TRAVERSE CITY — Barbara Ann Buelow, 74, of Traverse City, passed away Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. Barbara was born on Oct. 3, 1938, to the late Harold and Mary (Hill) Potter, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
She earned her bachelor's degree at Western Michigan University and began her career as a lower elementary school teacher; her career spanned over 20 years, during which time she touched many students in a meaningful way.
Barbara entered into marriage with Bruce O. Buelow on Oct. 11, 1997, in Sturgis. After retirement in 1999 they moved to Traverse City to be closer to family.
Barbara was one of Jehovah's Witnesses, associated with the Traverse City, West Congregation. As such, she spent many active years as a volunteer in the ministry, sharing with others the Bible's message of God's Kingdom.
Barbara was a talented artist and seamstress, mastering many forms of artistic media. She was also a member of the Guild of Decorative Painters.
Barbara is survived by her husband, Bruce; her children, Michelle (Josh) Hubbard, of Traverse City, Michael (Kim) Woods, of Walled Lake, Ward (Penny) Buelow, of San Francisco, Calif., and Mark (Becky) Buelow, of Kalamazoo. She was the beloved grandmother of Timothy, Andrew, Joshua, Madeleine, Courtney, Seth, Dillon, Taylor, Elliott, Jacob, Hannah and Christopher; and great-grandmother "Gigi" to 10 great-grandchildren who adored her. She is also survived by three sisters, Diane (Paul) Eckert, Saundra (Dave) Zimmerman and Suzanne (Jim) Park.
Barbara was preceded in death by her son, Stephen Woods; her parents; and her son Michael's first wife, Carrie.
An announcement regarding a memorial service will be made at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be directed to The Worldwide Work of Jehovah's Witnesses in care of The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1950 Chase Road, Traverse City, MI 49684.
Please share thoughts with the family at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.