Barbara Ann Johnson Conn


Sept. 3, 1932 – Jan. 4, 2019

SANTA MARIA, Calif. – Barbara Ann Conn, 86, passed away on Jan. 4, 2019, in Santa Maria. 

She was born in Goshen County on Sept. 3, 1932, to William and Mae Johnson. She was their youngest child. She had four siblings: Mildred Hawley, Daisy Leo, Georgia Gibson and Bill Johnson.

She married Richard (Dick) Conn, on Dec. 31, 1948, and started farming. Dick and Barbara later moved to California with their first three children: William (Bill), Kathryn (Kathy) and Jennie in 1954. Their fourth child Eugene (Mike) was born in Lancaster in 1957. 

Pursuing employment, the family moved from Palmdale to San Jose and finally in 1962 to Santa Maria. Dick and Barbara were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They were sealed in the temple on Sept. 11, 1979. In, 1988, Barbara lost Dick, after sharing 39 years of marriage. 

Barbara was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. Her hobbies were sewing, quilting and crocheting. Although her final weeks were spent in an assisted living facility, she was constantly surrounded by friends and family, who filled the space with warmth and love. 

Barbara is survived by her four children and their spouses: Bill and Deborah Conn, Kathy Bewley, Jennie and Mike Hay, and Mike and Debra Conn; grandchildren, Danielle Conn, Shauna Conn, Julie Schaefer, Michelle Valencia, Steven Bewley II, Erin Békés, Brad Conn, and Jessica Bewley; great-grandchildren: Nikolas Schaefer, Noah Békés and Clara Békés. She poured her love, time and energy into her family and has left a legacy of her love and perseverance, along with many wonderful, heartwarming and cherished memories. 

Barbara was buried in Santa Maria, on Jan. 11, 2019.

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