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.
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.
Bill, I really enjoyed being with your mom over the years at many events at the Temple. She was such a strong, vibrant woman with a huge personality. Many prayers go out to you and your family.
Mrs. Straus will truly be missed.💕
We are so very sorry for your loss. Your mother was a remarkable person. May her memory be a blessing to all of you. Jerry and Karen Sander
I remember both of them. Thank you for years of volunteer work in Lexington, More people should be this generous with their time and talents.