Thursday 29th of March 1923 - Monday 12th of July 2021
Barbara Straus, 98, passed away in the early morning of Monday, July 12, 2021, after a valiant fight against dementia. Barbara was born on March 29, 1923 in Paris, Kentucky to the late A. Barnett and Maree (Moses) Winters.
Barbara was a graduate of Paris High School and later obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky. She wed Eugene H. Straus on June 15, 1947 and together, they celebrated 63 years of marriage until his passing on July 12, 2010.
She worked at the University of Kentucky prior to her marriage. With the birth of her first child she embarked on a loving and wonderful career of mother, wife and homemaker. She enjoyed traveling with her family, reading, and was dedicated to her hobby of needlepointing. She was a Past President of the Temple Adath Israel Sisterhood. She was active on MNEMCO (Lexington’s first beautification committee and was very instrumental behind the scenes for the founding of the Lexington Deaf Oral School, now the Hearing and Speech Center, and served for many years of the Board of Directors. She also enjoyed a later career as a volunteer at the Kentucky Horse Park, a docent at the Mary Todd Lincoln House, John Hunt Morgan House, and at Henry Clay’s home Ashland. She also enjoyed several years at the Visitor Information desk at Visit Lex (Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau).
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Bill (Sherry Zimmerman) Straus and Betty (Ed) Smith and grandchildren, Michael Kern (Abbi Gee) and Cindy (Ryan) Stein and her step grandsons John Zimmerman and Emmett Gee.
Visitation for Barbara will be from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Wednesday, July 14th at Milward – Broadway located at 159 N. Broadway, Lexington. Service will begin at 11:00 am, Thursday, July 15th at the funeral home with interment to follow in Lexington Cemetery.
In honor of her legacy and in lieu of flowers, the family would like memorial contributions directed to The Winters Fund at The Hearing and Speech Center or to Temple Adath Israel Sisterhood.
To share a remembrance of Barbara or offer condolences to her family, please visit milwardfuneral.com.
I met Barbara at the Mary Todd Lincoln House when I first moved to Lexington in 1991. She was so proud of everything Kentucky and shared that love with me. She was a wealth of information and a real ball of fire. Her wit and that smile will always be with me. I will always treasure the eyeglass case that she needlepointed. One of the funny memories I have of her is that she always made beaten biscuits for the biscuit jar at the House. She gave some to me and mentioned that she had made them several weeks ago. I said thanks for freezing some for me. She said you don't have to freeze them, they're suppose to be hard. She was one of the nicest people I have ever met. I feel lucky to have had her in my life.
One of the nicest people that I have ever met she was always happy always pleasant to everyone and I enjoyed our conversations with her she will be sorely missed by many friends and family rest in peace Barber. Sending my prayers to friends and family
Our hearts are with all of you. She lead a long and beautiful life, from the description, and you all loved and cared for her well.
My condolences to the family Mrs strays will be missed
Thad & Georgiana Dabersays
We are truly sorry for the loss of your mother; she no doubt enjoyed a great family and a long life, our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Lynn Gordon McCrearysays
Bill & Betty, we are so sorry to hear about Mom. I remember her so much with that warm smile and her laughter! She was always a joy to be around.