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Obituary: Barbara Lawyer, Bloomington

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Barbara Jean Lawyer of Bloomington, formerly of Columbus, passed away at her residence on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the age of 83.

She was born into the home of Myron and Geneva (Franklin) Howard in Ellettsville on September 19, 1930. Barbara graduated from Ellettsville High School and went on to graduate from Indiana University in 1952 with a degree in journalism. She worked at WTTV where she wrote copy for the station. Barbara was a member of the Ernie Pyle Journalism Dept. and an avid IU Basketball and Football supporter. She met Harrison Lawyer and they were married. After moving to Columbus, Indiana she joined the Columbus Arts Council, the Distinguished Visitor Series, the Rose Society and the Garden and Research Club where she devoted many hours of her time. Barbara was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church in Columbus. When Harrison passed in 1993, she then moved to Bloomington. She loved to cook and garden and was exceptionally creative and artistic.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Barbara is survived by her daughters, Jayne Lawyer and Jennifer Sunnekalb (Andrew), all of Bloomington and Marjorie Lawyer-Smith (Doug) of Greenwood; grandchildren, Nathan and Christopher Sunnekalb of West Lafayette and Eli and Tess Lawyer-Smith of Greenwood; and sister, Marcella “Sami” Samora of Florida.

Funeral services will be held at Chandler Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Maurice Wright officiating. Burial is to follow at Presbyterian Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 from 4 to 8 p.m. Visit to view Barbara’s tribute page and share condolences, memories, photos and more with the family.

In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made to the IU Health-Bloomington Hospice in care of the funeral home.

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