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Barbara Bigham

December 5, 1933 — September 15, 2023


Barbara Ann (Bigelow) Bigham, 89, of Carmel, IN died of Alzheimer's complications on September 15, 2023 at Maple Park Village in Westfield, IN. She grew up in Indianapolis, IN and was a member of Job's Daughters during high school. During her teen years she worked at the Uptown Theater in Indianapolis. She graduated from Broad Ripple High School in 1951. She married her high school sweetheart, Jackie L. Bigham, on June 13, 1952. After the family moved to Carmel, IN in the late 60's, she began work at Carmel Elementary School as a teacher's aide and tutored many children as well as provided private tutoring. She was involved with several churches during her lifetime where she often played piano with the choir, and loved singing in the “Living Christmas Tree” at Bethesda Baptist Church in Brownsburg, IN. She was an avid gardener and had many pets through the years. She is survived by her children, Michael, Peggy (Bill), Mary (Jim), Johnie (Beth) and Amy, many grandchildren and great grandchildren, her sister-in-law Agnes Bigelow, cousin Jim (Penny) Bigelow, many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, 4 sisters-in law. 3 brothers-in-law, and best friend Sally Beringer. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Jackie (they had celebrated 66 years of marriage before his passing), her parents Wilbur Sr. and Juanita (French) Bigelow, her brother Wilbur Jr., her mother and father-in-law Valley and Beulah (Smith) Bigham.

A service will be held Friday, September 22, 2023 at Indiana Funeral Care 8151 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis, IN with visitation starting at 12 noon and a service to start at 2:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations to an Alzheimer's research charity of your choice would be appreciated. Let us pray this disease will be eradicated so others will not suffer.

Barbara was blessed with motherhood early in life and wore the title well. Like most mom's, she tirelessly and selflessly cared for her children in every way. So what separates her from other moms?

She was ours and we all loved her dearly. Our fondest memories were listening to mom play hymns on the piano, at home and at church. Also watching her swing dance with Dad to their favorite song by Glenn Miller, “In the mood.”

Being a believer in Jesus, we know where she now resides and we rejoice as fellow believers because we will see her again someday! While we mourn her loss, we all know she's with Jesus now in a glorified body & mind, in which we take great comfort.

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