|Birth: ||Jun. 9, 1926|
|Death: ||Nov. 14, 2008|
married Charles Childs on 09 Sep 1945
News-Sentinel, The (Fort Wayne, IN) - November 17, 2008
Deceased Name: BARBARA A. CHILDS
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BARBARA A. CHILDS, 82, died Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, 4:40 a.m., in Muncie.
She was a longtime Gaston businesswoman and mother of Churu-busco funeral director C. Gregory Childs. She had been in declining health after suffering a stroke over six years ago, and had been a patient in Muncie for over five years.
Born June 9, 1926, at Liberty Center, Wells County, she was a daughter of the late Alva Manford and Agnes (Markin) Rench. She moved to Gaston with her parents at age nine, and graduated from Gaston High School in 1944. After completing her education, she worked as the administrative assistant to O. W. Storer, President of the former Muncie Banking Company. She married Charles Edward Childs of Matthews on Sept. 9, 1945, in Gaston. The couple spent the first months of their marriage in Columbia, S.C., where Mr. Childs was stationed with the U. S. Army. Following his military discharge, the couple returned to Gaston, and have been lifelong residents and leaders of that community. Shortly after returning to Gaston, the couple began working for Barbara's father at the former A. M. Rench and Sons Lumber Company, Gaston. In 1961, they purchased interest in the firm and later purchased the entire business in 1983. They operated the Gaston-Rench Lumber Company for over 40 years, retiring in 1989. In addition to her family and business concerns, her life was marked by the love and support of her local church. She was a member of the Gaston United Methodist Church, and the GGG Church School class. She sang in the church choir for many years, and had served as the church school secretary. She was also a member of Purity Order of the Eastern Star, Hartford City.
Surviving relatives include her husband, Charles; a son and daughter-in- law, C. Gregory and Dr. Jeanine Childs of Churubusco; three grandsons, C. Andrew (Becca) Childs of Indianapolis, J. Perry Childs of Churubusco, and F. Joel Childs of Huntington; and a sister-in-law, Esther Rench of Richmond.
She was also preceded in death by her three brothers, Eugene Rench, Rex A. Rench, and Robert S. Rench; a sister, Dorothy F. Sollars; a brother-in-law, Joseph P. Sollars; and a sister-in-law, Fanniemae Gronendyke Rench.
Funeral service is 11 a.m. today at Gaston United Methodist Church, 107 N. Main St., Gaston, with calling one hour prior. The Rev. John A. Long, Pastor of the church, officiating. The family also received friends from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the church. Interment in Thompson Cemetery west of Gaston. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Gaston United Methodist Church, 107 N. Main St., Gaston, IN 47342 or the Taylor University Department of Music, 236 W. Reade Ave., Upland, IN 46989. Arrangements by Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, Churubusco. To leave a condolence for the family in Mrs. Childs' memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net
Alva Manford Rench (1885 - 1964)
Sarah Agnes Markin Rench (1895 - 1985)
Charles E. Childs (1921 - 2010)
Robert Samuel Rench (1912 - 1995)*
Rex Wayne Rench (1916 - 1975)*
Dorothy F. Rench Sollars (1918 - 2008)*
Barbara A Rench Childs (1926 - 2008)
Created by: Rita Botkin Bomher
Record added: May 27, 2011
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