Bar­bara J. Buege

Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

Bar­bara J. Buege, 69, of Elk­ton, MD, passed away July 20, 2016 at home with her fam­ily, after a coura­geous bat­tle with can­cer. The daugh­ter of the late Don­ald and Jean ( Whit­ing) Hook, was born in Mid­land, Michi­gan, on Au­gust 14, 1946.

Bar­bara at­tended Mid­land High School where she met John A. Buege, who would be­come her hus­band. Bar­bara grad­u­ated from Michi­gan State with a Bach­e­lor’s of Ed­u­ca­tion in 1968. She and John mar­ried on June 28, 1968, and Bar­bara be­gan her teach­ing ca­reer shortly there­after. Bar­bara loved to teach, teach­ing first grade ex­clu­sively in Alabama, Michi­gan, Delaware and Mary­land, over a dis­tin­guished 20 year ca­reer. Bar­bara was gifted with in­cred­i­ble artis­tic tal­ent. She spent many hours decorating her class­rooms with vi­brant book char­ac­ters she drew her­self. She loved mu­sic and played gui­tar and sang folk songs with stu­dents and friends all through her life. Health is­sues re­sulted in an early re­tire­ment from teach­ing for Bar­bara, but she found joy in re­tire­ment cre­at­ing art in sev­eral medi­ums in­clud­ing paint, ink and clay.

What Bar­bara loved most, how­ever, was be­ing a de­voted wife and mom. Al­though Bar­bara’s adult health is­sues and sub­se­quent can­cer caused her pain and even­tu­ally robbed her of the abil­ity to walk, she said that her body en­abled her to carry three chil­dren and for that, she couldn’t ask for any­thing more. Bar­bara fought a valiant 12 year bat­tle with breast can­cer with the help of her lov­ing hus­band and was a tes­ta­ment to strength and grace to her fam­ily.

Bar­bara is sur­vived by her hus­band, John, as well as daugh­ters An­drea (J.R.) Jarvis of Louisville, KY, and Krista (Henry) Oswald of Elk­ton, MD; son Tyler (Alpa) Buege of Bel Air, MD; grand­chil­dren Kel­lyn, Con­ner, Ry­lan, Hai­ley, Gavin and Aman, and sis­ter Deb­o­rah (Steve) Ku­rucz of Myr­tle Beach, SC.

A Cel­e­bra­tion of Bar­bara’s Life is planned in the spring in Michi­gan at the Lake Louise Memo­rial Gar­den’s Strong Chapel.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions in Bar­bara’s name can be made to Ken­more Ele­men­tary PTA, Elk­ton, MD.

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