Barbara A. Carruthers, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away peacefully on November 20, 2023, at Cranberry Park in Canal Winchester. Born on April 15, 1931, Barbara led a remarkable life filled with love, joy, and cherished memories.
Barbara dedicated many years of her career to South Central Power as an office administrator. Her strong work ethic and commitment to excellence earned her the respect and admiration of her colleagues. She approached her professional duties with diligence and always displayed a warm and welcoming demeanor to everyone she encountered.
While Barbara was undoubtedly an accomplished professional, her true passion resided in her role as a devoted wife and mother. She found great joy in gathering with her family during special occasions like Christmas and Thanksgiving. It was during these gatherings that she showcased her exceptional culinary skills by preparing delicious feasts that would leave everyone's taste buds yearning for more. Her ability to bring loved ones together through food was a testament to the love and care she showered upon her family.
Beyond her culinary talents, Barbara possessed a humble and old-fashioned nature that brightened the days of those around her. Whether it was a small gesture or a grand gift, Barbara never missed an opportunity to express her gratitude by writing thank-you notes that warmed hearts and immortalized moments shared with loved ones.
In addition to these heartfelt gestures, Barbara found solace in tending to her beautiful garden and nurturing vibrant flowers. Gardening served as both therapy for her soul and an opportunity to witness the beauty of nature firsthand. She had a green thumb that transformed every patch of land into an enchanting oasis blossoming with life and color.
Another beloved aspect of Barbara's life was her admiration for John Wayne. The impact he had on her was evident in the way she spoke fondly about him.
Sports also held a special place in Barbara's heart. She passionately cheered for both the Dallas Cowboys and The Ohio State University Buckeye football teams. Her unwavering support enlivened every game day as she rooted enthusiastically from the sidelines.
Barbara's passing leaves an indescribable void in the lives of those who knew and loved her dearly. She was preceded in death by Richard Carruthers, her loving husband; Lucy May Klingler Good, her mother who tragically departed at a young age; Otis Good, her father; and Ester Davis Good, her stepmother who provided loving care while raising her.
Her memory will forever be treasured by her surviving family. John (Bettie) Carruthers, Terri Sampson, Sharon Hartman, and Pam Carruthers were blessed to call Barbara their mother. Her grandchildren, Ian (Stacie) LoSchiavo of Virginia, Bill (Stephanie) Sampson of Circleville, Brandie (Jason Hartig) Carruthers of Lancaster, Joe Carruthers of Pataskala, and Derek Hartman of Canal Winchester will always carry the love and wisdom she imparted upon them. The legacy of Barbara's kindness continues through her great-grandchildren Andrew Carruthers, Jackson Carruthers, McKenna LoSchiavo, and Donald Sampson.
Amidst this grief-stricken time, we cannot overlook the significant role that friendship played in Barbara's life. From the first grade until her final days, Betty Peer from Iowa remained a steadfast friend who shared countless memories with Barbara. Bonnie and Kari Detty held a special place in her heart as cherished friends who brought joy to her life.
Barbara A. Carruthers will forever be remembered for her unwavering love for her family, her dedication to her work, and the kindness she bestowed upon everyone she encountered. Her vivacious spirit and genuine warmth will continue to inspire all those fortunate enough to have known her.
As we bid farewell to Barbara A. Carruthers today, let us find solace in knowing that she has found eternal peace. May we honor her memory by carrying forth the love and compassion she so selflessly shared with us all.
Caring Cremation has taken place. Memorial calling hours will take place on Thursday, November 30th, 2023 from 4PM until 7PM at the Frank E. Smith Funeral Home. A private interment of her cremains will take place at a later date at Union Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either Summit Hospice 2760 Airport Dr #160, Columbus, OH 43219 or the wounded warrior project https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/