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Columbia Missourian

Billie 'Sue' Barbarick was faithful, sports fanatic

By Alex Stewart
November 2, 2013 | 7:46 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Billie "Sue" Barbarick had a lifelong love of sports. In 1938, she led her high school basketball team to the state championship.

The team arrived at the game in an old pickup truck, Barbarick's daughter Susan Burns said.

"No one could get hurt because there were only five girls on the team," she said. "They had no subs."

Billie "Sue" Barbarick died Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. She was 90.

She was born on Christmas Eve in Hereford.

She attended Fayette Methodist College, now Central Methodist University, and became a one-room schoolteacher in Audrain County.

After teaching for two years, she married Rhodes M. Barbarick, who served a three-year stint in World War II without leave almost immediately after their wedding. Mrs. Barbarick worked in the Callaway County Courthouse in the clerk's office to earn more money while he was at war.

When her husband returned, he attended MU for an accounting degree and Mrs. Barbarick worked as a secretary to the business manager of William Woods College. Once her husband graduated, they moved to Kansas City to start a family.

"We couldn't accumulate a lot, we were like gypsies," Burns said of her family's frequent moves.

Her love for sports became a lifelong passion as she cheered on the St. Louis Cardinals and the Missouri football and basketball teams for many years. She never could get her daughters into it, though, Burns said.

"You did not call her during the Mizzou basketball game," Burns said, because Mrs. Barbarick would never answer.

When Mr. Barbarick retired in 1986, the couple moved to Columbia, and Mrs. Barbarick increased her involvement with Parkade Baptist Church. She was a Sunday School teacher for both children and adults, and also taught a Lamplighter class with a tight-knit group of women.

Mrs. Barbarick is survived by two daughters, Susan Burns and her husband, John, of Auxvasse, and Sally Lindahl and her husband, Butch, of Columbia; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Rhodes, died earlier.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, 1610 N. Garth Ave. The funeral will take place at 1 p.m. Monday at Rising Sun Baptist Church, 1911 State Road DD in Auxvasse, followed by a private graveside service at Millersburg Baptist Cemetery, 1694 State Road WW, Fulton.

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