Barbara Ellen (Fry) Wilber spent her last hours in this world surrounded by her family with tears, laughter, stories and hymn singing. On Feb. 29, 1940, she met the love of her life, Burdette Wilber, and she joined him in the better world 68 years later to the day, Feb. 29, 2008.
Barbara was born Nov. 25, 1921, to Harry and Myrtle (Plue) Fry in Peru, Ohio. Most of her schooling was in Berlin Heights but the family moved when she was in high school and she graduated from Margaretta in 1939.
Barbara and Burdette married in Berlin Heights Methodist Church on July 4, 1940. Four children were born of the marriage, Dolores (Tom) Hartley of Huron, David (Judy) Wilber of Huron, and Rebecca (Chris) Harlan of Norwalk. She is also survived by grandchildren, Robert Bruns, Janet Wilber, Sarah Wilber, Joshua Harlan and Lindsay (Greg) Scott; one great-grandson, Aiden Harlan; and a sister, Virginia Duff of Sandusky.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Burdette; a daughter, Janet S. Wilber; her parents; a brother, Percy E. Kahle; and grandson, Richard A. Bruns.
Her life was spent caring for others. She raised four children after surviving polio in 1944. When the need arose, she cared for young relatives and then her grandchildren. She was a Sunday school teacher at Huron United Methodist Church for many years. Barbara created hundreds of rugs on her large loom using strips of material cut and sewn by her church group every Thursday afternoon.
She enjoyed spending time with her family