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Barbara Ruth Varner

FORT WORTH-Barbara Ruth Varner passed away Thursday, March 19, 2020 at the age of 85.
Graveside service: 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana, Texas.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Barbara’s memory to Tarrant Area Food Bank (https://www.tafb.ort/donate) or Newcastle UMC, Food Pantry (
Barbara was born Wednesday, February 20, 1935 in Fort Worth, Texas to the late Norburne Toliaferro Champion and Ruth Geneva Cleveland. She was the granddaughter to a Baptist Preacher, raised her children in the Presbyterian tradition, and always followed the Golden Rule. She graduated from John H. Reagan High School, Houston, Texas and attended University of Houston. Barbara had fun times as a University of Houston Frontier Fiesta Showgirl. She was an Administrative Assistant for an oil firm as soon as she departed the University of Houston.
Barbara’s hobbies included genealogy, bridge, bowling, golf, ceramics, Cub Scout Den Mother, crochet and macramé. Bobbye, as she was best known, had fond friendships with Mary Ella, Yvonne, Wilma, Mary Jane, Donna, Merlene, Bob and Judy. She married her late husband, Kenneth Willard Varner Jr. on the 30th of May of 1958. Born and raised in the south, their life as civilians in the Army started out as a shock when they were deployed to an Army depot in Savanna (Illinois, not Savannah, Georgia). She loved the excitement of traveling Europe, while the family was stationed in Germany. She remembered the rose her husband gave her on the jetway after flying to California alone with two small children. She knew the joys of years spent living on Sear’s Revolving Credit and the satisfaction of remodeling all of her houses.
Barbara is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Willard Varner, Jr.
Survivors: Son, Andrew Benoist Varner and wife, Deana Kaee; son, Christopher Champion Varner and wife, Irma Gutierriez; granddaughter, Arwen Varner; grandson, Ryan Christopher Varner; grandson, Travis Varner; and granddaughter, Willow Varner.

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Condolence Messages

  1. I’m so sorry your family is going through this deep loss at such a uniquely rough period of time. You are all in my thoughts and prayers!

  2. I enjoyed meeting and having dinner together with the family. We had several things in common
    such as San Antonio.

  3. Lyle & Marilyn Williams

    Andrew, Christopher and Families,
    I was so sorry to learn of the passing of your mother. I met your parents in 1962 in Savanna, IL my husband, Lyle Williams, were training at the Savanna Army Depot School to become Ammunition Inspectors. As you probably learned when you were an Ammunition Inspector, others in the program became part of your family. Your mother was a great help to me when our daughter was born and drove us to Clinton, IA for an appointment with an allergy doctor for our daughter. We enjoyed getting reacquainted with your folks while visiting in Houston and they drove over to visit with us. Will miss the chats and messages from your mother.
    She has now joined your father in heaven and may they both Rest In Peace! ❤️

  4. Beverly Feirtag

    I met Bobbye a couple of years ago in a group called The Empty Nesters, that met twice a month for luncheons. I admired her spunkiness, sense of humor, and her independent nature. Bobbye loved to read and was a part of my book club, even when she was in an assisted living. I had quite a challenge in keeping her supplied with library books. I will miss my friend so much, but I do believe she is at peace in Heaven and enjoying a good jitterbug with Bill. Bobbye was very proud of her sons and loved her grandchildren very much. Andrew, Christopher, Deana, Irma, Arwen, Willow, Travis, and Ryan, thank you for sharing Bobbye with me. My heart is with you as you celebrate Bobbye’s life and mourn her loss. Love to you all.

  5. Bobbye was such an important part of our Empty Nesters group and Bookclub. I loved visiting her and getting to know her. She was definitely a spirited lady and a joy to know. She will be missed.

  6. So sorry for your loss!! I met Barbara about four years ago through Empty Nesters. She was a lot of fun and always had interesting stories. I really missed her after she got sick and was unable to attend the Empty Nesters group!

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