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.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Posted by Kimberley    April 04, 2015

Sorry for your loss Kimberly, I know how much you loved her.

Posted by Raynola    April 04, 2015

Julia, What a wonderful video tribute. It appears you got your beauty, talent, intelligence and zest for life from your mom. She seemed liked someone I would have liked to have known. I'm sorry for your loss.

Posted by Angie Rallis - Wichita Falls, TX - Friend   April 04, 2015

Mrs. Stroup was one of my favorite teachers. One couldn't have asked for a sweeter, kinder kindergarten teacher. Sincere sympathies to her family and friends.

Posted by Michael Wilkinson - Indianapolis, IN   April 04, 2015

I loved my Auntie Barb and have so many good memories of spending time with family in Knightstown and, later, with her in Indy when I was an adult. Much love to you all from our families.

Posted by Kimberley and Howie Broyles - Newark, OH   April 04, 2015

I taught with Barbara in Knightstown and in the past few years my husband and I would see her at the symphony. We both really liked Barbara! She was such a warm, friendly, and caring person. We send you and your family our deepest sympathy.

Posted by Jackie & Manford Harris - Shirley, IN - Friend   April 04, 2015

Barbara, what a wonderful mother you were! Your daughter Julia is about the best person EVER! May you rest with the angels now, as the choir of angels has met you, they have sped you to paradise, and how wonderful to be enfolded in God's loving arms! To the family, I send my sincerest sympathies. Love, Mary Cluley

Posted by Mary Cluley - Wichita Falls, TX - friend   April 04, 2015

She was my kindergarten teacher! Mrs. Stroup. She was the sweetest lady. Hard to believe. I was in her class 1980-81. Such a great impact, remembering the fun I had in her class!

Posted by doris tinkle(harsh, maiden name) - knightstown, IN - kindergarten teacher   April 04, 2015

I am very sorry for your family's great loss. I will remember her fondly and as a wonderful kindergarten teacher. She discovered that I was an avid lip reader and that I couldn't hear much and had to break the news to my parents. I'm sure it was as much a shock to her as it was for them and thanks to her we were able to get the medical attention needed. I will always remember her sense of calm, her humor and the love she had for her students.

Posted by Shelli (Ottinger) Griffin - Rushville, IN   April 04, 2015

Julia & Bruce, I loved your mother! Julia, I still remember your sweet mother coming over around Christmas time and the three of us talked and laughed all morning by the fireplace. We will pray for your family and we love you.

Posted by Darla, John & Page Montgomery - Wichita Falls, TX - Dear Friend of Julia's   April 04, 2015


Lifting you and your family up in prayer. I will forever picture your sweet mom in her white jeans and Keds! Love and wishes of peace to each of you

Posted by Susan & Richard Koch, Elizabeth, Andrew & Thomas - Wichita Falls, TX - Friends (and Aria's classmates)   April 04, 2015

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Love and prayers. The Parkers

Posted by Parker Family - Wichita Falls, TX - Friend of Julia Butera   April 04, 2015

Bruce and Julia, I have such wonderful memories of your mother. She was always so full of laughter and opened her heart to everyone. I remember her hanging out with us girls and we all loved every minute of it. She also blessed us with words of wisdom. She never stopped sending me a Christmas card, even with my many moves. She will be missed but not forgotten. Her life was a treasure. Blessings and peace to you both as well as your sweet families. Love you!

Posted by Ginger Berger - Alpharetta, GA - friend   April 03, 2015

Barb was a big part of my families life for many years. I have thought of her, Julie and Bruce many times throughout the years. Loved them all, it was a very special time while they were in my life, great memories, RIP Barb, love Dana

Posted by Dana True - Knightstown, IN   April 03, 2015

A great teacher and lady. A true friend to my mother.

Posted by Jerry Kopp - Knightstown, IN   April 03, 2015

I am so sorry, Bruce and Julie. Your mother was and is a very special, beautiful soul. My deepest condolences to you both and to your families. Blessings and prayers, Bonnie Wells

Posted by Bonnie Wells - niece   April 03, 2015

So sad to hear..she was my kindergarten condolences to the family

Posted by Dawnuell Ellis-Herron - Carthage, IN   April 03, 2015

So sorry to hear of your mm's passing. She was a great lady.

Posted by Mary Fausset Brydges - Lafayette, IN   April 03, 2015


Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of such a lovely person. It seems apparent that her travels, teaching and general love for and interaction with her friends and community made a lot of positive difference in many people's lives. Blessings to all.

Posted by Sarah Kramer - McKinney, TX - Friend   April 03, 2015

Phyllis Beltz (from Beauty shop. Had not known Barb very long but loved her and enjoyed her. She will be missed. So sorry for your loss here on earth.

Posted by A friend   April 03, 2015

So sad to hear of Barb's passing. She was a kind lady and one of my favorite teacher's. My condolences to her family.

Posted by Renee Reynolds-Brown - Greensboro, IN   April 03, 2015


Barbara's life was clearly a life well-lived! My deepest sympathy to her family and friends. May you remember her love for you and her zest for life. With prayers and love,

Posted by Patricia deHaas - Wichita Falls, TX - Friend   April 02, 2015

I am very sorry to hear of Barbara's passing. She was always very kind to me and was a great friend to my mother, Polly Brown. We will miss Barbara very much.

Posted by Diane Dunham - Fairmount, IN   April 02, 2015

A precious lady who loved her family dearly! Barb had a heart of gold. Her generosity for others was amazing.

My most heartfelt condolences to you Julia and Bruce and all Barb's beautiful grandaughters.

Posted by Rhonda Capps - Friend   April 02, 2015

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