Barbara Joan Oliver

December 18, 1947 ‒ February 02, 2013

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Barbara Joan Oliver, age 65, of Everview Drive, Mount Vernon, passed away on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born on December 18, 1947 in Canton, Ohio to the late Dr. Leroy and Constance (Spies) Schumaker. Barbara graduated from Canton Glenwood High School and The Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism and Public Relations.

She owned and operated several businesses in the Knox County area: Oliver Photography, Oliver Communications and (OCS) Oliver Career Solutions. Barbara was a member of the AMVETs Post 95 Women’s Auxiliary and the Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene.

She loved the Cleveland Indians since early childhood. She also loved following her son’s and grandchildren’s activities, be they sports, music or educational endeavors. She enjoyed listening to oldies (50’s and 60’s) music and could boogie, twist and dance with the best of them. Barbara was an avid reader, especially the Bible and loved to research topics and issues related to the Bible. She wrote poetry, and loved writing in general. Barbara was an accomplished photographer and loved working with abstract photo art.

She is survived by her husband George; sons Doug and Scott; granddaughters Gabrielle, Courtney, Margaret, Sophie; grandson Chase and great grandson Jameson.

Friends may call Thursday from 6-8PM at the Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene (16001 Glen Rd., Mount Vernon) where a memorial service will be held on Friday beginning at 10AM with Pastor Robert Morrison officiating. The family will observe a private burial at a later date.

Memorial contributions can be made to: Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Rd., Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Barbara Joan Oliver.