Barbara Joan (Tragesser) Durbin, 72, of Greenwood MO passed away on March 26, 2020 at her daughter’s home surrounded by her family. Burial at Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) in memory of her nephew Matthew Tragesser.
Barbara was born on August 17, 1947 in Shelbyville, Indiana. She was married by the age of 19 and started her family of four sons and one daughter. She always told people that she had five kids within five years (one set of twins). During the children’s early years, the family relocated frequently due to career moves. They settled in the Greenwood area and Barbara remained there, with much of her family close by.
Accounting was her life long career. Barbara started at the age of 16, and later was a working mother with five children. Most recently accounting provided the path for her to fulfill her dream of working with her daughter. She continued to do so, even just days ago, until cancer took her from us.
Barbara “Momma Jo” made everyone feel at home with her loving spirit. All felt at home and welcome when they visited the “Durbin” household, including her friends, the kids’ friends growing up, and most recently the grandkids and their friends. She would always have food ready and no one ever left hungry. Barbara was known for her family recipes like goetta (an oatmeal and pork dish), spaghetti sauce, her homemade noodles, and her re-creation of the well-known Skyline Chili. Christmas was always very important to Barbara. She wanted the family to attend Christmas Mass together. After Mass a family meal was shared, and gifts were exchanged. Coming from a large family herself, Barbara made sure she spent the same amount on everyone and they had two presents to open. No one was left out. She was a great mom to all.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents Thomas and Alfreda Tragesser, her brother Michael Tragesser, her brother-in-law John Holder, and her nephew Matthew Tragesser. Survivors include her five children James Durbin (Dee), Jeffrey Durbin (Denise), Todd Durbin (Stephanie), Tammera Brown (Randy), Terry Durbin; nine grandchildren; sisters Janice Holder and Mary Ann Weber (Mark); brother Gary Tragesser (Debbie); sister-in-law Suzanne Tragesser, and many nieces and nephews.