Barbara Jean Otey

  • Born: April 20, 1930
  • Died: April 2, 2015
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center Carmel

325 E Carmel Dr
Carmel, IN 46032
Tel. (317) 848-2929

Tribute & Message From The Family

Barbara Jean Otey, age 84, passed away quietly in her sleep on April 2, 2015, at Community North Hospital, Indianapolis. Visitation will be 12 noon to 2:00 PM Saturday, April 4, at Flanner and Buchanan – Carmel, 325 East Carmel Drive, Carmel, Indiana, 46032, followed by a brief memorial service. In keeping with her love of photographs, friends and family are invited to bring and share special pictures of Barbara doing the things she loved. Burial will be at Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown immediately after the service.

Barbara was born on April 20, 1930 in Farmland, Indiana, the daughter of Guy and Bertha Ruble. The family moved to Muncie, Indiana where Barbara and her sister, Georgiana grew up. Barbara was a model for Ball Stores of Muncie. She graduated from Ball State Teachers College and was a founding member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority of Ball State. Upon graduation she married Charles William Stroup, the family moved to League City, Texas for a brief period then returned to Knightstown, Indiana where Barbara achieved a Master's in Education, then Specialist in Education Degree and taught elementary school children until her retirement.

Barbara's life was filled with family and many cherished friends. Later in life she married Earl Otey of Indianapolis. The Stroup-Otey Family enjoyed many holidays and special events at their home. Barbara loved entertaining and attending theater and symphony with her many friends. She frequently traveled with friends and family. Among her travels were Canada, Belgium, Luxemburg, Great Britain, France, Netherlands, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama Canal, Greece, Turkey, the Caribbean, Alaska, and Hawaii. She continued to model for CARA charities fashion shows and Tri Kappa Knightstown Sorority events well past the age of 80. Barbara was a member and past president of Garden Club, several Bridge Clubs in Knightstown and Indianapolis, and a member of Castleton United Methodist Church.

Barbara is preceded in death by her parents, Guy Clifford and Bertha Fern Ruble, her devoted husband Earl Otey, and beloved sister Georgiana Davis. She is survived by a son, Bruce Stroup of Boerne, Texas and daughter Julia (Stroup) Butera of Wichita Falls, Texas, daughter in law Mary Jo (Gross) Stroup, son in law Adam Butera and three dearly loved granddaughters Katherine Stroup, Michele Stroup, and Aria Butera.

The family would like to thank the staff of Community North Hospital, Castleton United Methodist Church and the many friends who have provided support and prayer during this time.