Barbara L. McConkie
July 27, 1939 ‒ November 09, 2011
Barb McConkie knew that most of her service to the community largely went unnoticed and unappreciated. She never sought the recognition of man, but was content to know that the eye of God was on her activities and her motives. Her service was not of her own strength, but by the grace of God which was in her (1 Cor 15:10). She served the Lord by serving others.
What we weave in life will be worn in eternity. Barb McConkie is dressed in her eternal rewards, and crowned with righteousness (2 Tim 4:8), as she was present with the Lord Wednesday afternoon November 9, 2011, following a heroic response to a long illness. She was 72.
Born Barbara L. Smith on July 27, 1939 in Parker, Pennsylvania, to Charles A. & Leona W. (Black) Smith, she was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1957. She attended Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana.
On January 27, 1962 she married Robert McConkie, a young man she had met at church: the Marion Avenue Grace Brethren Church. They remained active in the Grace Brethren Church for years, and Barb worked at Barnes before accepting a position as a teller in the then Farmer’s Bank in Bellville.
When they were blessed with children, Barb took time to raise her family. In the late 1970s, a personal friend Richard Petty was elected sheriff of Richland County, and he asked Barb for her help in organizing his department. After training, she worked 20 years as a sheriff’s deputy, under five different sheriffs, primarily in administration. She remained a member of Buckeye Sheriffs Association.
Barb served as clerk of Jefferson Township for 12 years, and will be best remembered as her role as a helpmate to her husband. She helped Bob operate their farm, running for parts, mowing, working in the fields – whatever needed to be done.
A poll worker with the Richland County Board of Elections, Barb was very supportive – right at his side – working alongside Bob the past 40 years with the Bellville Agricultural Society.
She and Bob enjoyed traveling. Their trips to Switzerland, Germany, Taiwan and Hawaii were highlights of their trips, and they so enjoyed their winter home in Winterhaven, Florida.
She was a member of New Life Church of Christ.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 50 years Robert; their son and daughter-in-law Rob & Missy McConkie of Bellville; their daughter and son-in-law Pam & Adam Lee of Kettering; grandchildren Orrin, Cora and Wyatt McConkie and Faith, Hannah, Isaac and Luke Lee; and her sister Berneta Livengood of Voorhees, New Jersey.
The McConkie family will receive friends Sunday, November 13, 2011 from 2 to 7 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where her funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. Pastors Steve Kistler, Dan Noe and Les Vnasdale will officiate. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.
Contributions in her memory to New Life Church of Christ, Jefferson Township-Bellville Fire Department or Bellville Agricultural Society (the Fair Board) may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the McConkie family, and private condolences to them may be made online at: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com