Barbara Anne (Campfield) Hume

March 2, 1936 ~ November 3, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old

Barbara Hume Obituary

Barbara Anne Hume had a tea-time with the Lord on Friday, November 3rd, 2023. 

Barbara (Bobbie to her close friends) was born on March 2nd, 1936, to Arthur M. and Vera K. Campfield (née Hill) of Greentown, Ohio, who preceded her in death.

 Barbara was a self-described “Army brat” and grew up in multiple homes during her father’s service in the 40s.  She had two older brothers, Arthur “Billy” and Eric “Chuck,” who also preceded her, and a younger brother Tim “Craig.”  They loved and antagonized her to no end.

Bobbie graduated from Kent State University High School in 1953, where she participated in choir and theater.  She earned an Associates Degree and teaching certificate from Kent State as well, and for a time was an elementary school teacher. 

While a single mother of Mary and John, she met the love of her life, Jim Hume.  He was soon charmed by her classic beauty, kind demeanor, and lovely singing voice.  They were married in 1964 and soon expanded their family with children Dave, Rob, and Becky.  Their lives soon became a happy hurricane of last-minute homework projects, pageant costumes, chauffeuring, church dinners, and chasing countless pets around their old brick schoolhouse in Canal Fulton.

Barbara was involved in her community as a long-serving Deacon at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Canal Fulton, a  Northwest High School Band Booster for over a decade, a member of the local 4-H, and a Scout Den Mother.  She and Jim were also entrepreneurs of the Thistle House emporium for several years. 

Although she never cooked breakfast after marrying, Barbara always made sure her family had an elegant sufficiency of foodstuffs, including her scrumptious turkey tetrazzini, pumpkin pies, and birthday cakes.  Her children also recall memorable dishes like canned string beans, stewed tomatoes, and salisbury steak.

Barb and Jim were famous for their parties, using obscure observances such as St Swithin’s Day or Burns Night as excuses to gather a wide circle of friends together for a night of laughter and camaraderie.

Barbara’s domestic image often belied her sharp mind and quick wit.  She attentively tended her flowers and garden only to retire in the evenings to analyze Agatha Christie murder mysteries while sipping a cuppa.  She enjoyed the country life, bird-watching, painting, literature and poetry, tea and chocolate, and just about anything purple.  Her favorite memories included family vacations to the Outer Banks and Gettysburg, reading stories to her children and grandchildren, and watching them grow up to start families of their own.

Barbara will be greatly missed by those she leaves behind for a time.  She was Mom to Mary and her husband, Larry; John and his wife, Laura; Dave and his wife, Amy; Rob and his wife, Kim; and Becky.  She was Grandma to Andrew, Emily, Gino, Meghan, and Katie; and Great-Grandma to Isaiah, Maddie, Wyatt, Christopher, Samuel, Gideon, Magnolia, and Eleanor.  She was Big Sis to Tim and his wife, Therese, and Aunt Barb to their son, Craig.  And the neatest Sister-in-Law a guy could have to David. 

We rejoice that she’s reunited with her husband, Jim, and her family and friends who led the way. 

A Memorial Service will be held FRIDAY, November 17, 2023, 12:30pm at the Swigart-Easterling Funeral Home, 624 Cherry St. E. (Rt 93) Canal Fulton. Burial to follow at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.

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Memorial Service
November 17, 2023

12:30 PM
Swigart-Easterling Funeral Home
624 Cherry Street East
Canal Fulton, OH 44614

Graveside Service
November 17, 2023

2:15 PM
Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery
10175 Rawiga Rd.
Seville, OH 44273


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