Barbara Lee Stafford, 94, passed away peacefully at home on May 6, 2020 surrounded by the love of her family. Barbara was born on September 1, 1925, the first child of George Harold and Gladys Eickmeyer. She lived the entirety of her life in Tipp City, growing up on the family farm on Troy Frederick Road and then, after marrying Robert Stafford in 1946, settling on West Plum Street where she still lived at the time of her death. In addition to her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by her loving husband of 68 years, Robert, brothers Keith, Ken, Sonny, Joe, sisters Patricia Hornick and Jean Birtle, and great grandson Brady Stafford. Barbara graduated from Tippecanoe High School in 1944 after a childhood characterized by the hardship of The Depression and the challenges of being the oldest of seven siblings on working farm. The story of getting up early to milk the cows and then walking a mile to the one room school house was recited many times. Upon graduation from high school Barbara went to work in the cosmetics department of Rike’s Department Store. After starting a family she was a full time homemaker until the children were older and she resumed her outside working life in order to supplement the family income, first at the local Tipp City bakery and then at Dorsey’s Supermarket, and finally, before joining Bob in retirement, she spent many years at the Miami County Recorder’s Office. She leaves behind to cherish her memory daughter Kathy, sons; Mark (Madenia) and Keith (Connie), grandchildren; Stephen, Jarrod, Megan, Nikea, Kirby, Landen and Braden, and great grandchildren; Zoe, Bo, Sloane, Dane, Saylor, and Crew. She also leaves behind sisters-in-law; Susan Stafford, Kay Baker, and Cindy Eickmeyer, and many nieces and nephews. Barbara and Bob were faithful members of the Zion Lutheran Church, Tipp City and they enjoyed being members of and taking part in the activities of the Tippecanoe Historical Society. Their greatest joy however, was going antiquing and finding treasures to add to their many collections. The legacy of love and caring left by Barbara Lee Eickmeyer Stafford will not soon be surpassed. She was a gentle woman, spiced with a great spirit of generosity, a disarming sense of humor and a not so tiny streak of stubbornness. She loved and served her family above all else and will be missed beyond measure. The family expresses their deep gratitude to the staff of Hospice of Miami County for their compassionate care and they would like to thank caregivers Linda, Sharon, Derrica, Stacy and Marissa for their incredible support and assistance. They would also like to express their heartfelt thanks for the tremendous outpouring of love and support from family and friends. Services have been entrusted to Frings and Bayliff Funeral Home. A private family graveside service will take place at Maple Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made in Barbara’s name to Zion Lutheran Church, 14 W. Walnut St., Tipp City, Ohio, 45371 or Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County, 550 Summit Ave., Troy, Ohio 45373.
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