Marshall: Barbara Abel, age 59, of Marshall, passed away Friday, September 21, 2012 at her home, surrounded by family. A time to visit with Barbara’s family will be held on Friday, September 28, 2012 at Hamilton Funeral Home. Visitation will be held at 6:00 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 6:30pm. In lieu of a funeral service, Barbara's wishes were to have A Celebration of Life in her honor to be held immediately following.
Barbara Diane Johnson, the daughter of Gilbert D. and Ardis L. (Ouverson) Johnson was born on June 1, 1953 in Canby, MN. Barbara graduated from Tracy High School in 1972. She was united in marriage to George Abel Jr. on February 14, 1989 in Mesa, AZ. Barbara was a home health aide. Barbara enjoyed listening to live bands, dancing, traveling with family, to Arizona, Hawaii, Canada, Alaska, Las Vegas and Mexico. She loved fishing, camping, playing cards and weekly Sunday brunch with her father. She cherished the time spent with family and treasured her grandchildren. Barbara is survived by her husband, George Abel Jr. of Marshall, her children, Jennifer (Stacy) Varpness, of Cottonwood, Shannon Abel of Marshall, Troy Buysse of Marshall and Robin (Brent) Baartman of Madison, WI; five grandchildren, Hannah Abel, Derek Varpness, Justin Varpness, Bridget Varpness and Madison Buysse; her father, Gilbert Johnson of Marshall, two sisters, Bette (Dale) Rolland of Apache Junction, AZ and Joyce (Jerry) Kopet of Shakopee, MN, and other relatives. She is preceded in death by her mother, Ardis Johnson, sister, Donna Roles and two brothers, Gilbert Johnson Jr. and Douglas Johnson, her father and mother in-law, George Sr. and Liala Abel. Hamilton Funeral Home 532-2933