Barbara Huyser

Funeral services for Barbara Lou Huyser, 81, Lawrence will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 8, 2012 at First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence.  Private family burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence.  She died surrounded by her loving family on March 4, 2012 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence. 

She was born November 14, 1930 in Holland, Michigan the daughter of Dick and Marie (Blom) VanKolken.
Barbara was a homemaker and enjoyed the time spent with her family.   She had an interest in birds that lasted her lifetime.

She was a member of the Hospital Auxiliary at Lawrence Memorial for over 40 years.  In 1977 she was Woman of the Year Nominee and on April 19, 2005 she was awarded the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Maguerite Lockwood Volunteer of the Year Award.  She also served as president of the Hospital Auxiliary and of the PTA at Schwegler Elementary.  She was also a 50 year member of the First Presbyterian Church.

She married Earl S. Huyser on June 26, 1952 in Holland, Michigan.  He survives of the home.

She is survived by her children, Nancy L. Holmes (Donald), Manhattan, KS; Thomas E. Huyser (LeAnn), Ricon, GA; David Huyser (JoAnn), Lawrence; Gretchen M. Clark (Walter), Lawrence; five grandchildren, Elijah Gourley, Jennifer Klingeley, Michael Holmes, Christina Rynkowski, William Huyser; and seven great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother and two sisters.

The family will greet friends from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

The family suggests memorial contributions in her name to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and may be sent in care of mortuary.

9 Condolences

  1. Lorie Hammerstrom on March 5, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    May your memories of your mom fill your heart in the days ahead!

  2. Dulcy Green Spease on March 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    So sorry to hear of Barb’s passing. She was a lovely lady and a great friend. Mel and I are thinking of you and send our condolences to you and your family.

  3. Theresa Bari, Speech Language Pathologist, RehabCare, Lawrence Presbyterian Manor on March 7, 2012 at 6:41 am

    I met Barbara because she needed a “tune-up” with her speech. She was absolutely delightful to work with, and I looked forward to each opportunity! She was sweet and kind and had a great sense of humor! It was an honor to observe her and Earl interact; the love they shared is rare.
    Numbers 6:24-26
    “The LORD bless you and keep you,
    the LORD make His face to shine upon you;
    the LORD lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.”

  4. Dixie Shreves on March 7, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Earl and family –

    We were so very sorry to hear about your loss of Barb. She was a beautiful woman both inside and out. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.

    Dixie Shreves (Omaha, NE)
    Gordon and Elaine Shreves(Rapid City, SD)

  5. Bob & Lois Hanzlik on March 7, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Dear Earl and Family,
    We are very sorry to hear of your loss and want to extend our sincere condolences. We have not forgotten the warmth and kindness Earl showed us when we first arrived at KU(fall 1971), or the fact that we discovered mutual friends dating back to Holland, Michigan (Gene and Mary van Tamelen). Wishing you all the best going forward,
    Sincerely yours,
    Bob & Lois Hanzlik

  6. Jeannie Burrows on March 7, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I grew up thinking it was normal to live next door to the same family your entire childhood, and have kids your own age to play with. We all have wonderful memories of 21st street.
    Love to you all!

  7. Dick Moore on March 8, 2012 at 9:11 am

    It’s been a long struggle, Earl. My best wished for you and your family as you adjust.Glearly Barbara was a great person.


  8. Al and Jane Sellen on March 8, 2012 at 10:48 am

    We send condolences for the loss of Barbara. You worked so hard to help her. We enjoyed knowing her “across the street,” and Al did when he was on the second floor. She is now at peace. We wish you and the family the very best as you recall so many happy memories.

  9. Denise Johnson Hahnstadt on March 8, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Barbara was such a good friend to my mom, Marguerite Johnson. I enjoyed her as well. She will be missed.

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