Barbara Ann (Birket) Fairchild died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, at University Hospital in Columbia, Mo., surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Mexico United Methodist Church with Rev. Eric Mattson officiating. Burial will follow in Littleby Cemetery, northeast of Mexico.

Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, at Arnold Funeral Home.

Barbara was born June 24, 1941, in Garden City, Kan., the daughter of Vernon and Ann Birket. The family moved to California before settling in Nampa, Idaho, where she graduated from Nampa Senior High School in 1959.

Barbara earned a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, graduating in 1963. On April 10, 1963, she married William Fairchild of Mexico, Mo. She worked at the Mexico Ledger as a photographer and later taught preschool for many years at the Mexico United Methodist Church. After raising her children, Barbara returned to a full-time career as a journalist with stints at The Fulton Sun and Farm Journal magazine. Her last career stop was with the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Grow Native program.

Barbara will be remembered for an irrepressible spirit and her belief that life is an adventure best met by living in the moment.

In her retirement, she traveled extensively with her husband Bill, her children and grandchildren to locales both nearby and far-flung. She took care to pass on her belief that to travel is to expand one’s horizons, coordinating family trips and organizing excursions. She believed in adventure and turned even difficult situations into moments to be enjoyed.

Barbara had a special connection to the friends she made through organizations like PEO, the United Methodist James Circle, Chautauqua and other circles of dear friends. She spoke often of the strength they brought to her through life’s joys and sorrows.

She loved to dance. For 54 years, she and Bill were well known in the local community for their great swirling and dipping abandon on the dance floor. It was an extension of their joy together.

She loved to sing. She was a long-time member of the church choir and a member of the Abbie Llewellyn Snoddy Music Club.

A lover of nature, Barbara spent time propagating native plants. She celebrated their resilience and beauty.  

Above all else, Barbara believed in her family. From her parents and sister to her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchild, she had an obvious and unmistakable love and pride. She was quick to share her fondness for all of them.

To her immediate family, she was a rock. By them, she forever will be loved and remembered and with them always.

Barbara is survived by her husband, William; three children, Andrew (Faye) of Benton City, Mo., Callen Zind (Tom) of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Steven (Jennifer) of Mexico, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Adam Fairchild, Aaron Fairchild, Anthony Fairchild, Helena Fairchild, Anna Fairchild, Guy Fairchild and Ian Zind; great grandson Kasen Fairchild; sister Judy Titus of McCall, Idaho, and seven nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to United Methodist Church James Circle or PEO.

Online condolences may be left at www.arnoldfh.com