June 1, 1953-Sept. 21, 2012
MARSHALL - A time to visit with the family of Barbara Abel, 59, of Marshall will be at 6 p.m. Friday , with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. followed by a time of celebration, all at Hamilton Funeral Home. Arrangements are by the Hamilton Funeral Home.
She died Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at her home, surrounded by family.
Barbara Diane Johnson was born June 1, 1953, to Gilbert D. and Ardis L. (Ouverson) Johnson in Canby. Barbara graduated from Tracy High School in 1972. She was united in marriage to George Abel Jr. on Feb. 14, 1989, in Mesa, Ariz. Barbara was a home health aide. Barbara enjoyed listening to live bands, dancing, traveling with family, to Arizona, Hawaii, Canada, Alaska, Las Vegas and Mexico. She loved fishing, camping, playing cards and weekly Sunday brunch with her father. She cherished the time spent with family and treasured her grandchildren.
Barbara is survived by her husband, George Abel Jr. of Marshall; her children, Jennifer (Stacy) Varpness of Cottonwood, Shannon Abel of Marshall, Troy Buysse of Marshall and Robin (Brent) Baartman of Madison, Wis.; five grandchildren, Hannah Abel, Derek Varpness, Justin Varpness, Bridget Varpness and Madison Buysse; her father, Gilbert Johnson of Marshall; two sisters, Bette (Dale) Rolland of Apache Junction, Ariz. and Joyce (Jerry) Kopet of Shakopee and other relatives. She is preceded in death by her mother, Ardis Johnson; sister, Donna Roles and two brothers, Gilbert Johnson Jr. and Douglas Johnson,; her father and mother in-law, George Sr. and Liala Abel.