Barbara Jo Woodworth

Barbara Jo Woodworth

Barbara Jo Woodworth, 77, of Bluford, went to be with the Lord at 3:54 a.m. on Sunday, June 24, 2018, surrounded by her husband of nearly 58 years, her children and grandchildren.

She was born on Sept. 10, 1940, the daughter of Harold and Kathryn Hiatt Stover, in Bluford.

On Sept. 17, 1960, she married the love of her life, Maurice Lee “Woody” Woodworth, in the parsonage of the United Brethren Church in Bluford.

Barbara was a 1958 graduate of Bluford High School. After graduating from beauty school, she worked at the Bon Ton Beauty Salon. Later in life, she worked at Comprehensive Services until she started her “retirement job” at Drury Inn and worked there until 2012.

Barbara loved her family. She enjoyed taking care of them and fixing them meals as often as she could. She was devoted to reading her Bible and loved attending the Bluford Church of God with her church family. 

Barbara also took pride in keeping up her flowers and feeding her hummingbirds. Her family said she has been a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, niece, cousin and friend to many and will be missed every single day.

Barbara is survived by her children, Michele Newton and husband, Jim Huffman of Benton, Jamie Myers of Mount Vernon, Shannon Woodworth and wife, Tanett of West Frankfort,  and Brooke Niederhofer and husband, Danny of Richview; grandchildren Heather Esmon, Hollie Esmon, Bethany Braddock, Breanne Bergman, Haleigh Myers, Hannah Myers, Hunter Woodworth, Rayne Niederhofer, Lorren Niederhofer, Shana Woodworth, Britni Bateman and Kasie Meneese; great-grandchildren Caleb Wilderman, Holly and Jeffrey Sledge, Valerie, Ross, Brock and James Bergman, Chelsea Edenfield, Aleksander Northcutt, Brinleigh and Bentley Esmon, Aubree Woodworth, and Leo Burke; brothers Vic Stover of Sparta and Rodney Stover of Bluford; sisters-in-law Doris Minor and Louise Brucker; an uncle, Jim Hiatt; an aunt, Lora Donoho; nieces and nephews Keyla Stover, Korey Stover, Shane Stover, Tammy Donoho, and Jamey Stover; several other nieces and nephews-in-law; and several great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant sister, Loretta Kay Stover; a grandson, Branden Braddock; her father and mother-in-law, Albert and Julia Woodworth; and a brother-in-law, Charlie Woodworth.

Visitation will be Thursday, today, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 1 p.m. Per Barbara’s wishes, she will be cremated.

Memorials can be made to the Bluford Church of God.

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