Barbara Jean Newton, 88, passed away Friday, April 3, 2020, in Hutchinson.
A celebration of Barbara’s life will be held at a later date in Arkansas City. Burial is at Hope Cemetery near Arkansas City. Cremation has taken place.
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 Oct. 27, 1950, at her parents’ home. He died May 4, 2019. They taught in several school districts across north-central and western Kansas, retiring from Conway Springs in 1985.
During retirement they made their home in rural Arkansas City before embarking on full-time camping from late 1990 until 1996. Barbara loved to travel, read, tell a joke or funny story to whoever would listen, and quilt. She delighted in making quilts for each grandchild and great-grandchild and for her 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.
She was preceded in death by her husband; daughter-in-law; parents; sister; two brothers-in-law; and a sister-in-law.
Other survivors include three sons, Chris, of Lawrence, Craig (Kristy), of Decatur, Texas, and 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, of El Reno, Okla., and Betty Smith, of Ferndale, Wash. Also surviving are 10 great-grandchildren; a great-great grandson; and a host of nieces and nephews.