Barbara Ann Carttar Robison, 93, of Winfield, died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, at Cumbernauld Village.
A memorial service is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Grace United Methodist Church in Winfield. Miles Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials have been established for Grace United Methodist Church in Winfield and for Curamericas Global, honoring her service to the people of Bolivia. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made through the funeral home or sent directly to those organizations. Online condolences can be made at www.milesfuneralservice.com.
Barbara was born on June 8, 1926, in Wichita, the second child of Donald and Edna (Tennery) Carttar. She grew up in Wichita and Clearwater, graduating from Clearwater High School in 1944. After her graduation, the family moved to Winfield, and Barbara attended Southwestern College for two years. She then transferred to Kansas State College (later KSU), where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics in 1948.
After graduating from college, her spirit of adventure took over, and she left for La Paz, Bolivia, in July, 1948. For a year and a half, she taught at The American Institute, a K-12 school founded by the Methodist Church, and directed at that time by Howard Yoder, of Winfield. Howard and Helen Yoder had maintained a friendship with Don and Edna Carttar since they were all students at Southwestern College.
Barbara met a young Methodist missionary pastor named William Thomas “Jack” Robison in Bolivia. They married on Dec. 14, 1949, and had five children, all born in Bolivia. Their children were Nathan Carttar, Charles Price, Ann Tennery, Helen Elizabeth and Daniel McKinley.
Barbara and Jack’s missionary career in Bolivia spanned 33 years. They served Aymara-speaking people in several congregations near Lake Titicaca, in the city of La Paz, and in the tropical forest foothills. Barbara oversaw children’s Sunday school and provided music wherever she went, playing rustic pump organs and mastering church hymns on the accordion. She was very active in the Women’s Society of the Methodist Church in Bolivia and attended several international women’s conventions. She also taught health and nutrition classes in the communities where she served.
Barbara moved in 1981 to Winfield with her husband, Jack, and they retired from their work with the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries in 1983. At that time, Barbara joined Grace United Methodist Church and had been an active member ever since. She played an active role in the GUMC unit of United Methodist Women. She took her turns in leadership roles, looking especially for ways to include younger women. She made sure the unit participated in the UMW reading program, overseeing the purchase of books and the distribution and collection of reading logs. Barbara loved to bake for the Magnificent Christmas Cookie Adventure at Grace from its inception in 1991 and gained a degree of local fame by baking myriad peppernuts each year for that UMW fundraiser. At Grace she was also active in the Ministry of Music, singing in the chancel choir, and ringing in the bell choir into her 80s.
Barbara loved to travel. Whether she was driving around Kansas, taking the mountain roads of Bolivia, or on a train to the USSR, she always wanted to see what was around the next curve. She loved to watch Jeopardy, and at the age of 83, travelled to the Galapagos Islands as a result of an online contest.
Barbara was a talented seamstress. She took up hand-quilting in her 60s, and worked with the GUMC quilters once a week for about 15 years. She was also a wonderful and adventuresome cook. In addition to her church affiliations, she belonged to the Hypatia Study Club, the Winfield Friends of the Environment and the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority.
Barbara was preceded in death by both her parents; her brother, Donald Minter; her husband, Jack; and her daughter-in-law, Sheila McKean.
Surviving her to celebrate her memory are her sister, Mary Carttar Hartley (Bob); her children Nathan (Lourdes), Price, Dan, and Ann Robison, and Helena Peacock (Hal); her grandchildren, Mark and Ligia Robison, Raquel Farah (Ryan Costello), and Brisa Peacock (Omar Salavarria), and Daniel Peacock; and her great-granddaughter, Lucia.