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Barbara E (DeWitt) Ford

August 2, 1949 ~ January 7, 2020 (age 70)

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Barbara E. Ford, Age 70, of Delta, with her loving family by her side, passed away early Tuesday morning, January 7, 2020 at her home.  She was born in Wauseon on August 2, 1949 to the late Harlan DeWitt and Bernice (Payne) DeWitt.  Upon graduating from Delta High School in 1967, she went on to earn both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Toledo University.  On February 17, 1968 she married Michael S. Ford, who survives.  For over 35 years Barb taught English with the Toledo Public Schools, before retiring in 2010.  A farmer’s daughter, Barb loved flowers, took great pride in her lawn, and brought relentless energy to everything she did.   She was a member of St. Caspar Catholic Church in Wauseon and served as a past president of the Pike-Delta-York School Board.  Although Barb enjoyed various hobbies, her pride and joy was spending quality time with her children and grandchildren.  Whenever possible she attended school activities, showing her support and love.  Along with her parents, Barb was preceded in death by her infant son David, and brother, Richard DeWitt.  She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Michael Ford; sons, Stephen (Ludmila) Ford, Jeffrey (Ana) Ford, Michael (Jessica) Ford, Gregory Ford, and Timothy (Meredith) Ford; grandchildren, Ian, Gabriela, Lucas, Victor, Livia, Bruno, Elizabeth, Abigail, Sophia, Eloise, Lucille, Patrick and Frances Ford; and sister, Margaret Lehman.  Friends and family will be received at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 11th at Valleywood Golf Club, 13501 Airport Highway in Swanton, Ohio.  A celebration of life will follow immediately thereafter at that location.   Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Barnes Funeral Chapel, 5825 St. Rt. 109 in Delta.  Private interment will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Delta at a later date.  Barb was a lifelong lover of books and reading.   In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be given to Delta Public Library, 402 Main St. Delta, Ohio 43515 in Barbara’s memory.  Online condolences may be sent to the family through our website at

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Celebration of Life
January 11, 2020

1:00 PM
Valleywood Golf Club
13501 Airport Hwy
Swanton, OH 43558


Delta Public Library
402 Main St, Delta OH 43515

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