BARBARA ANN (WARD) MOHR
FRANKENMUTH (formerly of Millington and Otter Lake)
Barbara Ann (Ward) Mohr, formerly of Millington and Otter Lake, died
peacefully December 14, 2016, at Med-Lodge in Frankenmuth soon after
being diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer. She was 82.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Walter; grandson,
Matthew Walter Mohr Springer; son-in-law, Craig Kaiser;
daughter-in-law, Lynn Mohr; and brother, Evart Ward.
She is survived by her four children and their spouses: Paula Mohr and
Joel Springer, Gregory and Lisa Mohr, Kevin Mohr and Kathleen Kaiser;
grandchildren and their spouses, Diana (Drew), Katherine, Jessica
(Paul), Alison (Nate), Seth, Nicole (Tyler), Heather (Bernie), Nathan
(Christina), Danielle and Cassidy; great-grandchildren, Avery,
Addison, Amelia, Serena, Gracie, Jack, Ruby; her sister, Evelyn
Jakubik; and many other family members.
Barbara was born March 11, 1934, in Flint to Dale and Eva Ward.
Barbara was well-known in Millington, having attended Millington
schools and graduating in 1952. Her family lived next to the
Millington Baptist Church where she attended and played piano. She
worked at various jobs in town—starting with babysitting at age 11,
collecting news for the local paper, cleaning offices, ironing clothes
and working in the Millington library, the Farm Bureau grocery store,
the local hardware store and in the office of Boyce Dalrymple’s
Standard gas station and appliance store. Barbara attended Central
Michigan University right after high school and later attended Delta,
Saginaw Valley and Great Lakes Junior College. She received an
associate’s degree in legal secretarial and certificates in
comptometer and keypunching.
Barbara married Walter Mohr on April 21, 1956, at the Millington
Baptist Church. Barbara was Walter’s true soulmate, supporting him as
wife and homemaker while he worked two full-time jobs. Walt often
credited Barb for raising their four children since his time at home
was limited due to working. Barb made certain their children had
opportunities to participate in sports, 4-H and music over the years,
and spent countless hours in the car, driving them to various events.
Walt and Barb lived on a dairy farm near Otter Lake until 1976 when
they moved to a dairy farm near Mayville. Barb was always ready to
help Walt on the farm, whether it was hauling wagons, running to town
for parts or feeding hired help over the years. In 1994, Walter and
Barbara built a new home a mile west of their dairy farm and enjoyed
semi-retirement. They enjoyed traveling in their RV and spending
winter months in the southern U.S., including Phoenix, Arizona, for
more than a decade.
Over the years as their children grew, Barb sold Avon, worked at Super
Foods in Vassar, Vassar Bookkeeping and in the customer service
department at Bronner’s in Frankenmuth. She also served as substitute
school teacher at St. Paul’s Lutheran School and in Mayville schools.
Her passion, however, was giving piano lessons to dozens of students
for more than 30 years. She loved music and dancing. She and Walt met
at a New Year’s Eve dance in 1954. They enjoyed attending local dances
in their early years together.
Barb was very active at her church, St. Paul’s Lutheran in Millington.
She served as a Bible school teacher, Sunday school teacher,
newsletter editor and photographer, Dorcas Society secretary and
president, and was the church’s first hand bell director, serving in
that capacity for nearly three decades. She also loved to play ladies’
softball and pitched for several years for teams in Millington. She
coached girls’ softball and bowled on women’s and couples’ leagues.
Barb was a member of the Tuscola County Farm Bureau and served as the
organization’s first chairwoman. She served as a Michigan Milk
Producers’ dairy communicator and Fostoria 4-H leader, and she managed
the student essay contest sponsored through the Mayville-Vassar VFW
Throughout her life, Barbara knew Jesus as her Lord and Savior. She
often credited her Aunt Lelah Plumb and her husband, the Rev. Earl
Plumb, with laying her faith foundation. She attended Methodist Bible
camps as a youngster, later joined the Millington Baptist Church and
eventually became confirmed in the Lutheran faith upon her marriage to
Walt. Barb deeply believed in serving others and putting her family
first. She always had a kind, encouraging word for all, always giving
someone ‘the benefit of the doubt.’ She served her Lord and others
with joy and thankfulness in her kind heart.
Barbara’s family will receive visitors on Saturday, December 17 from
noon to 3 p.m. at Hanlin Funeral Home, Millington. A celebration of
Barbara’s life takes place Sunday, December 18, at 3 p.m. at St.
Paul’s Lutheran Church, Millington. Visitation will also be held from
1:30-3 p.m. Sunday.
Hanlin Funeral Home has been assisting the Mohr family with
arrangements. You’re welcome to leave personal condolences, share a
memory, or light a candle at hanlinuneralhome.com. The family requests
that memorials be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, the Millington
Historical Society or the Mayville – Vassar VFW.