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Barbara Ann OswaltPassing: June 23, 2020


Private Graveside Service


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Private Graveside Service

MITCHELL – Barbara Ann Oswalt, 77, passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at her residence.

Born October 29, 1942, in Leesville, Louisiana, she was the daughter of Lt. Col. James Hubert and Helen Musette (Boyett) Tirey.  She married James T. Oswalt, Jr. March 21, 1998.

Barbara was a teacher and school administrator.    She earned her bachelor’s degree at Ball State University and her master’s and specialist degrees at Indiana University Bloomington.  She had taught at Lincoln Elementary, Fayetteville Elementary and elementary school in Hawaii.    Barbara had served as assistant director of the Special Education Cooperative and as director of Special Education Cooperative from 1982 – 2004.  She was an organizer and active in Special Olympics, and enjoyed Special Ed children, especially.

Barbara was a Lawrence County Women of Excellence recipient and committee member, and was active in community service.  She was also a member of Gamma Chapter of Tri Kappa in Bedford, Bedford Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, and First United Methodist Church in Bedford. She was very creative and enjoyed flower arranging, painting, and crafting.

James T. Oswalt, Jr. of Mitchell
Bradley Thomas Miller of Plainfield
Daniel Thomas Miller of Bloomington
Andrew Thomas (Kelly) Miller of Plainfield
Alice Oswalt of Bloomington
Rebecca Thacker of Bloomington
Vincent (Jessica) Oswalt of Cumming, Georgia
grandchildren, Mya Miller, Aidan Miller, Vivian Miller, Jade Miller, Logan Miller, and Hayden Miller
step grandchildren,
Sam Hartnagel, Megan Oswalt, Ryan Oswalt, and Lenzy Bass

Her parents; daughter, Pamela Sue Miller; and brothers, James Tirey and Donald Tirey,  preceded her in death.

Private graveside service will be at a later date.

Memorial Gifts:  Lawrence County Community Foundation-Great Grants Fund

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13 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Susan Hatfield Vogel | Broomfield, CO. 80020
    Date: July 5, 2020
    Mr. Oswalt and family, So sorry to hear about the passing of your wife and mother. Your family will be in my prayers. I hold you, Mr. Oswalt, in such high regard, that I know Barb, is an outstanding individual and will be missed by many. Please take care.
  2. Guest: loisanne williams | bloomington, in.
    Date: July 4, 2020
    Barbara hired me out of graduate school and guided me into a fulfilling career. I have missed her. My concerns go out to her husband and family. She was a wonderful example for all of us.
  3. Guest: Karen Ellis | Bloomington
    Date: June 30, 2020
    So sorry to hear of Barbara's passing. She was always such a ray of sunshine at the hospital. Prayers to you and your family. Karen Ellis
  4. Guest: Karon Chastain Wingard | Bloomington, IN
    Date: June 30, 2020
    Jim, I am sorry for the loss of Barbara. My prayers are with you and the entire family.
  5. Guest: Terry Enlow | Georgetown, IN
    Date: June 30, 2020
    Jim & Family: Sorry to learn of the passing of Barb. She was an outstanding lady and educator. I enjoyed working with her during her time as Special Ed. Director. She provided solid advice and counsel to me as a young superintendent. You have my sympathy and are in my thoughts and prayers. Terry Enlow (Orleans Supt. 1997-2003)
  6. Guest: Mary Fisher | Flora
    Date: June 29, 2020
    Jim, We are very sorry for your loss and send you our sympathy. You were such a wonderful care giver to Barbara for a long time and did it well. I know you will miss her greatly. Keeping you in our prayers. Mary and Ty
  7. Guest: Dana Dunbar | Mitchell
    Date: June 26, 2020
    Jim, So sorry for your loss of Barbara. You have our deepest sympathies. Thinking of you. Dana & Brenda Dunbar
  8. Guest: Joyce Murphy Chenoweth | Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: June 26, 2020
    Jim, So sorry for your loss. I knew Barbara's dad very well during my softball playing days. Only met her a few times and could tell she was a very special lady. You will be in my thougths and prayers.
  9. Guest: Steve & Mona Miller | Bedford Indiana
    Date: June 26, 2020
    So sorry for family loss.
  10. Guest: Charles D. Cooper | Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: June 25, 2020
    Mr. J.T. Oswalt , my high school English teacher. My condolence to you Sir. I never had the pleasure of meeting your wife but, knowing you, she had to be super special. I will be sending a very special prayer for yourself and family to our Lord and savior. So very sorry. Charles Cooper
  11. Guest: BRENT AND CARLA GEARY | Bloomington, IN
    Date: June 25, 2020
  12. Guest: Linda Diane Fortner Chastain | Lakewood, (Denver) Colorado
    Date: June 25, 2020
    Dear Jim, So sorry to hear of Barbara's passing. We were good friends in high school and have lots of good memories of our friendship. Thoughts are with you and all your family. Linda & Keith Chastain
  13. Guest: Sheryl Walton | Mitchell
    Date: June 25, 2020
    So sorry for the family's loss. Barbara was always such a lady. I first met her when she married Mr. Oswalt. We sat next to each other at basketball games and had a great time.God bless and keep each of you close.