Barbara Prater

Barbara Brookins-Prater

May 16th, 1935 - October 20th, 2019
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Barbara Brookins-Prater, age 84 of Grace Village Retirement Community, passed away quietly on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 3:34 a.m.

Barbara was the daughter of the late Gail R. and Iva L. (Bowers) Hidy and was born in Wabash on May 16, 1935. She spent most her youth in the North Manchester area, graduating from Central High School in 1953.

Barbara loved time spent with her family and especially loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her love for children was apropos as she cared for children professionally. She also worked as an operator for United Telephone Company. She was an avid reader, enjoyed playing Euchre and was previously a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Eagles Auxiliary – both of South Bend.

Those who survive include three daughters: Joni Brookins, Brenda (Dane) Weaver and Ellen (Steve) Stayer - all of Warsaw; four grandchildren: Greg Weaver of Indianapolis, Brittany (Travis) Hartman of Leesburg, Eric (Kristin) Stayer of Fishers and Tara (Justin) Kundert of Indianapolis and six great-grandchildren. Also surviving are three sisters: Elizabeth Weesner of Fort Wayne, Phyllis (Louis) Muzzillo of Florida and Janice Frye of Crawfordsville. In addition to her parents, five sisters: Myrtle Myers, Jane Shoudel, Mary Bryant, Margaret Reid and Doris Hidy and four brothers: Joseph Hidy, Jack Hidy, Bryan Hidy and Gail Hidy, Jr. all preceded Barbara in passing.

A Life Celebration® has been planned at Titus Funeral Home, 2000 East Sheridan Street, Warsaw. Visitation will be Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 2 to 5 p.m. On Monday at 11 a.m., Pastor J.P. Freeman of North Manchester Congregational Christian Church will officiate a funeral service in the funeral home; visitors will be welcomed for one hour before the service. Burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery following a repast.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Ronald McDonald House, 350 Erkenbrecher Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45229. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

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  • Visitation

    October 27th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    October 27th, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Titus Funeral Home
    2000 E. Sheridan Street
    Warsaw, Indiana 46580
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  • Life Celebration

    October 28th, 2019 | 11:00am
    October 28th, 2019 11:00am
    Titus Funeral Home
    2000 E. Sheridan Street
    Warsaw, Indiana 46580
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor J.P. Freeman
  • Interment

    South Whitley Cemetery
    7550 IN-14
    South Whitley, Indiana 46787
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  • American Legion Auxiliary
  • Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary


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Becky Grey

Posted at 07:26pm
Barb was like a second mom growing up. Joni, Sharon Justice and I spent a lot of time between their house and mine. My best memories were at Christmas time and all the sweet treats that she made. Barb and my Mom became good friends and watched each other's children grow into wonderful women, wives and parents. That was her legacy. I know there were Angels rejoicing this morning. God bless all of you. The Grey and Rheam family

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