Barbara Jean Robertson

August 17, 1931 ‒ February 08, 2020

Marengo, Ohio
Formerly of Mount Vernon, Ohio

Barbara Jean Robertson, age 88, of Marengo, died on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at Morrow Manor Care Facility in Chesterville following an extended illness.

On August 17, 1931, Barbara was born in Mount Vernon, Ohio, the daughter of the late Donnas Kirtley and Glenna (Johnson) Kirtley Cochran.  Losing her father when she was only 7 years old, she was also raised by her adoptive father, William “Bill” Cochran. She grew up in Fredericktown, Ohio, where she worked in her parents’ restaurant.  She graduated from Fredericktown High School class of 1949, where she was on the yearbook staff, NHS, Y-Teens, FHA, and Glee Club.

One fateful night at a school basketball game in Mount Vernon, Barbara met her husband-to-be, Jesse “Jack” Robertson.  Shortly thereafter, they were married. They shared sixty four wonderful years together, and lovingly raised one son, Jack D. Robertson.  They especially enjoyed wintering in Gainesville, Florida, for over thirty years. Her beloved, Jesse preceded her in death on May 19, 2019.

Barbara worked as a photographer’s assistant in Mount Vernon, until she was needed at home, becoming a loving homemaker to her husband and son.  She and Jesse shared a love for their home, and the beautiful land he was raised on, his father’s homestead. They worked tirelessly to keep the property and pond looking pristine.

Avid golfers, Barbara and Jesse golfed every chance they could, always trying to get their son, Jack to join them too.  She was especially proud to have won the Women’s Golf Championship at Pine Lakes in Mount Gilead. She also loved watching televised sports, including the Ohio State Buckeyes, all Cleveland’s professional teams, and golf.  Every gameday, she and Jesse would playfully telephone their son, Jack, to ask his prediction of the teams’ scores and record them along with their own; the winner earned bragging rights. They also were well known at Wendy’s, and loved seeing all of their friends there.

The best grandmother (better known as “Gaw“) in the world, Barbara and Jesse never missed any of their granddaughters’ plays, performances, ball games, and other academic and extracurricular activities.  She went to the greatest lengths to spoil those three girls she so adored, insisting they always be overfed with Red Baron pizzas, JELL-O and peaches, buttered saltine crackers, and ice cream. Her family often asked her to prepare favorite meals of fried chicken and creamy mashed potatoes, and at Christmastime, her famous date pinwheel cookies and chocolate walnut fudge.  They have the fondest memories of her at Christmastime and of her hugs that “were so warm and tight, you could literally feel how much she loved you.”

“There were many games played around Barb and Jesse’s kitchen table including Thirteen and Fill or Bust.  Barbara was one of the luckiest (or skilled) players. She would take the lead right out of the gate and remain there the entire game or come from behind during the last minute or two for the win.  She also kept everyone honest and always knew which cards should have been played and didn’t mind letting you know. She had a sharp mind and enjoyed crossword puzzles, solitaire, and Sudoku.”

Barbara will be missed by her three adoring granddaughters and their significant others: Sarah Elizabeth (fiance Eric Doyle) Robertson of Philadelphia, PA, Jessica Rae (fiance Jordan Rosenfield) Robertson of Cincinnati, and Andrea Jean (Cody) Hitchman of Warrensburg, MO; her daughter-in-law, Sandra Lisa Robertson of Hilliard; a brother, Bill Cochran of Coshocton; and several brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Including her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her only child, Jack D. Robertson on February 20, 2014; a sister, Marian Sears; and a brother, Jerry W. “Joe” Cochran.

***Due to travel restrictions for her family, services have been postponed for Barbara and will be announced at a later date.***

Memorial contributions may be made to Morrow Manor, PO Box 44, Chesterville, Ohio 43317.

On behalf of her family, they would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Sheryl Westbrook and all the caregivers at Morrow Manor.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to serve Barbara’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • Sandy and girls, I will always fondly remember Barb. You are so right, she loved with her whole heart. Your in my thought and prayers.

  • I am so sorry to hear of Barbara’s passing! I dearly loved her! So many precious memories of her! She was so kind to me when I was a young girl. I plan on seeing you on March 21st. ❤️

  • Barbara was beautiful inside and out—whenever we’d see her, she’d light up whenever we mentioned her son, daughter-in-law and granddaughters—-you brought her lots and lots of joy. May God bless and comfort you in the days ahead.

  • Bill, I’m so sorry for your loss of your sister, Barb. She was very kind to me and my children. Prayers to you and the rest of your family. Cherie

  • I loved you and Uncle Jack so much. Thank you for always being a consistent presence in our lives. I fondly remember going to spend time with you in the summer and knowing that every birthday and Christmas you would send me something.

    I’ll always remember all of the card and board games we played for hours in your kitchen. Thank you for letting me eat Pop tarts whenever I wanted and making sure no one else could use my favorite cartoon glass when I stayed there 🙂 These are the fun memories I’ll carry with me. I Love you Barbie

    Love Jaime xo