Barbara Lou Huyser

Funeral services for Barbara Lou Huyser, 81, Lawrence, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 8, 2012 at First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence. Private family burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence. She died surrounded by her loving family on March 4, 2012 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence.
She was born November 14, 1930 in Holland, Michigan, the daughter of Dick and Marie (Blom) VanKolken.
Barbara was a homemaker and enjoyed the time spent with her family. She had an interest in birds that lasted her lifetime.
She was a member of the Hospital Auxiliary at Lawrence Memorial for over 40 years. In 1977 she was Woman of the Year Nominee and on April 19, 2005 she was awarded the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Maguerite Lockwood Volunteer of the Year Award. She also served as president of the Hospital Auxiliary and of the PTA at Schwegler Elementary. She was also a 50-year member of the First Presbyterian Church.
She married Earl S. Huyser on June 26, 1952 in Holland, Michigan. He survives of the home.
She is survived by her children, Nancy L. Holmes (Donald), Manhattan, KS; Thomas E. Huyser (LeAnn), Ricon, GA; David Huyser (JoAnn), Lawrence; Gretchen M. Clark (Walter), Lawrence; five grandchildren, Elijah Gourley, Jennifer Klingeley, Michael Holmes, Christina Rynkowski, William Huyser; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother and two sisters.
The family will greet friends from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
The family suggests memorial contributions in her name to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and may be sent in care of mortuary.
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