Jean Newton, 88, passed away April 3, 2020, in Hutchinson, KS. She was born July 30, 1931, to Austin and Alice (Blair) Ramsey in Arkansas City. Barbara attended public school there and graduated from the local junior college and later Kansas State University. She married Albert E. Newton of Dexter on October 27, 1950, at her parent’s home. He died May 4, 2019. They taught in several school districts across north central and western Kansas, retiring at Conway Springs in 1985.

During retirement they made their home in rural Arkansas City before embarking on full-time camping in the late 1990-96. Barbara loved to travel, read, tell a joke or funny story to whomever would listen, and quilt. She delighted in making quilts for each grandchild and great-grandchild and great-great-grandson. She and Albert were proud that they had visited each of the 50 states. They moved to Hutchinson in 2006 to be closer to family.

Other survivors include three sons – Chris of Lawrence; Craig (Kristy) of Decatur, TX; Clint (Joann) of Salina; seven grandchildren – Austin and Kevin Newton; Jamie (Mark) Pena and Tyler (Jennifer) Newton; Tonya (Bobby) Lawson, Tina (JD) Grace, and Stacey (Sterling) Montgomery, and two sisters – Marjorie (Fred) Wolf, El Reno, OK; and Betty Smith, Ferndale, Washington. Also surviving are eleven great-grandchildren, a great-great grandson, and a host of nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death was her husband, daughter-in-law, parents, sister, brother, two brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law.

A celebration of Barbara’s life will be held at St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Arkansas City on June 5, 2021, at 11 am and burial at Hope Cemetery at 2 pm near Arkansas City. Cremation has taken place. Memorial contributions can be made to Kansas Retired Teachers, Arkansas City Chapter.

Messages & Condolences

From Don Ziegler...

Chris, Clint, & Craig. My Condolences to you and your families with the loss of your mom. She was a classy person. I was hoping to attend but have a conflict. Chris, could you contact me, I have a few questions regarding Lawrence. Again sorry for your loss.

From Dan Marrs...

So sorry to hear of Barb’s passing, but now she’s with Al and most of the rest of her friends. I know Jack and Mildred will be happy to see her. There are many memories of Barb and Al, but one that few others can probably relate is remembering her walking down the staircase on her Dad’s arm, on her way to marry Al. Only wedding I ever attended in a home, but it stuck in my mind. Rest in peace dear Barb.

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