Barbara Van Horn, 97, former Watchung school administrator | Sentinel Echoes: obituaries

Barbara Somerset (Purdy) Van Horn, 97, died March 10, 2022 at the Living Center in Marshall, Mo.

Barbara was born on July 25, 1924 in Barre, Vermont. She was the only daughter of the late David Suydam Purdy, Jr. and the late Helen Louise (Piatt) Purdy, both of whom died in the early 1930s. She was raised in New Jersey and graduated from Scotch Plains High School in 1942 and Berkeley Business School in 1944.

She was married to James Roland Van Horn, who predeceased her on July 4, 1988. They were married on December 2, 1944 at Trinity Dutch Reformed Church, Plainfield.

Together they raised two sons: David Roger Van Horn and his wife, Marlene of Marshall, Mo, and Douglas Steven Van Horn of Slatington, Pa; five granddaughters: Jennifer, Kristina, Alison, Tosha and Diana; as well as seven great-grandsons: Rowan, Kyler, Zane, Declan, Greysan, River and Remy.

Barbara has lived in New Jersey her entire life until she and her husband moved to Marshall, Mo. in 1984.

She worked at Kingston-Connelly in Plainfield in the late 1940s. Then as Business Administrator/Secretary to the Board of Green Brook Township School Board, then Watchung Borough School Board before retiring after 23 years.

She also worked with Dun and Bradstreet Credit Rating Business for three years before being forced to retire due to her husband’s failing health.

She was a longtime active member of The United Methodist Church of Mount Horeb, Warren Township, and the Circle 5 Women’s Group of the First United Methodist Church in Marshall, Missouri.

She had been a member of the United States Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol since January 1990 and achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel. She served 25 years as the finance officer of the Missouri Wing Saline County Composite Squadron, Marshall. She was also a member of the Marshall Fitzgibbon Hospital Auxiliary and also served Meals on Wheels for many years after moving to Marshall.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 7 at Mount Horeb United Methodist Church Cemetery, Liberty Corner Road, Warren Township. Visits to family members will take place one hour before the service.

Memorials to the Mount Horeb United Methodist Cemetery Association or donor’s chosen charity are recommended.

Martha K. Merrill