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Barbara Jean Kingery

November 30, 1941 — May 26, 2023

Hot Springs

Barbara Jean Kingery

 

Barbara Jean (Royal) Kingery of Hot Springs Arkansas, 81, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Friday, May 26, 2023.

 Barbara was born in Danbury, CT to Argerie “Pete” Baxter and Lenita Lee (Smith) Royal. She is reunited with her beloved husband of 56 years Victor Neil Kingery. She was predeceased by sister Jacqueline (George) Rawlings; brother Alan (Cheryl) Royal. She is survived by daughter Catherine (Raymond) Moushon of Morton IL; son James (Kellie) Kingery of Hot Springs; daughter Darlene (David) Gentles of Pearcy; precious granddaughters whom she adored: Lauren (Jonathan) Gentles; Halo (Vito) Selvaggio; Belle (Maxwell) Kestner; Constance Moushon; Emily Gentles; Aurora Moushon; Prairie Moushon; Sara Kingery; great-grandsons Lorenzo Selvaggio; Hugo Kestner; Judah Kestner. Barbara is survived by her brother David Nate Royal, many nieces and nephews.

Barbara graduated from Mattoon IL High and Eastern Illinois University where she met her husband. Married and with 3 small children, she turned her tassel in Art Education at Peru State College NE. For 20+ years Barbara enjoyed teaching Art from Kindergarten through College notably in NW Missouri, Glenwood, and Kirby schools. Grateful parents treasure a coveted “Kingery charcoal portrait” of their child. “Bad boys” who mis-behaved during study hall were redirected to Mrs. Kingery’s Art Room and tasked with softening/pounding new boxes of pottery clay, remediated by cleaning walls (followed by painting murals), reformed by shelving supplies, then remanded back to study hall. Her classroom studio unleashed creativity, curiosity, fear amongst janitors, and changed young lives for the better. Barbara relished greetings from former students who said “I bet you don’t remember me Mrs. Kingery”, (she remembered!) “but I loved your art class!” After hugs and kisses, grandchildren dashed to “Grandma’s Prize Drawer” followed by art lessons, cookie decorating, book reading, and silly songs with Grandma. Fishing, bonfires, cabin overnights with Grandma were the best! She produced homemade jellies and homemade SCRABBLE words. Barb was a master story-teller who never let the facts interfere with a good story, brilliantly living her best life. Barb and Vic enjoyed the lake cabin that Vic built, gardening, fishing, Rocky Mountain camping, and entertaining family in Hot Springs. Barb enjoyed mischievously pranking staff at Belvedere Nursing until her brief illness. She will be missed every day until we are reunited into family everlasting.

Celebration of Life Service: Smith Family Funeral Home in Hot Springs on June 10,2023.

Visitation: 9:30 a.m., Service: 10:00 a.m.

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Saturday, June 10, 2023

9:30 - 10:00 am (Central time)

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Memorial Service

Saturday, June 10, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Smith Family Funeral Home - Hot Springs

2205 Airport Road, Hot Springs, AR 71913

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