Barbara J. ‘Barb’ (Harper) Barnett

April 13, 1942 ‒ December 17, 2016

Marion, Ohio
Formerly of Ironton, Ohio

Barbara J. “Barb” (Harper) Barnett, age 74, of  Marion,  joined her beloved granddaughter, Echo, in heaven on Saturday afternoon, December 17, 2016, at her daughter’s home surrounded by her loving  family.

On April 13, 1942, Barb was born in Ironton, Ohio, she was the oldest child of the late Robert and Viola (Harper) Skaggs.

Barb had a very strong work ethic, while working for Whirlpool Corporation for twenty four dedicated years, working as an assembly line employee.

Always keeping busy, Barb was meticulous about her home and including doing the laundry. Never leaving the house until her bed was made.  Very particular about her lawn and yard work.

A woman of faith, Barb was previously baptized in the pond at her daughter’s home.  She also attended the Marion Freewill Baptist Church.

Most important of all to Barb, was her family and friends. She was always willing to assist with all of their needs    She loved to reminisce with stories and laughter and would go on for hours.  She enjoyed making memories with her family, by taking several special trips together to Hawaii.

Barb will be remembered for her feisty spirit and for being fiercely independent…though some may prefer to call her stubborn.  They will always picture her on the back porch, relaxing in her glider with her beloved chihuahua “Kitty”.

She will be dearly missed by her five children: William (Shirley) Harper, Deborah (James) Gattshall, both of Marion, Priscilla (Dana) Kincaid of  Bucyrus, Zachary (Julie) Harless, and Jacqueline LeMaster, both of Marion; nine grandchildren: Chris, Tim (Monica), Dustyn, James, Blake, Stephanie, Casey, Austin and Trinity; a grandson-in-law, Michael Zimmerman; five great-grandchildren; three siblings: Robert (Bev) Skaggs Jr., Della Robyn (Phil) Jones, and Edna Mae (Robert) Sullivan; a sister-in-law, Audrey Elswick; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including her parents, Barb was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Echo Gattshall Zimmerman; and her brother, Roy Elswick.

Her family will greet friends from 11 – 1 p.m. on Thursday, December 22, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, GUNDER/HALL Chapel, 347 W. Center St. Marion.  Services honoring her life will be held there at 1 p.m., with Chaplain Meg Knape officiating.  Burial will follow in Marion Cemetery.

In honor of her granddaughter Echo, memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Patient Services, 1800 N. Blanchard St. #120, Findlay, OH 45840, for being an amazing resource to Barb’s family and granddaughter, Echo.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to have been chosen to serve Barb’s family and your favorite memories and sympathies may be shared with them by visiting

  • It was an honor to get to know Barb and spend quality time with her out at the Scrap Shak. She was one-of-a-kind and will truly be missed. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers daily. Just know how much you are loved my dear friend.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Barb at Whirlpool and heard many stories over the years. And the words that you used to describe her life is how I remember her too. Especially the part about loving her family. She was so proud of you all. God bless all of you .

  • A beautiful lady with a beautiful
    soul! She always had a smile no matter how bad she felt and I never once heard her complain! She was brave, she never let her illness define her!
    Echo was the same way…..
    Barb and Echo together once again! 😇😇 Hugs & prayers for the family! 💞🙏😭💔

  • It was a privilege to know Barb. She has a one of a kind spirit and a great sense of humor. She will be greatly missed and heartwarmingly remembered. Rest in peace, Barb.

  • I’ll never forget how blessed I was to have Barb as a friend but most importantly I considered her my mother. I loved her fiesty way to tell you the way it is but with humor. And just as her granddaughter Echo she lit the room up with her smile. Love you always and forever. 💗

  • So sorry for your loss. I didn’t know Barb well but my son, Adam, did and he often spoke of her. He used the terms ornery, funny and feisty as well as sweet and caring. My prayers go out to her family and friends. It is always hard when a loved one leaves our presence on this earth especially at this time of the year. I know Echo was waiting for her beloved grandmother and met her with open arms.

  • So sorry for the loss of both of your loved ones Echo and Barb. Two really great women. Prayers for Debbie and Jimmy. Just know they are no longer in any pain or agony and they re taking good care of each other and looking down on the rest of the family. R.I.P. Barb and Echo.

  • Barb married my Uncle Dick, and she made him very happy. I always loved her big smile, contagious laugh, and wonderful sense of humor. Our deepest sympathies to the family.

  • It was a privilege to know Barb as a good friend and neighbor, sweet and caring lady. Will be sadly missed, she will always live in my heart. Echo was just a beautiful soul. So sorry for the families loss.

  • I want to extend to you and your family my deepest sympathy. It is difficult to watch our dear loved ones suffer and die; but soon that will be a thing of the past. God has promised that he is going to wipe out all suffering, sickness, and death forever. We find that promise at Revelation 21:4. Along with that hope is the expectation of John 5:28, 29; there we see how those we have lost in death will be resurrected to life, here one earth. I do hope you find comfort in this, as I and many others have.