Barbara “Barb” J. Douglas passed at home in Bargersville, IN with her family and friends by her side. Born July 1, 1958 in Bardstown, KY as a child, Barb enjoyed spending time on the lake with her family, playing in the water, camping, and traveling. Many weekend evenings were spent with family listening to mom and dad play music and sing.
In 1983 Barb began her career with the US Army as a civilian employee located at the US Yuma Proving Ground (YPG), in Yuma AZ. She was ambitious, beginning her career as a Budget Analyst and over the next 37 years worked diligently with numerous promotions along the way. Barb held critical and prominent positions along the way, she was the first woman to hold her final position as Chief, of the Range Planning Division. While employed full time Barb completed her Master of Science in Management degree with honors from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ in 2002. Barb received numerous awards and recognition for her contributions to the US Army, such as the Department of the Army, Achievement Medal, Commanders Award for Civilian Services, then on February 5th, 2011, Barb received a prestigious award presented by the United States Field Artillery Association, The Honorable Order of Saint Barbara. Barb loved her time at Yuma Proving Ground, she was dedicated to her country. She enjoyed the many years spent in Yuma, AZ and loved when her mother and father became “snowbirds” and would drive across country to spend the winter months with her. She loved to call her father and just have a chat about one of her many assignments. On December 31, 2018 she decided it was time to retire and come to her second home in Bargersville, Indiana, to assist her sisters in providing care for her mom and dad.
Barb was a giving, loving individual who was always willing to provide a helping hand. She volunteered with numerous organizations during her lifetime. Such as the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and was known to hang out at Karaoke on Wednesdays and Fridays singing her favs. She assisted with fund raising for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event. One of her favorite events was the annual car show, Midnight at the Oasis, in Yuma, AZ. She never missed an opportunity to travel and meet up with family and friends, being fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to visit numerous states throughout the United States. Additionally, when she lived in Germany she traveled to Spain, Austria, France, England, Liechtenstein, and numerous other cities in Germany. Barb had a life well lived.
Barb is preceded in death by her mom and dad, Doris and Vernie Douglas of Bardstown, KY, Christopher Chad Clark, nephew, Ashley Rose Wykoff, niece. She is survived by, sisters Anna Catherine Kirk (Paul) of Indianapolis, IN; Virginia Rose Wykoff of KY; and Bonnie Marie Clark of Greenwood, IN, two nieces and two nephews, step daughter’s Kim Gardner, and Jennifer Calderone, 7 grandchildren, and 4 Great grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 PM to 9 PM at O’Riley Branson Funeral Services and Crematory, 6107 South East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46227, on Monday September 12, 2022. A Celebration of Barb’s Life will be Tuesday, September 13 at 1:30 PM at the funeral home. Her final resting place will be at the Mount Pleasant Greenwood Cemetery in Greenwood, Indiana.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Fraternal Order of Eagles #4538, ATTN: Peggy Townsend, 11274 S. Fortuna Road Suite B8 Yuma, AZ 85367; or The American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, Hope for All/Hunter’s Army, 11602 E. Via Canada. Yuma, AZ. 85367