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Barbara Ruth Doan Whelpton
June 1, 1927 ~ January 19, 2024 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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Long time Oxford resident Barbara Ruth Doan Whelpton passed away on Friday, January 19, 2024 in Oxford, Ohio at the age of 96. Born on June 1, 1927 in Cleveland Heights Ohio, Barbara lived in Cincinnati during her early school years before moving to her beautiful childhood home, “Sycamore Farm”, on Contreras Road near College Corner, Ohio. There she loved country living, planting flowers and vegetable gardens in circles, and tending to her many named and loved barnyard pets. As a teenager during WW2, Barbara served as an Air Raid Warden on Contreras Road, tasked with monitoring air raid drills and assuring that passersby turned out their vehicle lights at night. She also worked along Contreras Road as an extra farm hand driving for local farmers.
Barbara graduated from McGuffey High School in 1945 and Miami University in 1949. While at Miami, Barbara majored in music and piano, was president of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, participated in numerous choral groups and played Women’s Field Hockey on Miami’s traveling intercollegiate team. After graduation Barbara taught music in College Corner Schools. She married Charles G. Whelpton in 1950 in Oxford where they lived the rest of their lives together.
Memorable to all she met, Barbara was known her for her zest for life, love of people, sense of humor, sparkly blue eyes, direct talk, optimism and the special way she embraced and affirmed all she encountered. Barbara was a passionate, service-minded community volunteer, active in Oxford League of Women Voters, Oxford Community Action Council, the Welfare Medical Board, Head Start, Oxford Presbyterian Church, and Planned Parenthood of Butler County. She held leadership and presidency roles in several of these organizations and was recognized as Oxford Citizen of the Years in 1973.
Barbara returned to her profession in education in the 1960’s and taught Language Arts and Occupational Work Adjustment for 20 years at Stewart Junior High School. She touched countless lives with her enthusiasm for learning, genuine care for her students, and her ability to connect with each student where they were, helping them discover and grow confidently into their talents and gifts. She was a well-respected, fun colleague, a champion for teachers, and served as president of the Talawanda Educators Association.
Barbara loved reading, classical music, cooking, birds, flowers and wildlife in general and she imparted these joys to her children and grandchildren. Barbara was an exceptional hostess and could pull off an elegant, gourmet dinner party (after a day of teaching) for international business associates of her husband who visited Champion International Paper Headquarters in Hamilton, OH. Barbara and Charlie traveled to countries in Europe and to Japan to visit those associates, many of whom returned often to the Whelpton home as family friends.
Barbara’s “other life” centered around six decades of summers at the Congregational Summer Assembly (CSA) at Crystal Lake near Frankfort, Michigan. There she found great friendships in cottage neighbors, the “Ladies Beach Circle” and their children, many of whom became her honorary nieces and nephews. Barbara was a merry ring leader of berry picking, canning, bridge games, birthday luncheons, beach picnics and late night swim parties.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband Charles Whelpton, son James Whelpton, brother Donald Doan Jr., and nephew David Doan. She is survived by her sister-in-law Sarah Whelpton Blumenthal, Seattle WA; son John Whelpton (Ann Garrison Whelpton) and daughter Susan Whelpton Lippman, Oxford; daughter-in law Deborah Wolfson, San Diego, CA; grandchildren John Ross Whelpton (Kathleen Walters), Kettering OH; Leigh Whelpton (Koray Aysin), Washington DC; Julia Wolfson Whelpton, San Diego CA; Andrew Lippman, Oxford; great-grandson Kaya Whelpton Aysin, Washington D.C.; and by her and Charlie’s beloved nieces and nephews.
The family is grateful to the staff at the Knolls of Oxford Health Care Pavilion and Via Quest Hospice for their care of and friendships with Barbara. A family celebration of life is planned for a later date with interment at Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Knolls of Oxford Future Care Fund, 6727 Contreras Road, Oxford, OH 45056; or CSA Education Fund, co/Beth French, P.O. Box 1776, Frankfort, MI 49635.