Barbara Cattell Brantingham

December 10, 1935 ‒ May 25, 2010

Williamsburg, Virginia

Barbara Cattell Brantingham, a much beloved Missionary, Mother and Grandmother died on May 25th, 2010 at Patriot’s Colony Convalescence Center in Williamsburg, Virginia. She was 74.

She was born on December 10, 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio, belonged to a long line of Quaker missionaries. Her grandparents, George and Isabella DeVol, were missionary doctors in Nanking, China. Her parents, Everett and Catherine Cattel, spent their early careers in Madya Pradesh, India where Barbara lived the first eighteen years of her life.

Babs graduated from Woodstock School in the Himalayan foothills, and returned to Ohio to attend Cleveland Bible College (now Malone University). There she married John Paul Brantingham and had her first three children.

The family moved to Taiwan in 1963 where she worked for 25 years as a missionary, speaker, writer, community leader, and for a brief period, travel agent. This was in addition to being a full-time encourager, counselor and storyteller to the foreign community of Taipei. Her fourth Child was born in Taiwan.

She is survived by her sister, Mary Catherine, by daughter Jeanne Ming Brantingham Hayes, by sons David Everett, Jonathan Perry, and Timothy James, and by nine grandchildren: Leigh, Benjamin, William, Warren, Aaron, Nathan, Samuel, Jacob, and Miya.

A service celebrating the life of Barbara Brantingham will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the Alum Creek Friends Church, 3385 SR 229, Marengo, OH 43334 with Pastor James Brantingham officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the services and burial will follow in the Alum Creek Church Cemetery.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Marengo are honored to serve the Brantingham family, to view her complete obituary or send condolences please visit:

“O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”

Psalm 34:3 &4