Barbara Traylor, 88


Barbara Jean (Hart) Traylor, 88, of Litchfield, died at 6:25 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2019, with her family at her side.

A visitation and wine social will be held on Saturday, May 11, from noon until the time of the service at Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield. A memorial service will follow at 1 p.m. with family friend Nancy Bandy as the celebrant.

Mrs. Traylor was born on July 14, 1930, to Arthur Persey and Adeline Elaine (Harbert) Hart. She married Dale L. Traylor on June 20, 1948, and he survives.

During her childhood, Mrs. Traylor attended Litchfield schools, graduating with the Litchfield High School class of 1948. She later worked as an administrative assistant for the city of Litchfield in the mayor's office for eight years, and was also a secretary at Barry Nursing Home in Litchfield.

Mrs. Traylor also worked as a florist for both Eilers Nursery in Litchfield and Deanna's Flowers in Hillsboro. In the mid-1970s, she and her husband purchased the Village Tavern in Keyesport, which became a well-known stop for boaters, hunters and anyone with a taste for good food and fun.

In her spare time, Mrs. Traylor was active with the Home Extension, Sub Club, The Tennets, St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts. She enjoyed music, playing cards, knitting and crocheting, cooking, gardening, her many friends and entertaining. Her grandchildren became a big part of her life, and she enjoyed every minute spent with each of them.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Traylor is survived by one daughter, Pamela Sue (Gus) Skeadas of Springfield; one son, Todd (Melissa) Traylor of Hazelwood, MO; one brother, Robert (Jeanne) Hart of Greenwood, SC; one sister, Doris (Hart) Lair of Danville, KY; four grandchildren, Jason (Shari Schaefer) Rives and Jamie (Brad) Boatright, both of Carlyle, Jennifer (Michael) Weiss of Bella Vista, AR, and Jillian (Tim) Ulrici of Nokomis; two great-grandsons, Brandon and Jensen Dale Boatright of Carlyle; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Billy and John (Jack) Hart.

The family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences may be left at


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