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Barbara Bartlett

Barbara Bartlett, resident of Collingsworth County for 56 years, passed away Sunday, December 27, 2020 just shy of her 80th birthday.

Graveside services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, December 29 at the North Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Adams Funeral Home of Wellington.

Born January 18, 1941 in Forrest City, Ark. to Jack and Marietta Coleman, Barbara moved to Lonoke, Ark. when she was in the 7th grade. She graduated from Lonoke High School in 1958 and attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. A member of the Gamma Nu Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma, Barbara earned her bachelor of science degree in education. She graduated from the

University of Arkansas in 1962 and left for Denver, Colo. to begin her teaching career.

She married Earl Lynn Bartlett on March 27, 1964. They met while Barbara taught school in Denver. Ironically, Barbara met Earl Lynn’s mother, Marguerite Bartlett, before she met him. Molly Denley, also of Wellington, and Barbara were roommates and co-workers at the same elementary school in Denver. Naturally, it was inevitable for Earl Lynn and Barbara to meet.

Barbara taught for Wellington ISD 26 years in language arts and retired in 2004. After her retirement, she continued to teach a TAKS Prep program to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.

She served as a member of the First Christian Church, Collingsworth County Retired Teachers, the 1954 Study Club and the Ritz Guild. Barbara loved attending the First Christian Women’s Bible Study and supporting the Collingsworth Public Library board in a big way. She worked part-time with WOWW, Windows on a Wider World with the Amarillo Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts.

Barbara taught Sunday school at the Methodist Church, helped organize tennis tournaments and volunteered as a Girl Scout leader. One of Barbara’s favorite things to do was support “her” Arkansas Razorbacks and the Wellington Skyrockets. She was also a member of the Skyrocket Booster Club. She followed all her grandchildren throughout junior high, high school and college to attend all their sporting events.

After her husband Earl Lynn passed away in 2003, Barbara traveled to Ruidoso, N.M. and worked during the summer at the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack as the information hostess. This is how she also became known as aka “Track Granny.” She loved Ruidoso enough that she along with Jean Cudd and Jan Cudd Stallings invested in a condominium they referred to as the “Foxy Ladies.”

Survivors include son Lynn Bartlett and wife Diana Bartlett, daughter Kaylynn Wood and her husband Keith Wood and son Joe Bartlett. Her grandchildren are Kacy Uechi and husband Marcus, Blake Ashmore and husband Klark, Walker Bartlett and wife Linsey, Hunter Wood and Parker Wood. She also has one great grandchild, Mays Uechi. Barbara is also survived by her sister Betty Bollinger and husband, a niece, nephew and extended family.

Barbara will be remembered for her passion for her family and for cooking, and for being a teacher for all, a cheerleader to everyone, a devoted community member, a devoted wife, a loving mother and a doting grandmother. She had a big presence in everyone’s life. Barbara loved unconditionally and would go above and beyond for anyone. Caring for others came naturally to her.

The family suggests that memorials be made to the Collingsworth Public Library in care of Adams Funeral Home, 1300 East Avenue, Wellington, TX 79095.
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