Barbara J. Atwell

Born: Sat., Sep. 30, 1939
Died: Tue., Mar. 26, 2019


9:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Sat., Mar. 30, 2019
Location: Yost - Gedon Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:30 AM Sat., Mar. 30, 2019
Location: Yost - Gedon Funeral Home

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Barbara Jean Atwell. 79 of Lock Haven, recently residing at Manor Care, Jersey Shore passed away March 26, 2019.   She was born in Lock Haven on September 30, 1939 to Elton and Florence Baird Underwood.  

Barbara was the Salutatorian of the 1957 graduation class of the Lock Haven High School, 1961 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Lock Haven State College and a member of Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority, and a Graduate of Penn State University where she received her master’s degree.  She was united in marriage in 1962 to James L. Taylor who preceded her in death.  

Barbara was an English teacher at Lock Haven High School for over 25 years, retiring in 1997. While there, Barbara served as The English Department Head as well as  KCSD District Program Leader for the English Department, helped grade state wide writing assessments, and was instrumental in organizing LHHS graduations. She also served as the advisor of the chess club and the drama club.

Barb enjoyed her retirement to the fullest, attending auctions, collecting depression glass, traveling, playing cards with friends and attending shows at Millbrook.  Her greatest passion though was spending countless hours with her grandchildren Bradley and Katie.

Barbara was an active member of Covenant United Methodist Church until falling ill.  She was an accomplished pianist who could be heard on Sunday Mornings singing in the choir or playing piano or organ with Patricia Helbley, she was also a member of the Choir, the Worship Committee, member and treasurer of the kitchen committee, chair of the Lenten breakfasts, treasurer of the flower fund, a member of the adult Sunday School class, and the Crusaders Class, as well as one of the Covenant Quilters.

Survivors include one daughter; Susanne (James) Strouse, two grandchildren; Bradley J. Strouse and Katherine A. Strouse, one sister; Carol (Ralph) Tanner; Sister-in-laws. Kathy (Randy) Gillen, Lynda Cridge, Dorothy (Doug) Stoner, Margaret (Dick) Harpster, Joanne Conklin, and one Brother in-law, David (Mary Lou) Taylor as well as a number of beloved niece’s and nephew’s. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Taylor and her companion dog; Emma.  

Funeral services for Barbara Jean Atwell will be held Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 11:30 AM in the Yost-Gedon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, LLC., 121 W. Main St., Lock Haven.  Officiating will be Reverend Alison Grove of the Covenant United Methodist Church, Lock Haven. Family and friends will be received in the funeral home from 9:30 until time of services.

Interment will be in the Rest Haven Memorial Park, Lock Haven. Memorials can be made in Barbara’s name to the Clinton County SPCA, 33 Mill Hill Road, Lock Haven, PA 17745.    Online thoughts and memories can be made at

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Kenton Rexford
   Posted Thu March 28, 2019

WATER COLOR WREATH was sent by Kenton and Lauren.

Pat Mann
   Posted Thu March 28, 2019
My deepest sympathy to the Strouse Family, my friend, Carol Tanner, her son, Kenton and her daughter, Jessica. The Lord has promised in 2 Co 5:8, absent from the body and present with the Lord. What wonderful words of comfort to know your loved one is celebrating life with her Lord & Savior. May you all find comfort in those assuring words. I regret I am unable to be there to celebrate B's life with Carol on Saturday, but my Spirit will be there as well as my prayers. Blessings & love, Pat

Carol McDermit
   Posted Fri March 29, 2019
Sending out my deepest sympathy to the Barb Atwell family. I knew Barb from the United Methodist Women's group held at Covenant Church and also from the Lenten Breakfast's. Barb always had a smile on her face and a kind word for everyone. In the short time I knew her she instantly made me feel welcome. She was such a helpful person and she will be greatly missed by all. Much Love, Carol McDermit

Donnela Green-Johnson
   Posted Fri March 29, 2019
My sympathies to the family. Mrs. Atwell was my English teacher my senior year at Lock Haven High School (1994). She was a wonderful woman, quick to smile, very bright, and really passionate about helping her students. God Bless.

Wendi Spicher
   Posted Fri March 29, 2019

Please accept my condolences for the loss of your mother. She was a great woman and much admired. I’ll be thinking about you and your family in my prayers.


Carol Galbraith Houck
   Posted Fri March 29, 2019
Rest in Peace my childhood friend and west third street neighbor. God Bless this family as they grieve your loss.

George Conklin
   Posted Sat March 30, 2019
My sincerest sympathies to the family. I knew Barbara as "Mrs. Taylor" when I attended Lock Haven High School man ears ago. She was a tremendous English teacher. Among other things, I will always be thankful to her for introducing me to Shakespeare through studying his play Julius Caesar - an interest that has lasted a lifetime.

Marshall hopkins
   Posted Sat March 30, 2019
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your mom.
I often think about the years she and I worked together as colleagues at LHHS
and sang together in the church choir.
Herr Hopkins

Bonnie Sue Probst
   Posted Sat March 30, 2019
Dear Susanne and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of Barb's passing. I had her in English class her first year of teaching. She was always so professional, dressed so nice, not a hair out of place, and such a wonderful smile and laugh. I looked up to her as a teacher. Years later we played tennis together, she loved the sport. I am so glad her Granddaughter played. You were blessed to have such a wonderful mother. If there is anything I can do for you do not hesitate to ask.
God Bless! Bonnie Probst

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