Barbara Welborn, 79

Barbara A. (Snyder) Welborn, 79, of North Manchester, died at 6:50 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, at Peabody Retirement Community.

She was born Dec. 7, 1937, in Wabash County, to Todd B. and Virginia L. (DeArmond) Bender. 

She married Michael E. Snyder in North Manchester, Indiana on July 17, 1960.

Barbara graduated from Manchester High School in 1955 and Indiana University, where she was an officer in the Chi Omega sorority, in 1959 with a degree in education. 

Barbara’s claim to fame was her title as “Queen of the Lakes” crowned in 1960.  She started her teaching career in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and continued to teach the second grade for over 30 years in the North Manchester School System. 

She was a beloved teacher to many generations, receiving many accolades. Teaching was her passion and she continued her craft after her retirement proctoring student teachers through Manchester University, as well as tutoring community children. 

She was a member of the Manchester Church of the Brethren, lifetime member of Tri Kappa and a member of the Fine Arts Society. She lived at Peabody Retirement Community for the past 8 years where she received the most compassionate care from her guardian angels.

She is survived by her sister Bernadine (James) Miller of Fort Wayne, children Betsy (Snyder) McKenzie of Jacksonville, Fla., Matt (Karen) Snyder of Fishers, and grandchildren Alexis C. Snyder, Madeline Snyder and Mitchell L. Snyder all of Fishers. 

Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, 207 W. Main St., North Manchester, with Dr. James Miller and the Rev. Christen Pettit Miller officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-7p.m. Friday at the funeral home. 

The preferred memorial is the Manchester Community Schools.

The memorial guestbook for Barbara may be signed on-line at


Posted on 2017 Feb 08