Barbara Kinworthy


Barbara J. Kinworthy, 82, of Columbus, passed away at 5:58 a.m. October 31, 2016, at her home.

Barbara was born April 14, 1934, in Bedford, Indiana, the daughter of Charles and Frances Phillips Bellville. She married Robert C. Kinworthy on April 12, 1952.

Barbara was energetic and creative. She took classes in upholstery, rug braiding and candlewicking; she painted furniture and wallpapered. In 1978 she designed an extensive, beautiful remodel of the front rooms of their home that continues to be an attention-getter. She loved decorating with antiques, wicker and pictures of children, flowers, birds and dogs. She and Bob enjoyed family vacations traveling throughout the U.S. Often they traveled just as a couple, setting off with no particular destination in mind.

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Barbara was a devoted wife, a loving mother and a doting grandmother who will be greatly missed here on Earth. She was a woman of great faith. We take comfort in her firm belief that she has had a joyous reunion with her beloved parents, for whom she has grieved these many years. May the circle remain unbroken.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, November 4, 2016, at Jewell–Rittman Family Funeral Home with Pastor Michael Newlin officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, November 3, 2016,  from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service Friday. Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation or to Dove Ministries through the funeral home.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Robert; children, Ginger L. (Terry) Hallett of Canada, Robert (the late Sylvia) Kinworthy II of Columbus, Greg N. (Dona) Kinworthy of Florida and Jill E. (Mike) Newlin of Columbus; grandchildren, Melissa, Emily, Michelle, Amanda, Travis, Krissy, Lindsey, JerryKevin and Kyle; 15 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by parents; a brother, William Bellville; and a sister, Carolyn O’Haver.

You are invited to view her video tribute after 4 p.m. Thursday, light a virtual candle and send a message to the family via the internet.