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Obituary: Barbara Joanne Buchanan, RICHFIELD, Ohio

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Barbara Joanne Buchanan

Barbara Joanne (Ferguson) Buchanan passed on to be with God on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. She was a resident of Richfield, Ohio.

She was the beloved wife of the late Benjamin F. Buchanan (June 25, 2005) and daughter of Jewel Celeste and Russell L. Ferguson.

Her siblings who also predeceased her are Jack, Paul, Charles, David and Judith Miller-Leavitt.

She is survived by her sister, Nancy Ferguson Overton (Willis III); and brother, Donald Ferguson (Beatrice). She leaves behind children, Cynthia Archer (Robert); granddaughter, Margeaux Wert (Scott); and great-grandchildren, Owen, Ethan and Hannah; Barbara’s younger daughter, Jennifer Harbaugh (Byron); and granddaughter, Aubrey O’Bryan.

Barbara also will be missed by many nieces, nephews; and all those she was around sharing her beautiful smile.

Barbara was born on April 14, 1930, on Shelby Street in Indianapolis. She was baptized at the age of 10 at Garfield Park Baptist Church, where she also was married to Benjamin F. Buchanan on July 17, 1949.

Barbara was the Fifth Worthy Advisor of the Order of Rainbow for Girls, Southport Chapter, in the late 1940s. Daughter Cynthia followed her into that organization, same chapter.

Barbara played the organ at Beech Grove United Methodist Church in the 1950s and was a member of Martinsville United Methodist Church in the 1970s.

While Barbara and Benjamin were residents of Crestwood Apartments, they were members of Southport Presbyterian Church.

Barbara’s talents including being a pianist at a young age, going on to graduate from Franklin Township High School in the class of 1948. After raising Cynthia and Jennifer, she then went on to a school of music in St. Louis.

In 1972, she changed professions and became a Realtor. For over 20 years, she was a prominent Realtor assisting many clients, a member of MIBOR, and was a multimillion-dollar real-estate broker.

After the death of her husband of over 55 years, she moved to The Merriman in Akron, Ohio, on Sept. 9, 2005. She loved the glamor of this century-old home, which was filled with marble fireplaces and chandeliers. She made many friends there with the residents, employees and also with the families of her roommates. Once she could no longer enjoy the quality of life at The Merriman, she was blessed to be given a home in the Regina Health Center on Feb. 24, 2012, run by the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, in Richfield, Ohio. Her care there was superb, and she had endeared herself to many there.

Barbara made friends easily, had a genuine caring personality and a love for life and will truly be missed.

Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at G.H. Herrmann Greenwood Funeral Home, 1605 S. State Road 135. Services will be officiated by her nephew, the Rev. Steven J. Resner. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home. Her body will be buried at Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin.

God rest her soul, in Heaven above.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at ghherrmann.com.

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