Barbara D. Mostert
Friday 10th of January 1930 - Saturday 10th of July 2021
Barbara Bond DeMarcus Mostert, 91, passed away Saturday, July 10, 2021. Barbara was born January 10, 1930 in Laurel, Mississippi to the late Douglas and Betty (Bartlett) Bond.
Barbara wed Paul Mostert June 2, 1990, and together they celebrated 31 years of marriage. Barbara graduated from Mississippi Southern (University of Southern Mississippi) in 1950 with a major in Spanish and French, and she received a master’s degree in 1951 at the University of Tennessee. Although service to family, the needy, and church was her mission and dance her passion, she worked for a time as a graduate assistant in Spanish at the University of Tennessee, as a nursery schoolteacher, and as an estate assistant in the Trust Department at First Security National Bank (now JP Morgan Chase Bank).
She founded and taught in the DeMarcus School of Dance for several years before moving to New Haven, Connecticut, where her first husband, Wendell DeMarcus, was Visiting Professor of Physics at Yale University. She danced with the University of Kentucky modern dance group until into her forties and was a founder of the Kentucky Ballet Theatre, for which she served as Vice President for it first years. She and Paul portrayed the grandparents in productions of the Nutcracker in two of those years. A month before her 75th birthday, she portrayed Mr. Tumnus in a production of C. S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. She became very proficient in ballroom dancing, winning many contests of competitive dance. For many years she was a Board Member of the United States Ballroom Dance Association as well as Kentucky Ballet Theatre.
She sang with the Donovan Chorus, was in the Donovan Book Club for many years, and renewed her studies of Spanish with a Venezuelan teacher in the Donovan Program. She was an active YMCA member, where she participated in water aerobics and walking. The Donovan Program became the Ollie Program a few years ago.
She was a member of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church for more than 50 years, where she served as Junior Warden, Sunday-School teacher, Chairman of Christian Education, Choir member, Vestry member, Bible-School teacher, Reading-Camp teacher, and on the Search Committees for two of its priests.
She set up a trust for the Department of Physics at the University of Kentucky in honor of her late husband, Wendell C. DeMarcus, and a trust in her own name at the University of Southern Mississippi for the Department of Dance. She also funded an annual scholarship for the best choreographic creation of the year by a student of the dance. As a result of her contributions to the dance program at the University of Southern Mississippi, she was asked to deliver an address at the dedication of the new Theatre and Dance building in which a dance studio was named in her honor.
In addition to her loving husband, Paul, Barbara is survived by her children, Cynthia DeMarcus Manson (Ken) and Lisa DeMarcus; stepchildren, Paul “Ted” Mostert (Zandy), Richard “Ric” Mostert, Kathleen “Kay” Baker (Ben) and Kristina Mostert Rivotto (Tony); grandchildren, Rachel Harlow (Austin), Brett Eyckmans, Greg Baker (Beth), Shannon Mostert, Tiffany Jamison (Bo), Zach Baker (Paige), Josh Baker, Kailey Hargis (Chris), Samantha Hollingsworth (Kent) and 10 great-grandchildren. Barbara also is survived by her siblings, Shirley Bond Wesson Davis of Tampa, FL; Sarah Bond Trice Woodard of Conroe, TX; and James Frederick “Ricky” Bond of Meridianville, AL. In addition to her late husband, Wendell, Barbara was preceded in death by her brother Douglas Russell Bond, Jr., and his wife, Gayle (Conrad).
Visitation for Barbara will be held at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, located at 533 E. Main St., Lexington, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm with service to begin at 12:00 pm. Interment to follow in Lexington Cemetery.
In honor of her legacy, memorial contributions may be directed to the Good Shepherd Memorial Fund.
To share a remembrance of Barbara or offer condolences to her family, please visit milwardfuneral.com.
Bryce & Kathy Franklinsays
Sorry to hear of Barbara’s passing. We will pray for you in your sorrow.
Sara W Andersonsays
GRRR, sorry to be so tech ignorant, but I am, and I just wrote a very nice piece & then when I tried to post it, I lost it!
Janet and Jerry Raidersays
I got to know Barbara and Paul through the local chapter of USABDA, the United States Amateur Ballroom Dance Association. I will always remember them as great dancers and dear friends!
Cecile M McKinneysays
My longtime friendship with Barbara began with a shared love of books and music as members of the UK Woman’s Club and their Book Group, and as members of the UK Senior OLLI Chorus. Over the years, our friendship grew to including enjoying rides, phone calls and lunches. What a joy it was to celebrate her 90th birthday! I loved her as a dear friend and I will miss her dearly.
I had the pleasure of being in the UK Woman's book club with Barbara. Her smile, humor, and insight will truly be missed---she was a treasure!!
Barbara and I got to know one another in UK Woman’s Club Morning Book Discussion. She had a delightful mind and great sense of humor. She will be missed .